Cheap Karrimor stuff

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09/11/2009 at 16:08
For anyone living in the Orpington/Bromley area, I stumbled across some incredibly cheap Karrimor clothing in Sports Direct at St Mary Cray last week.

Now, I don't normally shop at these types of sports stores, but I was passing and what with it getting a bit nippy I thought I'd take a look. Once I'd waded through rack upon rack of crap downstairs, I headed upstairs to the "sports" section, and along with the usual suspects was a rail of Karrimor running/outdoor wear.

Among the splendid finds was a gilet that was reduced from £40 to £8. Yes, £8. In total, I bought said gilet, a pair of shorts, a t-shirt and two pairs of socks for just over £20, but could (and should) have honestly bought a lot more. All looks pretty good, although I did look like a walking ad when I tried it all on at home.

Thought I'd share.
09/11/2009 at 16:13

I got a hi-vis Karrimore Gilet as well SD - its great!  I also use the Karrimore trail socks (3.99) and the karrimore running socks (3.99 for 2 pairs).

Sports Direct does sell some crap but they are always worth a look - you can always get end of line Asics shoes at least £20 - £30 cheaper than elsewhere but don't expect the 12 year old sales assistants to know anything about running!

09/11/2009 at 16:13

Id be wary of Karrimor now....once the bastion of the UK outdoors, since it was sold or whatever happened several years ago it is not what it once was.

Their stuff used to be expensive for a reason - it was bloody good.

Now it isnt. I bought a kit bag and it literally fell apart in months, whereas I have old rucksacks that are still in good order. The stuff just doesnt feel as sturdy now.

Granted some items might be ok - and clothing is probably one of those (i mean how badly made can a t shirt be?), but I wouldnt go near their bags or shoes.

09/11/2009 at 16:14

Have seen this stuff in the store in Dundee as well, but had just bought some hear at Aldi so find it difficult to justify more running stuff to my OH.  Have bought Karrimor boots from them in the past, so I presume they have bought the Karrimor name.

X-post there, the boots I bought several years ago now, probably when they first took over the name.  The quality might have declined since then.

Edited: 09/11/2009 at 16:16
09/11/2009 at 16:18
According to Wiki, Sports Direct is the parent company of Lonsdale which bought Karrimor in 2004.
09/11/2009 at 17:26

I bought a Karrimor rucksack from Sportsdirect a while ago. It was reduced from £35 to £4.99. An absolute bargain I thought, but I guess the old saying, "if it's too good to be true, it probably is" rings true, as it began falling apart after the first time I used it. Having now been used on little more than a dozen times, it's now been put in the dusbin after completely falling apart. On closer inspection it became evident it's actually a flimsy piece of rubbish. I didn't expect much at £4.99 but I feel sorry for anyone that may have been duped into paying the full retail price.

I heard a lot of talk on various internet forums how Karrimor has gone completely downhill regarding the quality of their products. I thought I'd give them a wide berth after the experience with the rucksack, but recently whilst browsing in Sportsdirect I too came across their running gear. One item that caught my eye was the Karrimor HViz Running jacket, supposedly reduced from £44.99 down to £14.99, I was in desperate need of a lightweight jacket and decided to take a chance on one, not a lot to lose at that price anyway.Thankfully it appears to have been quite a good buy. The jacket has only been worn a dozen or so times, but it seems to do the job admirably. I guess running clothes don't take an awful lot of abuse, so perhaps this is one area where the cheep and cheerful Karrimor stuff is worth buying.

Edited: 09/11/2009 at 17:26
09/11/2009 at 17:42
as others say, Karrimor is not the name it was when you could rely on ALL their products to be well made and quality..........

but since Mike Astley of ChavDirect and Newcastle Utd fame bought the brand from the receivers, he has taken the name downmarket. It's a clever marketing ploy to be fair as the name still has a good reputation but underhanded imho as he is playing on people's brand loyalties - eventually it will backfire as the products lose credibility

granted that some of their clothing isn't bad, but avoid things like boots or ruscksacks like the plague
Edited: 09/11/2009 at 17:43
09/11/2009 at 19:28
I have a Karrimor rucksack, nearly as old as FB but looking a whole lot younger and going strong.
A sprightly 34 years old.
28/11/2009 at 19:47
i use karrimor tops and shorts with no issues whatsoever-sports direct offering tops for £4
28/11/2009 at 19:50
My Karrimor stuff is great
29/11/2009 at 11:25
I bought a Karrimor Zodiac ruck sack for general use last year. I use it for work everyday, it's been on holiday a few times including skiing where my usual effortless style on the slopes meant my falling over loads and the bag still looks like new. Perfectly happy with it.
29/11/2009 at 12:36

have just binned a karrimor lightweight jacket, cheap crap is all i can say. reduced from thirty odd to 19odd and now less than a tenner. looks like they are having trouble shifting their rubbish product.

 sizing was out, didnt breath at all and the zip was terrible. shame i lost the receipt.

to be fair i also bought their runnning tight at the same time and it is adequate, but again the sizing is out.

on balance though i would rather pay a little more and buy a quality product.

29/11/2009 at 13:22
i have nike shorts-adidas shorts at four times the price of Karrimor and for the life of me I can't tell the difference. The only thing I would spend more money on would be my running shoes the rest is not important.
30/11/2009 at 20:37
I bought a pair of karrimor running tights and a top, the top is nice but the tights are poor quality! Really thin and baggy around the knees!
01/12/2009 at 10:46

"rack upon rack of crap downstairs"

Sounds like you're rapping lol.

I picked up a sleeveless high-vis Karrimor gilet well over a year ago and it's still going strong. Not keen on their shorts - had some once and waistband caused chafing.T-shirts are pretty rubbish too - go out of shape and really thin poor quality material. 

01/12/2009 at 17:37

I've got this  Karrimor lightweight jacket a few months ago and have had absolutely no issues at all.

Fits well and is comfortable and breathable. I cant remember what I paid, but it was under £20.

Good ol' Sports Direct !

01/12/2009 at 18:01

I've got the same one I paid £15 from SportsDirect but they can be had for £12 with a Google search.

You can't go wrong for that price, especially when you consider you would pay that for a decent pair of socks.

I'll probably get the florescent one too at some stage for cycling.

03/12/2009 at 12:42
No probs with a Karrimor Tech T Shirt that I got about a year ago.
03/12/2009 at 13:26

I have the above jacket too - I actually prefer it to the Asics one I also have.

No probs with the top or tights I bought either - perhaps not as good as the Nike and New Balance kit I have, but as good if not better than good 'ole crane sports

08/03/2013 at 12:50

Beware of Sports Direct!!  A friend of my daughter's bought a pair of running shoes and before wearing them found out from a proper running shop that she needed a shoe for pronation.  She took them back to Sports direct and they refused a refund, saying they would have given her the right advice and their staff were trained in running shoes.  When we wrote to complain, they said they said they don't offer advice on running shoes???.  So a bunch liars and cheats sadly, at least at the Northampton Riverside branch.

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