The triathlon racing season---brings a slew of items to try out--- .
What's helping us in 2012---is the excellent protection of our eyeballs...in a way that doesn't feel heavier, frame wise, and actually manages to stay put ---not a given, given our narrow nose bridge.
NATIVE's DASH SS is an ultra lightweight sunglasses for active types-made with highly scratch resistant, Polarized Crystal Carbonate® lenses for glare-free viewing and clear vision in all kinds of sunlight situations-including when there is none- on overcast days.
Shaped for smallish faces-the DASH SS we now use daily, fit us perfectly.
PLUSES: the nosepiece is customizable but doesn't pinch at all...and the top of the frame fit us right below our eyebrows -which is ideal, as we wear our athletic baseball type cap waayyy down low-to better shield us from the sun = no bumping. However, we wouldn't wear these as a fashion pair of sunglasses for that exact same reason--for everyday street wear shades- the preference is for sunglasses that are bigger and cover eyebrows...
On long runs-we basically forget we are wearing any sunglasses...that's ideal---as Native has what's called the Mastoid Temple Grip™---which does just that without being annoying.
Color wise, we use the polarized Blue Reflex lens ...but our pair also came with a pair of Copper Reflex interchangeable lens---which are easy enough to snap in...and would work on the low light, winter days on the slopes...and late at dusk bike rides...
Packed in a zipped, semi-hard case with a soft cleaning pouch...the DASH we got retails for $129...and comes with a lifetime warranty---(after the first year, a warranty fee for repairs may apply---according to the company website, fyi).
FOOTBALANCE customizable insoles are a reasonably accessible ($79.99) alternative to pricey orthotics...that we were able to try out at the most recent SIA tradeshow.
The process was pretty quick from start to finish (under 10 minutes-seven steps) with our stance/arches/ankles analyzed via the Footbalance system-as we stepped on a cushy blue molding pillow/pad thing underneath a warm, non-molded Footbalance specific type of insole-(Dynamic Pink in our case)---that we stepped on barefoot...one foot at a time...in different positions...like toes up...with the help of the representative...who shaped the insole to our feet...
We didn't use them for the winter season snowboarding-there just wasn't much snow...but put our pair into our everyday leather boots that we wear constantly.
A plus is that the insoles fit into many different types of shoes we end up wearing around town...as they are trimmed to our feet.
Footbalance is available worldwide...