Tallington Lakes, as a multi-purpose outward bound venue is ideal for those of you wanting an action packed experience. In winter our focus turns to the slopes and the wall, with team-building chucked in for good measure. But in the summer, with the water no longer spine-numbingly cold, try your hand at everything the water sports centre has to offer. Our dry slope is the largest in the area at 120m, and with a 15m climbing wall to boot we have something for every adrenaline junkie. Prefer the tranquillity of our lakes? Our 7 lakes cover 205 acres; a haven for herons, school children, and big kids alike.
Our sessions ensure a team experience, tailored learning and, most importantly, fun; ensuring that kids don’t get bored, and yet learn something to boot. We welcome elective groups, after school clubs, extracurricular activity groups; you name it we have catered for it.
Not a school? Think we prohibit adults? Think again. Here at Tallington we tailor our sessions to the participants; think our climbing wall is a breeze, try out our hardest route on the wall where the height will be the least of your worries. Think you can ski? Try snowboarding instead. And for an adrenaline rush take a ride on our jet skis, waterski’s, wakeboards or banana boat.
A big company and want exclusivity? You can hire a lake, if water sports are your thing, or hire out the slope if you prefer to stay dry. Want a bonding post activity lunch, dinner or drink? Rent out the function room at Tallington Lakes’ waterside bar. And need somewhere to sleep at night, rent one of our caravans or camp from £5 per person per night.
Want to pick your activities? Not a problem. Here at Tallington Lakes we not only tailor make unique timetables for you but we offer a group discount for the pleasure. Our group’s prices vary according to activity and group size however, essentially, the more people you bring the lower our prices dip (all prices are per person per hour). And for further discounts, how about a multiple activity day? Two hours or more of different activities qualify for a lower per person rate.
We pride ourselves on attracting groups from far and wide, and our standards ensure that we have a large return client-base.
Whether you are looking to get your school group up to scratch pre-ski trip, or just want some team-bonding; here at Tallington Lakes there is something for everyone. With winter setting in we are now open till 9.30pm, ideal for some post-work weekday bonding under the floodlights. Speak to myself; Tallington Lakes’ group coordinator today and book your session.
Picked up a ski or snowboard jacket recently and been faced with a list of technical terms which suggest an awesome snow jacket but never known what they mean?
Critically taped seams…check. High waterproof and breathability rating…check. ‘Unique’ insulation technologies…check. Except every good ski jacket boasts these stats, how do you tell them apart?
Critically or fully taped seams?
The difference is determined by the positioning of the waterproof taping. In critically taped seams, the seams which are most critical to the waterproofing of the jacket are sealed; fantastic! But if you want guaranteed protection go for a fully taped seam, such as the Salmon Supernova, where every seam, no matter where it is, is sealed; piece of mind when in grim conditions.
Confused by the waterproof and breathability rating?
Waterproofing is determined by how many millimetres of rain a garment can withstand over 24 hours. Waterproofing is then assured by the sealed taped seams.
Meanwhile breathability is measured in grams and is determined by the number of grams of water vapour, i.e. sweat or condensation, which can pass through a square metre of the fabric over 24 hours. The higher the rating, the lower the humidity build up is.
The two numbers are often compared in order to represent the overall performance of the fabric. Above 10,000 the jacket will keep you dry in all but the severest conditions.
Pit Zips: underarm vents
Gaiters: those little bits of material at the wrists which are tight to the skin limiting exposure to the elements
Insulation: the amount of insulation per square metre, the higher the number, you guessed it… get the highest number you can afford
Of course every reputable technical ski brand boasts their own innovative technology which makes their jacket the best of the best with all reputable brands having the waterproofing/breathability/insulation down to a competitive level. So, to make your life simpler, our instructor’s have picked out the best of the bunch for you, with four of the best 2015 jackets for this season (and 1 sale must have).
Salomon Supernova Red Snow Jacket
All of our instructors recommend the Salomon Supernova Red Snow Jacket 2015, for fit and value for money. While it is a higher end jacket, at £219.99, the Supernova boasts excellent technical ratings which rival any top end jacket. With Advanced Skin Dry fabric technology, 10 000mm/10 000g and Advanced Insulation at 100g/m2, an air vent system with mesh backing and 100% taped seams, as well as a tight, but active fit, this Salomon jacket offers maximum comfort with the technicality to match.
Oakley Nighthawk Biozone Olive Snow Jacket
At the top end, we recommend the Oakley Nighthawk Biozone Olive Snow Jacket 2015. At £264.99, this is the jacket at the top of our instructors’ wish list. It is a jacket from Oakley’s Pro Rider range and boasts Oakley’s hydrogauge 15 technology ensuring that this jacket features optimum waterproofing and breathability. What does hydrogauge 15 technology mean, I hear you ask? It ensures that moisture is blocked out while ensuring maximum ventilation. In combination with the in-built BioZone technology, Oakley targets the three essentials for any ski jacket: moisture management, insulation, and comfort. Oakley’s jacket is unique in also offering underarm zip vents with mesh inserts which leads to a custom fit jacket; make your ventilation unique to you! Finally, with the essential critically taped seams, waterproofing is assured.
Volcom’s Shadowhill Thermonite Green Snow Jacket
For a cheaper, yet highly efficient jacket, our instructors recommend Volcom’s Shadowhill Thermonite Green Snow Jacket 2015 at £169.99. Volcom is often overlooked when in competition with the well known makes of Oakley and Helly Hansen. While less technical than its counterparts, the waterproof and breathability rating of 15 000mm/10 000g actually rivals our instructors top choice, the Saloman Supernova, meaning this jacket is not one to be sniffed at. Also boasting 40g low-loft insulation, critically taped seams, and fleece lining, this Volcom jacket ensures a competitive comfort level which can only be rivalled by the top end jackets. With an eye-catching turquoise and lime green colour scheme, this jacket will ensure
that you stand out from the crowd.
O’Neill Women’s Almandine Pink Snow Jacket
And for women? Try our O’Neill Women’s Almandine Pink Snow Jacket 2015. A regular fit, the pink herringbone print fabric has 8 000mm/8 000g waterproofing and breathability. It also includes O’Neill’s new ‘Firewall’ thermal insulator lining. By mapping the warmest parts of the upper body during activity, O’Neill developed area specific insulation to target the parts of the upper body which are most prone to heat loss. This unique firewall technology ensures this cheaper jacket, at £149.99, stands out from the crowd.
Volcom Women’s Clove Black Women’s Ski Jacket.
5) And finally, if you are looking for a sale item that rivals them all, buy Volcom’s Clove Black Women’s Ski Jacket 2013 . Reduced from £174.83 to £87.41, this is an excellent technical jacket with 10 000mm/10 000g waterproofing and breathability and critically taped seams. And while it isn’t ‘this’ season, it has all the technology you need to stay warm and dry on the slopes at a fraction of the price.
Whatever your price range, hopefully this article proves that here at Tallington Lakes Pro Shop we have an outstanding jacket for everyone.
Think of ski brands and Helly Hansen probably comes to mind, but have you heard of Picture Organic Clothing? Probably not. Launched by friends Jeremy, Julien, and Vincent, Picture has remained relatively undiscovered outside of France and Switzerland since its launch in 2008. But from 2013 all that changed when they were awarded Gold winner of the ski and snowboard outerwear category with their 100% recyclable Welcome Jacket at the internationally acclaimed tradeshow, ISPO. The victory cemented Picture’s international reputation as a brand which produced technically excellent gear, with the eco-friendly ethos to match.
Technical Snow Jacket And Pants
All technical snow jacket and pants are made of at least 50% recycled polyester, all their products are made out of biological cotton certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and all their products are certified OEKO TEX 100. What does this mean for you? Picture products fit the strict standards of outerwear required of textile companies, excel technically, and are 100% recyclable.
Where does Tallington Lakes come in? Picture’s 2015 range has just entered our Pro Shop, the only store in the area selling their products. Their jackets are 10k/10k certified for breathability and waterproofing, seams are critically tapered, and their thermal dry system is second to none. There is 40% recycled polyester in the men’s, and 47% recycled polyester in the women’s range, and with ski/snowboard pants to match, there is a style for everyone.
Picture prides itself on being a cost-effective alternative to non-eco friendly products, competitively matching the current market. Prices range from £179.99 for the women’s ski pants, to £219.99 for the men’s jacket. Men, choose from their Park Avenue range in Grey and Fluo Green, or the Royale range in black. Women, pick from their Sydney range in Prune or Dark Blue. Picture’s products match their ethos; to protect the slopes while you ride them. Invest in the future and buy Picture Organic Clothing here at Tallington Lakes Pro Shop