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  • Winter Running

    Posted on October 25, 2013 by olinselot

    As the air becomes chilly, and the leaves begin to change, so must our activewear. Winter running can be uncomfortable, but it doesn't have to be! reached out to a seasoned runner in South Eastern Idaho in hopes of discovering some tips for running during the winter months.

    Brett BawdenBrett Bawden and is his lovely wife Josie train year round, and the cold weather doesn't slow them down one bit. Brett and Josie train to qualify for the Boston Marathon and other races all year, and they take their training seriously. Brett and Josie are well known in their community for their personal training tips, and starting the "Just Cuz Half Marathon" in Pocatello, ID.  Brett was kind enough to give our readers some guidelines on running in the cold. He makes it clear that by using the proper activewear you can avoid feeling uncomfortable when running outside.

    Brett changes his activewear depending on the temperature. When the weather is nice and anything above 40 degrees he wears basic running shorts and a light tee shirt. Once the temperature drops below 40 degrees, he throws on a wind breaker and some running pants.

    coldpruf premium performance topHowever, when the temperature drops below twenty five degrees, it is time to break out the big guns! Running tights and a top are essential for staying warm and dry.
    The Coldpruf premium performance thermals are a great option if you don't want the cold to slow you down from your active life. This product stands up to other leading brands but is half the price. The polyester / spandex blend gives protection against high winds while the trim fit keeps the material from bunching during high activity.
    coldpruf premium performance bottom

    These thermals are great for that cold weather run, and a cross-country ski workout, or on the ski slope. They are designed for maximum dryness and antimicrobial odor-control. This is perfect for any distant runner who is training this winter season. We also have Coldpruf Premium Performance Thermals for women as well!

    Be sure and check out our new products for hiking and camping at



    This post was posted in Athletic Wear, Base Layer, Cross Country Skiing, Running, Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowshoeing, Thermal Underwear, Winter Blizzard, Winter Sports and was tagged with black running tights, black tights, performace thermals, run, running, running gear, running in the cold, running thermals, running tights, winter running, womens running tights

  • Headlamps and Flashlights Comparison

    Posted on September 14, 2013 by olinselot

    Cougar Surprise

    Don't be left in the dark and lost on the trail. Understanding the difference between quality headlamps and flashlights can make a dramatic difference in your outdoor experience. Whether you are hiking down the trail, or simply family camping, having the right light source should improve your experience. When you hear a twig snap in the darkness the wrong flashlight can turn a fun trip into a scene from a horror movie. It's time to learn about lumen and lighting!

    Lumen ComparisonFirst we need to clearly define the terminology. When you read about candle strength (candelas), lumen, and lux they are different characteristics than you may have assumed. Most people talk about Lumen as if it is an all encompassing word to describe how "bright" the light is. The amount of Lumen is in fact the strength of the radius of light emitted. Think about the size of the circle of light emitted at its brightest point and how bright that circle is. That is the Lumen strength. The Candelas refers to the power of the light. In fact, one standard household candle is approximately 1 candelas. The Lux is a term used to represent the amount of actual light emitted. Lux is measurements of luminous flux spread over a given area. If you spread light out too much it becomes more dim. So, if you want to light up a trail ahead of you like noon day you'll want higher Lumen, Lux, and Candelas. If you are hanging around a campsite you might want lower Lumen and a moderate amount of Lux and Candelas.

    One thing that you never want is a weak light that sucks the life out of your batteries. An energy draining flashlight will cause you to either carry more weight in batteries or end up left in the dark. Some of the most efficient and cost effective lights are LED headlamps & flashlights. The difference between standard incandescent lights and high lumen LED lights is night and day. The amount of vivid clarity is undeniable as well. A standard incandescent or fluorescent bulb will often cast a yellow light, which isn't ideal for photography or color clarity. LED lights cast a clear white light that keeps your natural vision and color spectrum in tact.

    Black Diamond 150 VizzOne of the greatest benefits of an adjustable lumen LED light is how much weight and bulk is reduced. Since LED lights consume far less energy compared to incandescent bulbs - they can be much more compact and lighter to carry. Headlamps, such as the Black Diamond 150 Lumen Vizz LED, weigh less than 4 ounces. The multiple modes of the Vizz Headlamp allow for flexibility based upon conditions for optimal spot light style visibility or soft close range field of view. It also offers two Red LED lights to allow visibility without ruining your natural night vision. Using 3 AAA batteries (alkaline, lithium, rechargeable NiCad or NiMH batteries) you can adjust your lighting for up to 110 hours of hands free use.

    Princeton Tech 100If you prefer the functional mobility of a handheld flashlight then avoid the bulk and batteries. Instead choose something like the Princeton Tech 100 Lumen AMP. Functioning off a single Maxbright LED it can last for 150 hours of burn time. Operating with 4 AA alkaline batteries you can use the AMP 4.0 for a wide variety of purposes. The sleek design has a looped handle for easy attachment to carabineers or rope. As far as handheld flashlights go this is a prime option. It provides a comfortable grip that fits easily in the palm of your hand. The AMP 4.0 is popular among family campers who need a handheld flashlight they can count on.


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  • Base Layer Clothing & Thermal Underwear

    Posted on September 7, 2013 by olinselot

    Merino Wool Sheep
    There are over 2 billion sheep in the world and if they know one thing its how to stay warm! Wool thermal underwear dates back over 7,000 throughout history as one of the best ways to stay warm and dry. It is a popular choice over synthetic products because of its natural comfort and renewable nature. As soon as mankind had the ability to herd sheep they began to sheer the wool and utilize its amazing abilities.

    John L SullivanOut of all the figures in history who wore long underwear, perhaps no one did so as impressively as John L. Sullivan. In fact, it's quite possible that Sullivan's iconic presence in the boxing ring in the late 1800's is where the name "Long Johns" originated. Sullivan sported a dashing mustache and his trademark long underwear into the boxing ring for an impressive 38 wins out of 42 matches (32 by way of knockout!).

    Pioneer Base LayerDuring the pioneer days of the wild west, the concept of base layer clothing was a normal part of life. They didn't live in climate controlled, insulated homes and push button temperature regulated vehicles. The pioneers lived, worked, traveled and survived with the weather posing a constant threat. They did what worked best. They protected themselves with thermal underwear beneath their rugged hand made clothing.

    Base Layer Thermal UnderwearAthletes and outdoors men of today still look to the past for wisdom. They know that modern technology has developed the highest quality, finest, most efficient and comfortable wool fabric known to man. It's called Merino Wool. It has all the thermal insulating properties you expect from wool as well as moisture wicking, comfort, and style. Merino wool thermal underwear feels like cotton against your skin, doesn't smell, and looks fashionable to wear in almost any setting. Trust history. Trust the sheep! Settle for nothing less than premium 100% Merino Wool.

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  • Stay Dry

    Posted on August 24, 2013 by olinselot

    Rain Hiking

    As much as you organize your gear, map your route, and know the terrain you can’t control the weather. It can be a challenge to stay dry. Even when it doesn’t rain you can still get soaked by the morning dew that has accumulated overnight. Hypothermia is the most predominant killer of hikers and campers each year. Hypothermia can set in within just minutes if you are even the slightest bit wet.

    Aside from soaking to the bone and freezing to death, problems with chafing, fungus, bacteria, and blisters can ruin a trip in a hurry. Top to bottom and inside and out you should have the gear to stay dry.

    Wax Coated HatYou don’t always need a poncho, cowboy hat, or umbrella to keep your head comfortable and dry. A simple wax treated or oil treated cap will get the job done. Port Authority has created a comfortable cotton cap that has a light wax coating to seal out the elements. They come in various colors and styles to suit your needs at a very affordable price. There’s no excuse for walking around with a water logged head. A simple wax treated hat is the solution.

    Merino WoolKeeping your body dry is all about proper layers. Without question the best option against your skin is pure Merino Wool thermal underwear. This wool fiber is so fine it literally feels like cotton against your skin. It has the best thermal insulating properties available and naturally wicks moisture away from your body. Merino wool is available in a variety of weights from light to expedition weight depending on what you need. It doesn’t itch. It doesn’t smell, it comes in various styles and a sleek black color so you won’t only feel good you’ll look good too.

    Ranger 3 in 1Inner layers are only as good as the outer layer. There are many merino wool jackets to match your thermal underwear and you may choose that as a great option. Since layering is the key to staying warm and dry I recommend and multipurpose combo jacket. A Ranger 3 in 1 jacket offers three great layers for just one great price. The outer shell is waterproof and seam sealed. If you get too warm you can shed the shell and wear the plush micro fleece jacket. If it’s warm and raining you can stow away the fleece and just wear the shell as a wind and rain break. The mix and match combinations make it a versatile and common sense choice for any outdoorsman.

    Merino Wool SocksYour feet are the workhorse that never seems to catch a break. Neglect your feet and you will pay the price. When it comes to keeping your feet dry and comfortable merino wool is once again the winning choice. Merino wool socks come in boot length, knee length, and a variety of styles for your needs. They offer premium comfort, thermal regulation, and moisture wicking. Treat your feet right with the noticeable comfort and quality of merino wool socks.

    Peregrine TentWhen you really need to get out of the rain you want a shelter that is not only waterproof, but quick and easy to set up. Nothing can be worse than seeking shelter in your tent only to find that it is leaking and dripping like a poorly made lean to. A Peregrine easy setup tent gets the job done. The double door system and entry covers make it simple and easy to get your gear out of the rain.

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  • Proper Hydration

    Posted on August 15, 2013 by olinselot

    How Much Water

    Everyone knows that staying hydrated is important for personal health and safety. Whether you are playing sports, hiking, camping, hunting, or any physical activity – it is essential that you maintain proper hydration.

    But how much water are you supposed to drink? Well that depends on the amount of physical exercise, your environment, and specific health conditions. The Institute of Medicine has determined that the adequate intake for men is roughly 13 cups – and for women 9 cups – of fluid per day. You should always account for the type of activities you’ll be doing as well as variable such as temperature.

    Nathan Vapor Shot

    Staying safely hydrated is more than simply drinking enough water. Make sure to supplement your water with electrolytes if it is especially hot or your activities are strenuous. Also, if you are in the outdoors, it is important to properly filter and sometimes boil any water from natural streams or rivers. This prevents parasites and illness that can lead to serious health complications and even death.

    Many athletes and outdoors enthusiasts choose not to carry water with them because the bottles are not ergonomic, or they don’t fit well inside or on their pack. This is unwise. There are multiple hydration options that have been specifically designed for athletes and outdoorsmen. At you can find many options for both water filtration and functional hydration bottles and packs to fit your specific needs.

    This post was posted in Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Gear and was tagged with bottles, hydration, packs, proper hydration, water bottles, water filters, water filtration

  • Optimus - Cooking Since 1899

    Posted on August 10, 2013 by olinselot

    Optimus Since 1899
    In a market where products and fads seem to come and go with each season, Optimus cooking and camp stoves have endured for over a century. Created in Stockholm, Sweden in 1899, Optimus has been refining upon its tried and true designs. It has was a favorite at the turn of the century and still persists as a clear choice among outdoor adventurers today.

    Optimus CookingIt is not always convenient to gather up wood and kindling in your surroundings. Bad weather, strong winds, cold and rain can easily disrupt your plans. The Optimus cooking system makes butane canister cooking simple. The oversize burner heads will consistently and evenly distribute heat. Optimus stoves are capable of folding down into a compact and portable size. Serrated pot holders keep your cookware firmly in place to reduce tips and spills.
    Optimus UltralightCruxTerra Solo

    Optimus has developed a variety of pots, pans, cups and kettles made from ultralight anodized aluminum. These sleek cooking sets easily fit together making it easy and versatile to pack and carry. Most cups and pots can be used for a variety of cooking needs for even the worst environments.

    This post was posted in Cooking and Fire, Hiking, Outdoor Gear and was tagged with bowls, camping, cook set, cooking, cookware, fire, fire starting, Optimus, pans, pots

  • Wildcat Mountain

    Posted on August 5, 2013 by olinselot

    Danny RestingThe White Mountains are widely recognized as the most challenging part of the Appalachian Trail. In the heart of the range stands Wildcat Mountain. Wildcat Mountain is one of the most well known ski resorts in New England. Its summit reaches 4,305 feet with sides consisting of ragged boulders and advanced terrain. Wounded soldier Danny Kennedy recently stood at the base of this mountain with a difficult decision to make. Should he risk severe injury by attempting to climb the mountain with only one good arm or do what most do and ride to the top on the provided gondola?

    GondolaMost thru hikers opt out of the physical challenge and choose instead to ride one of the resorts gondolas to the top. They see the climb ahead and fear either injury or possible death from a slip or fall. Danny Kennedy is not your average hiker! Danny was given the choice to ride the gondola or to attempt the harrowing climb on his own. Without hesitation Danny chose to climb the mountain in spite of his debilitating injuries as a wounded veteran. We are thrilled that he not only made it to the top but that he made it look so easy.
    Wildcat Climb
    During a critical section of the climb Danny turned on a GoPro camera. The following video gives you a first person perspective of what this experience was like for him. Hand over hand, boulder over boulder, he climbs to one of the most scenic views we've seen along the Appalachian Trail so far.

    This post was posted in Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Gear, Uncategorized, Wounded Soldiers and was tagged with appalachian trail, Backpacking, Danny Kennedy, hiking, thru hiking, Wildcat, Wildcat Mountain, wounded soldier

  • Wounded Soldier - Reaching the Summit of Mt. Washington

    Posted on July 29, 2013 by olinselot

    Mt Washington Summit
    Danny Kennedy has been crossing over mountain ranges, surviving flooded trails, and persisting when others thought he would fail. He has made it out of the state of Maine and into New Hampshire. What is really remarkable is his determination to actually complete the trail the way the path was designed. While others go around the Mahoosuc Notch - Danny goes directly through it.

    Coming soon is more images and footage of these incredible accomplishments of Danny doing things that others try to go around. Until then, check out this awesome time lapse footage of Bill and Danny scouting out the summit of Mt. Washington:

    This post was posted in Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Gear, Uncategorized, Wounded Soldiers and was tagged with appalachian trail, camp gear, Danny Kennedy, hiking, Mahoosuc Notch, Mt. Washington, wounded soldier

  • Crossing the Bemis Range - Appalachian Trail

    Posted on July 19, 2013 by olinselot

    They told me I'd never walk again
    Danny Kennedy has been keeping up an impressively fast pace as he works his way down the Appalachian Trail. Danny passed through Andover, Maine where he hiked for ten miles. Danny is still in great spirits as he has now passed over Moody Mountain, Sawyer Notch, and Wyman Mountain.

    hiking awayDanny has continued another 20 miles down the trail. Facing him next is the most difficult, but reportedly most fun, part of the hike known as the Mahoosuc Notch. After he completes this rugged portion of the trail Bill will hook up with him again in Gorham, NH during a resupply stop.


    This post was posted in Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Gear, Uncategorized, Wounded Soldiers and was tagged with appalachian trail, camping, Danny Kennedy, hike, hiking, thru hiking, wounded soldier

  • Primus Power Cooking

    Posted on July 15, 2013 by olinselot

    Original PrimusIt was a time for change. 1892 marked the first year in America when Ellis Island would actually begin to accommodate immigrants to the United States. The first rules of a new game called basketball would be published by James Naismith. A new company was formed called General Electric. Thomas Edison would patent the first two-way telegraph device. In a Stockholm, Sweden a factory worker named Frans Wilhelm Lindqvist would create a device that would reach across the globe to make countless lives better. He developed the first soot free stove called the Primus.

    Original Primus DesignVery few products associated with hiking and camping have stood the test of time like the Primus Stove System. When looking at a modern EtaSolo or Omni-Fuel stove you'd think they came from another planet with their advanced design and ruggedly refined features. But the Primus Power Cooking system gets its roots from an era when products were built to last. The original Primus Stove was made of brass, was fueled by kerosene, and used an innovative pressure system to create a clean burning flame. Before its creation you relied upon a standard oil and wick lamp which was inefficient and left black soot on the walls and ceiling wherever it was left.

    Omni Fuel SystemToday Primus is not only still in operation, but has created a stove that can take almost any type of fuel making the Omni Fuel the perfect stove whether you need it for hiking the Appalachian Trail, winter hiking or just for emergency preparedness. To make it even better, Omni-Fuel has a very exact flame control as well as jet nipples to make it easy to simmer, boil, or whatever you need. With the fuel source being external to the burner you have greater flexibility in packing and storage as well as making it simple to replace and keep cooking even when in use. You can fill the bottle with gasoline, diesel, kerosene, jet fuel, LP Gas or any other combustible fuel source that fits your needs.

    Eta Solo Primus has also developed a cook system that streamlines the fuel, flame, and cooking cup/pot into a lightweight user friendly system. The EtaSolo by Primus is a compact and lightweight pot and stove that runs on ISO/Butane and can be used for boiling water, cooking your dehydrated or freeze dried meals to cooking the fish or small game you catch on the trail. Boiling water is fast and easy with the Quick-Click locking system and the Piezo ignition, just one click starts your stove, and the water will be ready in just a couple of minutes. You don’t need to worry about the system tipping over even in windy conditions this system is stable and the wrap around heat resistant cover allows you to comfortably grab onto the pot while cooking.

    There are a variety of other fantastic Primus product now available in our new hiking and camping section of our Outersports online store. You can't always trust the weather to keep your trail side wood dry and accessible. It is always a good plan to take a reliable Primus system into the outdoors.

    This post was posted in Cooking and Fire, Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Gear and was tagged with camp gear, camping, camping gear, cooking, EtaSolo, fire, fire starting, hiking, hiking gear, Omni-Fuel, primus, primus stove

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