With the ever-increasing importance of minimising our impact on the environment, we should all be looking to make sure our kit lasts us longer than just the next season.
For this issue, we’ve picked out 3 brands that show great commitment to extending the life of their products, either through innovative product design or through free repair services. Read on to find out more!
The Berghaus repairhaus team have been quietly bringing customer’s damaged items back to life since the start of the brand in 1966. Based in Sunderland, the team repair customer’s products for free, all you have to pay for is the postage!
There is no time restriction on this service, you can send in items that are 2 months old or 2 decades old, and the team will do their very best to return them to tip-top condition.
If you want to get started, you can read more about the service here.
SCARPA shoes and boots are built to the highest standard and should serve you for many years of use. However, just like tyres on a car, the rubber parts of a boot or shoe can wear down with use, and that’s why Scarpa offer a full re-sole service.
Any shoe or boot with the resole possible logo have been designed to allow for the sole to be replaced, extending the lifespan of your footwear. Rather than just replacing the sole though, Scarpa will put the footwear back on the original "last” as part of this process. This ensures that the footwear is rebuilt around the original shape of the shoe.
This process does come at a cost, but after sending your footwear off you can rest safe in the knowledge that it will be going back to the main Scarpa factory in Italy. Its here that the same team that make the shoes, will work to have your shoes back to fighting shape in no time. To find out more, see here.
The Craghoppers team are so proud of the quality of their garments that they offer a Guarantee For Life on all of their products. All you need to do is register the item with them, and keep your proof of purchase and the item will be replaced for the same or a like for like item.
Although this is slightly different to the repair services mentioned above, having heard of the tiny numbers of returns Craghoppers receive on an annual basis with this guarantee in place - they have good reason to stand behind their products' longevity.
For more information, see here.