Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Chaps for the modern age: Rainlegs keep you dry!

I got the news from Gizmodo so I went to Rainlegs site directly to learn a little more for myself. This is a great concept, I remember as a kid getting caught in a rainstorm and having to ride home, my legs would be soaked. Rainlegs seems to detour this from happening, from the images and reviews it looks as though it works. Not only is it good for rain but wind and cold, manufactured from wind- and water resistant parachute material and weighs only 120 grams. The tops of the legs are covered not the back so no ondensation takes place. Check it out! Rainlegs

Saturday, January 28, 2006

Swim like a fish: Speedo's Fastskin FSII

Now I have been swimming most of my life it feels like, and competitively in college, we worn the banana hammocks and they worked but now Speedo has their line of Fastskin that makes you feel like a fish. They just released the FastSkin FSII for triathletes and I can't wait to get in one. They are competing with Nike and UnderArmor the UnderArmor which I highly recommend the Fastskin it seems will have history behind it to make it a unbelievable product. Speedo's Fastskin FSII, is water repellent fabric, great for multisports, has 9 thread flatlock, Speedo's unique stitching, they have tanks, unitards and biking shorts. Speedo claims reduce drag up to 4% from the original, all this says is FAST, end of story.
Check it out! Speedo Fastskin FSII

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Be Seen, Blackburn Mars 3.0

Now it gets darker earlier and the sun comes up later meaning that like me you are training in the dark. Now I would rather run outside before running on a treadmill so this device is making my life and the people driving towards me life a lot safer. This little puppy has you in mind, named after the glowing planet the Blackburn Mars 3.0 has super bright LED's that will let you be seen. Water resistant, lens optics increase visible distance and side LED's provide 180 degree safety-boosting visibility. 150 hour runtime flash mode.
check it out! Mars 3.0

Monday, January 23, 2006

Virtual Partner: Tracking Your Course

No need to be scared this can be used for good, the World-Tracker can make sure that when running, biking, hiking or any reason that you might need to track someone that they are safe, from a distance that is. Now let's not get nervous that big brother is watching, based on text messaging to the person that you are tracking they must except the message by typing LOCATE, once that is done you can track their position. This is a pay service so you must enter a credit card just like EZ-Pass. Right now it is UK based but expect to see it soon in the US. At present, the greatest level of accuracy that you will get is to 150m radius of the phone. The accuracy is dependent on the density of base stations operated by Orange, Vodafone etc - and in many areas the accuracy will be several hundred metres, and even out to kilometres.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Google Earth

It's here for the Mac and it is great. I can't wait to start charting out my runs, biking course and even finding some pools in which I can start the Tri portion of my training. This has been out for the PC and many have come up with come cool aps, but the Mac community has been waiting for some time. Getting ready for your next triathlon, marathon, or sprint launch Google Earth see terrain, distance and passing points.
Check it out! Google Earth

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

January Blues and Crispy cream Donuts

We all know what happens in January, we make our News Years resolution and hit the gym. I understand we all need to start somewhere so I am not that upset that getting on the treadmill at 5 pm is almost next to impossible. Now if you are like me you are training all year round so as the month rolls on people will start o drop off and by February you will have the real serious people, few will even turn into gym rats, congrats. This scale by Ironman and Tanita will help the neurotic keep track of Weight, Body Fat %, Body Water %, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, Basal Metabolic Rate, Metabolic Age, Visceral Fat and Physique Rating. A product from Ironman earns the right to have my seal of approval and from what I have read about Tanita, this could be a marriage that could last until last next year when they think of another feature that we would all find useful.
Check it out. Tanita

Monday, January 16, 2006

Running in the winter

Call this a break, traveling and trying to get workouts is one of the hardest things to do in the winter. Well About.com has a great article on running in the winter, from staying hydrated to sunglasses to keep the glare down. Some things that it does not cover is traction and how to stay upright. I like to run off the beaten path so check out YakTrax they make one called the Pro that is made for running in the snow. Anyway About.com article is a good start to making sure you are not left out in the cold.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Base Camp Duffel

Best piece of luggage that I have every owned, it has been to Europe for skiing and packing, business trips carrying a laptop and other electronics. What makes this so great is that it is fully waterproof and you can carry it like a backpack. Now it is a soft pack so you need to bring it on as a carry on if you are going to put a laptop of any electronics that you might not trust with the airline crews. It is highly durable 100% polyester PVC tarpaulin with a 0.53-mm. thickness, bartacks and double stitching, D-shaped opening with durable zipper flap, volume: 9,070 cu. in., dimensions: 32 x 19 x 19 in. and only Weighs 4 lbs. 15 oz.
Check it out. The North Face

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Updated: Garmin 205 and 305 Forerunner released

As I said CES would produce some pretty cool technology, personal, business and home automation. Well I talked about the Garmin 205 and 305 a couple of post back but it's really here and I can't wait to get my hands on one. Heart Monitor, training center CD, docking cradle, A/C charger, PC/USB interface cable and a quick start manual all standard on the 305. It continuously monitors your heart rate, speed, distance, pace and calories burned so you can train smarter, more effectively. It tracks your every move with a super-sensitive GPS that even works on tree-covered trails and near tall buildings. Receive a detailed post-workout analysis when you up-load it to your PC, all on a watch not like the Timex that has the GPS unit that you where on your bicep. Sleek, stylish and easy enough to read and work.
Check it out. Garmin

Thursday, January 05, 2006

Water Tunes: H2O Audio

It's training time, swim, bike, run and if you are like me the pool gets very boring real quickly, thanks to h20audio that's going to stop. Waterproof housing up to 10 feet, perfect for the pool, now they do make one for deep sea diving but that is not what we are talking about in this blog. With the earth being 2/3 water we do need to think of a way to bring our mp3 players with us, devoted to make that happen h20audio was born. They also sell the belt so that you can strap it on and go. The idea is simple, put it into the case, close the case, lock it down, plug in and hit play. I can't wait till mine arrives.
Check it out. h20audio

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Michael Schumacher Speedmaster -- Omega for Charity

Now I love Omega watches and think that they are the best in the world and one of the most overlooked classic watches. Most people would go with a Rolex or IWC and that is fine with me, it might keep the cost down for a little while longer. Well the Michael Schumacher Speedmaster that retails for roughly $2,000 went for 1.5 million in a tsunami charities event. Wow, to give the watch the extra umph that it needed Michael Schumacher did sign the back. Way to go Michael

Monday, January 02, 2006

Surefire's U2, see the light, Anytime!

Happy New year and I am excited about CES happening right now, there is going to be some really cool stuff at the show and really showing us what is ahead for this year. If you find yourself caught in darkness and need the sun, then look no further than Surefire's U2. This thing has 6 levels of output, made of aluminum with military specifications and runs on two lithium batteries (10 year shelf life). The U2 features a five-watt LED and as I said has 6 levels from find-my-keys to daytime (a searing 80 lumens at its highest setting and a click-on/off tailcap for self defense or emergency signaling). On the lowest setting you will get over 40 hours or life and 100 hours of negligible light. This is one of the best lights on the market with a price tag that reflects that as well, $279.
Check it out. Surefire U2