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.
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
Together with SAXX, we want to end the stigma surrounding traditionally unspoken topics affecting men. Let’s quash the taboo. Let’s speak. Let’s listen. Let’s have, A Brief Discussion. Read more04-01-21 • Sophie Gibson
What a year 2020 has been, it’s one that will certainly go down in history that’s for sure. With the light at the end of the tunnel approaching (bring on 2021!), we’re on hand to guide you through our best gifts for Christmas 2020, to end the year on a high! Read more10-12-20 • Sophie Gibson
Baffled by insulation? When it comes to picking a new insulated jacket for the cold weather, you want to know what’s keeping you warm. We’re here to give you an overview of all things insulation. Read more02-12-20 • Sophie Gibson