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Transceiver. Shovel. Probe. 3 necessities to ski safely off piste. Packaged together to make picking your equipment easier and cheaper than buying separately.

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Avalanche Airbags are popular for all types of of off piste skiing and with 20 models to choose from it's easy to get the pack and system suitable for you.

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Stay dry throughout the autumn showers without the need to retreat inside with one of our breathable, waterproof jackets.


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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  

  • Avalanche Safety Articles - 16th Jan
    We've been given a set of 4 articles on transceivers and transceiver rescues by our partners the International School of Mountaineering (ISM). They are all written by experienced IFMGA Mountain Guide Terry Ralphs. There are also some other articles available written by a number of other experienced people. It seems…
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  • New Ski Touring Equipment from Mammut - 03rd Jan
    We've got 2 new packs and a redesigned shovel from Mammut this winter, here's what we think of them... Spindrift 26 The new Spindrift pack is a great day pack for skiing, ideal for both days on piste as well as day tours where you won't be needing to take…
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  • How To Choose A Transceiver - 18th Dec
    Choosing your first transceiver or even replacing an old model can be a difficult decision and you can spend hours researching various different makes and models only to be left none the wiser as to which one is best. As I've said before, the good news is that…
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  • New Petzl Ice Axes - 12th Dec
    Petzl have updated their technical axes this winter. Here at Facewest we will be stocking two of their new axes; the Quark and Nomic. Between them they cover the full spectrum of Winter climbing, from easy gullys to steep Ice and mixed climbing. The straighter, slightly longer Quarks…
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  • Christmas Gift Ideas - 05th Dec
    It's that time of year again and as usual we're here to help find a great present for the outdoor enthusiast. We've got 5 categories with gift ideas in a range of prices. Hikers, skiers, climbers, and runners are all catered for plus a range of products, big and…
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  • New Transceivers from Black Diamond/Pieps - 30th Nov
    Black Diamond have entered the transceiver market for the first time but don't be put off at their lack of experience, these transceivers are actually the latest generation devices from renowned avalanche safety brand Pieps. The Guide BT Transceiver is the fully featured variant with advanced functions designed for…
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  • New Brand – 10 Peaks - 22nd Nov
    We have a new brand called 10 Peaks for winter this year. They're an independent glove brand named after the 10 Peaks mountain range in Alberta, Canada. They make gloves, but with a difference... Their gloves feature the C-Zip which is a zipper that runs across the back of…
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  • Staff Review – Rab Torque Jacket - 15th Nov
    The Rab Torque Jacket is a lighter softshell jacket made form Matrix DWS (Double Weave Stretch) fabric through the body, shoulders and sleeves. The inside of the elbows and hood use Matrix SWS (Single Weave Stretch) fabric with Ripstop for additional durability. I've used the Rab Torque Jacket on…
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  • New from Mountain Equipment - 08th Nov
    There are a few new products from Mountain Equipment this year. Scroll down to see what's what. K7 Jacket The K7 is an expedition down jacket designed to get the balance between warmth, weight and packability. It has plenty of down contained in the windproof and water resistant Drilite loft…
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  • Software Update for the Mammut Barryvox Transceivers - 26th Oct
    Mammut have released the first software update for their new (as of last winter) Barryvox and Barryvox S transceivers - version 3.0, called BarryHeart. The previous version was 2.0. The main feature of the new software is that it allows users to share the update device to device,…
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