Paul, if you check the [b]Field and Trek[/b] website, you'll notice Sports Direct International PLC at the bottom to the home page.
I hope that answers your question.
As others have pointed out, yes.
What that means in practice is a much less specialised range of kit and often a distinct lack of technical Clue compared to years back when they were one of the best suppliers of specialist kit (including paddling and caving) in the UK. You do get some great bargains now if they happen to be shifting what you're after.
Where a town has a Sports Direct and a F&T, the staff switch between sites to cover staff availability, so I would take any advice with a pinch of salt.
However, I got this Icebreaker top which has an rrp of £149 for £10 (yes ten quid) through Sports Direct online!
If you are looking at Karrimor gear in Sports Direct or Field and Trek it can be difficult to sort the good stuff from the Tat. One way is to check out the official Karrimor website. If it appears on the website then it normally means its available at other "independant" outlets rather than just the shops controlled by Mike Ashley. The X lite and Airspace Rucksacks for example have received favourable reviews in the outdoor press as have the KSB 300 fabric boots. See the current issue of TGO magazine or LFTO website for examples.
Based on my experences of using the Chester and Derby stores some of the Field and Trek outlets do employ staff who know what they are talking about although I admit that the same cannot be said of the Sports Direct shops I have visited.
I had an Xlite that stripped its zip within the week couple of years ago, mind you, and it did look & feel flimsy.
i would look very carefully at the stitching, foam & feel/scratchiness of the fabrics. I can't remember the last time I saw a karrimor item worth buying (certainly at so-called RRP!),
I took a pair of Karrimor Gaiters to Kilimanjaro and on summit night I put them on and the zip snapped off. No chance of repair. bit anoyed buy that so will be staying away from any technical kit from them.
I was informed by my local independant shop that Sports direct had also bought the Karrimor brand. Not sure how true this ism but could explain the bias towards it in the shop.
Is it me, or has the Karrimor quality dropped. Never a big fan in the first place
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