Thursday, December 29, 2005
A must have for any one that does back country snowboarding, skiing, snow shoeing and of course the extreme slider. This shovel like many from Black Diamond are light, durable, easy to use and made of aluminum. Many people find themselves in trouble in the back country from lack of equipment, along with a GPS or emergency beacon this shovel is one of the best pieces that you could own. Straight from Black Diamonds website. "Black Diamond embraces the concept of being prepared. We recommend that you assemble your own comprehensive backcountry and avalanche safety kit, filled with your own knowledgeÂ—whether gained by observation and personal experience, or learned from others. Complement this kit with our avalanche gear and the confidence of knowing it has been designed for use in the real world against real snow dragons."
Check it out. Tele Lynx Shovel
Monday, December 26, 2005
Have you ever been riding or running and the battery dies on your iPod, fustrating to say the least it breaks your rythm and makes you crazy. Well the makers of Scott eVest have come up with this solar panel that attaches to most Version 4.0 jackets and Version 3.0 Finetex jackets. Material is waterproof FineTex. Use ths device with the Tactical 4.0, versatile Microfleece Pullover is a wardrobe necessity--at least according to everyone at SeV headquarters, where this has become a voluntary uniform! The lightweight, breathable and wicking fabric is great for hiking, biking, travel..everything! The pullover has 5 pockets, including a specially designed chest pocket with a ZIP-PIP for sunglasses and "back-up," patent-pending magnetic closures. The Weight Management System (WMS) for this pocket was an R & D coup...you can't imagine how much testing went into this design.
Check it out. Scott eVest
Thursday, December 22, 2005
Well the change is coming, heart rate is out and PowerOps is in. The Power Tap Pro come with a computer, hub, heart rate chest strap, receiver with cadence sensor, mounting hardware, software and training guide. The price also reflects the technology of something this advanced $899 MSRP, ouch. With being able to tell how much power you are putting down and when, this can really help one improve on their biking softspots. Monitoring heart, cadence and power being recorded for up to 7 hours at 1 second intervals, you can train like Lance Armstrong going for his 8th Tour de France.
Check it out. CycleOps
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
I have tried many different laces to make the transition from biking to running easier, and these are one of the best. Place the screws through the eyelet holes, attach the eyelet fittings, and then run the new laces or bungy laces through the new eyelets, adjust and off you go. It really is that easy, they come in a variety of colors from the laces to the eyelet screws to the lace-pull. The only thing that I am having trouble with is my Polar running foot pod, it moves around to much when attached to these laces. Check it out. SpeedLaces
Friday, December 16, 2005
We need to protect our body against antioxidants, well this product from Nu Skin Enterprises, Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is the answer and winner of Most Innovative Company category from the American Business Awards. What the product does is measures the concentration of carotenoid antioxidants in the skin, a score provides a measurement of how a person's diet and supplementation is protecting the body's cells and health. Then a user after gathering enough data they can start to construct a diet that can boost antioxidants level and maintain proper health. Check it out. Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner
Thursday, December 15, 2005
Polar has one similar that you can thread their heart rate monitor into, NuMetrex has it built in, all you have to do is snap the Polar WearLink in and off you go. Seamless bra has sensors in the fabric, the heart beat is picked up and relayed to the WearLink. Then it works the same as if you were wearing the old strap around your ribcage. The old strap on women seem to sometimes loose data from not being able to sit right on the chest. The NuMetrex fits just like a sports bra so the connection with the skin is nice and tight. Check it out. NuMetrex
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Burton the leader in snowboards and now seem to be the leader in technology that is useful on the slopes. Bluetooth wireless technology for communication with your friends while playing your favorite tunes. Having a Bluetooth enabled phone and using Burton R.E.D. audio systems takes communication one step further than all other systems. You can mute your tunes coming from the stereo speakers and then pick up your phone. Removable headphones, that can be worn alone or in the padded helmet. The Jacket works the same way but the speakers are built into the collar. Done right Burton taking boarding and to some skiing to the next level. Did I mention that they developed this with Motorola Check it out. Burton
Sunday, December 11, 2005
I have the heaver and older model, the Altitude, I use them for running in 6+ inches of snow and they work great. I feel the extra weight helps my running. Getting my feet into the new binding system of the Catalyst would be heaven, light and easy to put on would be great. The only draw back that I can see is that they say "Just strap on a pair and find a packed trail!" If you are like me a want to find my own trail and then the Altitude the ones that you might want, either one is great and you will like all the Tubbs products. Check it out. Tubbs Snowshoes
Friday, December 09, 2005
Found this company the other day and this is exactly what I need now that the time has changed and it gets dark at 4:30 pm. It has a reflective surface for the times that you don't need the strobe but the strobe is what makes this product great. They have two products called CycLite and StrideLite, Electroluminescent Lamps run on 2 AAA batteries and last 300+ hours, visible from a 1/4 mile, 3M Scotchlite durable and weatherproof. I can't believe that I have not seen this sooner. Bright Night has a runners belt, umbrella, running jacket and cycling jacket, all have the same technology in them and all are really cool. Check it out. Bright Night
Thursday, December 08, 2005
Well winter is on, they are calling for snow and lots of it this winter. Might as well get ready to train indoors for awhile and Blackburn has another great product, now I know that there are a lot of different trainers out but the cost this one is good. The new traction Ultra features our CENTRIFORCE resistance unit with a centrifugal clutch for amazingly smooth, silent and progressive resistance that feels just like a hard ride on the open road. And unlike magnetic and fluid trainers which lose speed quickly, CENTRIFORCE has a smooth rollout when coasting, so your pedal stroke feels more natural in the dead spots or when you ease up on the pedals.
The Ultra also features adjustable height, which allows the rear wheel to be as close as Â¼Â” to the ground. No more phone book under the front wheel."
Check it out. Blackburn
Wednesday, December 07, 2005
Priced right and no wires recorder or extra moving parts, this baby clips to your helmet, bike, skis, poles, wherever you like. Shock and splash resistant the ATC-1000 is ready for action, has a SD card expansion -comes with a 32MB card, but you can up that and capture over an hour with a 1gig cards. For $120 dollars you can't go wrong. I mean this is a great little device to track your training rides with, a little GPS some clever programming and you can map you course to the video, not bad, just thinking off the top of my head at 4:30am.
Check it out: ATC-1000
Monday, December 05, 2005
There are a lot of cool cycling computer but this one really is the "state of the art" when it comes to "cyclometers", as Blackburn puts it, a mainframe on wheels. 2.4 GHz digital transmission for wireless speed, heart rate, Cadence, wireless USB PC interface, menu driven programming, 720 hours of memory storage, weekly and monthly ride time and distance memory and much more. I can't wait till I get my hands on one this holiday season, the 20 week countdown to New York City Triathlon starts right around the corner. Check it out Blackburn
Friday, December 02, 2005
Now I got one about 8 years ago, and I still use it today, Bowflex also said that they would give me $1000 towards a new machine on a trade-in, not bad. Let me start by saying this is one of the best machines going, some might remember that Schwinn made one, I am not sure if Nautilus bought them but there are similarities, and the Ultimate XTL (top of the line at the time) is great. Bowflex has since come out with a new model called the Ultimate 2 and let me tell you this thing kick ass. I do not know why some healthclubs do not have these but they should. The one feature that I think is the best is the Cable Change Pulley System – go from one exercise to another without changing cables making your workout faster, you can even use it as a stationary rowing machine. Over 95 exercises upgradeable 410 pounds of Power Rods. Chek it out.