My walking boots are my grandfathers old ones, which have seen him through the army days in Egypt and a variety of other events.
My rucksac is an overwhelmingly uncomfortable old frame rucksac, again, from my grandfathers army days.
My jacket is my dads old farming overcoat.
I'd like to buy new stuff, but its all ridiculously expensive. All you have to do is walk into Blacks or something and you might as well be in Harrods with the sort of prices they charge! My rucksac especially needs replacing, I've got several important expeditions in the near future, including my gold Duke of Edenburgh's Award hike in the Lake District and a geology expedition to Dorset and I need something substantial...However, everything is too expensive and does not suit a students budget.
You could try looking on ebay - you could go into somewhere like Blacks and get an idea of the type of stuff you need, then have a look on ebay for the same thing. Not everything is second hand - you could still get something off one of the ebay shops which is brand new but likely to be cheaper than Blacks.
Also, I have found that Milletts tends to be cheaper than Blacks, if you have one near you.
We've got a Milletts, I used Milletts to buy my food for my silver D of E hike, I developed a strange love for boil in the bag Lancashire hot pots whilst on my bronze hike and stocked up...Again, expensive.
I forgot about eBay actually . I guess I could try on walking boots etc. and then just buy them off eBay. I recently aquired a jacket from eBay which new would cost £200, I got it for £15.
My dad gave me a decent walking jacket, a heavy farmer type jacket which looks really good and is really comfortable. It costs £80 in Scats and my dad got a new one so I'm pretty happy with that now. My boots will still survive for now, they are an incredibly decent pair actually...The rucksac wasn't my grandfathers best buy ever.
Sam - Millets have a 50% sale on at the moment - I am going tomorrow to try and get a cheap winter jacket - (going to Budapest on Sunday and don't want to freeze!) so it could be a good time for you to have a look for a new backpack.
Hi you could try Kathmandu stores. I know here in Australia they always have great sales and you can get gear half price which is really good. I checked there are a few stores in the UK.
I bought all my stuff what I need for Antarctica on E-bay for EURO 450.00
a lot of great stuff,new or second hand like new incredible cheap.
some Gore tex trousers and Parka from the military for EURO 16.00 !!
If I would have bought it in a shop it would have been easy 1000 or more.
Awesome, I'll go into Millets tommorow and have a scout, I'll see if I can locate a Kathmandu, if Crawley doesn't have one then London might!
Thanks for the replies, and have fun with the Antarctica trip...*Envy*!