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  • Sock Liners And Glove Liners

    Posted on December 1, 2006 by Justin

    I get asked all of the time: "How much good do sock liners or glove liners actually do?" While the results can vary from person to person, liners are a great way to add warmth and keep your skin dry.

    Polypropylene Sock Liners

    Your feet have more than 250,000 sweat glands. Just one foot is capable of sweating 1 pint in a single day. So, when you are out on the ski slopes or hiking up a mountain, your feet can get wet with sweat pretty quick. Polypropylene sock liners will pull the sweat off of your skin allowing your feet to stay much dryer than with regular socks. The liner can also aid in preventing blisters as the liner takes the beating instead of your skin.

    Polypropylene Glove Liners

    Your hands are capable of sweating as much as your feet. Wearing a glove liner will produce the same benefits as we just discussed with the sock liners. There are some added benefits when using them in the snow. As you take your gloves off and put them back during skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports, your hands can likely get wet and sometime snow can even get inside your gloves or boots. Once again, the polypropylene will keep your skin dry and warm even though the inside of your gloves may be wet. It's worth checking out the thermolite glove liners as well.


    This post was posted in Outdoor Gear, Stay Dry, Winter Sports

  • How Do You Stay Warm When It Gets So Cold?

    Posted on November 6, 2006 by Justin

    If you find yourself asking this question each year shortly after daylight savings time kicks in, then you need to pay close attention. There is no need to freeze when the weather turns cold. The proper clothing and proper clothing layers can eliminate any discomfort that winter typically causes. When I say proper clothing, I'm refering to the design of the clothing as well as the materials used to make it. For proper clothing layers, you can read my Layering Guide for a complete description of proper clothing layer techniques.

    So, lets talk about proper clothing. What will keep you the warmest? There are two factors to consider here. First, you want a material that has a very low heat transfer. This means that the material stay warm longer once it is heated by your body. Second, you want a fabric that will trap as much air inside of it as possible. Air is a perfect insulator. So the more of it that is trapped inside a fabric, the warmer it will be. Fleece fabrics have excellent insulating properties because they trap heat in between all of the fluffy fibers. One fabric out there that maximized both of these insulating properties is called polypropylene fleece. Polypropylene has the lowest thermal conductivity of any clothing fabric produced. Because of this, the fleece version of polypropylene retains more warmth than almost anything else you'll find. There are plenty of other similar fabrics. Polyester fleece is probably the second best insulator. Polyester also has a low thermal conductivity. There is an added bonus to polypropylene and polyester fleece clothing. They both retain warmth when wet. So, if you start to sweat a little, you will not get cold like you would with a cotton fabric.

    So, stop freezing your way through the winter. Proper dress means starting with the right long johns and then utilizing the proper clothing layers.


    This post was posted in Base Layer, Clothing Layers, Outdoor Gear, Stay Dry

  • Fox River Corn Socks

    Posted on August 29, 2006 by Justin

    Fox River has recently announced a new addition to their sock lineup. Their "Good Earth Collection" is made of 100% renewable resources and unlike other synthetic fibers, it does not use petroleum. Instead, making the Ingeo fiber involves a process of extracting sugars or corn starch from corn, which is then transformed into a polymer(plastic). The result is a hi performance product that is totally environment friendly. Fox River's testing of the new line of socks revealed that wearers preferred the comfort of the Good Earth socks over other synthetic socks.

    The Good Earth Collection of socks range in styles from Athletic, to Casual, to Outdoor. If you support the movement to make more clean earth friendly products, you'll want to try Fox Rivers newest line of socks. Fox River is also a member of "One Percent For The Planet," which is an organization that donates 1% of their sales to environmental organizations worldwide.


    This post was posted in Outdoor Gear, Socks

  • Clic Goggles and Sunglasses: Never Loose Your Eyewear Again

    Posted on July 28, 2006 by Justin

    For those of you not satisfied with the current products on the market designed to keep your eyewear on your face or around you neck, there is a better product. It is a new line of eyewear that has the "granny-chain" built in. Ron Lando, founder and CEO of Clic says goodbye to lost eyewear with his ingenious new invention. The earpieces of Clic goggles and sunglasses continue around the back of the head and are seamlessly connected. You see, to remove them, you simply unclick the eye pieces just above your nose to remove them. The picture here speaks for itself. So how do they stay together? Two high strength magnets hold the bridge of the sunglasses or goggles together. Unclick them, lower them and click them back together to allow them to dangle around your neck. Clic eyewear has been around since 2000 and since then has added a number of new products to their line including Clic Readers, reading glasses with the same clic technology.


    This post was posted in Outdoor Gear

  • Recent What to Wear Kayaking Post

    Posted on July 24, 2006 by Justin

    I just added to our kayaking post for all of you kayakers out there wanting advice on what to wear. The advice and suggestions come from Peggy Sherman of Florida. You can read more about Peggy's kayaking experiences on her blog Paddle Tales.


    This post was posted in Athletic Wear, Outdoor Gear

  • Get $1000 Worth of Gear For Only $200

    Posted on July 18, 2006 by Justin

    While that may seem like a discount that is too good to be true, there are thousands of online shoppers that are able to save big on high priced items. How do they do it? By shopping on eBay and other online auction sites. They use a practice called auction sniping. Most online auctions allow bidders to place bids right up to the last seconds of the auction. Because of this, an auction sniper can wait until the last few seconds of the auction to place their maximum bid. Auction sniping works so well because the majority of bidders are inexperienced. The typical bidder is unaware of auction snipers. They place their lowest bid each time they bid. When they see that the auction price stays low, they figure noone else is interested in that particular item. This provides the perfect setup for an auction sniper to jump in and outbid them just before the auction ends leaving the other bidder no time to rebid. There is even auction sniping software available that will take care of the dirty work for you so that you don't have to stay up till 3am waiting for an auction to end.

    So, how does this relate to saving you money on gear? Most of the popular products mentioned on this blog and other review sites can be found on online auctions. Sellers will often list a product with a starting price of $0.99 which sets up the perfect opportunity to get it cheap using the sniping technique. I have personally saved thousands of dollars on the outdoor clothing and gear that I currently use by sniping on online auctions. There are also many items that were purchased and never used that end up on eBay and other sites for a fraction of the original cost. I just picked up $350 worth of diving gear for $30 including shipping this week. So, if lack of funds is keeping you from investing in the gear that you want, give auction sniping a try. There are some risks involved. To read about some of them check out this article on online auction fraud.


    This post was posted in Outdoor Gear

  • Camelbak Hydration Systems!

    Posted on June 28, 2006 by Justin

    When You Take Hydration Seriously, Camelbak Has Your Back Covered

    As the originators of the world leading hands-free hydration systems backpacks, Camelbak's name is synonymous to the desert camel that travels extensively through arid regions, with a unique source of nourishment contained within the humps on their back!

    The Camelbak hydration systems work in the same manner, where many sports enthusiasts such as mountain and motocross riders have openly adopted this hands-free convenience of Camelbak's unique systems. When it came to safety at all levels of their sport, a Camelbak hydration system was a popular necessity.

    With more athletes taking their sport to the extreme knowing that they can count on a reputable hydrating system, they were capable of concentrating more on their activities, versus worrying about where to find their next water source to get hydrated. Soon the Camelbak backpacks became so popular, a great number of different athletic groups adopted the same hydrating convenience as the mountain and motocross bikers!

    Before you knew it, not only were there cyclists using these systems, however, now you noticed more hikers, runners, snowboarders, skiers, and outdoorsmen increasing the use of these Camelbak packs, and experiencing their true benefits.

    Why Would You Choose A Camelbak Hydration Pack Over Others Out There?

    Sports in the new millennium have become more extreme, and many athletes are pushing their physical abilities harder than ever before. So when it comes to maintaining their energy levels, strength, dexterity, and their all-important mental focus, then a proper hydration system to keep them fully hydrated during their intense activity was a must. The bottom line is if the Camelbak's are good enough for the majority of the US Marines, and Army, then they're sufficient for many professional, and intense leisure athletes out there!

    How Much Water Should You Drink, And How Much Do These Packs Hold?

    On average it's recommended that many athletes that are exerting moderate energy in approximately 80° degree weather or hotter, should consume a minimum of one litre of water per hour.

    Keeping that in mind, if you plan on spending an entire day on large mountainous trails, or in that isolated marathon where you're not going to have access to any water sources, then the appropriate hydration system to accommodate your needs will be required, and you can view a select few of popular packs below:

    · Camelbak H.A.W.G.® 100 oz. Hydration Pack: The H.A.W.G. is the best choice for mountain bike riders that are looking to spend most of their day on the most extreme terrain. With a 100 0z reservoir bladder with tethered cap, and the taste-free Pure Flow™ tube- incorporating in the polyethylene liner, your water will be tasting fresh, and keeping cool with the 5 mm cell phone insulation for the best body absorbtion while you're hitting those challenging trails. You will feel confident that the Ergo Hydrolock that places the Camelbak's Big Bite Valve™ in the ergonomic position will maintain a proper position for drinking!

    Combined with the strap management system, slider sternum straps, and the Air Director™ back panel that provides an AirMesh harness for proper ventilation, you will have not only the most effective hydration system, but also a very stable and comfortable backpack with tons of storage for all your biking accessories, and additional reservoirs.

    · Camelbak M.U.L.E.® 100 oz. Hydration Pack: This pack is very similar to the one above, but the M.U.L.E. has very little differences that cater to the ultimate hiker. It's comfortable enough for hikers that plan on spending many hours on the trails, and it offers plenty of space for storage. This pack includes one more zippered compartment with a total of 3, a Bungee Cinch System™ that allows you to lash on additional gear, and 2 mesh overflow compartments for more storage space. With 500 cubic inches, you will have no worries about taking all the necessities required to get you through any weather that comes your way.

    There are other models available with many water hydration system options, and if you don't require a reservoir as large, you can find a selection of smaller ones to suite your athletic needs.

    Remember this one tip! Only being in the sun for a couple of hours without consuming enough fluids can quickly drain your energy level and impair your endurance, and can prevent you from keeping focused and alert while participating in very extreme activities, especially in hot weather.

    A hydration system, including the highly recognized Camelbak system is a great solution to your hydrating requirements. It carries more clean fresh water than the standard water bottles, or canteens, and I highly recommend that the Camelbak should be your choice over many of the other systems available online, and reason for this is that they only do one thing, and that is making the best hydration systems!

    About the author: William is the owner and Author of "Hydration Backpacks.com" - your source for Camelbak Hydration Backpacks! Visit our site to read informative articles on quality Camelbak systems that come in a variety of backpack styles and options for all your hydrating needs.


    This post was posted in Hiking, Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Gear, Winter Sports

  • Ex Officio - Adventure Travel Wear

    Posted on June 26, 2006 by Justin

     Do you want to know what brand is recommended for Adventure travel more than any other? Ex Officio. Here's why. Founded in 1987, Ex Officio set out to design innovative clothing that would specifically meet the needs of outdoor enthusiasts. To meet those needs, the clothing would first have to solve some basic problems. That is where Ex Officios innovation kicked in.

    One of the first problems Ex Officio set out to address was breathability. The solution: Ex Officio became the first company to introduce vented shirts that help control your body temperature. This feature helped put Ex Officio at the forefront of outdoor apparel along with a few other major breakthroughs in outdoor apparel design such as, quick-drying, moisture wicking fabrics, UV protective shirts, hats and pants, as well as stain resistance and insect repellant clothing. For more info about Ex Officio's bug repellant apparel Click Here . Some of the other innovations that you will find among Ex Officios clothing lineup include:

    • Security Zip pockets in Ex Officio shirts and pants

    • Ex Officio's Indestructible Button System in their pants and shorts

    • Ex Officio's line of convertible pants that zip off into shorts

    • Men's and Women's pants made of high tear strength ratio fabrics for rigorous activities

    These are just a few of the options that ExOfficio has to offer. Each feature is designed with you and your favorite outdoor activities in mind which makes them perfect for Adventure Travel. You can find ExOfficio at almost any high quality outdoor stores like R.E.I. You can also find their product online. Once you've tested some of Ex Officio's quality outdoor apparel, you'll see why their brand is most often recommended.

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    This post was posted in Athletic Wear, Outdoor Gear

  • Petzl Headlamp

    Posted on June 22, 2006 by Justin

    petzl headlamp climbing light

    If you have not heard of Petzl, chances are, you're not a climber. Not to worry, most of the innovation in the outdoor gear and outdoor apparel world comes from the climbing and mountaineering field. The latest craze of LED Headlamps is no exception. Climbers have so much gear to carry with them, that they have to try to lighten the load by making items lighter or smaller. Petzl did just that with the headlamp. A typical climbing headlamp consists of a large battery pack, a large head strap, and a large lens and bulb. The batteries alone could weigh several pounds and it is a bit bulky to say the least. When the Petzl Tikka headlamp was introduced to the climbing world, climbers embraced it with open arms. And so did the rest of the outdoor industry. The headlamp is small enough to fit in the chest pocket of a shirt, and weighs only 3 oz. But, that's not even the highlight. On a single set of 3 AAA batteries, the LED in the Petzl Tikka Headlamp will last for 150 hours. That's almost a solid week. No more packing extra batteries for that old school behemoth that you used to carry. The Petzl Tikka Headlamp was first introduced to the market in 2001. The latest Tikka comes as the Tikka Plus and the Tikka XP.

    Now, I don't want to sound ignorant here to those of you who know all about LED headlamps. I realize that there are now many different companies that make LED headlamps. But, for you newbies, the Petzl line of headlamps is a solid choice for a quality product.


    This post was posted in Mountain Climbing, Outdoor Gear

  • Mountain Hardwear - Top Quality Gear

    Posted on June 21, 2006 by Justin

    mountain hardwear coat

    If you are new to the outdoor gear world, you may not be familiar with some of the higher quality gear manufacturers out there. If you want to avoid all of the junk that Walmart and most run of the mill sporting good stores carry, then look to what the professionals use. Specifically Mountain Hardwear. While you'll be paying more for it, the equipment produced by Mountain Hardwear is second to none. Mountain Hardwear was founded in 1993 by a group of avid outdoor enthusiasts and former presidents and vice presidents of other trusted gear companies. The Mountain Hardwear founders literally combined the many years of experience that each of them had in the outdoor industry and formed a company that can design and create the best quality equipment and apparel to specifically meet the needs of climbers and mountaineers. Not a climber or mountaineer? Don't worry, the equipment is designed to perform so well that it's like wearing bullet proof kevlar to play paintball. So, if you're tired of buying outdoor gear that only holds up through a couple uses, it's time to consider investing in gear from Mountain Hardwear.

     


    This post was posted in Outdoor Gear

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