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    Alone in the Wilderness
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    Oct 2015

    Question Mountain warehouse

    Recently one of their branches opened in our part of Norfolk never used this company, any opinions on this company and its products

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    Wanderer claverhouse's Avatar
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    Apr 2012
    Wilds of Aberdeenshire
    Low quality clothing and gear sold at medium prices
    I'd rather a full bottle in front of me than a full frontal lobotomy

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    Tribal Elder Humakt's Avatar
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    Jan 2011
    The hills of Sartar
    Erm...yeah...well, you've not just had a top-end outdoor equipment shop open up nearby.
    I'm not going to be too down on Mountain Warehouse though.
    It's definitely aimed at the mass-market/casual outdoor fashion end of the market though. I would suggest that no 'serious' outdoor participant shops there.
    But it's OK for bits and pieces. Don't let people totally dismiss it for you.

    My only serious word of caution is that the zips on their clothing are poor. I certainly wouldn't buy any.
    But T shirts, bottles, odds and ends in their '2-for-1' range, and my father swears their base layers are good for the money (when on sale), and other things like that are fine. A fleece is a fleece, so I reckon you'd be OK there. I just wouldn't touch their jackets with a barge pole no matter how good a bargain they seem - I (and I know a few others) have had nothing but problems with them, and it's nearly always the bloody damn zips.

    A lot of their stuff is aimed at selling you a lifestyle rather than a practical outdoors item. Example - t-shirts with VW beetles and camper vans on them (because, hey! Camper vans are, like, you know, totally cool, yeah?!). So, fashion stuff rather than decent outdoor stuff.
    Like I say, it's the kind of place that people who walk around town in outdoor gear or only experience the countryside when taking the dog for a walk shop at (not that there's anything intrinsically wrong with that), but not the kind of place that anyone doing anything 'serious' outside goes to.

    A good example of the kind of shop it is, and the customer base they expect - earlier this year (about February/March time) I went into our local store because I wanted some tent pegs. I looked around and couldn't see any. So I asked a sales assistant where they were. 'Oh, we don't have any on the shelves at the moment until the camping season starts in a couple of months.' That's what they're geared up for and the kind of customer they aim at. So long as you go in there with that kind of expectation then you'll be fine and won't feel let down.
    Last edited by Humakt; 12-10-2015 at 05:00 AM.
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    Woodsman Pootle's Avatar
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    Mar 2014
    Yeah as above really. they're ok as long as you don't need to rely on your kit too much. ok for a cheap fleece or waterproof notepad that can't go too wrong.
    The thing is the prices aren't quite as cheap as the products.

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    Natural Born Bushcrafter Midge_Fodder's Avatar
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    Sunny Dumfriesshire
    I'm not a fan if I'm honest. I tend to find small independent retailers are the way to go.
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    Isn't it nice when someone says "that's a great piece of kit, where did you buy that", then you can modestly reply "you can't buy it, I made it myself". The moral is, it's amazing what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.

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