Blacks old-timer, Sophie, joined the online team back in 2017 after serving customers in her local Blacks store whilst completing her degree. Voluntary work with The Scouts, Girlguiding and The DofE, means she knows expeditions and outdoor kit like the back of her hand.
Catch Sophie checking out new trails on weekends, and she's always game for a hike, especially if it involves a pub at the end.
Bespoke to Blacks, our sustainability features have been created to make eco-friendly shopping easier for you. Here we explain the sustainable jargon, so you can shop simply. Read more08-09-21 • Sophie Gibson
We’ve patiently waited for half a decade, experienced a global pandemic and witnessed football nearly come home twice, but finally the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are here! We wouldn’t be Blacks if we didn’t put our own spin on the biggest event in the sporting calendar, so here’s our brief guide on how... Read more23-07-21 • Sophie Gibson
To satisfy our appetite for the great outdoors, inventors and pioneers have created both kit and equipment to consistently improve comfort and functionality. Let’s pause for a second to contemplate how far we’ve come over the last few centuries; let’s look at the evolution of camping equipment. Read more20-07-21 • Sophie Gibson
2021 is becoming the year of the UK. We’ve learnt to appreciate what’s on our (back) doorstep and whilst we can’t predict the future, what is for sure is that your garden’s on the green list. Let’s take a look into this season’s best products to transform your garden into the haven it should be. Read more15-07-21 • Sophie Gibson
Tarp or tent? The age-old question on all wild campers’ minds. But which is better, and why? Well honestly, there are pros and cons to both, luckily, you’ve got us to guide you through each option. Read more23-06-21 • Sophie Gibson
At Blacks, we encourage you at every opportunity to live “Everyday Life Outdoors”. However, it’s hard to break away from the hold that digital tech has on our lives. If your Weekly Screen Report is making you uneasy, read on for our reasons to put down your phone (even if it is only for a few... Read more22-04-21 • Sophie Gibson
In light of the sad passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, we are taking this time to remember one of his most notable achievements, the establishment of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Read more14-04-21 • Sophie Gibson
This year is like no other. This year we will hike further. This year we will run faster. This year we will protect the planet. Meet the Talon and Tempest packs from Osprey. Read more10-03-21 • Sophie Gibson
Over the next seven days we’ll be celebrating females on both International Women’s Day and Mother’s Day. In light of these two amazing holidays, we caught up with Osprey Ambassador, Tracy Moseley, on how she balances motherhood and mountain biking. Read more08-03-21 • Sophie Gibson
In our final instalment of A Brief Discussion, join Tim Warwood and our seven inspirational guys as they open up about their struggles with mental health as they navigate the modern world. Read more22-01-21 • Sophie Gibson