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Offline Pitlamp

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Caving shop query
« on: May 04, 2021, 01:15:09 pm »
Can anyone point me at a caving gear supplier which stocks Beaver wetsuit products?

(Yes, I know I can deal direct with Beaver but I specifically interested in shops which are Beaver dealers.)

Thanks.

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Caving shop query
« on: May 04, 2021, 01:15:09 pm »
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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2021, 01:24:14 pm »
you tried the people that took over the shop at Bernies?

https://www.berniescaveshop.co.uk/

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2021, 01:31:27 pm »
Thanks Benfool but they don't list the specific item I'm interested in.

But you may be able to help further - is the Bernie's caving shop completely separate from the Bernie's cafe business, or is it run by the same people? If the latter I'll call in and ask. (They weren't open this morning when I went past.)

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« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2021, 01:34:55 pm »
I believe its completely separate these days.

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2021, 01:59:07 pm »
Thanks; that confirms what I thought.

I'll email them with my query.

Still interested in any other caving shops that sell Beaver stuff, if anyone else has any alternative suggestions?

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2021, 02:08:38 pm »

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2021, 02:23:19 pm »
Yes - thanks - but they don't seem to list many actual caving shops.

For example I couldn't immediately spot the (reincarnation of the) Bernies Cafe caving shop yet I know they are a dealer.

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2021, 03:09:14 pm »
It could be that they aren't listed due to not having a shop front (or may not order enough stock). They are now based in Devon.

Everybody on the list appears to be a dive or watersports venue (which is their main business).

Up & under in Cardiff is the only other store stocking caving kit (that you may not know of), but they don't list Beaver.

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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2021, 03:25:58 pm »
Thanks Mike - I'll glance at their website and maybe contact them.

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2021, 03:30:12 pm »
Um - no, they don't have what I'm interested in.

So . . . still hoping for further answers from forum members re caving shop Beaver dealers.

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2021, 04:14:02 pm »
the list of Beaver dealerships on their website, doesn't appear to list any caving shops. Quite a few in the North though.
All views are my own and not that of the BCA or any clubs for which I'm a member of.

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2021, 04:38:50 pm »
Have you tried Starless River?

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2021, 05:21:08 pm »
Yes; Tony only sells Warmbac stuff apparently. Mind you, I'll ask him next time paths cross.

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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2021, 05:21:48 pm »
the list of Beaver dealerships on their website, doesn't appear to list any caving shops. Quite a few in the North though.

Aye, that's kind of why I asked the original question.

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2021, 06:02:16 pm »
the list of Beaver dealerships on their website, doesn't appear to list any caving shops. Quite a few in the North though.

Aye, that's kind of why I asked the original question.

Their placement of Ramsgate in the South West certainly gives some doubt to the accuracy of the list  :lol:
All views are my own and not that of the BCA or any clubs for which I'm a member of.

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« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2021, 06:39:28 pm »
Indeed. My knowledge of the geography of the south is not great (it's somewhere near France isn't it?) but even I know where Ramsgate really is!   ::)

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2021, 07:58:51 pm »
Pitlamp
Have you tried Caving Supplies in Buxton.  They always used to have Beaver suits - that's where I got my first one from.   ;D

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« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2021, 08:08:01 pm »
Aha - now you're talking! I'll give 'em a try tomorrow. Thanks Karen.

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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2021, 09:37:52 pm »
Their placement of Ramsgate in the South West certainly gives some doubt to the accuracy of the list  :lol:
The company doesn't seem too sure what they're doing either! The other Ramsgate address is in SE.

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2021, 11:51:15 pm »
If you have no luck with the caving shops, I’d recommend SDS in Sheffield or Divemaster in Nottingham. Both shops can still actually do proper drysuit repairs & DUI/Santi warranty work, in house, in the UK. There aren’t many left, please support them if you can.

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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2021, 08:19:20 am »
Thanks Steve, noted. Yes, fully agree with the sentiment of supporting local specialist shops. If we don't they'll not be there.

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2021, 08:49:02 pm »
Funnily enough I went past their shop in Halfway the other day looking for old colliery remains - didnt realise they'd moved out there.

I love that Scuba Rattle, but I'm still struggling to see an above-water use for it that could justify me getting one. Maybe online meetings that go on far too long...:)

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2021, 09:38:45 pm »
 Not sure what your looking for but I bought some fantastic beaver fleece lined wet socks that lasted years from dee sports in Chester https://www.watersportschester.co.uk/index.asp

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Re: Caving shop query
« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2021, 01:55:46 pm »
You're close with that one!

I checked various Beaver stockists and none has what I wanted (which I happen to know has been discontinued, since the company was left with no choice but to buy in from China). As a last resort I found what I wanted on Amazon. Also, sadly, made in China.

 

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