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Where to buy outdoor gear?

Recently people have asked “Where in Manchester is a good shop to buy kit?”

For Clothing:
Nevisport, Cotswold (with our BMC discount) and Blacks are all good and comparable on price for nicer gear. Go Outdoors & Decathlon have more stuff that’s a bit cheaper. Ellis Brigham if you want the best kit and advice.

Sometimes for things like baselayers, non-outdoor shops can have gym-wear that is a great cheap alternative.

Sports Direct are cheap but not usually great quality. TK Maxx & Primark sometimes have some decent stuff in but it’s very hit or miss and you have to know what you’re looking for.

For Climbing kit:
Go Outdoors and Decathlon will be cheapest. Cotswold is a good balance. The MCC shop is possibly the best place to buy shoes that fit. Ellis Brigham is more expensive, but you’ll genuinely get good advice whilst you buy the gear.

Location and what it’s good for:

Nevisport
Where: 188-192 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3ND
What for: Hiking clothing and footwear. Reasonable prices. Good kit. Helpful staff. 10% off if you have BMC membership.

Cotswold
Where: 118-124 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GQ
What for: What for: Climbing gear and hiking clothing and footwear. Reasonable prices. Good kit. Really good customer service. You can ask the staff any questions and they’ll be helpful.

Go Outdoors
Where: Urban Exchange, Great Ancoats St, Manchester M4 6DE
What for: Climbing gear and hiking clothing and footwear. Lowest prices. Good kit. They have a membership scheme where if you’ve bought there before, it’ll be cheaper to buy there again. The staff aren’t particularly knowledgeable or helpful, so don’t go here for expert advice.

Blacks
Where: 200 Deansgate, Manchester M3 3NN
What for: Hiking clothing and footwear. Slightly cheaper prices, perhaps slightly less good brands and less helpful staff. Worth a look in.

Ellis Brigham
Where: 130 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2GQ
What for: Amazing customer service and really high end, expensive gear. If you want the best climbing or hiking gear and to have a great time buying the best gear – go here – the staff really know what they’re talking about.

Decathlon
Where: Ashton New Rd, Manchester M11 4BD
What for: Cheap ski goggles and hiking boots. Has its own brand of climbing gear (Simond) that is ok. Could also be ok for cheap warm and quick-drying baselayers or “hiking trousers” (tracksuit bottoms and leggings). Don’t expect staff to have a clue about anything. Good if you know what you need.

Trespass
Where: Several outlets

Snow + Rock
Where: Didsbury and Trafford Park

Aldi & Lidl
Where: Everywhere
What for: cheap baselayers, cheap gloves, cheap ski goggles. Do not buy hiking boots or “waterproofs” here.

Sports Direct
Where: 58-66 Market St, Manchester M1 1PW
What for: Cheap ski goggles and boots. Perhaps cheap warm and quick-drying baselayers or “hiking trousers” (tracksuit bottoms and leggings). Don’t expect staff to have a clue about anything. Good if you know what you need.

TK Max
Where: Manchester Arndale, 51-55 Market St, Manchester M1 1WR
What for: Cheap ski goggles and boots. Perhaps cheap jackets. Don’t expect staff to have a clue about anything. Good if you know what you need.

Primark
Where: 106 – 122 Market St, Manchester M1 1WA
What for: Cheap ski goggles Perhaps cheap warm and quick-drying baselayers or “hiking trousers” (tracksuit bottoms and leggings). Don’t expect staff to have a clue about anything. Good if you know what you need.

Manchester Climbing Centre shop
What for: Great for climbing shoes! The MCC shop will let you try on shoes in the shop, and then trial them on their wall. No retail shop in Manchester can offer that.

Patagonia Manchester
What for: High end brand’s personal outlet. Hard to really recommend unless you’re already in love with Patagonia the brand, the mission and the clothes. Nice experience to walk around, but probably not the where most will go to buy kit.

Fjallraven shop
Where: Old Bank Street off St. Ann’s Square.
What for: Hard to recommend. Whilst Fjallraven more than a lifestyle brand, this wouldn’t the best place to buy branded high end outdoor kit.

North Face shop Manchester
Where: Trafford Centre
What for: Hard to recommend. Probably the best place to buy outdoor-styled streetwear. If you’re after high end outdoor kit, feel free to buy North Face branded, but let Ellis Brigham guide you towards the ones worth having.

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