The even greater outdoors

Nevisport was founded by mountain rescue experts to bring the very best outdoor gear to the U.K. Fifty years later, the company remains true to their mission.

Founded in 1970 by Ian A. Sykes, MBE, and Ian D. Sutherland, a pair of highland climbers and expert outdoorsmen, Nevisport originally opened its doors to address an immediate need. At the time, the friends were active members of the Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team, and they found the existing selection of climbing equipment available in stores across the U.K. to be woefully lacking.

The two opened their first Nevisport shop in Fort William, at the foot of Scotland’s legendary Ben Nevis mountain, the tallest peak in the U.K. Sykes, a former member of the RAF Mountain Rescue Team, had managed to save some seed money while serving as a base commander on the British Antarctic Survey team. But for that first year, Sutherland had to keep his full-time day job to support the operation while Sykes worked in the shop.

In just a few short years, their success allowed them to open a second store in Glasgow, then another in Edinburgh. Over the coming decades, the pair grew Nevisport into one of the leading outdoor specialty retailers in the country. Today, Nevisport has 5 stand-alone and 11 dual fascia stores across the U.K. and a reputation around the world for stocking only the finest sporting gear.

Along the way, Sykes and Sutherland opened the U.K.’s highest outdoor shop at the top of the gondola at the Nevis Range ski centre, a hugely successful resort that Sykes played a key role in launching and running. He was ultimately awarded an MBE for “services to sport and mountain rescue.” And though the founders have since retired, their ethos remains, not only in the excellence of Nevisport’s products and customer service, but in the real-world knowledge of its staff.

“The dedication to this ethos continues today with our sales team using the products we sell, ensuring that you receive the correct advice on equipment you need to truly enjoy the outdoors,” the company writes. “Our success and culture are based on the strong tradition of quality, value for money, and genuinely caring for our customers. Today, our team is proud to continue providing the finest service and outdoor gear available, at some of the best prices around.”

The right gear for any excursion

Nevisport’s expert staff pride themselves on helping customers find the right outdoor supplies and equipment for their needs, whether it’s a jacket from Rab, running shoes from Hoka One One, or ski wear from Salomon. And in addition to their constantly updated roster of special offers and savings, Nevisport also offers a generous student discount and armed forces discount.

Organised by outdoor activities, their online store has collections for pretty much anything and everything you might require to jump headlong into your next great outdoor adventure. There’s high-performance gear, clothing, and accessories for runners, skiers, walkers, hikers, climbers, swimmers, surfers, paddleboarders, and campers. You name the activity that gets your heart pumping, and Nevisport has the brand-name equipment that will help you do it better — wherever you roam.

On your feet

Whether you’re trekking the highlands or down to the market, Nevisport’s complete range of hiking and walking gear will make sure your journey is smooth, with top-quality options from brands like Scarpa, The North Face, Berghaus, Trespass, and DLX. For climbing hills, the Vibram cushioning of Scarpa’s Terra Gore-Tex women’s walking boot is your new best friend. And when you’re cresting a mountain path, The North Face 100 Glacier quarter zip fleece will keep you warm without overheating, while Black Diamond’s aluminium trail walking poles will make sure you’re steady on your feet.

For runners, Nevisport stocks a deep selection of the world’s best clothing, lighting, shoes, and hydration products. Packed with energy-boosting technology, The North Face Vectiv Infinite Futurelight trail running shoes might just help you beat your personal best. The lightweight and breathable Salomon Bonatti hooded softshell jacket will keep you running in style. And with front panels that hold four soft flask-sized pockets, the Camelbak Circuit 5L women’s hydration running vest delivers 20% more water per sip, so you’ll never run dry.

On the water

From open-water swimming to stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking, whatever your water sport, Nevisport has the perfect equipment in its vast inventory. Spinera’s Lets Paddle Inflatable SUP paddleboard is an ideal kit for novices ready to get out on the sea, river, or lake for the first time. Zone 3’s Venator-X polarised open-water swim goggles will enable you to train or race in any aquatic environment, no matter the weather or water conditions. And the stretchy, light, and durable O’Neill Kids Reactor-2 2MM Back Zip Full Wetsuit provides incredible performance in, on, and under the waves.

On the range

Whether you’re free climbing your next face or camping just below it, Nevisport has you covered from day to night. From the padded DMM Vixen climbing harness to mountain-ready rucksacks from Lowe Alpine and next-level La Sportiva Tarantulace climbing shoes, their carefully selected range of climbing equipment and bouldering gear will get you to the top.

And when you’re ready to pack it in, the shop’s complete line of reliable camping gear will have you sleeping safe and sound in the elements. With ample space for up to three people, the Pioneer 3EX tunnel tent from Robens is easy to pitch and lightweight enough to carry with you anywhere. The down-filled Rab Ascent 300 sleeping bag packs up smartly and will keep you cosy during spring and summer expeditions. And if you fancy a cup of tea after your climb, the compact Jetboil Zip camping stove will have your water boiling in just over two minutes, before slipping right back into your pack.

When you’re ready to gear up and get out there with a little help from Nevisport, be sure to use Amazon Pay to complete your purchase in the fewest number of clicks. Because Amazon Pay uses the same payment and shipping information that’s already stored in your account, you can breeze right through checkout — and get outdoors even faster.