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The "Karrimor" branded stuff sold by SportsDirect is NOT a product of the highly reputable UK-based Karrimor company of many years ago who produced top quality gear. The original company folded up donkey's years ago and SportsDirect simply bought and now just use the name on products various so do not expect the same quality product or very good reputation of years gone by and all that. The gear mostly appears to be just another cheaply made overseas sourced item now. Also beware of the "original selling price" often quoted to highlight the bargain prices so to speak because it always seems to me to be a pretty unrealistic RRP i.e. it's significantly higher than the going rate for very similar stuff from elsewhere.

Having said that, some of the gear I've actually looked at doesn't seem too bad at all given the prices and I have been seriously tempted a few times. However, I think it's probably fair to say that quality is highly variable going by reviews various ! I would suggest that you make sure you actually have a good look at what you're interested in before parting with any do$h to ensure that it really is suitable for your needs and also do your homework first to ensure that the bargain price on the ticket really is a genuine bargain. As is almost always the case, you generally only get what you pay for and all that, but that certainly doesn't mean that there aren't bargains to be had providing you know exactly what you're getting for your do$h and don't have unrealistic expectations.

Many el-cheapo things I've bought from the likes of Aldi, Lidl and various other places over the years have lasted for absolutely ages and have without any doubt whatsoever been significantly better and massively cheaper than very similar well known brand goods. Bargains are defo out there to be had, you just need to make sure you find the genuine ones and ignore the cr@p rather than simply believe the hype from the marketing department !

Thanks for the info. I'd thought I'd read somewhere about the karrimor brand malarkey. But of a shame as I seem to remember them being reputable. Having looked at some reviews I think I may splash out a bit on something that might last!

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I have bought a lot of sports direct/ field and trek stuff and its not all rubbish, the karrimor stuff is good, maybe not as good as the rrp states but usually better than the sale price would suggest, go into a shop try it on, you will know if it's cheap crap or any good

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Has anyone tried these thingies that you put on a gas ring and you can make toast? Worth the effort?

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/gelert-folding-4-slice-camping-toaster-p118074

Shewees sound good but I'm sure it was on here years ago that the idea of a cheap plastic kitchen funnel (not to be put back to use in the kitchen) and a fabric conditioner bottle was suggested - cheaper than shewees and travel johns.

Tried this one. In my hands it didn't work. Bread not toasted yet toaster thingy blisteringly hot. To be fair only tried on festival camping trips so breakfast usually taken with G&T - this may have hindered my culinary attempts.

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Toast with G&T does sound a dangerous combination! I don't think I'm going to bother with that thingie - sounds like a bit of a faff for a bit of toast ....

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0063AAIRG/ref=redir_mdp_mobile

At the risk of running the 'you don't need a smart phone at Glastonbury' gauntlet, bought one of these from Amazon, have been using it this weekend, and frankly, it's brilliant!

It does exactly as it says and has kept two phones (I have an android for work and an iPhone for me) charged since Friday morning. Looks like it's still got plenty of charge left in it too.

So, if you do want to take a smart phone, or any phone where the battery won't last all week, then I would thoroughly recommend. :)

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EE stores are doing a free Samsung E1230 if you top up by £20. Perfect glasto phone - cut yourself off from the world and only give the number to the people that need it! Buy two and you won't run out of battery as well as having £40 credit!

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hmm was considering getting a trolley up until recently upon realising i'm skint, but this may change things...

dont do it mate, that will be useless...if your taking enough stuff to need a trolley you;ll nee a decent trolley(pneumatic tyres) i took two once , the one of pneumatic tyres was fine, the other absolutely useless

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dont do it mate, that will be useless...if your taking enough stuff to need a trolley you;ll nee a decent trolley(pneumatic tyres) i took two once , the one of pneumatic tyres was fine, the other absolutely useless

yeah i was thinking that... looks like i'll just have to limit the amount of crates i bring!

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hmm was considering getting a trolley up until recently upon realising i'm skint, but this may change things...

Most of these little trolleys dont even make it from the car park to the gate! Designed for smooth airport floors and thats it. I agree with neil999 -if you need a trolley invest in one with pneumatic tyres. Otherwise everything on your back!

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halfords have 20% off selected camping equipment online.

just got a tent with 2 rooms and living area big enough to stand in, 2 double air beds and 4 sleeping bags for a cool £63.99.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_786705_langId_-1_categoryId_236906

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halfords have 20% off selected camping equipment online.

just got a tent with 2 rooms and living area big enough to stand in, 2 double air beds and 4 sleeping bags for a cool £63.99.

http://www.halfords.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_storeId_10001_catalogId_10151_productId_786705_langId_-1_categoryId_236906

This is year 3 for me using a tent like that from Halfords - great value for money. It is quite heavy so I put all the poles in my back pack to lessen the weight of carrying the tent bag.

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This is year 3 for me using a tent like that from Halfords - great value for money. It is quite heavy so I put all the poles in my back pack to lessen the weight of carrying the tent bag.

yeah im happy with my purchase. slight concern over the 1500mm hydrostatic head - i think this may be a bit low?... but i have faith that we are going to have ok weather so we should be fine.

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Salomon Xa Pro 3D Mid Gtx - £62.99 delivered @ Wynsors for those still after some decent boots; for those with largish feet i'm afraid.

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Got one of these today for carrying some beer and what not around site with me during the days, £11, and it folds in to a tiny wee square! it's amazing, i reckon I can get 6-8 cans in there after seeing it in the flesh today!

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/pac-15-p266444

that's pretty cool. been thinking on what to carry my booze in as i'm aware that having a backpack may lead to people opening it from behind / cutting it open etc when i'm not paying attention...

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Or you get a tote bag on the way in, if their still going then

I hope we get one, I always take an old one just in case. It's become a traditional beer carrier :-) anyone know if they are doing them again?

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I think I have everything now, so when do I start the packing, unpacking to see if I remembered something and packing it all up again ? - lol

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I need a light water proof jacket, that looks cool, not like a tourist lost on a wet sunday in cornwall.

Not because of rain because it wont but for the sweat of every one else that will be showering down in the heat.

Any good links/ideas?

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