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A high level of weather protection plus excellent breathability, our range of softshell jackets will keep you protected through the changeable mountain conditions.

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We've put a whole load of our winter packs on sale. We've got packs for skiing, ski touring, running and mountaineering all at 25% or more off.

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We stock a range of footwear including trail and fell running shoes from for all conditions from Inov8 and a selection of approach shoes from Arcteryx.

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Welcome to Facewest

Born from a desire to combine their love of the mountains with gainful employment, Jake and Stu founded Facewest in 1997. At our core we're keen outdoor people who really care about providing the best kit for enthusiasts like us. We've been skiing, climbing, paragliding, running and hiking for decades. Read about our journey, from ski bums selling transceivers and shovels out of a Fiat Panda in the French alps, to an independent specialist outdoor retailer.

We run an outdoor shop for kit monsters just like us. We select only the equipment that we would want to use ourselves from established and trusted brands. Value for money is always important but performance and reliability are paramount, nobody wants to have their adventures compromised by equipment failure. We love kit, not just the bright shiny "newness" of it but the specific features and details that make a great product stand out from the crowd. If you want to talk to us then we are available by phone or email both before and after your purchase. We have an awesome customer service record which is backed up by our outstanding overall scores on a number of review sites. See our Reviews Page for more information.

When you shop with us at facewest.co.uk you'll receive 5% of the order value as a discount off your next purchase. We hope that once you have shopped with us we will be able to help you with the gear you need for years to come.



Latest Blog Posts  

  • Pro Review – Rab Alpha Direct Jacket - 25th May
    Dave Sarkar of Climbing Gear Reviews reviews the Rab Alpha Direct Jacket. I remember reading an Andy Kirkpatrick article a while ago - in it he discussed the attributes of soft shell materials. His belief that it was impossible to remain dry during high activity so what you were…
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  • Exped Sleeping Mats - 22nd May
    Exped have been working on making their sleeping mat range a lot easier to understand and this season they seem to have come up with a collection which has a naming scheme that makes sense between the ranges. Down Filled Sleeping Mats or Downmats Down provides a lightweight and very…
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  • Pro Review – GriGri+ - 17th May
    Dave Sarkar of Climbing Gear Reviews reviews the Petzl GriGri+: A major addition to the iconic Petzl GriGri belay range. GRIGRI+ is an assisted braking device designed for all climbers, for both indoor and outdoor climbing. It can be used with all single ropes (optimized for 8.9 to 10.5 mm…
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  • How To Choose A Sleeping Mat - 10th May
    We've updated our "How To Choose A Sleeping Mat" article to include the latest offerings from Thermarest, Exped and Sea To Summit. If you're in the market for a new sleeping mat this year and aren't sure where to start or are overwhelmed by the huge number of…
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  • New Suunto Spartan with wrist heart rate monitoring - 05th May
    The brand new Suunto Spartan Sport wrist HR watch has just landed at Facewest. This is the first time that Suunto have added an optical heart rate monitor to one of their dependable sport watches. The Spartan Sport Wrist HR has all the features of the regular Spartan Sport,…
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  • On the Haute Route - 02nd May
    If you read Stu's blog post about his Midlayer / Jacket dilemma (I know, the anguish) - click here to read the post - then you'll recall that he was off to do the Haute Route this April, well he's back and done! From what I've heard it went…
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  • Lowe Alpine Packs - 25th Apr
    After various forays into different types of outdoor gear in recent years, Lowe Alpine have now gone back to just doing what they've done so well for so many years - back packs. (They do some travel bags and related accessories too, but we'll focus on the back…
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  • Rab Kinetic Plus Jacket - 13th Apr
    The new Kinetic Plus Jacket is a superlight stretchy softshell jacket that Rab claim is waterproof. I have been using one for a couple of weeks that Rab have kindly sent us to test. I have to admit that at first I was a little skeptical of the Kinetic…
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  • New Thermarest Mats - 11th Apr
    Thermarest have been updating their mats in a rolling process by category over the past couple of years. This year it's the turn of their Trek and Travel series. The Trek and Travel series of mats are a versatile range designed to by carried by backpackers without sacrificing…
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  • New from Montane this Spring - 04th Apr
    We've got a small selection of some quality Montane gear this season - it's mostly either mountaineering kit or running kit. Here's a quick run down of some new stuff and the popular stuff from last year. View all Montane Spring 2017 New Fast Alpine 40 and Featherlite Alpine 35 Both…
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