Monday, November 24, 2014

Holiday Gifts-Outdoors-Sporty Types-Impact-Cold Protection

Athletic people never stop doing something that gets heart beats going-whether indoors or most likely outdoors-as thrill seekers and endurance athletes put up with the cold.

…BECAUSE-it is too much effort to get into that kind of fitness shape…so it's not worth it to totally lose that low level of body fat. Plus-FUN.

Pretty easy to please these individuals----always needing something or losing something-and there's  always an "upgrade" available. Nowadays-retailers off and online are offering a wide assortment of helmets, gloves, and eyewear- for all budgets.

we have quite a few only right hand gloves-it's like socks-where do the pairs go??? From REI an assortment of warm mittens and gloves…keeping digits toasty with synthetic polyfill  insulation and wrist straps/ gaiters keep cold/snow out…reflective pops on moisture wicking gloves for runners,. Lobster mittens (far right $49.50)-stretchy nylon shell w/ waterproof inserts, goat skin leather palms for durability and soft nose wipe, wrist straps w/ buckles seal in warmth,   Tech compatible all season gloves...-that we find only work if the gloves fit tight…far left $34.50 and thermal version $39.50-toasty via Polartec®Wind-Pro® hard face fleece resists water build up too, silicone pattern on gloves are grippy, in the middle Puffy Mittens  $49.50-and Gloves-nylon taffeta shell w/ goat skin leather realms for grip, synthetic insulation + micro fleece lining…men's  (but women's kids' versions too)

Rei also has warm and fashion hats---for non-workout jaunts-gals Tweed Shorty Earflap Hat $32.50-polyester faux fur+tweed-wear tied under chin, Boho chic-  Wide Brim Floppy Felt Hat $36.50-durable+ blocks sun out

First Ascents-Eddie Bauer-is "Guide Built, Guide Trusted"  gear, outerwear and-pictured-gloves…left Guide Gloves $118.99 -8oz Primaloft® Gold down/synthetic insulation on back of hand, pre curved fingers, goat skin palm+fingers durable +water tough with Nikwax treatment, 4oz Primaloft® Gold Eco-palms for extra warmth, breathable stretch nylon back of hands=close fit, Middle-Claim Touch Screen Gloves $129.99 Broleco leather palm+fingers, waterproof/breathable membrane, 5oz Primaloft® Gold Insulation on back of hands, thumb+forefinger high points for touchscreen accuracy, Right-FluxPro Touchscreen Glove $39.99-warm, stretchy Polartec® Wind Pro® on back of hands for windproof warmth.  Soft stretch fleece cuff for secure fit.
MARKER-AMPIRE helmets-premium quality hybrid shell construction with brand's goggles fully integrated for no fog protection. MARkAir Channel System2 position climate control-XDry performance lining-moisture wicking comfort. removable ear pads, and Fid Lock OG Snap metallic safety buckle with slider mechanism can be opened or closed with one hand=secure hold in event of a crash-and convenient.NIFTY. RTS fit system-adjustment dial in right fit-three point construction on back head. Pictured women's=$129

FROM SMITH OPTICS…high tech helmet and goggle integration systems…no gaper gap
Smith Optic Snow Helmets-Variance $180 Matt Neon Orange-hybrid construction helmet with Smith X Boa® Fit System, 18 vents, AireVac 2 Ventilation, low profile regulator adjustable climate control, anti-odor Nanosilver lining, snap fit SL ear pads-works with Skullcandy audio systems, removable ultralight goggle lock. Impact worthy certification ASTM 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 Class B,  (FYI-the difference between Class A and Class B-we found this explanation online  VERY informative!) Sunglasses-PIVLOCK V90 $139-iwth MAX version-smae price for bigger faces…secure fit (Hydrophilic nose and temple pieces), carbonic lenses with hydrophobic lens coating, Evolve frame material super light…easy to change the lens. Smith Optics give lifetime warranty

Cascade Lacrosse CS-R Helmet w/Poron XRD™ -Elite youth helmet-razor sharp looks and serious engineering maximum comfort and protection
Lacrosse and one our fav spectator sport-hockey-get serious impact protection in helmets by Bauer owned entities. Amazingly well thought out- we almost remember the NHL back in the pre-helmet days…and Ron Dugay's flowing tresses.

Bauer-Poron XRD on board-goalie masks with metal face masks, and hockey masks -with  SUSPEND-TECH 2 liner system wit FleXorb technology, triple density impact management protection, dual density ear cover protection,and comfort features like memory foam temple pads, and Microban® antibacterial protection, moisture management liner, 
We saw these at a Poron exhibit---

Bauer RE-AKT 100 Hockey Helmet we found online for about $309-top of the line but head protection is worth it.
ALPINESTARS cycling gloves (and apparel) are on our list of want it gifts-ever since we blew out a bike tire flying down a looong hill at 40mph-without bike gloves-with a hard landing spill that resulted in some nasty gashes on our palms. Pre-curved fingers and palms made with abrasion resistant material
ALPINESTAR CYCLE GLOVES lightweight all weather thermal lined-moisture wicking or all breathable mesh---pull tabs on cuffs for easy on /off, velcro wrist closures or elasticized cuffs -ensure close fit, all materials are moisture wicking- with synthetic palms for great grip and abrasion protection. Reflective pops- $29.95-$44.95