So what’s all the hype about Vibram FiveFingers? I’ve started seeing them at the gym, on the trails, and even strolling around town on a Sunday afternoon. The makers say they are like going barefoot. But I thought my mother told me never to go barefoot? Running without shoes can strengthen the foot, ankle, and leg.…

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Who wears short shorts? Do we wear short shorts? I don’t know about you, but I’m not one to bear my legs, even in the summer time. Don’t get my wrong; I will wear shorts, but daisy dukes? No way. Save those for late night beach party. For the rest of us, there are fun,…

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Summer showers always seem to catch us off-guard. While it may be hot outside, no one wants to be soaking wet, especially because you’re sweating like a sumo wrestler under your rain gear. So how do you keep the rain at bay without breaking a sweat? Let common sense be your guide here. If a…

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It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. Maybe you have a tough workout, and sweat so much that you look like you took a shower (even though you don’t smell like it!); or maybe you’ve been hiking all day, and it’s warm enough that your pack has saturated your backside in…

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You don’t have to be afraid, so go ahead and ditch those gym shorts you’ve been wearing over your swimsuit. Really, they didn’t look cool in high school, and they definitely don’t look any better now. Finding a comfortable swimsuit that will keep you covered, stay in place, and won’t look like something your grandmother…

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We all know the big trouble with Capeline. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I mean. It stinks. I recall an afternoon swim in a snow-fed river after a long hike. It felt so good to cool off and be clean again. I started to put on my Capeline zip-top that I’d worn the previous…

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You’ve all been there. You’re walking along and it starts to happen. You pull and tug. You might even take off your shoe hoping an adjustment will help. But the more you pull, the worse it gets. Once your socks start to slip down into your shoe, there’s no going back. You might as well…

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Aside from being the name of a sailboat my skipper once owned, it’s a great shoe. And with spring just around the corner, sailing season will be back in action (all my Frostbite races have been cancelled since Christmas because of ice). What does that mean? Well, a lot of things, but it means it’s…

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A good hat should do many things. None the least of which is stay on your head. It’s even better this time of year if it keeps the sun off your face and out of your eyes. But staying “cool” can be harder than you think. I used to despise chinstraps on hats, but somewhere…

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