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Old 14th May 12, 11:25 AM
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Karrimor kit, any good?

OK, so when I was a lad (cue the Hovis theme) Karrimor was a well known and reliable outdoor brand. Since I have started running, and particularly this spring since I have started to take it more seriously, I have seen that Karrimor now seems to be a budget brand that is heavily discounted in shops such as Sports Direct.

So is the stuff in Sports Direct just a super bargain, or is the brand now a budget range? I've bought a couple of bits (vest for races, and a hoody for post races) and they cost less than 20 combined.

Really I'm just looking to validate my shopping fetish by buying super value gear that I will get decent use out of I guess.
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Old 14th May 12, 11:37 AM
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Ive not had the running stuff but have had a couple of the cycle tops for a ride i do that has loads of thorns bushes right next to the path etc fed up with getting holes in my good tops so just got them because they were cheap.

I was expecting them to be a bit poop but actually its pretty good i quite like it. Worth every penny and more. Not the nicest designs but the quality opf the stuff is good.
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Old 14th May 12, 11:57 AM
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I think Karrimor has changed from a top brand to a budget brand unfortunately. The stuff is reasonably good quality though; I doubt you would be dissapointed with your purchase, just don't look for the highest quality, technically good kit that you used to get from them.
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Old 14th May 12, 12:01 PM
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I use mainly Karrimor running tops & shorts and have found them good and they've lasted a long time- I can't bring myself to spend €60 or so on a big brand running top/shorts when I can get similar ones for under €10 and they seem to do the job well
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Old 14th May 12, 03:20 PM
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All my running kit (other than shoes) is Karrimor. I would say I'm a beginner so don't have much to compare with, but I have no complaints with any of my kit. I bought all my stuff from Sports Direct, running tights 11, running shorts 7 and long sleeve half zip running top 8. IMHO the price is way below the quality of the kit
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Old 14th May 12, 03:24 PM
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I'm with everybody else here. I've got some Karrimor kit and it's fine for the money. It's nothing fancy, but there's not much wrong with it either.
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Old 14th May 12, 03:35 PM
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I've bought some stuff and have been impressed with it all. Great for the price.
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Old 14th May 12, 04:22 PM
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All my running kit (other than shoes) is Karrimor. I would say I'm a beginner so don't have much to compare with, but I have no complaints with any of my kit. I bought all my stuff from Sports Direct, running tights 11, running shorts 7 and long sleeve half zip running top 8. IMHO the price is way below the quality of the kit
Same as toddmeister, have no qualms with the kit, all so far are comfortable and had no issues whatsoever
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Old 14th May 12, 04:50 PM
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No problems with karimoor kit either.
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Old 14th May 12, 05:26 PM
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I think that Karrimor kit is good value for money and not bad qaulity.
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Old 14th May 12, 05:50 PM
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Ha, just posted in the headphone thread.

Im quite happy with my 5 karrimor running headphones.

Same style as the 30 Sennheiser PMX80 which i also have.
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Old 14th May 12, 06:00 PM
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I think that Karrimor kit is good value for money and not bad qaulity.
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Old 14th May 12, 06:17 PM
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Karrimor is a brand owned by Sports Direct, along with Dunlop, Slazenger, Kangol, Donnay and Lonsdale.

They still do good value stuff, but they're not necessarily the same quality brands that they once were.
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Old 14th May 12, 07:09 PM
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I've had good basic stuff like tops and jackets. I prefer brands like Nike for running leggings though as the material quality feels better.
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Old 14th May 12, 10:05 PM
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It's one of those things... the quality is, I think, fine. And I thought the comfort was fine too.

Then I was stupid enough to try on a pair of Gore running tights.

Big mistake!
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