/ Best gear/outdoor shop in Manchester area
In the city centre there's Ellis Brigham, (also a dedicated ME store across the road), or Cotswolds.
There's also Alpenstock in Stockport or going even further afield, Outside in Hathersage.
Cool will check them out. Im looking at Manchester itself.
I know about Outside in Hathersgae regulary visit when in the peak.
Most of the shops in Manchester are on Deansgate, so you shouldn't have any trouble navigating them.
There's a Cotswold Rock Bottom branch on Oxford Road, opposite the old BBC building (no longer there). Worth popping in if you're in Manchester, but not worth a special trip.
Im not bothered too much as long as they have a good selection of stock and the staff are friendly and knowledgable. prices are usually good too!
I find Cotswold people give the best advice (especially for shoes), but Ellis Brigham have more stuff.
I was in Ellis Brigham a couple of months ago. They have a lot of gear there, plus a small ice climbing wall and an altitude test centre.
They also have all of the new black diamond technical clothing- very shiny, costs a bomb.
Black Diamond clothing that has me interested!
> Black Diamond clothing that has me interested!
At least you'll get to look at it, realise it's all style over substance and save a few pennies.
None of the Manchester shops are great (like an Outside/joe browns/V12) but none are dire.
heard its nice so will have a look myself.
Who has the best selection of footwear, Im ater some approach shoes and maybe a pair of B1 ish boots for allround walking/scrambling/mountain days out all over the uk
The shop at Awesome Walls in Stockport is the cheapest and best. V12 I think.
Cotswold on Deanshanger by far. Helpful and knowledgeable, at least in the boot-fitting context.
Can't possibly believe the Black diamond clothing justifies the proce tag.
It would have to actualy climb the route for you.
No idea what Deanshanger is. Deansgate!
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