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Gear Reviews

Reviews of the latest in gear and apparel for all your outdoor pursuits

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Camping Easily Forgotten Items

A list for you: Campings easiest to forget but hardest to live without items

For outdoor adventures, a little bit of preparation is vital. We all know the basic necessities that need to be thrown in the back of the car or the backpack, but what about those really important things that we often forget – those things that are super inconvenient when we need them, NOW, and don’t have them. 

Here’s a list to remind you of those essential-but-often-forgotten goodies.

Extra batteries: the flashlight won’t work without them, so remember to pack some spares just in case.

Can/bottle opener: you’re doomed if you’re hungry, the tin of food is beckoning, but you’ve got nothing to open it with. Your own teeth won’t suffice here I’m afraid.

Multipurpose knife: for all those ‘multipurpose’ jobs that always seem to come up during outdoor trips. It’s likely Dad’s favourite toy and he will show you how to handle it with pride, so listen up.

Lighter: nope, not for cigarettes, but for the campfire. Assuming there’s no fire ban in place, a campfire is one of the greatest joys (and necessities) of camping. Keep the kids back though, and Dad too if the Canadian Club comes out.

Rope: makeshift clothesline, tie things down, strap something on to the roof, lasoo a sasquatch…endless possibilities for this little gem.

Sunscreen: summer means sunburn if not careful. Cover up to avoid the lobster look.

First aid-kit: an essential item in the outdoor bag. Never know when or what you might need. Cover your bases. 

Bug repellant: many an outdoor adventure has been tarnished by invading bugs. Deter them with good quality bug spray and be kind when the strangers next door are slapping ferociously at mosquitos. Karma is a good thing, especially when camping.

Cooking utensils: ok, so you won’t have a gourmet kitchen around you, but you’ll need the basics to make your life easier. When Mom is happy, everyone is happy. Trust me.

Toothbrush: avoid grossness by practicing good oral hygiene. Pack your toothbrush please. And save money at your next visit to the Dentist.

Pack smart. Remember the easily forgotten things. Forget the everyday things. (The internet seems so wrong in the wilderness!) And be a happy camper. By: Kerry Hale

Race Reviews

Race reports from running races, triathlons, duathlons, adventure races, obstacles runs, bike races and more!

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So You Want to Try a Tri (Part 3)

In the final article of this three-part series, we go over everything you’ll need to complete the run portion of your first triathlon

Thinking about participating in your first triathlon this summer? In the final article of this three-part series, we go over everything you’ll need to complete the run portion of your first triathlon. (For a list of the swim and bike gear you’ll need, see part one and two.) Run Gear Triathlon-specific running shoes Although any properly fitted pair of running shoes will suffice for the run portion of a triathlon, you might want to invest in a pair of triathlon-specific running shoes to help make T2 (the transition from bike to run) as painless as possible. Triathlon-specific running shoes have smooth and seamless liners so you can wear them without socks, which can save you some time during transition. They also have elastic laces, so you can pull on and cinch up your shoes without having to sit down in transition to tie up your laces. Running belt Ahead of race day, you’ll receive a sign with your race number to attach to the front of your bike and a race bib you need to wear during the run portion of the triathlon. Instead of trying to pin your race bib to your tri top in transition, save time by attaching your race bib to a running belt ahead of the race so all you have to do in transition is clip it around your waist and go. A running belt can be a simple elastic belt with a clip or have pockets and holders to carry your gels and water. Visor or hat Since you’ll still be rocking the trisuit and cycling sunglasses you swam and biked in, the only other piece of gear you may want to have on hand in T2 is a running visor or hat to keep the sun out of your eyes and the sweat off your face during the final leg of your race. A running-specific hat or visor that’s made out of a lightweight, sweat-wicking material is ideal.  

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