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Happy Christmas from everyone at Facewest.co.uk!

Left the Christmas shopping ’til the last minute? Don’t panic, because at Facewest.co.uk we can get your orders to you just in time for the big day!

Our £4.95 Next Day delivery service guarantees your order will arrive on Christmas Eve (excluding remote areas), and is available right up until 2:30pm on Tuesday 23rd December.

For pre-Christmas saver delivery, the cut off is 1:30pm Friday 19th December. Though, if you need a guaranteed delivery before Christmas, we recommend you choose the Next Day service.

For more details see our Christmas Shopping page.

And as an extra special festive gift, we’ll be sending out a voucher for FREE Next Day delivery (valid from 10am, Monday 22nd to 10am, Tuesday 23rd December). All you have to do to receive your voucher on Monday morning is make sure you’re signed up to our Advent Calendar. Click the banner below to subscribe.

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An incredible ski line

Check out this unbelievable chute run, the ‘line of the year’ 2014!

Free Avalanche Awareness Course

 

We are pleased to announce that Facewest will be holding an Avalanche Awareness day alongside Arc’teryx and the BMG (British Mountain Guides). The day’s activities will consist of transceiver training and avalanche safety, along with tips and instruction from experienced British Mountain Guide, Graham McMahon.

Graham McMahon

Graham has over 25 years of mountain experience, and currently spends the winters skiing and the summers climbing. He also provides avalanche training for the Ski Club of Great Britain and heads the mountaineering training for the UK’s UIAA Diploma in Mountain Medicine. You can check out Graham’s website here: www.mountainguide.eu.com.

The knowledge gained from this event is vital to anyone who spends time in the mountains. The day promises not only to be incredibly helpful, but also a good bit of fun.

The course will take place on Saturday 10th January 2015 at the Edale Youth Hostel and will begin at 9:30am, with a likely finish time of around 5pm.

YHA Edale
Rowland Cote
Nether Booth, Edale
Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 7ZH

This event is open to everyone and anyone, and is absolutely free! There are, however, a limited number of spaces available on this course – so if you are interested then please send an email with your full name to jonathan@facewest.co.uk, and we will get back to you. Places are provided on a first come, first served basis, and we will ask you for a fully refundable reservation payment which will be refunded upon attendance of the course.

For useful info visit the official British Mountain Guide site here: www.bmg.org.uk.

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Test fire your Avalanche Airbag for FREE

 

When you invest in a piece of kit that is designed to keep you alive, it’s understandable that you want ensure it actually works. In order to help you familiarise yourself with how your avalanche airbag operates, we’re allowing each customer a FREE test launch with every airbag purchased!

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Test firing the system prior to your trip is a very helpful way of learning about your airbag, and means that you’ll know your way around it should you find yourself in danger. It also allows you to practice packing the airbag away, removing the canister and fitting a new one.

Buy your airbag with 2 canisters (& handles for ABS) and if you return one of the canisters (& handle) within 30 days we will give you a full refund. If you wish to have 2 canisters we will exchange and return it for free.

See the full range of airbags here.

Check out Luke and Maria testing the Mammut Ride Pro Protection 22L and the BCA Float 32 airbags:

Facewest Advent Calendar 2014

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The Advent Calendar is back for the fourth year running – and it’s better than ever!

Every day, from the 1st right up to the 24th December, we’re sending out a unique offer exclusively to the subscribers of our Advent Calendar mailing list. There are loads of great opportunities to bag yourself a bargain in the run up to Christmas, with big brand discounts and freebies in the pipeline.

So what are you waiting for!? Click the image above to sign up to our list and receive these rewards.

Win a Suunto Ambit GPS Watch – Worth £360

Suunto Ambit 3 Peak Black

Here is your chance to win the latest GPS watch from Suunto. The Ambit 3 Peak not only has a fully featured GPS but also has a barometric altimeter, making it the perfect tool for mountaineering, navigating and recording activites. The Ambit 3 watch will pair with your iPhone (and android in the future) via bluetooth so you can see watch data on your phone screen and phone notifications on the watch. All the watch settings can be configured through the Movescount app so you can change things even when away from your PC. In short a pretty great piece of kit.

To win the Ambit 3 we want you to do a GPS drawing. If you are unsure what a GPS drawing is then have a look at these examples. You can do your drawing using a handheld GPS or any number of free phone apps, I did mine using Endomondo, but there are many. When you have done your drawing please email a .GPX file to jonathan@facewest.co.uk. The best drawing as judged by us will win the Ambit 3.

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Just about says Facewest

My effort above is pretty rubbish as you can see, although it does have a certain graffittiesque style to it. My advice is to go as large scale as you can to eliminate inaccuracies in the recording of the GPS track. If possible on your gps set the recording interval to be as short as possible and make sure you wait at each turn in your design so that the track log records the end of each line. We will publish entries on our facebook page. The competition is open to anyone and is free to enter so please spread the word and get as many entires as we can. We don’t care if you do your drawing on foot, bike, kayak or car, although any entries obviously done by editing the .GPX file manually will be marked down. The closing date is 10th of December so that the lucky winner will have their Ambit 3 before Christmas.

Now we realise that there is a huge temptation to do a certain type of drawing, one that was particularly popular on subway walls in the ’80s and always makes small boys and grown men laugh. We know it’s impossible to ask for you not to do this so we are having a separate competition for any drawings of body parts. The best one will still win another Suunto product but just to be clear DRAWINGS OF BODY PARTS WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN THE AMBIT 3. Click here to see an example of a lower prize entry.

If you are desperate for a Suunto Ambit 3 then buy one! If the winner of the competition has purchased an Ambit 3 from us then we will refund them up to the cost of the Ambit 3 Peak. So get out there and start drawing.

Dynastar 2015 Skis

The new range of Dynastar 2015 skis that have just arrived in our warehouse! In this post we get down to the nitty-gritty of what these skis are all about…

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Pictured (from left to right) – Cham High Mountain 97s, Cham 107s, Cham 97s and Cham High Mountain 107s.

Dynastar Cham 97

 
The Cham 97mm is a capable Freeride ski. It’s quite heavy and stiff – a great ski for charging down lines whatever the conditions, with a slight bias toward mixed conditions. It’s a ski for strong Advanced-Expert skiers. Weaker less experienced skiers won’t get the most from this ski.

Freeride: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Awesome in the right hands. Will rip up all conditions. Will also be a really nice on the groomed piste.

Touring: ★ ★ ★

A bit too heavy. Only for fit skiers who want a capable downhill Freeride ski.

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Dynastar Cham 107

 
Wider than the 97, with a slight bias toward softer conditions. A powder seeker – strong skiers required.

Freeride: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Will rip up powder fields and still cope well with a variety of snow conditions.

Touring: ★ ★

Really too heavy. Only for really fit skiers who want a no compromise downhill Freeride ski.

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Dynastar Cham High Mountain 97

 
The same shape as the Cham 97 but with a lighter construction making it more suited to Touring. It is still relatively stiff for a touring ski, and it’s relatively light at 1710g. So this ski really sits in the middle ground between a touring ski and a freerdie ski. It’s downhill perfomance will be very good, and it will be light enough to use for longer tours. A really good all rounder for a lot of people.

Freeride: ★ ★ ★

Good enough as a Freeride ski for many. Only really advanced and strong skiers will find this ski too light.

Touring: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

5 stars. Not really light, but light enough for most tours and with great downhill capability.

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Dynastar Cham High Mountain 107

 
The same shape as the Cham 107 but with a lighter construction making it more suited to Touring. It is still relatively stiff for a touring ski, and it’s relatively light at 2010g for a ski of this width. So this ski really sits in the middle ground between a touring ski and a freeride ski. It’s downhill soft snow perfomance will be very good, and it will be light enough to use for longer tours. A really good soft snow focuseed all rounder for a lot of people.

Freeride: ★ ★ ★

Good enough as a Freeride ski for many. Only really advanced and strong skiers will find this ski too light. Great in soft snow!

Touring: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

5 stars. Not that light, but light enough for most tours where you require great soft snow performance.

Explore the Dynastar range here.

Click here to see the full range of 2015 skis, and check out our full run down of the range in our Ski Comparison Chart.

Headtorches – Fancy 10% off?

Halloween headtorch

Now is the perfect time to get yourself a headtorch, and at Facewest.co.uk we’ve got a huge range of them, suitable for all activities – perfect solutions for trail running, mountain biking, walking the dog, basically anywhere you’ll need some (or lots of) light!

Black Diamond Ion

Black Diamond Ion

The Ion packs a lot of punch both for it’s size and for the price. It is by far the lightest 80 Lumen torch that we sell, weighing in at a mere 48g including batteries. This combination makes the Ion the perfect choice for those wanting a lightweight torch that will provide a good beam or for an emergency back-up torch.

Petzl Nao

Petzl Nao

This is the first update Petzl have done on the already impressive Nao and it is now capable of a massive 575 lumens with a much longer burn time. The reactive lighting technology measures the amount of light being bounced back at the torch and adjusts the power and beam pattern accordingly, so that the relative light level remains the same. This allows you to have an amazingly bright light last a long time from a pretty small battery without having to continually adjust the power setting yourself.

This product has been reviewed by Facewest’s Stu – see the full review here.

Mammut X Shot

Mammut X Shot

A lightweight and extremely versatile headtorch, primarily designed for mountaineering, trekking and expedition use. It features a single highflux LED which gives a powerful 110m beam and two angled definition LEDs, providing a close range flood beam. This makes the X Shot a great torch for close navigation where you can use the main beam to identify features and then the flood to avoid dazzling yourself when map reading. The X-shot’s remote battery pack ensures that the torch is stable enough for runners which, combined with its power to weight ratio, makes it a great adventure racing torch.

Silva Trail Runner II USB

Silva Trail Runner II USB

An excellent runners headtorch that benefits from being able to be charged via a USB port, whether on a computer or wall socket. If you run to work you can then charge it through the day ready for the run home. The LEDs of the Trail Runner II USB are housed in a unique barrel shaped unit which gives a really wide angle adjustment from almost straight down to about 15° above horizontal. The barrel shape also aids heat dispersal which improves light output and battery life.

See our full range of headtorches here.

Want to know more about ‘lumens’ and ‘burn time’? Read our How To Choose A Headtorch Guide. Also, see our Headtorch Comparison Chart for a full run down of the range.

Fancy getting 10% off any headtorch in our range? Head to our Facebook page for details on how to claim your discount voucher!

Remember, remember – this offer expires on the 5th of November!

SealSkinz

Sealskinz

SealSkinz are renowned for producing top quality waterproof accessories for hiking and biking or, in fact, wherever it’s likely to be cold and wet. With the patented breathable and waterproof technologies that SealSkinz products have to offer, there are few places where a pair of their socks or gloves won’t come in handy!

All Season Glove

All Season Glove

The Sealskinz All Season Glove is the perfect all-round glove for use in the hills and mountains where a medium level of insulation is required. With pre-curved fingers and a soft goatskin leather palm, these gloves not only provide an effective barrier against the elements, but also feel very luxurious and comfortable.

What our customers said about the All Season Glove:
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – “A beautifully warm, completely waterproof and hardwearing glove. These have to be the best gloves I’ve used for cold and wet-weather cycling and if they ever wear out I’ll be getting the same again. I wasn’t sure that they would be flexible enough for cycling but they’ve been absolutely fine.”

Neil, Preston

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – “Bought these just before the bad weather set in and they are really great so soft and warm but not bulky. I use these for walking the hills with our dog here in Scotland and would highly recommend them. Buy from Facewest and you won’t be disappointed. I am buying a pair for my wife now so she can enjoy warm and dry hands.”
Adrian, Aberdeenshire

Mid-Weight MidLength Sock

Mid-Weight MidLength Sock

Perfect for all season walking and other lower aerobic activities, this sock is possibly too warm for cycling and running unless in very cold conditions but is fantastic for walkers, mountaineers and those working in the outdoors. The sock is insulated yet fully waterproof and breathable thanks to its membrane construction, and features a lovely Merino wool lining.

Winter Cycle Glove

Winter Cycle Glove

The Winter Cycle Glove provides the serious biker with rugged waterproof coverage and complete insulation for those winter days on the road or trails. These gloves feature a durable palm and gel padding for increased grip and comfort and added insulation to provide high levels of warmth.

The Winter Cycle Gloves are also available in a female specific fit: SealSkinz Womens Winter Cycle Glove

Waterproof Overshoes

Waterproof Overshoes

Base of overshoe

Base of overshoe

The first overshoes from Sealskinz, and they certainly match up to the Sealskinz reputation. This close fitting overshoe is completely waterproof and comes with openings for the cleat and heel, making them perfect for road cycling in the wet and/or cold, and with Kevlar protection around the foot and heel to prevent damage.

See the full SealSkinz range here.

Coll Tex Whizzz Glue

Coll Tex have a new skin glue on the market called Whizzz. Check out my first impressions video here.