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Short of ideas? Try these Alton Sports Christmas Gift Suggestions!

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Stuck on what to buy loved ones at Christmas? Look no further

The team at Alton Sports have put together our 5 top picks we know will WOW any athletic, outdoorsy enthusiast.

Snowy print Rumpl Blanket1 A warm and cosy Rumpl Blanket

These blankets are the gift you always wanted, and they’re sure to be a winner Christmas present! Super lightweight quilted blankets with epic designs, this is the gift that just keeps giving. Keeping warm, staying comfortable on a picnic or great for stretching areas, these blankets can do so much more than just keep your knees warm on the sofa.

If you buy this item for a present, just make sure you wrap it up quickly or you might find yourself using it!

Rumpl Beer Blankets - keep ale coolAnd if you’re looking for a smaller present for the beer lovers in your life, you can even get Rumpl Beer Blankets to keep their favourite tipple nice and cold – or keep their hands warm holding a cold beer!

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Alton Sports Gift Vouchers2 Versatile Gift Vouchers

Ok we all have them, someone on your present gift list who’s got it ALL!

Why not get them an Alton Sports gift voucher – you can get in-store gift vouchers, or online vouchers for your friends and family who are further afield.

Rest assured we give our great advice and product knowledge to all who purchase from us, from gait analysis in store to customer service via mail order, we will be here for your gift’s recipient. Friendly banter sprinkled in for good measure …

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Aftershokz Sports Headphones3 – Aftershokz

Ah, Aftershokz! The sports headphones we wish we’d known about years ago. The holy grail for long run entertainment: ideal for music, podcast – or your lucky gift recipient could even phone you for a quick catch up (and to thank you for them!). Whatever they use Aftershokz for, they should be prepared for those miles to fly by!

Tough and durable, Aftershokz headphones repel sweat, dust and rain, and they leave the ears unblocked for safety. The perfect companion for lone runs!

Aftershokz are sure to send a smile day in day out!

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DryRobe - warm and dry outdoor changing and lounging!4 – DryRobe (with a FREE compression bag!)

The jealousy maker.

Don’t get caught in the cold collecting your number or queuing for that coffee! Dryrobes will ensure you keep warm & dry before and after events.

Doggie DryRobe - coordinate with your poochGreat for privacy while getting changed too! Dryrobes have so may different roles once in team, they won’t be hanging up in your downstairs bathroom collecting dust.

You can even match the family’s four legged members – Doggie DryRobes are also available!

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Balega Ultraglide Sports Socks5 – Socks for Christmas? These aren’t just any socks!

Compression socks for great performanceSocks are a staple of Christmas giving but our socks are not just any socks!

Our brands range from CEP compression, stances, hilly & Balega all technical running socks that are tried and tested!

We have hundreds of customers who thought that any ‘sports’ sock was good enough but once converted to one of our specalised brands have never looked back! Treat someone this Christmas maybe even treat yourself with our 3 for 2 offer in stores!

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 Happy Christmas shopping

We hope you have fun – the odd mince pie helps!

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Gore Tex Running Shoes, Are They worth It?

Ever considered running in gore-tex waterproof shoes?

As you can imagine, there are some real benefits of running in a gore-tex shoe, especially during the winter months.

Here at Alton Sports we have had 3 Gore-Tex running shoes on test and below are our 3 main comparisons from Gore-Tex to non Gore-Tex running shoes.

The gore-tex running models on test:

Brooks gore-tex upperNike Pegasus Trail Gore-Tex – A very well cushioned trail shoe with a smooth soft ride for the runner looking for light grip and stability.
Women’s Nike Pegasus Trail Gore-TexMen’s Nike Pegasus Trail Gore-Tex

Brooks Ghost GTX – A neutral well cushioned road running model. One of Brooks most popular models, the Ghost is now available in a Gore-Tex option.
Women’s Brooks Ghost GTXMen’s Brooks Ghost GTX

Brooks Cascadia GTX – The trusted Cascadia, Brooks well known trail model now in a Gore-Tex option, a slightly more stable options to the Nike Pegasus trail Gore-Tex model.
Women’s Cascadia GTXMen’s Cascadia GTX

Reasons why Gore-Tex is a great option:

  1. Gore-Tex models are great for this time of year, as the weather gets colder and wetter, Gore-Tex will help protect your feet from the elements. Chilblains are no fun and as runners we all know foot health is very important.

  2. Keeping your socks and feet dry will help to prevent any extra movement in your shoes in turn keeping blistering and rubbing at bay.
  3. Gore-Tex shoes keep trail running fun throughout the winter. If you’re someone who hits the trails only when dry then during the wetter months you might find your spending most of your miles on the pavements. Keeping a % of your runs off road a week helps keep impact injuries at bay as well as improving proprioception as we hit the trails all in turn good for overall strength.

Gore-Tex footwear is an extremely helpful item of kit in the wetter months.

We therefore highly recommend Gore-Tex in trail models to protect your foot against damp grass through to muddy icy puddles.