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Description: 4 reviews of Paddy Pallin "Before I get distracted, let me just say that Paddy Pallin stocks my all-time favourite socks: Icebreaker midweight hiking socks. I love them so much, I'd actually marry them if I could. They also carry some other really…

Before I get distracted, let me just say that Paddy Pallin stocks my all-time favourite socks: Icebreaker midweight hiking socks. I love… Read More

Before I get distracted, let me just say that Paddy Pallin stocks my all-time favourite socks: Icebreaker midweight hiking socks. I love them so much, I'd actually marry them if I could. They also carry some other really good quality brands like Osprey, Sea to Summit, Patagonia, Scarpa, Camelbak and Salomon. There is a fair bit of information available there about local bushwalking (including maps) and ecotrips further afield. Plus they sponsor the Oxfam Trailwalker. These are all good things.

That said, I find myself way out of my price range and level of expertise when I venture into Paddy Pallin. There is a bunch of stuff there which is way too technical for the likes of a baby hiker like me. This might explain part of the expense, but seriously, even when Paddy Pallin has a sale, I still wince at the price. It is worth paying for membership if you become a regular (possibly because you have an Icebreaker sock addiction like me). Oxfam Trailwalker participants get a 20% discount at Paddy Pallin, which makes the prices far more palatable.

The other thing I wince at is how crammed and pokey the store is. It makes me want to flee as quickly as I can.

This is a great pity because the company has pretty cool origins. Paddy Pallin was a pioneer in Australian bushwalking and in making durable lightweight gear made for our conditions. He set up a couple of outdoor clubs as well as the Paddy Pallin Foundation which is hugely involved in conservation.

I originally gave Paddy Pallin a 3/5 rating, but I _really_ had to change this after doing Oxfam Trailwalker in 2015 and being the extremely grateful recipient of a lot of excellent advice from Paddy Pallin's extremely knowledgeable staff. From packs, socks and trail nutrition to the all important prevention of blisters, they shared their expertise.

Don't even get me started on hiking boots. They insist upon fitting boots properly and having you test them in the shop to an extent I have not experienced in other outdoor stores. These guys measure your foot and then actually take the insole of the boot out for you to put your foot on to make sure you have a thumb's width in front of your big toe before you even put the boot on! I'm not kidding! I find other shops often just take my word for it that boots fit. Given the number of people who end up losing toenails to very expensive boots that felt super comfy in the store, I appreciate the staff at Paddy Pallin going that extra mile.

To sum up, Paddy Pallin is expensive and needs a makeover, this is true, but the staff are awesome, the advice is sound and the gear is top notch.






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