Thursday, April 30, 2009

Chrome, the next Timbiktu (maybe)

Looking out for functional stuff is hard Timbuktu makes some of the best bags, they used to be part of the USAT Membership. That being said you just can't wear their bags out. However it seems like there is a new player in the works, ok maybe not new but up and coming CHROME, Chrome was founded in Boulder, CO by a couple of guys who needed a bag that lasted forever. They began sewing in their garage using the toughest material they could find. A company came out of that with a philosophy of building stuff that would function well in tough conditions and would last a lifetime.

Eight years later we moved our operations to San Francisco. Today, our production has outgrown the garage and we make our products all over the world. We remain committed to using the best materials, hardware and design to bring products to our customers that they can count on.

There's not a lot of nonsense in our gear, just materials and construction that serve a purpose and last a lifetime. We stand behind everything we make.

Now they make much more then just bags (don't they all), their Light Weight Shins Slate

  • Made of 4-way Tweeve™ Durastretch™ fabric, a durable, breathable fabric, that retains its shape and is also water-repellant
  • Cut high in back and low in front
  • Keeper pockets
  • Lightly padded chamois seat and inseam
  • Reinforced hem
  • Zipper and secured cargos
  • Articulated knees
  • Got to like when companies see a need and address it. 

    Monday, April 27, 2009

    coldblack - Sun Reflector – UV Protector

    Got to hand it to the swiss, yes they did have the Swiss Army Knife and now they have ColdBlack. Dark colors heat up stronger when exposed to direct sunlight compared to light colors. This no longer needs to happen! Now there is coldblack®, a special finishing technology for textiles which reduces heat build-up and provides reliable protection from UV rays.

    The coldblack® finishing only contains „bluesign® approved“ components. „bluesign® approved“ components are as low as possible in harmful substances, making them benign to mankind and the environment and encouraging the economical and ecological use of resources in the production process.

    Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    Cars have horns, Bikes should too! Airzound

    Not sure why more bicyclist have not mounted or used air horns to keep them save, like cars, but with Airzound they could change that. All of us have close calls, yelled, screamed #$*&#@ at motorist. Airzound is trying to change that and also claims it is the worlds loudest bike horn at 115 db.

    On the decibel scale, the smallest audible sound (near total silence) is 0 dB. A sound 10 times more powerful is 10 dB. A sound 100 times more powerful than near total silence is 20 dB. A sound 1,000 times more powerful than near total silence is 30 dB. Here are some common sounds and their decibel ratings:

    Near total silence - 0 dB
    A whisper - 15 dB
    Normal conversation - 60 dB
    A lawnmower - 90 dB
    A car horn - 110 dB
    A rock concert or a jet engine - 120 dB
    A gunshot or firecracker - 140 dB

    So by How Stuff Works the Airzound is just above a car horn, so people should take notice since it will be a little louder and different.

    Really the horn should have someone screaming as though they are getting run over that would really jolt drivers to be more aware.

    Monday, April 20, 2009

    Low Tech, High Results, CrossFit Certifications!

    Technology will only get you so far, CrossFit will get you farther, with getting into shape and getting certified to get others into outstanding shape. CrossFit seems to have added to their stable of certification with Specialty Certifications which consist of, Barbell, Gymnastics, Kettlebell, CrossFit Kids, Olympic Lifting, Rowing Foundations, Running and Endurance and Science of Exercise. It seems as though there are countless ways to get certified as a PT, CrossFit has made the water pretty clear. Find the one that fits your needs and go for it, your training business or gym will be glad you did.

    Friday, April 03, 2009

    NEW, Forerunner 310XT

    Your next favorite watch is coming, second quarter of this year (not sure when that is), the Forerunnner 310XT! Since the watch is not out yet, here is what Garmin is saying...

    Finally, a GPS-enabled training device that isn't afraid of the water. The rugged Forerunner 310XT is the triathlete's indispensable training tool — a GPS-enabled, swim-proof trainer that tracks bike and run data and sends it wirelessly to your computer. This multi-sport device has up to 20 hours of battery life, tracks distance, pace and heart rate (optional), and goes from wrist to bike in seconds.

    Time Your Swim

    The swim-proof Forerunner 310XT is waterproof to a depth of 50 meters, so you can wear it in the pool or the lake to time your swim. And its slim design and flexible wristband mean Forerunner is easy to wear in any conditions.

    Transition Effortlessly

    When you're ready to jump out of the water and onto the bike, Forerunner 310XT moves easily from wrist to bike with the optional quick release and bike mounts, making the transition between sports effortless. Forerunner 310XT categorizes multisport activities in one workout and can also log transition time in the process, so you can analyze your performance from start to finish.

    Collect Workout Data

    Forerunner 310XT tracks your position precisely with GPS satellite data and records distance, pace, heart rate (optional), power data (from ANT+™-enabled third-party power meters) and more. High-sensitivity GPS and HotFix™ satellite prediction mean Forerunner acquires satellites quickly and tracks your movement even near tall buildings or under tree cover. And using innovative ANT+™ wireless technology, Forerunner 310XT connects seamlessly to an optional heart rate monitor, foot pod and cadence sensor.

    When paired with the optional wireless heart rate monitor, Forerunner 310XT continuously tracks beats per minute and uses heart rate data in advanced calorie computation. Train in a certain heart rate zone to improve fitness and monitor your level of exertion.

    Run, Sync, Store and Share

    Once you’ve logged the miles, innovative ANT+™ wireless technology automatically transfers data to your computer when Forerunner is in range. No cables, no hookups. The data’s just there, ready for you to analyze, categorize and share through our online community, Garmin Connect or our optional Garmin Training Center™ software. You can even plan workouts on your computer and then send them to your Forerunner.

    At a cost of $350, that's not bad..

    Thursday, April 02, 2009

    Superior Electrolyte Drink

    A new superior electrolyte drink for better performance with less sugar from Scandinavia just released in USA

    Electrolytes in fluid give a better chance for your body to obtain its peak performance, receiving maximum hydrationand sustained muscle activity than plain water and sugar based drinks. SportsAktive Easy a superior drink with more electrolytes than fluid endurance sports drink! SportAktive Easy is also enhanced with vitamins and antioxidants just for your performance!

    - Restore electrolytes and fluid faster.
    - Enhanced with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
    - Taste and flavor developed to fit endurance athletes.
    - Only 10 calories per 32 fl oz.
    - Convenient and easy to mix, just drop and go.
    - Best price per serving and 20 servings per tube.

    SportAktive Easy are one of the best products on the US market today with a content based on the latest sports medicin and research literature on hydration and sport performance science. We have done effervescent electrolyte tablets since 1997.

    Many of our athletes who buys SportAktive says that the taste is much better for athletes, it gives more servings than other products per container and the cost is less per serving. Plus that SportAktive have a superior content (electrolytes, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants) compare to other products.

    SportAktive USA Inc. is a US company with a background from Scandinavia, focused on endurance sports, training and fitness. Our product formula and ingredients have been developed in the field of sports medicine science and research in experience with athletes in Scandinavia since 1997.

    SportAktive Easy is a FDA registered product.

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    Monday, March 30, 2009

    Cannondale 10.1, Wow that's Fast!

    SuperSix, at 10.1 pounds what is not to like, Cannondale has raised (or lowered) the bar. Seems like a no brainer and with the SRAM part list and hollowgram working together, you get a light, fast, stiff bike. Hey you want to ride like a factory rider well then pick one up, you will at least fit in with style, even if you still can't keep up.

    Thursday, March 19, 2009

    Outdoor Wireless Speaker, Clip and Go

    Small easy and loud. Sony Ericsson is one of the best phone developers and with assessories like the MS500 you can see why. Small and light, really serves what one person is looking for, while out climbing, biking, alone, MS500 helps keep your sanity. Just don't bring it with a group of friends or play it like the old boom boxes.
    No charging required. Just pop in the included AA batteries and crank your tunes. You'll turn up the volume on any outfit with this splash-proof speaker.

    Wednesday, March 18, 2009

    Timing Systems

    Looking for the right solution at your next event look no further. Winning Time a rather new company 1995 and now leader, offers the highest level of both Passive and Active chip technology. While taking on over 2,000 events per year in 20 countries in Running, Triathlon, Cycling, Skiing, Cross Country and more, we continue to advance our technology and expand into new markets.

    With races popping up all over the country companies like Winning Time stand out, from triathlons to multi-sport events to marathons, Winning Time is there.

    Thursday, March 12, 2009

    POC, Ski Boots For Comfort!

    Season is coming to an end, so what better time to buy new boots. The POC seems to eliminate the need to crank down on buckles, you have laces very similar to snowboarders boots. Not sure why this has not be thought of yet and this is just a concept but lets get real. I know snowboarding is relatively new and when it started wearing a good ld pair of Sorels would do the trick. The POC Tarsus boots eschews buckles for laces connected to a tension wheel you dial in for the perfect fit.

    Friday, March 06, 2009

    Marine Life Protection Act

    TheSurfrider Foundation is currently working with a wide variety of individuals and organizations on the Marine Life Protection Act –or MLPA. The MLPA is a state law that requires establishing a “network” of marine protected areas along the California coastline. This law is currently being implemented in Southern California.

    The Clean Water initiative is primarily focused on protecting water quality in coastal watersheds and in the near-shore marine environment. Consequently, the Surfrider Foundation advocates for strong water quality regulations, adequate marine recreational water quality monitoring, reporting and posting, reduction of polluted discharges into the ocean and education regarding personal responsibility for the reduction water pollution. We also support smart land use planning to ensure that coastal environmental resources are protected and healthy watersheds are maintained.

    Wednesday, March 04, 2009

    Nu, Dolphin Water Proof MP3

    This makes those long hours in the pool not as lonely. Listen to music while you do laps and get through those sets.

    NU makers of drives MP3 sun glasses, clothing and video seem to be dipping their hands into the ocean and seeing what bites.

    The new NU Dolphin is a Waterproof MP3 player tailored for swimmers and water sports enthusiasts. The design concept is to create a portable & Waterproof music device that can be worn by swimmers and other water sport athletes while keeping the impact on their athletic performance to minimum. The NU design team come up with this ultra light weight, ultra compact player that weighs only 25g with a dimension of 60 x 20 x 20mm. Its cylindrical-shaped casing features a minimalist outlook with all control buttons located on one side, and the headphone jack on the other side. The Waterproof earphone attaches to the player via a special screw-in jack to keep the device water-tight.

    Both the Waterproof earphone and the Waterproof MP3 player were tested to comply with IPx7 international water resistant standard. The Waterproof earphone employs a special non-woven fabric membrane to keep the speaker vibration plate dry while maintaining a high quality sound output. The earpieces are attached with a soft silicon earplug that fits snugly in the ears. The earplugs not only keep the earphones dry but also prevent the earphones from coming loose during vigorous activities.

    Dolphin TOUCH, Guaranteed Waterproof quality level by the International certified IPX7, you can Share all the greatest fun from all kinds of outdoor activities, such as Swimming, Surfing, Snorkeling,SPA, Mountaineering, Fishing, Jogging, Biking…, with 4GB embedded Nand Flash Memory size allow you to play 960songs of MP3/WMA and FM radio for Free!!

    1. Plays MP3/WMA files
    2. FM stereo radio(87.5~108MHz)
    3. Build-in180mAh/3.7V rechargeable battery
    4. Dimensions: 66.4*21*21mm
    5. Accessory: Waterproof earphone/USB cable/ Clip / Fastening bands / Armband /Cleaning cloth/High-End stereo earphone/ User manual disc
    6. One year warranty

    Wednesday, February 25, 2009

    Combat Gear for the Weekend Warrior or Professional

    Get banged up a little on the weekend, what to feel like a pro with out the bruises then the Nike Combat gear is for you. 

    Worn by top Nike basketball athletes throughout the Beijing Games, the Nike Pro Combat Men's Basketball Shorts have what it takes to be trusted as your first layer of defense for tough competition.
    • Dri-FIT fabric to wick sweat away and help keep you dry and comfortable
    • Floating foam protection in key areas
    • Refined ergonomic fit and pad design
    • Compression fit
    • Swoosh design trademark at left thigh
    • Fabric: Body: Dri-FIT 84% polyester/16% spandex. Padding: 100% EVA.
    • Imported

    Nike Pro apparel is designed to provide the specific support and comfort you need for your workout. Pro Compression offers lightweight support, Pro Vent keeps it cool, and Pro Thermal brings the heat. A snug fit minimizes bulk, increasing comfort and range of motion. Nike Pro also offers:
    • Compression fit
    • 4-way-stretch Dri-FIT fabric to enhance comfort while managing moisture
    • Flat-seam construction to reduce chafing
    • Lightweight support
    • No excess bulk

    Monday, February 09, 2009

    Folding Bike Helmet!

    Simple design and easy to travel with make life that more enjoyable. Imagine a simple helmet that folds, can't understand why it takes a designer, not a helmet manufacture. So the Beetle Cycle is a bit bulky but the back folds into the shell to have a flatten easy to store helmet, no more worries about things breaking or cracking. Also come with different head gear for changing weather patterns.

    Tuesday, February 03, 2009

    Keeping Yourself Safe, Xtreme Sports ID

    Competition on any front is a good thing, Road ID is one of the best pieces of equipment that you can buy for yourself. In case of an emergency, you are knocked out or anything else terrible happens RoadID has your back, all your information is printed on a band. That's great and also a bit scary, all your information is printed on the band. Well Xtreme Sports ID, your XTREME SPORTS ID wristband includes an 800 # and a unique 8-digit ID # to connect with our interactive phone system. XTREME SPORTS ID's Patent Pending, "Text-to-Voice" technology will quickly provide medical information for those assisting you in the event of an emergency. Including:
    Who am I?
    Emergency Contacts
    Insurance Provider
    Primary Physician
    Medical Alerts / Allergies / Medications

    *Where am I? This feature allows you to record your plans and sends an email to three personal contacts. (e.g. 11/23/08, Surfing at Honolua Bay, be back at 3:00 PM)

    Your choice, I could really see a partnership with Lance to help push to the next level, since it is made from the same material.