Ortovox is a world leader in backcountry and avalanche safety equipment, specializing in making the most technologically advanced tranceivers and probes on the market.
In 1980 Gerald Kampel and Jürgen Wegner developed the first double frequency transceiver, ORTOVOX F2 for searching avalanche victims. Until then all avalanche transceivers in use would send and receive in different frequencies (2, 275kHz and 457 kHz). This would often lead to fatal avalanche accidents when victims could not be found quickly enough due to differences in frequency. The F2 can send and receive on both frequencies and is received with enthusiasm. Within 2 years it became number one on the market.
Today Ortovox are still very much market leaders when it comes to transeivers, probes and mountain safety equipment. They continue to improve their products year after year, and their products are used by mountain rescue staff worldwide.
We are main suppliers for ORTOVOX mountain safety equipment. We have the full range of Ortovox transceivers, Ortovox snow shovels, avalanche probes and mountain safety gear - including Ortovox backpacks. We supply Ortovox Merino wool thermals and thermal underwear in men's and women's sizes. We have Ortovox thermal shirts pants and long johns in ouir range of thermal base layers..
- Black Diamond2
Black Diamond have been making top end gear for climbing, hiking and skiing since 1957, and today they continue to lead the way with their huge line of quality driven products.
Burton is one of the most successful snowboarding companies in the world for two reasons - they were one of the very first and you do not get to be number one without being good. Burton gear has a great reputation and their after sales service is great too. The Burton product range is now colossal - covering almost everything you need to go snowboarding. Many a skier can be seen wearing Burton outerwear too!
The original backpack hydration company, Camelbak now produce a full range of drink and hydration back packs and accessories customised for a wide range of sports. Water bottles never tasted so good!
When it comes to backpacks and luggage, Dakine have got it covered! World renowned for building the best snowboard and skateboard backpacks in the world, Dakine now produce a huge range of products from outerwear to tools - all at a quality level you can trust.
DC. Pure skate heritage. One of the original skate shoe companies. Skate style clothing and accessories. DC are also big time into snowboards, snowboard boots and snowboard outerwear and also cover BMX, Surf and MTX. The brand is big, loose and loud!
Flow are out and out market leaders in the step-in snowboard binding market. Every season Flow manage to raise the bar and introduce new, exciting and innovative models - not only for snowboard bindings but also across their range of snowboards and snowboard boots. Flow snowboard boots are a "no brainer" - they work superbly well with Flow bindings as well as any other make of binding. Because Flow's reputation was originally founded in snowboard bindings, they have had to fight hard to win market share in the snowboard market but have achieved this by loading all their boards with the best tech at the lowest possible prices.
Gelert epitomises value. The 'Primark' brand of the camping, hiking, walking and outdoor pursuits market. All the accessories and essentials you need for a day in the wilderness or a picnic in the car park - without breaking the bank!
K2 started making their skis in 1962 and their aim was to be the best ski company in the world and to have the most fun doing it. This aim still lives on today and is evident in their ski products. When they created the first ski featuring a fibreglass wrapped torsion box, K2 in essence invented the modern snow ski as we know it. K2 started making snowboards in 1987 and adapted the same philosophy as with their ski range. True quality and of course having fun. Their original concepts and technology drives snowboarding forward. K2 skis, snowboards, bags, boots, bindings all boast innovative designs and the latest technology to ensure you are getting the best.
Origionally a core snow and skate headwear company, Californian born Neff are now one of the snowboard, skateboard and surf industries most popular apparell, outerwear, headwear, watch and accessory brands with a huge list of sponsored athletes and key personalities.
O'brien have been doing watersports gear longer than almost anyone else - 40 years in in the industry lets them make great gear across all areas, from wakeboarding with industry leading cable boards to great value for money packages,High end Carbon Waterski gear to family friendly Combos, Tubes and Inflatables of the best quality and some radical new designs, O'brien Kneeboards range from the entry level Radica to high performance Lowrider and Rush. This is one of our top selling brands and one that you can rely on to perform in whatever water you ride.
Ortovox are dedicated to Avalanche Safety Equipment and each year they bring out at least one new transceiver. Ortovox continuously innovative their products, and were the first to bring out a double frequency transceiver in 1980. When it comes to life and death mountain safety, you can put your trust in Ortovox.
Rome SDS - Snowboard Design Syndicate - quite simply the coolest snowboard brand on the market! Specialising in freestyle snowboards, bindings and boots Rome SDS is now also available across a wide range of snowboard apparel and accessories, including snowboard jackets, snowboard pants, snowboard hats and beanies, gloves, luggage, board bags and more. Checkout the hoodies and T's too!
- The North Face5
The North Face is one of the worlds leading high performance outdoor product companies. The North Face push the boundaries of innovation with their technically advanced products - so that consumers and athletes can push the boundaries of exploration, be it skiing, mountaineering, camping or walking.
Volcom is one of the most legit brands in action sports, and has always been at the top of their game when it comes to producing the best Skateboarding, surfing and snowboarding products available.
Sport / Activity
These packs have been specifically designed with these sports and activities in mind.
- Water Sports-
- School Packs-
We carry a range of specialist packs, designed to carry and protect specific sporting and technical equipment.
- Climbing Equipment7
Specialist climbing / mountaineering packs with strap and pocket systems for holding harnesses, ropes and other climbing equipment.
- Ice Axe / Probe29
Pockets or straping specifically made for ice axes and/or avalanche probes
- Snow Shovel27
Pockets or straping specifically made for snow shovels
Includes padded compartments to protect your camera and camera accessories (or other technical equipment) from wet weather and impact.
Has a strap system for holding your ski's to your backpack. Essential for hiking off piste and through the airport.
- Ski Kids-
We have some specialist packs with integrated towing systems to pull kids along when they get tired skiing. These packs also come with loads of special attachments to carry kids's skis and all their equipment.
Has a strap system to attach your snowboard to the pack, either verticly or horizontly, leaving your hands free for other things.
Featuring a separate padded section or pocket to protect your laptop
Has a strap system for attaching your skateboard to your bag when you're not using it.
Specialised pocket or strap system for holding your boots when you're not wearing them. Great way to carry your ski boots through the airport as hand luggage.
Specialist features for specialist uses. Some of the features listed here are included with ski, snowboard and mountaineering packs designed for when you venture off piste into the backcountry where there may be a risk of avalanche.
- Back Protector8
Reinforced spine and back protection built in to the back of the bag. Protects you and your gear.
- Waterproof Pocket22
Waterproof pocket(s), perfect for cameras, MP3 players, iPod's and phones
Female specific backpacks use different sizing in the back panel to contour specifically to a woman's frame.
The back panel is perhaps the most important part of a back pack because it is the part which comes into contact with your back so, for sporting usage, heavy loads and long periods of use, needs to be comforatble.
- Integrated Frame10
Modern hi tech packs come with integrated frames (as well as foam padding) to ensure the pack sits comforatbly on your back and carries the load in a stable, well balanced manner. The bigger the pack, the heavier the load, the more time it is on your back and the more extrem your sporting activity, the more important a good frame becomes.
- Padding Only20
Most packs tend to have a comfortable layer of foam padding on the back panel, to prevent pack contents digging into your back and to insulate your pack contents from the heat of your back.
- No Frame, No Padding-
Fine for small packs, packs not used for action sports, packs not on your back for long periods of time or for packs not used for bulky loads.
Hydration bladder, tube and valves are included with these bags.
- Optional Extra29
These bags have a specialist pocket for hydrators, but the bladders and tubes are not included.
- Not Compatible -
These bags are not compatible with hydration systems
Access to the main compartment via the front / top of the bag. Ideal for every day use. Easy access so you do not need to take everything out to find something at the bottom of your pack.
- Top Loading4
For Mountaineering & Rock Climbing
Access to the main compartment via the top of the bag - minimising the risk of items falling out whilst you are rummaging around.
- Back Panel10
For Mountaineering & Rock Climbing
Access to the main compartment through the back panel of the pack. Swing the pack round to your chest, with the waist strap is still attached, for easy access the contents. Ideal for rock climbers or anyone who does not want to risk dropping their pack whilst accessing the contents.
- Chest Strap-
Chest strap, connecting the two shoulder straps across your chest; helps to keep your bag in a comforatble position and stops the shoulder straps slipping off your shoulders.
- Waist Band Strap-
Straps around the waist to keep your bag upright - especially useful for action sports. On the best packs, these straps are designed to take a lot of the weight off your shoulders, transferring it through your hips instead - making the pack much more comforatble to carry.
Both waist and chest straps to keep your backpack upright and secure
Basic packs good for walking around the streets but not for serious hikers!
- The North Face Nuptse 2 Vest Down Gilet £99.95
- Petzl GriGri 2 Rock Climbing Belay Device £54.95
- La Sportiva Katana Rock Climbing Shoe £99.95
- Petzl Corax Rock Climbing Harness £48.95
- Black Diamond Trail Compact Adjustable Trekking Poles £62.95
- Petzl Picchu Kids Climbing & Cycling Helmet £35.95
- Black Diamond ATC-XP Rock Climbing Belay Device £16.00
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