Inside Your Amazing Feet

October 27, 2016 by · 1 Comment
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Last week my wife and I were in Las Vegas and saw the Bodies… The Expedition at Bally’s.

You are probably asking what this has to do with feet – my usual topic. Check out the two photos. As an athlete, you’d appreciate being able to see the intricate detail of the bodies – and our feet. Seeing how everything fits and works together is impressive. Seeing preserved bodies in poses with muscles, skeleton, circulatory systems showing action is great. You come away with a new respect for your body and what it’s capable of.

BODIES - FootFor those who have not heard of these amazing exhibitions, here’s an explanation from the Bodies website.

BODIES…The Exhibition offers an intimate and informative view into the human body. Using an innovative preservation process, the Exhibition allows visitors to see the human body’s inner beauty in educational and awe-inspiring ways. Our Exhibitions have over 200 actual human bodies and specimens meticulously dissected and respectfully displayed, offering an unprecedented and wholly unique view into the amazing body.

Specimens in the Exhibition are prepared through a revolutionary process called polymer preservation, in which human tissue is permanently preserved using liquid silicone rubber. This process creates a specimen that will not decay, offering thousands of unique teaching possibilities for educators at all levels. Preparation time varies: a small organ may take only a week, while a full-body specimen may take up to a year to prepare. After quality preservation, specimens can last for decades.

BODIES - FootLook deep inside the systems of the human body: Skeletal, muscular, nervous, respiratory, digestive, urinary, reproductive, endocrine, and circulatory.

We took a lot of pictures and spend a long time seeing the 20 bodies and over 200 specimens. Most bodies are in motion. Some show one of the systems mentioned above. Internal organs are displayed in fantastic detail. We even took a selfie with one of the bodies.

If you have the opportunity, go to one of the exhibits as they travel around the country. They make it to Europe too. The best way to find an exhibition is through a Google search. Here’s one of the U.S. links for the Bodies… The Expedition.

The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Boots

October 12, 2016 by · 2 Comments
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This blog post comes to you courtesy of Walsh Brothers Shoes. It’s an infographic of the parts of a boot, how to fit a pair, care for them, and more. While you might not wear boots, it’s a good reminder of the various aspects of fitting footwear, which can be applied to shoes too. –John

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, getting outside and being active are essential. There are numerous health benefits to being active outside – it keeps you fit, helps your mental health and it also increases your intake of Vitamin D. There are many reasons why hiking is an enjoyable pastime, exploring a new area with friends and/or family can be a fun adventure.

Whether you’re going on a country stroll or on a more strenuous mountain hike, it’s important that you have the proper equipment. The gear you have can be the difference between having an enjoyable, easy going hike or a strenuous, worrying hike. The right gear will give hikers the tools to conquer any terrain. Consequently, it’s essential that every adventurer has a good quality pair of hiking boots. Whether you plan on hill walks or mountain hikes, country strolls or beach walks, there are specific hiking boots designed specifically for each terrain.

There are now thousands of different hiking boots that come in all different types, sizes and prices. This can make the decision process stressful and arduous. For most of us, hiking boots are an investment so choosing the perfect pair is critical. By researching what kind of boots you need as well as the prices in your local shops, you will find the best quality boots at the best price. Walsh Brothers Shoes created the infographic below that details everything from materials to sizing. To find out more, let’s take a look at the infographic!

Tip: You may have to click on the image several times to get to an enlarged size.

 The Ultimate Guide to Hiking Boots-Infographic

Moxie Gear Shin Gaiters

October 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment
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Moxie Gear Shin Gaiters

Moxie Gear Shin Gaiters

At the huge Outdoor Retailers Show in Salt Lake City I have the privilege of meeting Darren Clark, an adventure racer from Australia. He was showing people his Moxie Gear Shin Gaiters.

I have been a proponent of gaiters ever since I made my first pair of trail running gaiters out of athletic socks many years ago, before gaiters were being marketed to runners. I believe everyone who runs trails should consider wearing gaiters. So of course I was interested in Darren’s shin gaiters.

Moxie Gear offers two styles of gaiters – Ankle Gaiters and Shin Gaiters.

Moxie Gear Ankle Gaiter

Moxie Gear Ankle Gaiter

Their Moxie Ankle Gaiters are made like many others you have seen. They have a narrow strap that goes under the shoe’s arch and uses a quick release buckle system making them easy to put on and take off. The strap is made from a carbon infused material, which makes it more durable and resistant to wear – and is fully adjustable. An elastic section on the back of the gaiter helps it grip the shoe and prevent dirt from getting under the gaiter. A pair weighs 90 grams. They are available in black and grey.

Darren’s Moxie Shin Gaiters are lightweight and durable, made to protect your shins. They come in three height sizes, small, medium, and large; and all three sizes are available in three widths, slim fit, normal fit, and wide fit – based on your leg/calf size. There is a nice selection of 11 colors and patterns – something for everyone. The front of the gaiter have durable rip stop padded panels over the shin area with reflective striping, and a soft stretch lycra fabric around the calf, which gives a perfect fit. A full-length side zipper makes them easy and quick to put on and take off. They will withstand all types of weather and terrain conditions. A pair weighs just 130 grams. These are perfect for adventure racing, trail running, Cross Fit events, hiking and thru-hikes, and of course, races like the Barkley. They can save your shins when mountain biking too.

Shin and Ankle Gaiter Combo

Shin and Ankle Gaiter Combo

Darren has put the Moxie Gaiters in Amazon for ease of ordering and faster shipping. And yes, they are in Amazon Prime. At Darren’s Moxie Gear website, you can order combos packs of Ankle and Shin Gaiters. His website has complete sizing charts. If you order from his website, he can ship anywhere in the world.

Darren impressed me with his shin gaiters. These are a great item to add to your running, adventure racing, hiking, and mountain biking kits.

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