Monday, November 30, 2015

HOLIDAY CALORIE Burn off Gift Ideas:Part 2


More than just giving those Apple watches something to and adult cycles...will survive the bored with already three week time frame-providing season-less exercise opps and -esp. in the case of the pint sized peddlers-guaranteed  super fun.

MONGOOSE BMX, Urban and all kinds of Mountain Bikes come in youth sizes
Mongoose accessories-including half and long finger gloves with hard knuckle guards and padded key palm points for spill protection+hook+loop closure a wrist for tight fit, highly durable knee +elbow pads, and skull lights-when they look so cool-kids won't mind the added safety accessories to complete the 'look'-widely available online-at Amazon, K-Mart+Walmart etc
HELMETS....mountain and BMX/Dirt bike helmets-nifty looking -kids full face+hardshell helmets-with top, rear, side vents for cooling

KID TRAX...'toys'=so much fun---beefed up battery powered and peddle cars for kids/toddlers...with tricked out details just like the big people versions!
LED daytime running lights-working headlights, sirens, a water cannon, signal truck ready for action

rubberized traction control strips on wheels for great grip, 

dashboard-very realistic-with MP3 attachment/FM radio

water Cannon up safety cone warns adults to stay away -ha.

external battery charging port-recharges-here

Disney-collabs including Frozen model
FOR riders who can't stand the cold (or snow)...and have no storage space...

Travel Trac (we found online for sale -$99.99)-is great indoor trainer for those with space storage everyone we know who lives in an apartment....comes ready to go...straight out of the box...weighs in at 15.4lbs so even the lightweight lifters can handle this

easy to fold down...and snaps right up to provide stable training for our tri least for us at well with road bikes generally speaking...

folds down into compact ez to store- total of 8 inches in height....

put ours on a rug...for better grip-as the bottom is smooth imo-would not hold as well on a hard surface-like most (all?) indoor trainers. It's a fairly quiet ride-with fluid resistance -a progressive fluid resistance-really harder we peddled -higher the resistance-shifting gears on our bike...interesting to ride indoors. It comes with rear quick release skewer for proper set-up-swap out the bike's for the Travel Trac steel one-comes with tool to adjust the two bolts-hold rear wheel in place. Our workout was kind of a ride steady mindless one-though we could see doing interval training and getting our enough of a cardio workout too..3 levels of resistance. FYI---we used our front wheel riser block ---not included  but found cheaply online....

space challenged---slips right into a closet.

We don't think electric bikes with pedal power are legal in NYC----but for riding outside the five boroughs with an assist-PEDEGO has several hefty models included the pictured-upright position riding on  Comfort Cruiser...with gear assist up to 20MPH...powered by 36V 10AMP Hour Lithium battery (indicators onboard-longer life upgrades available) with Samsung cells, has top of the line SRAM disc brakes, Shimano 7 speed for ez peddling, twist+go throttle for power on demand, and big plus for pothole roads everywhere-self sealing tubes help prevent flats. Safety features too-like rear light. 9 color options...

For weekend warriors-or dedicated everyday fitness fiends-muscles can get sore...and though not a typical gift-our most coveted want it item-is this COMPEX electric stim-the latest one is wireless...akin to what pro trainers+Physical Therapist use.

Compex Wireless -is the only FDA approved wireless electric muscle stim (EMS) with 9 programs (like pre-warm-up, explosive strength, recovery, massage...)  with 5 levels of progression-$1149...also wired models available from $249-$649. Big believers in this...basically place the electrodes correctly (good for 15-20 uses and are replaceable)  to sore areas on bare, clean skin----and expect up to 600% increased blood flow, reduction of lactic acid up to 25% , release of feel better endorphins to promote relaxation, and stimulates dormant fast twitch and slow twitch muscles-and can increase vertical leap by 25%-something lose with age. Runs on a rechargeable battery.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Holiday Calorie Burn-Off Cycle/Performance Wear:Part 1


Stats put the average American adult weight gain between Thanksgiving - New Years at 5-7lbs...which is why holiday gifts aimed at the active can help with the waistline as well as enhance the experience for the cycling enthusiast on your list- get spinning-indoors and out.

Our Picks...

SUGOI is acclaimed for their top-of-the-line athletic wear.. including aero worthy apparel for everyday recreation rides- on the road, mountain or the racing circuit-with sleek elite race wear. Jersey, shorts, tights, tech tees...for all kinds of weather. Pictured RSE Alpha Bike Jacket $230
Lightweight woven shell-breathable, wind+water resistance-made with synthetic top of the line Polartec® Alpha insulation---details like drop back hem, reflective pops, side back zip and front chest pockets, diagonal off set main zip with non-chafing cage, grippy hems, thermal stretchy sides
SUGOI's women's -advanced fabrics -engineered construction panels efficiently moves moisture out-bonded seams lightweight, no-chafing,  full length zip in front ventilation-with mesh rear paneling, areoband sleeve-clean edge-low profile ergo fit, 4 way stretch side panels and high density vibration dampening relief pads with tech chamois for superior performance.
DUDE GIRL-founder's Grandma-Dorothy Dodge McElhinney- inspires the nom de plume

DUDE GIRL-makes snazzy looking high performance, streamlined cycling tech wear-(made by Louis Garneau-in many instances) Pictured DOTS CYCLING Jersey $129 + Bibs $149-with premium chamois for long ride combat
love this Southwestern inspired colors/print-Spring 2016
Daisy Dude

Giddy Up- back pocket is roomier than most
Bike Chick Jersey-+ shorts=sense of humor here...breathable moisture wicking fabric-on sale now $49.50 & $55 respectively
from SOMBRIO---a collection for mountain bikers...the Pursuit Kit...Spring 2016 delivery....loaded with features... Pursuit Jersey and Shorts...have Chill Mesh technology-moisture wicking with Xylitol treatment produces a chilling effect when it comes into contact with sweat...and be seen!!...the graphics are glow in the dark---the fern print on classic slim sitting raglan top...and on the shorts too (camo print available also). Also onboard for the shorts-strategically cut laser cut ventilation, bonded pockets (keep moisture out) and silicon grip on inner waist, velcro tabs at waist, seamless crotch panel, made of ultra light and mid weight 4 way stretch fabric w/ DWR finish.

LEVI's-has a urban chic  COMMUTER functional clothing for cyclists- for men/women- that is work appropriate- made with tough fabric-dirt/water repellant authentic wax cotton by Halley Stevensons of Scotland in the pictured-Levi's Commuter™ Jacket-like the multiple double snap exterior front pockets, hidden pocket at side, zip and button front closure, and vent at the upper back for venting, velcro closure at cuffs-extended sleeves+hem $248

THE BASICS...nowadays-techy athleisure-high performance activewear worn as cold weather staples-are stylish enough not to be hidden away under the layers...
RHONE-vets of the men's collection Lululemon-designed this new men's collection of workout wear with top of the line fabrics-featuring permanent anti odor X-Static XT2 Silver threads. Pictured-L/S and short tops in solid colors
logo pop-is a symbolic Captain's Stitch the anti-chafing flatlock seams placed just so on so as not to hinder movements...Sentry Short Sleeve in Mykonos Blue $68

WATSON'S®-affordable basics-double layers, performance -merino wool blends-with yoga fit women's-men's/kid's/toddlers too

COLD PRUF has several base layer collections- including women's trim fit- Quest Performance Wear and Honeycomb Fleece Wear™ tops/bottoms - Mock Zips, yoga style leggings and L/S tops cozy enough to wear all the time. Bonus-tagless, Silvadur™ technology for odor free wear, moisture wicking engineered construction with 15%-12% Spandex (respectively)-and extra length in body with extended rounded hem tail and thumbhole cuffs- for a great fit -esp for taller athletic women who wear an XS---a lot of other brands shrink the torso and leg lengths for that size. Have a pair of the Quest Performance leggings-multitasker-we throw on a  long sweater/jacket-ready for strolling around -getting errands done-then wear to run in with switch of tops.

With a "We Own Cold" slogan Cold Pruf -of course-has multiple lines of basics featuring multi-tasking New Zealand sourced Merino Wool to layer under work out and office work wear. 
DELIVERS with fab packaging which make this ready to give-just add a bow- the new line TREW-a direct to consumer collection of premium performance-ski-snowboard outdoor wear -includes some of the trendiest basics ever...that will delight recipients -male or female.
love the the Trew team-comes with a refrigerator worthy SHRED LIST

the 411...
our basics came in travel worthy drawstring bags

all recyclable packaging too-pictured-NuYarn basic separates-made from soft to touch merino wool blend-naturally moisture wicking, anti-odor, breathable, warmer...and durable though need to wash these pieces less-dries faster also. Fit wise-true to size.

tagless-heat transferred label is chafe free-Superlight NuYarn Merino Pocket Tee $69-available in 3 colors. Cute laminate pocket detail-and drapes -like a fashion-y lifestyle tee-we actually wore hours to a NYC media event with chic black trousers-then wore straight to the gym for a weight workout-paired with usual leggings/sneakers.

took this pic at an SIA event-the top-can be worn anywhere-with jeans, a skirt...a great travel piece for all weather conditions-made of 85% NuYarn, 15% Nylon 17.5 micron fine fibers are skin soft, flatlock seams,  articulated back+arm seams-engineered for gals on the go -good for climbers...and with a  slightly longer cut and slim fit-the top is perfect size...vs most other brands where XS size gets truncated torso/sleeve lengths.
the MIDWEIGHT NUYARN Merino Wool  bottoms-also feature flat lock seams -close feminine fit---especially knees down...the jogger silhouette are the 'it' athleisure look-replaces denim for casual wear occasions-IMO. These true multi-taskers are probably our most worn bottom now... we recently wore ours underneath waterproof hiking pants on a freezing snow day up in the Adirondacks -then took off the top pants layer-switched out our boots/socks-and headed straight to dinner afterwards...blending right in with all the other jogger pants wearing men+women. LOVE!!!! $139

Friday, November 27, 2015

HOLIDAY Camera HAULERS: Gift Ideas



Capturing a moment - seems like an activity-that occurs few million/second. Accordingly, what a better gift than protection for the tricked out drones mounted action options, DSLRs, state-of-the-art mirrorless-and plain ole' ubiquitous smartphones that safely transport those recorders of life on and off planet earth.

INCASE-has a slew of urban slick looking haulers -including a few cool collabs with athletes-that of COURSE-are for GoPro cameras.
Surfer Kelly Slater and INCASE-have gift ready "action packed bundle"...including highly functional Camera Pro backpack...with quick access padded and mesh side +interior compartments, easy access large volume, customizable main compartment, adjustable straps, and durable fabric construction for riders of water waves or snow. comes ....with additional padded zip accessory organizer, GoPro cover, H20 Mono kit for GoPro camera, Accessory cartridge for up to 5, and TENSAERlite™ Go Pro canister. $329

Removable Aqua Tiger print rain fly...custom molded back panel for complete main compartment access, adjustable tripod carry straps, with bungee cord

inside-move the dividers around-integrated mount for GoPro Hero on left strap -in this pic-on the right

ez access top compartment

ez access side compartment with mesh insert-in Dolphin Gray

SETH WESCOTT-Maine native, snowboard champ-field tester

LOTSA 'oh- wows' from attendees-male and female-for L.L.Bean's partner...Olympic Gold Medal-World Cup winner Seth Wescott...who pairs with this iconic American label on a number of backcountry tough garments and gave the thumbs up for this new SNOWFIELD multi-tasking tech daypack that is so well thought out-with a slew of functional details- ruggedly constructed to carry life saving gear -IMO  worthy of hauling around the camera that captures those brag about moments for future 'sharing.'
SNOWFIELD $149.99 25.6L capacity-210 SPK ripstop nylon w/ TPU coating on front/shovel pocket

tuck-away hypalon reinforced straps to haul skis, snowboard, or snowshoes
front/rear panel entry ez access to gear/camera+fleece lined pocket protect electronics, 2 interior water bottle pockets, avalanche probe pocket + shovel blade pocket
on hip belt-extra zip pocket-notice ez grab pull use with gloves on
in see me-dark cayenne/ flame
dual ice axe loops...

FROM PACSAFE™-many, many seriously anti-theft carry-all options...from a small add-on wrist strap like Carrysafe® 50 for one DSLR camera - $40... a Cam Safe® camera pouch $50...or the pro-worthy haulers for multiple cameras and the award winning CamSafe Z series-including Z25 anti-theft camera w/ 15" laptop compartment $280 a must for international travelers...with RFID pocket sleeves, interior hidden and/or exterior slash proof eXomesh netting. double coil slash proof zips,  anti-theft locks, smart zipper security...etc. Durable-we have/use a DSLR camera bag of their make-going on 8 years now.

LOWEPRO-one of the makers  the pro camera folks we know-use. AND NOW FOR DRONE OWNERS...above and beyond protection for the latest tech toy...with rugged 'fracto-camo'print on top and grab handle on side (not pictured)

LowePro's Purpose built cases for Drones..."Quadhopters"!!!!-FormShell® technology lightweight sturdy shell composite construction..Droneguard system of organization includes dedicated storage areas for blades, props, action camera, batteries, cables, chargers etc...
removable storage and with accessory straps to grab and go.
-haul it around with backpack straps-lightly padded back.
From outdoors brand Bergans of Norway-an urban friendly backpack/messenger bag option from their "SWITCH" series

Sleek hauler-SWITCH regular and a slim SWITCH option-in black or solid charcoal $129

roomy-grab handle+YKK zips, multiple ez access side and interior compartments
conversion system...unique way hide the seconds

SWITCH slim leather ballistic...multiple pockets including interior padded laptop sleeve...easily converts to backpack $159
For gals not quite ready or interested in backcountry jaunts---and walk more on the Red Carpet--glammy-pragmatic options for smartphones and cleverly thought-out-obvs designed by amazing ladies who saw missing niches in the handbag market.

GRIP Back Diamond Clutch ¢285

GRIP HANDBAGS are elegant, edgy AND unique! A leather clutch embellished with hand-sewn bold Swarovski Crystals---ergonomically perfect fit gold grab handle...just turn it over for access to very roomy zippered compartments...big enough for iPhone 6S+ size smartphones, cards, lip glosses etc. LOVE THIS!!!! By award winner Daniele Gumina  Pictured NOVA $385

one hand to hold-rummage with the other. SMART!
BE BRILLIANT BAGS-shiny metallic roomy totes that stand out for the number of functional zippered compartments-3 wall pockets,  a back wall zip pocket and front padded sleeve---just under that  panel-perfect for travel documents, tablets, etc...had us thinking about NYCers who haul their lives around-can double as a work/gym/bar bag -PLUS a camera-in style. In Rose Gold, Silver, Black and our fav...Pewter
interior compartments...metallic closures, neoprene lined for ez clean-ups of all that stuff that spills, plus a clear  snap out interior case-shower/airport-security liquids that is removable-with a shoulder strap.

protective feet on bottom---of large zippered compartment (see the zip on right side)...roomy enough to stash a pair of shoes-flats or heels...! $265