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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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Why we need different shoes when hitting the trails!

Here at Alton Sports we have seen a huge uptake of trail running over the past year. This fills most of us with complete pride and joy as we share the love for off road running as well, being out in nature and finding head space is of course a great experience as we all adapt to our recent life changes.
National lockdowns and travel restrictions have forced us all to run local more than ever, this is where we are seeing more and more of you taking to the trails for perhaps the first time. The trail running market is just as big as road running now, with loads of options from all your favourite brands! We wanted to share with you all the differences you will experience from a road running shoe to a trail option.
1-Grip – Trail running shoes will have a deeper sole grip than your road shoes, the rubber is
softer so that it can move with the changing terrain we run on. The ground underneath us is
more likely to move than the pavement. Having a softer rubber tread gives us more traction
as we adapt with every stride. With this in mind the grip will wear quicker if worn on roads
for periods of time.
2-Upper – you will find trail shoes have a more durable upper to protect our feet. Small
features such as the laces and the toe bumper will be stronger materials to help stop any
discomfort during navigation through those woods.
3-Rock plates – Most, not all trail shoes have a rock plate in the forefoot, you generally can’t
see these but their purpose is to protect toe joints in the forefoot when running on stony or
flinty ground. If your running in areas that are Stoney or flint covered get in touch with us
and we can point you in the right direction of options.
4-Support – Unlike our road options trail shoes don’t come in categories of support levels
however some trail options are more stable than others. The stability comes from the heel
counter and flexibility in the midfoot.
Support levels in your trail shoe isn’t as important as your road runner, this is due to the
ever changing ground that we are landing on when trail running. When we road run our
bodies movement is nearly the same every time we strike off whereas with off road running
our foot placement is different with each stride.
If you are worried at all about support in certain trail options please do get in touch.
We hope this helps with any questions you might have had about trail running shoe options and why we would need a different pair of shoes when hitting the trails. Please remember to stay safe when adventuring, always take your phone for emergencies and tell someone where you are planning to run.
Any questions please do get in touch either via social media or
Thanks all, Happy Trails!