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Outdoor Clothing & Outdoor Equipment

Outdoor Clothing & Equipment

Outdoor Clothing & Outdoor Equipment

If you’re a keen outdoor enthusiast and love the countryside, it’s important to have the right outdoor clothing and equipment.

Whether you are camping, fishing, shooting, hunting, or hiking and walking, make sure you are well prepared and that your trip is an enjoyable one.

Our guides will help you choose the right clothing and equipment whatever your outdoor leisure activity. And our kit lists will help you to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything!

Remember the saying :-

Failing to prepare is preparing to Fail

We have over 60 years experience in the outdoor industry with family members currently serving, or who have recently served in HM Forces. We are passionate about the countryside and love outdoor country pursuits like camping, fishing, shooting and walking.

Outdoor Equipment from Tried & Tested Brands

Outdoor Cooking with TripodThere are a host of brands that are famous throughout the world for quality and craftsmanship.

Leatherman, Petzl, Vibram, Wenger and Snugpak are all world leading names that offer outstanding quality with the latest innovations in outdoor technology.

But if you want to pay a little less, there are new brands that are not so well known but still offer good quality and good value for money. You just need to know what to look for.

Innovative Outdoor Clothing

Similarly, the range of outdoor clothing now available is extensive, and the top brands use some of the latest advances and innovations in outdoor technology.

From head to toe, our guides have got you covered. From SealSkinz there are the latest advances in waterproof technology for hands, head and feet; and from Deerhunter you have fabrics like Hitena and Nanotex treated cotton.

So whether you are backpacking around the world or simply enjoy country pursuits like fishing and shooting, we are sure you will find our comprehensive guides on outdoor clothing and outdoor equipment invaluable.

Recommended Outdoor Brands

Our list of recommended outdoor brands will also help you choose the right outdoor gear for your activity, with information about the brand and their products.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy

Chas E Smith is committed to preserving the privacy of all visitors to our website at www.chasesmith.co.uk.

Please read the following privacy policy to understand how we use and protect the information that you provide to us.

We respect the privacy of our customers, and will not pass on any details to third parties.

By registering on this website, you consent to the collection, use and transfer of your information under the terms of this policy.


When you visit or register on www.chasesmith.co.uk you may be asked to provide certain information about yourself including your name and contact details.

We may also collect information about your usage of our website as well as information about you from messages you post to the website and e-mails or letters you send to us.

To maintain customer service standards and to assist staff training, we may record and monitor incoming calls.


Your information will enable us to provide you with access to all parts of our website. We will also use and analyse the information we collect so that we can administer, support, improve and develop our business.

In particular, we may use your information to contact you for your views on our services and to notify you occasionally about important changes or developments to the website or our services.

Further, where you have consented, we might also use your information to let you know by email about other products and services which we offer which may be of interest to you.

If you change your mind about being contacted in the future, please let us know.


We may pass aggregate information on the usage of our website to third parties but this will not include information that can be used to identify you.

If our business enters into a joint venture with or is sold to or merged with another business entity, your information may be disclosed to our new business partners or owners.

Unless required to do so by law, we will not otherwise share, sell or distribute any of the information you provide to us without your consent.


Cookies are small amounts of information, which we may store on your computer.

Unless you have indicated your objection when disclosing your details to us, our system will issue cookies to your computer when you log on to the site.

Cookies make it easier for you to log on to and use the site during future visits.

They also allow us to monitor website traffic and to personalise the content of the site for you.  You may set up your computer to reject cookies by following the relevant instructions, which can be found at www.aboutcookies.org. In that case, you may not be able to use certain features on our site.

If you do not wish to receive cookies in the future, please let us know.


We employ security measures to protect your information from access by unauthorised persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage.  We will retain your information for a reasonable period or as long as the law requires.


You are entitled to see the information held about you and you may ask us to make any necessary changes to ensure that it is accurate and kept up to date.

If you wish to do this, please contact us - see the Contact Us page.

We are entitled by law to charge a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.


Any changes to our privacy policy in the future will be posted to the website and, where appropriate, through e-mail notification.


All comments, queries and requests relating to our use of your information are welcomed - please refer to the Contact Us page.

About Us

About Us

We have over 60 years experience in catering for the requirements of those who live, work and play in the countryside.

This website brings together all of our knowledge of outdoor clothing and outdoor equipment to help you choose the right gear for your outdoor activity.


Charles Edward Smith started working at the Romsey shop in the early 1900s, when it was a pawn brokers. He bought the business from his employer (Binnings) in the 1920s and named the shop Chas E Smith.

It remained a pawn brokers, and Charles Smith was well known around Romsey as Uncle Chas.

During the latter part of WW2 the shop started to sell Government Surplus, but it wasn’t until the early 1950s that the pawn broking side finished and the shop became a purely retail outlet.

After the end of the war Chas’ youngest son Rex became more and more involved in the running of the shop.

Slowly it evolved, building up the range of goods to include work wear and general country wear, and then all kinds of outdoor leisure wear.

Rex’s son Mike took over the shop in the early 1980s and introduced camping goods into the range.

And Now

The shop no longer exists and this website is run by Mike’s sister Carol and her husband Ian.

Ian was a keen member of the Scouts and Cadets at school, took the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards, represented the school at orienteering and archery events, and has always enjoyed camping, fishing, shooting and other outdoor pursuits.

Carol was a very keen rider, entering her first gymkhana at the age of 9.

Together with other members of the family, some of whom are in H. M. Forces, they bring a wealth of outdoor experience to share with you through this website.

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