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Patagonia High Alpine Kit - in stock now
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£827.33 (inc Vat)
You save 12%
Expedition 8000 Suit
£699.99 (inc Vat)
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Essential for high altitude and extreme cold and repeatedly proven above 8000m and in the polar regions. Uses 750g of white down- the fill in the torso and arms is 96% 750+ fill power and 90% 660+ in the legs.
£650.00 (inc Vat)
M's Grade VII Down Parka
The warmest part of the Patagonia High Alpine Kit uses 800 US fill power traceable goose down to provide serious warmth on high mountain camps and during extreme climbs.
£540.99 (inc Vat)
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MXP DownTek Jacket
Expedition weight down jacket ideal for high altitude mountaineering
£509.50 (inc Vat)
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Beta SV Jacket Men's
The Beta SV is made for you hardcore outdoor enthusiasts. Exceptional cut with some genius features. A must buy for you winter adventurers.
£435.44 (inc Vat)
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Expedition 8000 Jacket
£418.55 (inc Vat)
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Theta AR Jacket Men's
A lightweight Arcteryx GoreTex Pro Shell Jacket with a longer body. Ideal for hikers, hill walkers and backpackers, but can be used for mountaineering and skiing.
£375.00 (inc Vat)
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Trilogy GTX Pro Jacket
Sale - RRP £500 now only £375! Millet Trilogy GTX Pro Jacket | Mountaineering, alpine, climbing waterproof, durable jacket
£374.99 (inc Vat)
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Theta AR Jacket Women's
Arcteryx Sale - RRP £460 now only £374.99! Women's walking and hiking waterproof jacket made from Gore-Tex Proshell, using the best fabrics, manufacturing and fitting. This is a beautiful mountain walking water...
£354.30 (inc Vat)
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Trilogy V Icon GTX Pro Jacket
High performing mountaineering jacket, waterproof, durable, windproof, lightweight. Exceptional jacket!
£327.60 (inc Vat)
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Zeta AR Jacket Men's
Arcteryx Sale - RRP £300 now only £210! The Zeta AR is one of the best value and practical jackets that Arcteryx produce. It uses a 3-layer GoreTex fabric with a nylon face, for great breathability and durabili...
£320.00 (inc Vat)
W's M10 Jacket
Exclusive Patagonia High Alpine Kit colours in this classic superlight (240g) female mountaineers and climbers waterproof jacket. Features a helmet accepting hood, harness avoiding hand warmer pockets and stuff...
The purpose of appropriate clothing is to help to regulate the temperature of the body, at the same time as providing protection for it.
Obviously, there is a huge difference between the best gear for a day climbing at your local crag, a fortnight in the jungles of Borneo, or a month long Himalayan expedition. Our staff do all these things, and are happy to answer your questions about the best kit for the job.
Temperature Regulation and Control
This enables the body to work efficiently, thereby allowing optimum performance and comfort in any given outdoor activity.
1. Too Hot - This can cause the body to dehydrate. Overheating causes the body to sweat, and if lost fluid is not replaced dehydration occurs causing a decrease in physical and mental efficiency and a heightened susceptibility to exhaustion (roughly 2% loss in body weight leads to 20% loss in efficiency, so DRINK!). The use of layers and vented clothing are important and lessen the need to carry large amounts of liquid.
2. Too Cold - A progressive fall in the body's core temperature (normally 37 degrees celcius) can lead to hypothermia. It is important to replace energy expended in order to offset effects of exhaustion. The main contributory factors to body cooling are:-
Environmental factors, such as wind chill, dampness and low temperatures.
Physical factors, like exhaustion and hunger.
All of these factors can be exacerbated to a greater or a lesser degree by inadequate clothing, unexpected weather conditions, dehydration, or lack of fitness.
The protective role of clothing has two very important elements.
Clothing works as a buffer zone protecting the body against the elements. By maintaining comfort levels and the optimum body temperature, hypo/hyperthermia can be prevented.
Some items carry out a specific safety role - e.g. an adequate shoe sole will prevent slippage.
Your reserve clothing should be appropriate for the prevailing conditions and any possible change in these conditions and from those forecast.
Main Components of Outdoor Clothing
- worn next to the skin, for moisture transportation away from the body.
- for insulation, for example fleece
- to insulate and protect head
and to transport moisture away.
Footwear - must be adequate for the job (rigidity, waterproofing, support, etc).
In order to satisfy all the requirements set out above, when used in all climates, weather and for every possible use, we have developed an extensive clothing range. We have taken into account our many years of experience in the outdoors, as well as in outdoor retail industry. This has allowed us to follow the ebbs and flows of many manufacturers designs, in order to choose the best possible range of clothing for you the customer. It also provides us with the clothing that we want to use when we are out on the hill.
Many people on limited budgets make the mistake of prioritising their first buy as an expensive quality fleece garment. The priorities for hill gear should be footwear, shell/outer wear, base layer. Any other layers can be improvised from your wardrobe until the wallet allows further indulgence!
To complement or fine tune your existing layering system (as described above) to suit your specific requirements there are a number of options of weight and efficiency of garments available e.g. down and synthetic insulation and also some alternative clothing sections that are worth a look, e.g. Pile & Pertex, Microfibre and Pertex and Softshell clothing. These three are basically a hybrid of mid layer and outer layer. They won't be as weather resistant as a waterproof shell but they will be more protective from wind, wet and heatloss than a fleece, but they have the advantage of breathing better than a waterproof shell or being more rugged for climbing.
Anything for use on high altitude or polar expeditions (including down suits, expedition jackets and salopettes) carries an awesome price at Up and Under. Gear designed specifically for fell running and mountain marathons crosses over to lightweight walking and backpacking and so you will find OMM Kamleika waterproofs and Montane windproofs amongst other in their respective areas. Clothes for kayaking and canoeing, from full drysuits to casual bank wear, can be found on the Watersports Clothing page.