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Our Partners

How Do We Choose Our Partners?

Mountain Equipment, Plas y Benin's Premier Partner

As we have a busy course programme all year round, you will find our instructors and clients out in the hills, braving whatever the Welsh hills can throw at them yet still enjoying and learning from the experience. To make this work, we need the best kit we can get to give our customers and clients the best possible experience. We simply cannot use gear that let’s us down. That is why we chose our partners very carefully.
We are delighted to work closely with a range of the best kit and equipment providers in the sector, nurtured often over many years. Our testing of kit, in all conditions, helps them develop equipment that just keeps getting better and better. Forging these partnerships happens over many years and we are thrilled to be associated with these fantastic companies as our primary partners.

 

 

Mountain Equipment

Mountain Equipment

A British brand with a rich history and heritage stemming right the way back to 1961, Mountain Equipment are purveyors of some of the best mountain clothing available. From base layers to full body down suits, ME make clothing to keep you warm and dry anywhere you care to venture. For us here in our changeable conditions, we really can put it through its paces and have been working closely since 2004 to offer feedback and product testing by Plas y Brenin instructional staff. It is a relationship that has continued to strengthen time and time again and gives our clients that little extra step up when the weather turns on them out on the hill.

 

 

Peak UK

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In 2017, we entered into a new agreement with one of the finest makers of paddlesports equipment on the market. Our paddling customers and instructors can be found in a wide range of places, from lakes to rivers to sea kayak journeys, and they need kit they can rely on. For that, we use Peak UK. Dating back to 1990 and founded by a slalom racer, Peak UK are also a great performance brand, with Olympic medal winners wearing their kit! For us, that means we have found a company that makes gear at the quality that we need wherever our boats take us.

 

 

Mountain Boot Company

Deuter PacksScarpa FootwearGrivelEdelweiss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Mountain Boot Company are a UK distributer based in the North East of England and are a key partner for us at Plas y Brenin. They provide us with some of the most highly renowned mountain footwear from the Italian Alps, top quality climbing ropes and tough and rugged rucksacks. When out on the hill, our instructors and our clients (should they wish to trial some) can be found in Scarpa boots of various different styles, tailored carefully to the course they are on. These range from three-season walking boots right the way up to B3 mountaineering boots on our Scottish and Alpine courses. Mountain Boot also provide us with Edelweiss ropes for our climbing and scrambling courses, Grivel climbing equipment for our winter courses running from Scotland and Deuter rucksacks – some of the hardest wearing packs on the market, for any mountain activity. They are one of our key partners and we are thrilled they are able to help us provide a top quality service.

 

 

Other Parteners

PetzlLorpen SocksDMM ClimbingLekiJoe Brown ShopsJoe Brown ShopsOshea SurfBlizzard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


As well as our key partners, we have many relationships with other suppliers to keep our stores fully stocked, our instructors safe and happy and to give our clients the chance to try out some of the best equipment available. These include, among many others:
  • DMM. The local Welsh company, based a mere 10 miles away, provide us with much of our climbing hardware
  • O’Shea. Another local Welsh company, O’Shea are the suppliers of our popular Stand Up Paddleboards over the summer.
  • Nikwax. Known worldwide, Nikwax help us to maintain our kit to a suitable standard, increasing its lifespan and ensuring that our clients have nice clean and working equipment on their courses.
  • Blizzard. Based in nearby Bethesda, Blizzard are known around the world for their survival bags and blankets and are forging a new relationship with us at PyB.
  • Leki. A relatively new contract for us, Leki provide our staff with trekking poles as well as offering a stack of poles for our clients to trial on our courses.
  • Petzl. The French company supplement our stock of rock climbing equipment with a wide range from technical rope access kit to bouldering pads.
  • Joe Brown’s. Our local retail partner, Joe Brown’s offer our clients a discount at one of their nearby shops.

 

 


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