Monday, April 26, 2010

Sugoi Resistor Toe Cover

It's been a cool spring so far, and I all my riding shoes are covered with booties. But, in a race situation
booties can be cumbersome in transition, so toe covers to the rescue.
I used them recently in a duathlon, and they didn't save my life, but my toots were sure pleased I chose them.
The wind swirled around on the 20km ride and I heard afterwards people complaining of cold or numb feet for the second run.
I was unaffected by the chill as the polyurethane coated stretch fleece did it's job.
The concept and execution of the toe cover is simple, easy on and off, and held in place by the cleat on the sole.


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Dueyfit Abs #2

The man, the legend Duey Hume takes you through his Abs workout part 2.

Monday, April 19, 2010

BILLABONG All Day Boardshorts

Greg Southam photo
Shorts so light, I forgot I had them on. That's what happened with these shorts on their trial run in Waikoloa. They fit unlike other boardshorts in my drawer because of their four-way stretch. They have unbelievable fit and comfort, they repel water like a ducks' back but still have all the regular features I expect in a water garment. Velcro fly, tie top drawstring, key lanyard and velcro single pocket.
I was also drawn to the solid vibrant colours of this line, because I've lived through the '80's I don't need to do it again.

PRICE $45-55

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

SUP in the mall

I was happy to be among the few to demo some Naish, Starboard and C4 waterman boards at the big bad mall last Sunday.
However, I was not lucky enough to ride the waves at the end of the session. Can't have it all Mom used to say.
My collegue Greg Southam shot this video with his Canon 5D MK11 and his Aquapac camera case.
Pardon the advertising.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Assos legRubi

Spring is here, but I don't always have the luxury of riding in the warmest part of the day. I ride when I can, and sometimes I need protection from the cold and the Assos leg warmers are my choice for keeping my gams toasty.
First of all they are pure luxury, fleece lined and beautifully crafted with articulated knees and a grippy tape seam at the top. Discreet reflective tabs are sewn into the seam along the calf and even the packaging is a keepsake. The wind block makes them suitable for cooler days, and they can be easily stowed in a back pocket if the mercury rises.
A bit pricey, but Assos is worth the extra loot for the accessories that will last a long time.


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Dakine Boot Locker

Although the ski season is far from over in the high alpine, down here the tulips are poking through. So the Dakine Boot Locker is the last ski related review for the winter. The design is not new, wet boots below, dry stuff on top, but Dakine has a nearly perfected the boot bag. Roomy enough for both of my kids boots and two helmets and all their kit.
I say nearly because the small stuff gets lost. A small pocket for keys, iPod, or glasses would have have been a homerun. Instead the bag is a standing triple. As I mentioned the bag is roomy for gear (69L), yet managable on my shoulder with the strap. The interior is lined top and bottom with a tarp liner which someone said reminded them of a pizza delivery box.
I have gone a long time just carrying my boots over my shoulder and somehow managing all my junk, because I had never seen a good solution, until now. In fact I bought two.


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Custom Board Shorts

I haven't tried these shorts yet, but they are so fun I had to mention them.
We have however tried the yoga mats from this company, and as a result of their professionalism I had no problem spreading the good word on thier behalf. They have over 230 designs already in the vault, but they will do custom orders too.