Brand new Montane stock now online

Montane, the latest in a long line of new stock to be received, has now arrived and is live on our website. After having a look through some of the products in the delivery, I thought I’d give you the low-down on some of the exciting brand new stock in the winter 2014 range.

Axion Neo Alpha Jacket

Axion Neo Alpha Jacket

The first new product to mention is the Axion Neo Alpha Jacket. Made with Polartec Alpha insulation and a NeoShell membrane, this technical mountain jacket stands out due to it’s breathable properties – it has to be one of the most breathable insulated waterproof jackets we’ve ever seen! It is purposely designed for use during hard exercise in cold temperatures, where it wicks moisture away from the skin quickly yet provides strong protection from the elements.

SkiMo Pants

SkiMo Pants

The SkiMo pants have all the necessary qualities to make them ideal for skiing activity. Notwithstanding the excellent water resistance that the fabric possesses, the real highlight is the level of mobility that they manage to retain. The SkiMo has been cut with leg articulation in mind, allowing for full ranges of movement without restriction.

Chonos Ultra Down Jacket

Chonos Ultra Down Jacket

Weighing in at only 650g, the Chonos Ultra Down Jacket immediately caught my eye. The Chonos is filled with 250g of high loft 800+ Goose down which is unbelievably effective at keeping heat in, but the jacket is also very durable considering it’s weight. The Goose down is thus protected from rips or possible damage, and is able to retain loft in harsh weather conditions.

For information on down insulation please see our guide.

To see the entire Montane Autumn/Winter 2014 range click here.

Need new gear for the ski season?

Deep powder

Ok, so perhaps it’s slightly early to be uttering the words ‘ski season’ whilst we’re still getting over the mainly pleasant summer we’ve had in the UK, but the anticipation is already becoming unbearable!

Don’t we all begin to wonder? Ski holiday plans start to form in your mind before you’ve even organised time off with the boss, and I don’t mean your other half!

Quite right, I reckon. After all, there are so many questions to be answered: Last-minute trip or early reservation? France or Switzerland? Who with? Have I got the right gear?

For me, the answer to the latter is almost always no. I hark back to my last trip and remember that day where I definitely could have done with some thermal baselayers in the beautiful deep, but very chilly, powder.

Marmot ThermalClime Pro Boot Tight

Marmot ThermalClime Pro Boot Tight

And then the time before that, where I had a very well insulated jacket for my week in Alpe d’Huez, which can be one of the warmest resorts in the Southern Alps. The word ‘breathability’ had never been more prominent, so I decided to get myself a new jacket with all the waterproof qualities but much better heat and sweat removal.

Arcteryx Beta AR Jacket

Arcteryx Beta AR Jacket

With all this new gear to take, I then needed an upgrade for the 10 year old suitcase with the wobbly wheels.

Dakine Split Roller

Dakine Split Roller

And I always treat myself to a new beanie for suitable après attire!

Mountain Equipment Committed Hat

Mountain Equipment Committed Hat

What are your go-to items when you get up the mountain? Which bits of kit do you think you’re due an upgrade in? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

New Winter 2014 stock is coming in thick and fast to our warehouse – be sure to keep an eye out for it.

More Ambit 3 Testing

Good News! The Ambit 3 reliably does something that the Ambit 2 never could…counting laps in the pool. I swam 40 laps at luchtime, constantly checking the distance recorded by the  Ambit 3 and it was bang on every time I checked.

Log File Summary 1

Log File Summary 1

Log File Summary 2

Log File Summary 2

New Rab Winter 14 range – FREE Tee

Winter is beginning to creep up on us, and here at Facewest we’ve been receiving masses of brand new Winter 2014 stock almost every day! The latest to meet the warehouse shelves is the great range of Rab products. All products in this range priced at £100 or more come with a FREE Rab Aeon Tee, just add a qualifying product to your basket and you’ll be asked what size you would like.

FREE Aeon Tee with every £100+ product

FREE Aeon Tee with every £100+ product

Shadow Hoodie - Durable Polartec WindPro protection with under helmet hood.

Shadow Hoodie – Durable Polartec WindPro protection with under helmet hood.

Versatile lightweight jacket with Primaloft One insulation. 390g.

Xenon X Hoodie – Versatile lightweight jacket with Primaloft One insulation

Guide Glove – Waterproof glove with high pile lining and eVent membrane

Mid weight Merino and Cocona blended baselayer. 240g.

MeCo 165 Long Sleeve Zip Tee – Mid weight Merino and Cocona blended baselayer

Browse the entire Rab Winter 2014 range here.

For more great FREE offers on WInter ’14 ranges, see the homepage.

Suunto Ambit 3 Review

The latest GPS watch from Suunto is finally with us. Looking very similar to the ambit 2 with many of the same features but using very different technology. The Ambit 3 no longer uses ANT+ communication but uses Bluetooth Smart. Whilst this doesn’t make much difference to the user when connecting to the heart rate belt or foot pod, it also allows the watch to communicate with your smartphone (iphone only currently but android app in progress). Combining the watch with your phone and associated app offers an alternative to the cabled PC connection for downloading info and editing displays plus receive phone notifications on the watch.

The Ambit comes in 2 variants, Ambit 3 Peak (starting at £360) and Ambit 3 Sports (starting at £275). The Peak as the name suggests in the outdoor / mountaineering version and has a barometer / altimeter and associated functions which the Sports version does not. The Sports can do altitude using a GPS fix but it’s not as accurate as an air pressure reading if you have calibrated the altimeter. The Sports does not have any features which the Peak does not.

The Ambit 3 Sports exists because many people use the Ambit as a measuring device and have no need of an really accurate altitude measurement or storm alarm so there is no need to pay for features that will not be used.

Ambit 3 Peak. Comes in Sapphire (pictured) and Black

Ambit 3 Sports in Blue. Also comes in Black, White and Sapphire

The Ambit 3 has your usual watch features like time, dual time and alarm. Whenever you do an activity the ambit 3 records what you are doing and where plus other values depending which sports mode you are in. You can define all the activities you do and what information is displayed and recorded. There are 3 data rows on the watch and you can define which info goes in which position and how many screen of data there are. All this was possible on the Ambit 2 but the screens could only be edited by connecting the Ambit to a PC and the movescount website. This is now possible using the movescount app. I think this is a great feature as I have often been away from home and wished the displays of my watch were different but could do nothing about them and then by the time I got home I had forgotten what I wanted to change! You can also review log files (recordings) of an exercise you have just done, including a map, by downloading the log into your phone without having to wait till you get to your PC.

GPS Performance is very important and the Ambit 3 has an upgraded antenna over the Ambit 2. This video shows the first and subsequent fixes of my watch. The video has some speeded up footage to make it less boring but the times are completely accurate.

There are a few things that are either are new on the Ambit 3 or I didn’t realise about the Ambit 2 that are worth a mention.

  • Heart Rate Belt now has some memory. If it looses connection to the watch it will store info until it can upload the data. There must be a connection to the watch to start the log file with HR but after that you could go swimming and leave your watch behind.
  • Trackback function still present in navigation as a separate item to find home which is straight line navigation back to first waypoint. There is still no option to join a route at the nearest waypoint, the user must select the starting waypoint manually.
  • Define shortcut. A long press of the bottom left button by default, changes the display from positive to negative or vice versa. However this is a definable shortcut. You can to most places in the menu and then define that point as the shortcut destination. I changed mine to the set reference altitude screen so I can calibrate my altimeter quickly when on the hill.
  • Storm alarm does not function in altimeter mode so it’s more of a marine tool than a mountain one.
  • There is a service menu that allows you to put your watch back in sleep mode to preserve the battery when not using it rather than recharge it. 10 second press of the upper 2 buttons, but you need the usb cable and a power source to wake it up again and all your settings are gone.
  • 5 button reset similar to sleep mode but reboots the watch but retains the current settings. I had a bluetooth connection problem caused by interrupting a sync cycle that was cleared by using this.
  • Some of the functions of the Movescount app require a data connection and some don’t. For example you can download a log file from watch to phone offline but you wouldn’t see the google map until online.

I am really pleased with my new Ambit, like a lot of upgrades these days I’m not sure it’s worth changing if you have the Ambit 2 but the new features of the Ambit 3 are well worth it. My favourite has to be the phone notifications on the watch, a great feature when running, biking or driving.

Free Tee with Mountain Equipment Winter 14

All our winter 14 range from Mountain Equipment is now live on the website. Most of it is in stock with just a few stragglers to come. We also have an offer on all new season products with an RRP of £100 or more…Free Andy Parkin T Shirt. Organic cotton shirts in crimson with Cerro Torre print, just add a qualifying product to your basket and you will be asked which size you require.


Andy Parkin Cerro Torre T Shirt

Other notable new products from Mountain Equipment include;

Lumin Jacket – 675 fill power water resistant down with lightweight helium outer shell.

Mazeno Jacket – combo of water resistant down and Primaloft Gold synthetic insulation. Insulation for difficult conditions.

Vulcan Jacket – Stretch Windstopper softshell jacket. A winter climbers softshell, very abrasion resistant with some warmth.

Eclipse Inferno Jacket – new warmer version of the eclipse hooded zip tee using Pontetorto fleece. A close fitting mid weight fleece for active use.


New Suunto Core Crush Models

We have had our first delivery of the new Suunto Core Crush Models – White, Grey, Coral and Lime. If you already have a Core of some description and you fancy a colour change then you can also get the straps on their own, which will fit any model of Suunto Core. All at 15% off RRP too!

Core Crush White

Core Crush Grey

Core Crush Coral

Core Crush Lime

All Suunto Core Replacement Straps

Summer 14 Goes on sale!

Summer 2014 clothing, sleeping bags and some camp / trek gear is now on sale. Check out the links below or look at the bottom of any category page on the site to see what’s on sale in that category.

All Summer 14 clothing on sale 25% off

All sleeping bags, tents, mats and camping gear.

All packs – 25% off

Luggage and Kit Bags 25% Off

Bank holiday plans?

August bank holiday weekend is almost upon us – a well-deserved 3 day break for most. But it’s a difficult decision when it comes to choosing how you spend the time.

Some of us may take advantage of the extra day and make plans for a an outdoor adventure somewhere. A spot of hiking? Cycling? A couple of days climbing, perhaps? It’s a great opportunity to break out of the confines of weekly routine and do something different, or something you haven’t had time for in a while.

Despite the unpredictable nature of the Great British weather, it is forecasted to be decent across the UK this weekend. Nevertheless, make sure you’re prepared for those onslaughts of wind and rain wherever you decide to go!

Be prepared

So, in order to help prepare you for all that this weekend may bring, we at Facewest are putting on a 24-hour special offer. You will have the chance to buy on our site with an extra 10% discount available on EVERYTHING! This includes 10% off brand new Autumn/Winter 2014 products and an extra 10% off current discounted items, meaning there are bargains to be had.

The offer will be available to all those signed-up to the Facewest newsletter and will begin at 14:30 (UK time) on Wednesday 20th August. You’ll have to be quick though, the discount will be active for 24 hours only. Make sure you’re signed up, otherwise you’ll miss out on this discount and many great offers in the future!

Arc’teryx Autumn/Winter 2014 is here!

We’ve just received our first delivery of brand new Arc’teryx stock for the coming season, and we’re so excited that we thought we’d give you a sneak preview of what was inside!

Here are a few products that are completely new to the Arc’teryx range which we couldn’t wait to try out:

Arc'teryx Alpha Comp Pant

Arc’teryx Alpha Comp Pant

A super versatile pant ideal for either climbing or skiing in conditions where a good degree of leg protection is required but full on over trousers are too much. Designed with a unique Composite Construction they are a combination of Gore 3 layer fabric with a fast wicking Tricot backer and Fortius stretch softshell fabric that is breathable and also allows for unrestricted movement.


Arc'teryx Argus Jacket

Arc’teryx Argus Jacket

A performance windshirt with a layer of Polartec Alpha in the chest and shoulders – the ideal jacket for running in colder weather. The outer chest fabric is a highly wind resistant Nylon ripstop that has a DWR finish ensuring light rain and snow will be easily shed. The lower arms and back use Torrent fabric with built in stretch. This fabric is Polygiene treated, a silver and salt based finish that keeps the Argus jacket fresh and free from odour for longer periods.


Arc'teryx Khamski 48

Arc’teryx Khamski 48

A superb choice for Backcountry skiing – offering durability combined with excellent features. The Khamski 48 enables skis to be carried easily and comfortably with secure external straps binding them to the sides or across the front of the pack. For support there are aluminium M-bar stays that transfer weight to the hip belt, which can be removed if a lighter load is required.

Want to see more? There’s plenty of great gear to have a look at –

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