OOFOS Great New Recovery Sandals

January 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Footwear, Footwear Products 

Last August I attended the Outdoor Research Show in Salt Lake City. One of the displays that caught my interest was the OOFOS booth. Wow, was I impressed.

OOFOS OOrginal Sport Sandal

OOFOS OOrginal Sport Sandal

OOFOS makes a line of footwear that uses OOfoam Impact Absorption Technology, which absorbs 37% more impact than traditional foam; reduces stress on joints, feet, knees, hips, and backs; enables a more natural motion; and gives excellent arch support. They are made with a patented footbed for natural motion. Body impact is dispersed out to the sides for better recovery. Your feet move in a more natural motion than with regular sandals. These are made with recovery technology for runners, but are increasing in popularity as athletes discover the comfort and support.

Styles include the OOrginal and OOrginal Sport with the look of a flip-flop but much greater comfort and absorption.

OOFOS OOahh Sport Slide

OOFOS OOahh Sport Slide

The OOahh, OOahh Sport, and OOahh Sport Slide sandals have the wide strap over the top of the foot, without the toe post between the toes.

The OOcloog, OOcloog Luxe, and OOcloog Matte have the classic clog look, but with superior comfort and support.

The great thing about OOFOS footwear is their comfort. These are super light and weigh next to nothing. They are perfect to wear before a race to relax your feet. And even better to wear after a race or a long day hiking to allow your feet to recover with relief from the impact of traditional footwear.

If you are doing a multi-day run, hike, or adventure race, these would be my pick to pack along. Tie them to your backpack; throw them in your gearboxes, or have them in your finish line bags.

I have a pair of the OOFOS OOahh Sport sandals and love them. They have excellent arch support, and for some, this may take some getting used to. They come in normal sizes up to men’s 14 and women’s 16.

Ditch your old worn out flip-flops and or heavy sandals and check out OOFOS footwear. Your feet will thank you.

Some running stores are carrying OOFOS Sandals so check out your local store to try on a pair. If you can’t find them locally, you can order them online. Prices ranges from $45 to $60.

What Will You Do in 2017?

January 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Books, Foot Care, Footcare, Health, Sports 

It’s three weeks into 2017 and many people have given up on their New Year’s resolutions. Other people never made any resolutions. Whether you did or not, I want to challenge you to do something new and fun in 2017.

So what will you do?

Start where you are today and then decide on what you could do as a stretch goal.

If you do 10Ks, how about a marathon? If you run marathons, stretch yourself to a 50-mile or a 100K. If you’ve done 50 miles, aim for a 100 miler or a 24-hour run. If you have done shorter adventure races, find a multi-day longer race. If you backpack a couple of days at a time, plan a week or two week trip. If you’ve done city runs, try trails. Stretch and push yourself to something new.

Here are several other suggestions.

Have you done a Spartan Race? These very popular races are obstacles course races of short to endurance length distances. Each race involves water and mud, and their signature obstacles that will test your physical, mental, tactical and team-based skills. The four endurance races will challenge you more than ever. Spartan Races are held throughout the country. If these races interest you for 2017, check out the Spartan website as well as the two books Spartan Up! and Spartan Fit! In addition to individual races, Spartan offers three types of season passes. Do a Spartan Race and you’ll come out as more than a runner.

Or how about a thru-hike or maybe a modified thru-hike? Thru-hikes are generally those on major long-distance trails, like the Pacific Crest or the Appalachian trails. Too long? The January Backpacker magazine is dedicated to the long trails. Pick up a copy and look at the two-page spread that shows almost 50 long trails, ranging from 111 to 3100 miles. The January 6 issue of Gear Junkie had a number of predictions for 2017. One was about the growth of thru-hiking as a sport. They asked, “… will it become even more “gamified” in 2017, with athletes attempting to best one another with faster times on big, difficult objectives such as the AT, PCT, and major mountain summits?” Many athletes have been running or fast-packing these trails for years. Running long trails has become even more popular as athletes look for new challenges. I fast packed the John Muir Trail in 1987 and will never forget the experience.

Of course, in order to take on new challenges for 2017, you have to be fit. Set a goal and make a reverse calendar to determine what you have to do for training and planning.

When you increase your distances or types of events, you also need to make sure your feet are healthy. If you don’t have a copy of the 6th edition of Fixing Your Feet, check it out at Amazon.

So again I ask, what exciting and new challenge will you do in 2017?

Disclosure: The book links above are Amazon affiliate links.

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