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Get Outdoors For Less - Clothing

Come rain or shine, you want to feel comfortable no matter the adventure. Wearing the right clothing means that you can spend more time enjoying the great outdoors, regardless of what the weather decides to do. So, whether you are looking to run from point A to B in the lightest kit or want a cosy jacket to keep the wind off you at your next campsite – Tiso offers a wide range of clothing that allows you to get outdoors and explore for less

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Waterproof jackets don’t just keep you dry, they should also keep you comfortable by allowing your body to breath when sweating. Waterproof jackets are designed with different purposes and activities in mind, so it’s best if you know roughly what you would like from a waterproof jacket too. For example,

  • How breathable do you need the jacket to be? Are you using it for high-impact activities like running & cycling or is it more for low-intensity trail walking.
  • Are you looking to save on a products weight? If so, a lightweight waterproof shell that can easily be packed away inside your rucksack could be a good option.
  • Do you prefer the security of a more robust waterproof fabric that can withstand tougher environments like abrasive rocks or carrying a heavy rucksack?

Depending on your preference, we cover a wide range of jackets that are suitable, especially for those new to the outdoors.

Our “Get Outdoors for Less” range offers a variety of different brands and styles for those that are new to the outdoors. Whether you are looking for your first hiking jacket or want to treat yourself to some newer gear, here are some of our top recommendations:

  • Men’s – Berghaus Men’s Long Cornice II Gore-Tex Jacket This Gore-Tex Waterproof Jacket from Berghaus is a great piece of kit for wet weather walking. Made using 2-layer Gore-Tex waterproof fabrics, the jacket keeps the wind & rain out while remaining completely breathable. It is also made with a slightly longer length meaning more of your body is kept covered and protected. Featuring elasticated cuffs, a soft lined collar and stashable hood, the Berghaus Men’s Long Cornice II Gore-Tex Jacket goes above and beyond to keep you comfortable and dry.
  • Women’s - Peter Storm Women's Frosty Down II Jacket – (APCSL8TI0106) Popular with both hillwalkers and dog walkers, this women’s down jacket is perfect for chilly days outside. The jacket is lightweight and comfortable due to its 90/10 natural down fill so you barely notice you are wearing it. Featuring an active fit design as well as a down-filled hood, this cosy jacket is great to throw on when the wind picks up. Don’t just let us tell you how great this insulated jacket is, check out our customers reviews of it too!

You do not need to spend an arm and a leg to get a quality outdoor jacket, however, paying more isn’t just a marketing trick either. In terms of outdoor jackets (waterproof/down-filled/ski jackets etc), the price point is usually an indication of the technology and research that has gone into making the product.

For example, some people may want to pay extra for GORE-TEX technology as it is known for being a high-performance membrane. GORE-TEX is a company that manufactures specialist fabrics used to keep wind or rain out while remaining totally breathable. Although some brands offer their own version of such membranes, GORE-TEX remains unique and is used by a large amount of outdoor companies such as Arc’teryx, Mountain Equipment, Berghaus, Rab and many more. The higher priced Tiso stock is aimed towards more specific needs and sports that take place in the outdoors but that does not mean that only professionals can buy it. Just like our mid-range price point Jackets, all the products we sell are from well-respected and trusted brands as we want to ensure that the jacket you choose is of a high quality, no matter your needs.

Yes and it is less daunting than some may think. Make sure to read the manufacturers guidelines to be on the safe side. We recommend using designated technical washes such as Nikwax Tech Wash and Nikwax TX Direct. These are great as they are designed to clean & proof your outdoor gear without ruining its performance and breathability. Other non-bio soaps can be safe to use but under no circumstances should you wash your kit with biological soap as it can ruin your jacket completely. Also, you do not need to wash/proof your kit every time you wear it.

Not only does wearing the appropriate kit keep you feeling comfortable when out on the hills, it can quite literally be a life saver too. Here is our rough guide at what to include when dressing for hillwalking in spring and summer conditions.

  • Technical T-Shirt - Usually made from lightweight fabrics such as polyester, these T-Shirts are great at wicking away sweat and provide next to the skin comfort. Some T-Shirts also offer UPF protection and odour control for sunnier days.
  • Trekking Trousers/Shorts – Trekking trousers are a great choice as they offer wind & abrasion resistance, a durable water-repellent finish (DWR) and can be a great piece of multi-season kit. Just make sure you stay away from wearing jeans or cotton materials as they are prone to absorbing water and sweat, meaning its harder for you to stay warm on the hills if the wind and rain appears.
  • Midlayer – We all know that the UK summer isn’t always “taps-aff” weather. From early starts to windier conditions, we have a wide range of midlayers for you to choose from. So, whether you are looking for a lightweight quarter zip or a thicker hooded fleece, our range of midlayers will offer unrestricted movement and performance.
  • Waterproof Jacket – No matter the forecast, you should always be prepared for rain. A hooded, waterproof shell can be packed with ease into your rucksack to keep you protected from summer showers.
  • Waterproof Trousers – Don’t forget about your lower half when it comes to the rain. For long days on the hill, don’t let the weather turn your adventure into a slug by being completely soaked through.
  • Down/Synthetic Jacket – On multi-day walks and overnight camping trips, it can be nice to have an insulated jacket to throw on when the temperature drops. Often, these jackets can be tossed into a stuff-sack and are so compact you do not notice it in your backpack.

Although you should always have a waterproof jacket packed for emergencies, it isn’t always what you are in the mood to wear.

  • Softshell Jacket – A softshell jacket is a highly versatile piece of kit. Think of them like a more breathable but less waterproof version of your waterproof shell. Providing comfort and protection, these jackets are great for blocking out howling headwinds as you run, walk or cycle. Softshell jackets are usually made from materials that allow a free range of movement with good stretch and a Durable Water-Repellent finish (DWR) meaning they can keep you protected from a light shower and be worn comfortably on their own or over a midlayer.
  • Down/Synthetic Insulated Jacket – You may recognise these baffled jackets from the colder months as they are a great form of lightweight insulation. They can be worn on their own or underneath your waterproof shell and are renowned for their warmth, weight and packability. For more information head to our Tiso Blog where we discussed the differences between Down & Synthetic Insulated jackets in more detail
  • Gilets & Vests – These are similarly made to the above jackets but without the sleeves. These can feel incredibly comfortable on the hills as your arms are still free to move without the restriction of a jacket while the gilet/vest keeps your body temperature up

Get Outdoors For Less - Footwear

Footwear is the most important piece of outdoor kit. Poor quality and poor fitting boots will result in a miserable day on the hill. That is why at Tiso we only stock shoes and boots that we know will serve you well in the outdoors. At Tiso we believe the outdoors should be accessible to everyone, and these are our best value boots and shoes from top footwear brands. Get outdoors and explore for less.

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This is one of the most common questions we get asked at Tiso and also one of the most difficult! A good guideline for quality boots is 500-1000 miles (805 to 1610km). We know that is a huge range but there are many factors that will affect the mileage that your boots can handle: harder terrain, bogs, and scree will shorten their lifespan, whilst softer terrain and the correct maintenance and care of your boots will extend their lifespan. Then of course there are other variables such as the quality of the boots, how frequently and intensively you intend on using them, and your weight.

That is not just your body mass, but the size of the load you’re carrying around. If you’re on a multi-day hike carrying a heavy rucksack, the extra weight added to your body frame will put more stress on the boots and wear them out sooner.

In order to get the best value out of your walking boots, it is crucial to engage in proper maintenance. This means giving them material-specific care, but you should always clean your boots, thoroughly removing all mud and debris, and dry them after each use. You should ensure that your boots are air dried and not left next to a radiator, as this will dry them out and cause the material to degrade over time. The final step is re-proofing. Did you know that on average each foot will sweat around 330ml each day?

All boots are treated with something called a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) coating. It means that when you get your boots wet water will bead off, but over time this will wear off and the material will just stay wet. When this happens you should re-proof your boots after you have cleaned them at the end of the day, as this will allow the waterproof membrane to shift moisture away from your foot and stop you getting clammy feet and potentially blisters. Which proofer you use will depend on the material your boots is made from, but we stock proofer for leather, synthetic, nubuck, and suede boots and shoes, so you can get the best value from your purchase.

This is purely down to personal preference, but most people will find that one pair is enough and all footwear fitters agree that a great pair of walking socks is essential to the fitting process. Not only will the socks protect your feet from blistering and provide additional breathability, but they will also fill out the boot to complement the shape of your foot and maintain warmth. Walking socks have special features including padding, insulation, and elasticity, so whether you want to wear one pair or two, ensure they are good quality walking socks from a brand such as Bridgedale or Smartwool.

Buying the right boot size for your foot shape is the single most important consideration, much more than aesthetics. This will determine how comfortable they feel when you are wearing them and how kind they are to your feet over time and distance. It is not just the length, but also the width and overall shape of the boot that must be a good match for your foot shape. No two feet are the same, do your feet have any special fitting considerations such as bunions or are they particularly broad or narrow? We look for walking boots to be snug and comfortable, with no excess space for the feet to move around in, but not too tight in order to allow them to remain breathable.

You should try them on instore later in the day, or wear them at home in the evening if you have ordered them online, as feet swell up naturally throughout the day and so trying them on after mid-afternoon will provide a more realistic fit and mirror what happens to your feet when having a day in the hills.

This decision really depends on your specific needs. Leather boots are waterproof, durable, tough, and breathable, but require more maintenance, are generally heavier, and more rigid, meaning that they are sometimes less comfortable than synthetic boots straight out of the box. However, when maintained properly leather boots often have a longer lifespan than fabric boots.

Synthetic walking boots have a much more diversified upper, which can make them more aesthetically pleasing to some. They are also softer, which means they do not require as much breaking in. However, they are often a bit harder to clean and can have a shorter lifespan than leather boots when not maintained properly.

Your personal preference, the type of walking you currently do, and future plans, will dictate the choice of material. If you have any questions, pop into your local Tiso store and chat to our Footwear Fitting Experts.

At Tiso, we rate our boots based on how many and which seasons walking boots are built for, theoretically ranging from one-season boots (Summer) to four-season boots (Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter). However, the vast majority of our boots fall in the three-season (Spring, Summer, and Autumn) range. Which season rating boot you buy will depend on the type of walking you do at which time of year.

Three-season boots are the most versatile and useful footwear for walking in the UK, as well as walkers’ most popular choice. Not as stiff as four-season boots yet able to provide top-level protection against the elements, three-season boots are suitable for walking in the mountains on rocky terrain and steep paths. Three-season boots are reliably waterproof and can handle whatever the weather throws at you.

Four-season boots are designed to handle extreme conditions on Scottish mountains year-round. They feature stiffer soles and harder-wearing uppers than three-season boots and are crampon compatible for walking in snow and ice. Their increased rigidity means that they are less comfortable for walking for longer distances than three-season boots and your feet could tire quicker, especially if worn in the summer on lower-level hikes

If you are buying your first pair of walking boots and have designs to do Munros in winter, then we recommend buying a three-season boot and then supplementing it with a four-season boot to use over the winter months. We even hire four-season boots, crampons, and ice axes from our Outdoor Experience Stores, so you can try before you buy.

What is Get Outdoors For Less?

In 1962, Graham and Maude Tiso opened their first store with a commitment to providing high quality and great value kit to its customers.

With this in mind, we have recently launched our “Get Outdoors For Less” range which is a sure-fire way of recognising our best value kit from top brands. Not only have we selected products for people who have newly discovered their passion for the outdoors, but it is also for those looking at taking the first steps towards building a reliable outdoor kit list. The products in our, “Get Outdoors For Less” range are a combination of staff favourites together with great performers that have excellent durability and value for money. We want these products to show that you don’t need to buy the flashiest piece of new kit to have fun in the hills.

Investing in new pieces of kit can be a daunting task no matter your experience in the outdoors. We want to simplify your shopping experience so that you can spend more time enjoying nature and less time worrying about if your kit is suitable. So, whether you are hiking the West Highland Way, touring the North Coast 500 or bagging your 100th Munro, get outdoors and explore for less.

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Get Outdoors For Less - Rucksacks

Rucksacks carry everything we need for whatever adventure we have planned; from a day's walk along the coast, to a hike up a munro, to wild camping by a loch. Having the right backpack means that you can enjoy these moments to the full, and can carry enough food, water, and spare clothes to not worry if the sun refuses to shine. At Tiso we believe the outdoors should be accessible to everyone, and here you can find our best value rucksacks from top brands. Get outdoors and explore for less.

Get Outdoors For Less - Camping

Camping is wonderful. The joy of waking up high in the mountains or at your favourite campsite is a magical experience. Having the right tent means that you can enjoy these moments to the full, and not worry if the sun refuses to shine. At Tiso we believe the outdoors should be accessible to everyone, and here you can find our best value camping kit from top brands. Get outdoors and explore for less.

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In Scotland we are extremely lucky to have some of the best access rights in the world, but be sure to familiarise yourself with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code before heading out wild camping (https://www.outdooraccess-scotland.scot/practical-guide-all/camping. Basically, campers should follow a policy of ‘leave-no-trace’ and only stay for two or three nights in any one place. You can camp in this way wherever access rights apply, with the notable exception being Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, which due to overuse is subject to wild camping byelaws.

This means that camping is only permitted within campsites or with a camping permit. When wild camping, you can help to avoid causing problems for local people and land managers by not pitching your tent in enclosed fields of crops or farm animals and by keeping well away from buildings, roads, or historic structures. Take extra care to avoid disturbing deer stalking or grouse shooting. We also suggest you avoid overcrowding by moving on to another location if it’s already a busy spot, and that you take away all your rubbish and consider picking up other litter as well.

Wherever possible you should use a stove rather than light an open fire. If you do wish to light an open fire, keep it small, under control, and supervised – fires that get out of control can cause major damage, for which you might be liable. Never light an open fire during prolonged dry periods or in areas such as forests, woods, farmland, or on peaty ground or near to buildings or in cultural heritage sites where damage can be easily caused. You should also make sure to remove all traces of an open fire before you leave. If in doubt, use a stove.

The best tip is to leave camp exactly how you found it. Some people take photos of their pitch before they have put up their tent and make an effort afterwards to put rocks and sticks back in the area where the tent was so there is no trace that they were ever there. You should avoid digging or removing vegetation and boulders, and choose a flat, dry area to pitch your tent. This will help to minimize your impact on the area. You should avoid sites that are at risk of overuse, and think about where you are parking your vehicle. Cars and vans can damage grass and soft land; make sure you park on hard ground.

Finally, you should take away all your litter and take care with toilet hygiene. Use public toilets where possible, but if you need to go to the toilet outdoors then make sure to go at least 50m away from water sources and buildings. Bring a trowel so waste and used toilet paper can be buried, and bag your sanitary items and wet wipes and taken them out, don’t bury or leave them behind.

What you take with you when camping will depend on whether you are wild camping or camping on a campsite, but for wild camping in Scotland our recommendations are: sleeping bag, pillow, sleeping mat, head torch (and spare batteries), camping stove, fuel for the stove, pot for boiling water, food, water, tent, lighter, matches, or flint for lighting the stove, washbag, toilet roll, trowel, midge net, insect repellent, waterproof clothing, spare clothing, a first aid kit, and a rubbish bag. And of course a rucksack big enough to fit it all in! If you are camping on a campsite then you can adjust this list as required (perhaps you don’t need toilet roll and trowel, or a stove), and you could potentially take a table and camp chairs for a bit of extra comfort, a cool box, and a towel for a shower. But what you will need will depend where you are going, and for how long. These essentials are a good start though!

To get the maximum lifespan out of your tent there are a few good general care tips including using a ground sheet under the tent whenever possible (cheaper and easier to replace than a torn tent floor), not wearing shoes inside your tent, and brushing the tent floor daily when using it to prevent damage from stones.

Even in Scotland the lifespan of your tent can be seriously shortened by ultraviolet damage, caused by excessive exposure to sunlight. Whilst tent fabrics are UV resistant, any synthetic fabric is susceptible to ultraviolet degradation over time. This can cause the tent to become brittle and tear easily. Fortunately Nikwax have produced an easy to use, safe, high-performance waterproofing and UV blocker for tents (https://www.tiso.com/tiso-nikw-1076331/nikwax-tent-and-gear-solarproof-500ml-no-colour-tiso-nikw-1076331).

We recommend cleaning your tent after a prolonged or multi-day trip by setting it up and then wiping it down with a mild soap and lukewarm water solution, before rinsing it thoroughly and letting it dry completely. If you been camping by the sea then you should also clean the tent poles with a soft, dry cloth to remove any salt spray so the poles don’t corrode or stay gritty. You can then apply the Nikwax Tent proofer. Even if only camping sporadically throughout the season, it is best practice to clean and proof your tent before packing it away for the winter.

When it comes to storing your tent, then it is important to make sure the tent is completely dry before loosely rolling it and storing it in a dry, cool place. If you have a spare plastic box, then best practice is to store your tent in there without the lid on, allowing the fabric to breathe. We recommend that the tent bag be only used for transporting the tent and not for storage. If you follow these tips then you will prolong the life of your tent and get the best value out of your purchase.

When wild camping, weight is always a consideration as you may have to carry your food all day in your backpack before making camp, whereas if you are on a campsite you can simply unload your food out of your car and cook up a storm. In terms of wild camping, meals come predominantly in two forms; wet and dry. With wet food, from a brand such as Wayfarer, you boil water on your stove then place the pouch in and heat the food up in the pack. Dry food has been freeze-dried, and you simply take the boiling water, pour it into the pouch to a line, and let it cook that way.

Both methods take around the same time, but wet food weighs a lot more than dried food (c. 300g vs c. 130g). As a general rule wet food tends to be a bit tastier than freeze-dried food, but we have recently started stocking Real Turmat (https://www.tiso.com/br:real-turmat/), a Norwegian brand of freeze-dried food that is absolutely delicious. Real Turmat meals have the lightweight nature of freeze-dried food and restaurant-standard taste, a winning combination!


Get Outdoors For Less

Whether you are hiking the West Highland Way, touring the North Coast 500 or bagging your 100th Munro, get outdoors and explore for less.