Most flip-flops aren’t very high-tech. That's just the nature of this kind of footwear. Unless they’re being made by Olukai. That company's Kia'i II flip was researched and developed with the Hawaiian
Lifeguard Association. A hand-picked group
of elite guards—from Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island—collaborated with
Olukai engineers to review designs, test prototypes and influence the
development process over a period of several years.
For years, runners have been told that technology—bags of air, gel, shock absorbing
and overbuilt arch and heel support—is supposed to make running better. Still, there is no proof that
overbuilt support systems reduce injury or make running better for you. In fact, there are many studies now that show just the opposite.
Skora began four years ago as a passion project of founder and CEO David
Sypniewski, a longtime runner. He set out to design a shoe that would allow him
to run more naturally.
"There is indeed
now a movement toward products that encourage more natural running form," says Sypniewski. Some
call it barefoot, minimal, natural or free. "We believe that the best technology
available is the human body, and design our products to respect this. Skora shoes
allow the human body to function as naturally and efficiently as possible."
October solitude on the Rio Chama. Photo: Katie Arnold
Last weekend we went camping on the Rio Chama in northern New Mexico. This wilderness canyon is one of our favorite places in the Southwest, and we figured it would be one of the last warmish weekends of the year. Time to sneak in one final night under the stars before winter.
It was snowing in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains the morning we left, so we debated bringing our 1961 Airstream trailer. We have a tumultuous love/hate relationship with the Airstream. I love it once we get to where we’re going, but Steve hates towing it. Something’s always falling off or breaking, and it’s an absolute bear to get up the driveway. Steve jokingly named it the Broken Capillary after he burst a blood vessel in one eye trying to back it up the gravel hill. In the year and a half since we got it, we've taken it on (mis)adventures in Marfa, Crested Butte, and Colorado, and at some point during every trip Steve threatens to put it on Craigslist.
This time, though, because we were only going for a night, it seemed far simpler to leave the Airstream at home and bring the next best thing: the new Big Agnes Wyoming Trail 4 tent.
Not your typical family tent. Photo: Courtesy Big Agnes
Whether you’re night riding, hiking, skiing, cooking or just rummaging
around your tent, a bright and long-lasting lamp can make a big difference
between loving the great outdoors and cursing it.
Light and Motion’s new
250 will help you choose the former. The light uses the same battery as your
iPhone, which helps keep it working at about 1.7 lumen’s per gram. And, it’s designed to be versatile—use it as a headlamp,
flashlight, picnic table light, or bike light. No other light that we’ve tried
here at the Gear Shed does such a good job at so many things. In fact, we recently used it
during the Lunar
Quarry 12, a 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. bike race in southern Vermont. It lit up the night
and helped our team pedal to victory.
Because the Solite is regulated, the beam of light is bright and
consistent across the entire life of the battery. Most lights don’t stay consistently
bright through their charge—their brightness degrades rapidly as the battery
drains. And riders barely noticed they were wearing it during the Lunar Quarry 12. The next brightest
contender had a massive battery to deal with.
that time of year again: The first snowflakes are falling; winter hats and gloves,
jackets, boots and skis and snowboards are being pulled from the back of the
closet. Ski season won’t be here for a few weeks unless you’re a
diehard frost skier. So for most of us there is still time to file out the
nicks and dings in our ski edges and bases we didn’t deal with last year.
don’t have a Wintersteiger
in your basement, the easiest way to set your skis or board up for a hassle-free tune is with the Eggbar Vise. Made in Montana, this clampless ski vise is the perfect tool for hand-tuning your
skis. The Vise holds any ski with its own camber so that you don't have clamps
or knobs in the way while you file or wax.