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Those boots are made for walking … In cold and rainy weather

19 Nov

I’m not made for cold, rainy or snowy weathers.
So when I flew from Mexico to Canada, I had to make a step.
My heart was torn between the Uggs and the Sorel.
Finally I chose the Sorel 1964 Premium CSV, the blue ones with light blue laces.

Why?
1. Those boots were made before in Canada by a Canadian company. After economic issues the company was sold and is now part of Columbia Sportswear.
It will be a sweet souvenir from my Canadian trip.
2. The shoes is a mix of leather, caoutchouc sole, waxed canvas with a removable/washable felt inner boot.
3. The felt inner boot can be used as slippers when you arrive in the mountain shelter.

Those boots are great up to temperatures below 40C!!
But they work well too while rainy and snowy winter days hits you.

Price is sweet too and can be compared to the Uggs (Decatur Nordic, 159$), only 150$.

Now you know where to put your feet.

PS: Bonus, you receive an extra pair of grey laces.

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Like his curve ?

14 Nov

I like tools that hangs to carabiners. The last one I just bought is the Gerber Curve, a tiny 7 in one tool that hang nicely to a S-Biner #2. Basically you can carry it anywhere and you always have with you a sharp blade (fit to cut carton boxes, duck tape, …), screwdrivers and a bottle opener.
Its price is as light as the Curve, only 12,95$ … Perfect for Xmas.

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Thinner, lighter, faster, … iPad mini for you or not ?

24 Oct

Did you watch Tim Cook’s keynote ?
No ? no prob, I did it for you, let’s sum up what was said.
What to remember ?
A 23% thinner (7,2mm), 53% lighter (308gr or 0,68lb) and faster iPad with a 7,9″ screen.
Is it worth spending 329$ for16Gb, 429$ for 32Gb and 529$ for 64Gb for the wifi version ?

Before answering, let’s review it’s 6 key assets.
1. A powerful A5 dual-core chip which means your iPad is faster whatever you do with it
2. A FaceTime HD camera
3. A 5Mp iSight back camera with 1080p HD video camera.
4. LTE, ultrafast wireless connectivity
5. Faster wifi
6. Lightning, the same fast and digital connection as for iPhone 5
7. 10-hour battery life
All this in the palm of your hand (same screen size, just lighter, thinner and faster).

So now do you need to slam your little piggy bank and buy the iPad mini ?

Check the different scenarii, depending if you own an iPhone or not, already an iPad or not and which version.

To make it short, my piggy is safe for now: I’ll stick to my iPad2 but if it shows the slightest sign of weakness, I won’t show mercy to little piggy 😉

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Don’t get lost!

6 Oct

Don’t stay unidentified if something happens when you run/bike in the woods or hike in the mountain.

Edward Wimmer had the great idea (suggested by his dad Mike) to create a tag that would help you to get identified when you can’t communicate with your entourage.
RoadID proposes for the past 13 years different types of ID-tags: wristbands, ankle ID, shoe ID, shoe pouch ID, Fixx ID (dog tag).
I would go for the shoe tag because I think it’s the less intrusive while practicing sport and it’s different than a bracelet or a necklace.

What do you write on the ID ?
Name/first name, emergency phone to call, medical conditions (blood type, diabetic, allergies, … Anything that could help save your life). You can personalize 6 or 7 (on the Fixx ID) lines of laser engraved text.

RoadID gives you also the possibility to have access to a hotline that could answer questions while you are “unavailable”. The 1st year subscription is offered.

Prices ranges from 17USD to 29,99USD.

Accidents don’t always happen to others and think about your loves ones who will be relieved to know you wear a RoadID that could save your life !

Follow @roadid on Twitter
Visit their website RoadID

Thanks to Mike and Jane for their help and support.

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You, your goal and your Fuelband

22 Sep

It’s about my month now that I wear my Fuelband. It’s time to crunch some figures together.
Let’s start on good basis, I wear it when I sleep, I don’t when I shower (I charge it instead), I walk the stairs and don’t take the lift.
I change my daily goal depending on my activities. When I’m abroad and not working at a desk, my goal goes from 3.000 to 4.000Fuel. When I’m back at the office, my goal goes down to 2.500Fuel.

Here are some of the measures I methodically wrote down during one week
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  • Walking up the stairs at the office (190 steps that I walk 2 by 2), from 30 to 40Fuel.
  • Walking down the stairs, from 20 to 30Fuel.
  • Walking from the metro station to the office (500m=0,31mi), 75 to 100Fuel.
  • 10 minutes ABS with Jessica (with the FitnessClass app for iPad), about 30Fuel.

So now, stop reading and start moving your body to reach your daily goal 😉 I’m on a 13-days streak, don’t wanna break it.

More on the Fuelband ? Check our other articles “FuelMe Up part1 ?” and “FuelMe Up part2 ?

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Don’t wear a scarf, wear a smart trendy scarf!

18 Sep

How to walk/run thought autumn or just survive Airco with being sick ?
I’m just recovering from laryngitis and I will never part from my Lulu Lemon Deja Vu scarf.
Double-layers soft jersey infinity scarf, great for warmth and polyvalent because you can use it to wrap around your cold arms.
The scarf exists in black and grey. mine is the single-layer version in white … I guess for summer times and cold evenings.

  • Check it out here
  • Price 68$

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FuelMe Up, part 2

6 Sep

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In the last article, we discovered the FuelBand.
Now let’s play along and see what we can or can’t do with the FuelBand and how it works.

So now you walking/running/exercising like crazy with your Fuelband. Don’t move your arm more than usual, it won’t change anything or give you more fuel 😉 just act normal, like if it wasn’t there.

When you meet someone wearing the Fuelband, the 1st question is ‘What’s your goal ?’ and ‘How much Fuel are you at?’
Push the button, and it tells you the steps you took, the calories burned based on your activity, the time and your Fuel (which reflects your level of effort).

If you sync the band with your iPhone, you’ll have also the distance traveled.

How to sync your bracelet ? Easy, just push 2-3 secs the button on your bracelet until you see ‘sync’ blinking. Then release, your bracelet is talking to your iPhone and your profile will be updated.

If you check your performance online (computer or iPad), you’ll have more informations as

  • Your last achievement
  • Comparisons with your category of age&sex (most Nikefuel, average Nikefuel/day, daily goals hit).
  • It also challenges you to accept new goals (I start with a Fuel goal set at 3000 and now, I increased it to 3200, an athlete tennis player goes between 5.000 to 7.000 easy).

Be aware that letting the Bluetooth on will reduce your iPhone battery life, so turn it off when not needed or bring your Mophie with you 😉

Next article will crunch the datas and analyze my day.

PS:

  • I don’t dare to wear it under the shower, I could do it but I don’t dare
  • I wear it when I sleep
  • It’s not necessary to have an iPhone you can update your profile through connecting the bracelet to a computer
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