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Hats a'plenty

With summer finally starting to show itself, we have lots of essentials to protect you when the sun comes out in force, including sunhats (Tilley, North Face, Sunday and Buff) plus a good range of BLOC sunglasses which look great without breaking the bank.

We have lots of other summer essentials too - Camelbak water bottles, insect repellants, Teva sandals and lots of other goodies for when you think about your upcoming travels!

Come into Breaking Free in The Borough and have a look!

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Posted on 11th June, 2018 by Breaking Free Ltd

Need poles for the walking festival???

If you're taking part in the Farnham Walking Festival we have loads of Leki Walking Poles for you to use for the walks - that also includes poles for the 'Nordic Walking Taster Sessions' walks.

Just pop into the shop and we'll happily set you up with an appropriate device!

Posted on 22nd May, 2018 by Breaking Free Ltd

Spring ???

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Spring barely seems to have arrived (if indeed it really has) and already we are having really hot weather.  It's incredible to think that the holiday season is only a few short weeks away.  Most of our summer range is now here, with a full range of UV protective headgear from Buff, Tilley, Sun Day and others.  We've also got loads of lightweight breathable walking shoes and boots in stock in a huge variety of fittings from Meindl, Alt-Berg, Scarpa, Berghaus and more.  Having a boot that fits well can be the difference between having a great time or not, so if you're going walking why not pop in, and we can check how your current boots are and how to care for them, or if you're unhappy with how your boots fit we'd love to show you just how comfortable boots really are when they are right.

Posted on 24th April, 2018 by Breaking Free Ltd

Farnham Walking Festival Approaches

Farnham Walking Festival 2017

Farnham walking festival starts soon!

Set across two weeks, from 20th May to 3rd of June there will be a wide variety of different walks for people of all different abilities, ages and fitness levels.  There are even courses on walking techniques.  All the walks are guided by experts in their respective fields, and are a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Farnham and the wildlife surrounding it.

If you'd like to learn more, drop into the shop where we have full festival itineraries, and can advise you on the sort of equipment you will need to take part!

Places on individual walks are allocated on a first come first serve basis, so we strongly advise coming down and seeing what is running this year to avoid disappointment!

For more information please visit the Farnham walking festival site CLICK HERE

Or to book yourself on a walk, CLICK HERE

Posted on 12th April, 2018 by Breaking Free Ltd

Easter weekend

If you are thinking of taking a traditional Easter walk this weekend, there is still just about time to dig out your boots and give them a good clean down in preparation.

Of course, if you find that they are somewhat worse than you remembered, we offer a selection of great brands, in a huge variety of sizes and WIDTHS with a bespoke fitting service from people who use and love the gear.

Choose from Alt-Berg, Scarpa, Meindl, Han-Wag and more. We also stock a comprehensive range of socks, insoles and after-care products to ensure that you get a perfect fit that always performs.

Posted on 29th March, 2018 by Breaking Free Ltd

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Posted on 14th July, 2017 by Breaking Free Ltd

A weekend with a Suunto Spartan Sport watch

Having tried a couple of other manufacturer’s devices in the past and found them disappointing in a few respects, I was keen to play with the Suunto Spartan Sport watch which was kindly lent to me.

Now let’s be clear. I’m not a keen sports person desperate to know their current VO2 max or how long I can sustain exercise at a certain heart rate (although I know someone who would want all those features). But the Suunto gives you all this information and more, including how much recovery time you need to get over your most recent exertions (useful leverage to get the OH to cook dinner). It tells you heart rate measurement with calories, Peak Training Effect and recovery time. It supports interval training, gives lap tables, step count, is compatible with Bike Sensor and BLE power meters (for the cycling nuts amongst us). It gives 30 day training summary, and long term analysis of training loads, PTE’s and HR zones if you sync with Suunto Movescount app.

All very nice, and my obsessively sporty friends would use all that. But what I would buy it for is the navigation and GPS features. I walk. Whenever I can, and as often as I can in places where I can get myself lost (and have done in the past, despite having a navigation qualification!) But the Suunto gives an extra feature which I think is a game changer. The breadcrumb navigation (similar to a sat-nav) shows you whether you are on your planned route at all times. When I went out at the weekend, I didn’t take my map. I planned a route into Suunto Movescount app on my PC, which synced to the watch. I started the navigation (it picked up the satellites much more quickly than I am used to with my other branded device) and followed it for several hours without the need to check where I was or which direction I was heading in. It took me exactly where I wanted to go (the pub on the other side of the scrubland) and then got me home again without blinking.

I know, I know. You should never go out without a map and compass (the watch has a built in digital compass), and without knowing how to use them. But this little device gives a level of reassurance that I would find invaluable, especially if I were leading a group of friends on an unfamiliar walk.

The stats and route recording of where I’d been, how many miles, how fast I’d walked, how many calories I’d burned, what my heart rate was (all of which I get from my other branded device) is all very nice to know, but I’m sold on the navigation and compass and I have now put the Suunto Spartan watch on my Christmas list.

Suunto watch

http://www.suunto.com/en-GB/Products/sports-watches/Suunto-Spartan-Sport/Suunto-Spartan-Sport-Blue/

Posted on 5th June, 2017 by Breaking Free Ltd

Farnham Walking Festival

Sunday 21 to Sunday 28 May 2017

Not long now until the Farnham Walking Festival which offers walks for everyone, of all ages and fitness levels, including wheelchair users, to discover historic Farnham and the beautiful surrounding area through a range of walks.

All walks are led by experts in their field and are free of charge. Find out about life in the castle, the industrial heritage of the town, public art, how to walk properly and of course the natural landscape surrounding the town.

Booking, on a first come first serve basis, is required for all walks and all walkers are responsible for ensuring they wear the correct clothing.

Book via the website: http://www.farnham.gov.uk/walking-festival-booking-form or pick up a form from Breaking Free and return it to us.

Deadline for booking Tuesday 16 May.

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Posted on 10th May, 2017 by Breaking Free Ltd