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Interview with Joe Scrivens at Cotswold Outdoors

We tracked down Cotswold Outdoor store manager Joe Scrivens this month to ask him a few choice questions…


Hi Joe! All of our wonderful Merchant House guests can now get a handy discount on their purchases at Cotswold Outdoor; tell us what your best buys are at the moment?

The best buys at the moment have to be the women’s torrential rain 3 in 1 jacket/fleece combos as they give year round flexibility! There are plenty of them in the sale right now, made by lots of different brands, from Jack Wolfskin to The North Face.

There’s also the Orbit 30 rucksack which has a 30 litre capacity for all your day trip essentials!
And one of my personal favourites, the Merino hiker socks which are the perfect partner for your boot or shoe.

What’s your favourite Cotswold Outdoor product?

My favourite product at the moment is the terra pants, they’re weather resistant and have reinforced panels in the knees, ankles and seat and they’re absolutely perfect for all year round walking, climbing and travel.

What would you say are essential walking tips for a beginner?

My basic walking tips would be to always carry a map and a compass – but perhaps most importantly, know how to use them! Spend time getting your footwear and rucksack correctly sized and fitted, it will make for a far more comfortable experience in the outdoors. Always think of layers for flexibility and warmth, as well as breathability.

What can’t you live without when it comes to adventuring in the Cornish outdoors?

I can’t live without my trusty waterproofs! I have too many to list! My fleece lined buff is another thing I can’t stand to be without as it bridges the gaps around my collars. My two walking poles help to relieve the strain from my legs, and my 0.5L flask is small, compact, and perfect for that warm cup of tea!

Where might we find you on a weekend?

On a weekend you might find me at Bodmin Moor, the Lizard or Kynance Cove, Chapel Porth or St Ives – all beautiful places to walk and adventure in the Cornish outdoors!

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