Gear of the Year: Best Outdoor Gear for 2013

first_imgClick to enlargeClick to enlarge1. Petzl Tikka XP2 HeadlampVersatile lighting options for a wide variety of conditions are essential in the backcountry, and this headlamp has it all. With one high-output LED, one red LED, five lighting modes, and a wide angle lens, the Tikka XP2 can cover up to 68 meters and provides 190 hours of lighting in economic mode. The two strobe settings are ideal for urban environments where visibility is crucial to nighttime bicycle commutes.$55; petzl.com2. Klean Kanteen Insulated 20oz mugNeed your homemade chili to keep nice and hot while you’re out shredding the slopes? Wouldn’t it be nice to have that smoothie stay cold while you’re out on a midday trail run? With this heavy duty insulated mug, you can do both. This stainless steel thermos keeps hot things hot (for up to six hours) and cold things cold (for up to 24).$30; kleankanteen.com3. Alite Monarch Butterfly ChairAfter a long day of backpacking, it’s nice to be able to get off your feet. Weighing in at 21oz, this lightweight chair lets you do just that while not having to lug around heavy, bulky alternatives. The aluminum frame balances on two legs, which allows you enough stability to sit on uneven ground and also rock forward and back. The tent-pole design breaks down to fit into a small stuff sack, so you can take it with you anywhere.$70; alitedesigns.com4. Casio PAG240 WatchAn upgrade to the Pathfinder line of watches, the PAG240 offers the same Triple Sensor functionality as the former models but is now powered by the sun. When you’re in remote locations, it helps to be able to look down at your wrist and have an altimeter, barometer, thermometer, compass, sunrise/sunset information, and the time of day literally at your fingertips in one sleek, compact design.$250; casio.com5. Sea To Summit Alpine II Sleeping BagSleeping at higher altitudes or in the dead of winter requires a bag that can provide serious warmth. The Alpine II is filled with Ultra-Dry Down™ at 850+ loft, which means you’ll be able to stay toasty at night without having to lug a bulky bag during the day. The smaller opening around the face ensures that your body heat does not escape, and the tapered box where your feet rest is designed with your foot’s natural angle in mind.$640; seatosummit.com 6. Adventure Technology HerculesMost kayakers do more than just run steep creeks or surf big waves. Most like to dabble, a little waterfall huck here, some McNastys there. If you’re a dabbler, then the Hercules is for you. Designed for the boater who spends a lot of time running rivers but likes to stop and play along the way, this versatile paddle is balanced for optimal all-around performance and is available in both carbon fiber and fiberglass. Think of it as the little black dress of kayakers.$230; atpaddles.com7. Showers Pass Refuge JacketA true do-it-all jacket, the Refuge is ideal for everything from bicycle commuting to shredding the slopes. The seam-taped, fully waterproof jacket has easy-access vents to prevent overheating, reflective trim for safe cycling on busy streets, and an adjustable hood large enough to cover any helmet. The jacket also includes an audio port in the chest pocket and a drop-down tail to protect against road spray and wet chairlifts.$279; showerspass.com8. Hobie Polarized Segundo SunglassesHobie’s high-tech lenses allows you to see all colors vividly. No more washed-out monochrome views; with the Segundo, you’ll forget you’re wearing shades.$190; hobiepolarized.com9. The A.T. GuideThru-hiker David “AWOL” Miller’s trail companion is the essential resource for any A.T. trek, whether a day hike or a thru hike. It includes mile-by-mile elevation profiles and icons indicating water, shelters, and scenic vistas, along with 72 maps of towns and resupply points.$15; theatguide.com10. GoLite Malpais Rain JacketAt a mere 6.7 ounces, this incredibly light three-layer rain shell also blocks wind and rain. Remarkably, it also breathes well, thanks to a permeable proprietary membrane. You won’t get better protection from the elements in under seven ounces. $125. The one thing that typically makes or breaks an adventure is the gear you bring (or don’t). What if you only have one opportunity to paddle that gorge or summit that peak? Do you want to spend the trip miserably wet from a faulty rain shell or completely frozen from inadequate base layers? We work hard to live for the moment, that brief period of time when the weather, the view, the smell of fresh air, the sweat on our brow, the sun on our cheeks, absolutely everything is just right. But more often than not, we find ourselves amid some not-so-perfect conditions. So when Mother Nature takes a turn for the worse, when fate deals its capricious hand, don’t slump back to base camp. Be prepared with these 16 great products that work where you need them, when you need them.Best Outdoor Gear 2013:1. Arcteryx Atom SV Hoody For temperatures and climates that demand more than a fleece mid-layer, this synthetic hoody is the way to go. Its moisture- and wind-resistant outer fabric also makes this jacket durable and warm enough for use as an outer layer. The underarm panel is designed to be breathable when you’re active, warm when you’re not.$250; arcteryx.com2. Smartwool Ridgeway HatFor those who like to hit the ski bar after a long day on the slopes, style and function are everything. This beanie has a tightly woven knit and full liner made entirely of Merino wool to keep your head warm even when the flakes start falling. The groovy stripes are sure to stand out in a sea of monochromatic melons.$40; smartwool.com3. Patagonia Capilene 3Even when your rain shell fails you and you’re drenched to the bone with half a day of hiking yet, you can count on these base layers to keep you warm. Made from a stretchy double-knit polyester fabric, both the top and bottom layers are designed with comfort in mind. Offset seams mean you can wear a pack comfortably for days without any irritation, and the Polygiene® permanent odor control will keep you feeling fresh and clean, no matter how greasy you really are.$65 top, $55 bottom; patagonia.com4. Mountain Hardwear ChockstoneFor those long days on the rock, you need pants that provide protection from any type of element. The air-permeable stretch fabric on the Chockstone has a high resistance to abrasion, but is also finished with a coat of DWR (Durable Water Repellent) to help shed moisture from light rain. This fabric also provides UPF 50 sun protection and a Micro-Chamois™ lining at the waist helps you stay comfortable when you’re in the harness for hours on end.Pant: $125; mountainhardwear.com5. Darn Tough Mountaineering SockBlizzards, freezing rain, blinding downpours: you name it, this sock can handle it. Made with extra heavy terry loop padding in the foot and shin, this beefy sock won’t wear out under pressure and provides maximum warmth. The streamlined fit and invisible seams help avoid debilitating blisters, while the fine gauge Merino wool lets your feet breathe and your socks dry fast. Did we mention these babies have a lifetime warranty?$25; darntough.com6. Marmot Ridgerock JacketWhen it’s rainy and cold, it sucks, no matter if you’re at 10,000 feet in the Alps or at 3,000 feet in the Blue Ridge. For a reliable shell that keeps you dry when you need it and lets you breathe when you don’t, check out this GORE-TEX jacket. The Angel-Wing Movement™ design doesn’t restrict your range of motion and prevents the shell from riding up your backside. It packs down to just over one pound, which is considerably light given its 100% seam-taped two-layer construction.$275; marmot.com7. MSR Hubba Hubba  When you see that storm front quickly approaching on the horizon, you want to be able to set up a shelter fast. The Hubba Hubba is the perfect solution for weight-conscious backpackers who appreciate an easy-to-assemble freestanding tent. With two doors, two large vestibules, and 40 inches of headspace, this three-season tent is great for everything, from extended alpine expeditions to car camping.$330; cascadedesigns.com/msr8. Kinivo BTH240 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones (not pictured)                                                                                                                                                                                        Kinivo’s top selling on-ear wireless headphones use an exceptional integrated rechargeable battery, which blast up to 10 hours of active audio. To recharge, simply plug the headphones into the included micro-USB charging cable and connect to your PC or wall outlet. It also provides crystal-clear conversations and hands-free calling via a built-in noise cancelling microphone – all housed in a stylishly slim, foldable design. The headphones handled trail runs and long hikes superbly—as well as the drive to and from the trailhead. $30. kinivo.com last_img read more

CUNA seeks real-life reg. burden examples for Senate Banking Committee

first_imgCUNA is launching a new tool today to help credit unions collect real-life examples of how the growing regulatory burden results in reduced service for members or increased costs to credit unions–a request made last week by the Senate Banking Committee.At a recent Senate Banking Committee hearing, at which CUNA testified, Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) asked credit unions and community banks to submit concrete examples of how regulations negatively affect service to consumers. Several other senators echoed the Senate Banking Committee chair’s request for more information.CUNA believes that the committee’s interest in learning more about regulatory environment signals a serious and welcome attempt to roll back some of the tide of regulatory and compliance burden that credit unions have been subjected to over the past decade.It is vital that the Senate receives real examples of the negative consequences of unnecessary regulation, and CUNA requests that credit unions use the form to provide examples of how the regulatory burden has caused the credit union to: continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

COVID-19: Released from hospital, transportation minister joins virtual Cabinet meeting

first_imgThe government announced on March 14 that Budi, who has long suffered from asthma, had tested positive for COVID-19 and had been hospitalized at RSPAD. State Secretary Pratikno said that Budi had been identified as Case 76 in Indonesia. As of Monday afternoon, Indonesia had recorded 9,096 of COVID-19 cases with 765 death.The ministry’s spokesperson, Adita Irawati, confirmed to The Jakarta Post on Monday that the minister had joined a limited Cabinet meeting to discuss the transition process prior to his return to the ministerial post.Budi was released from hospital on April 15 and required to self-isolate for 14 days.While Budi was receiving treatment for COVID-19, Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan acted as transportation minister.”We still can’t confirm when Pak Budi will officially return to his position as transportation minister,” Adita told the Post.Topics : Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi participated in a virtual Cabinet meeting on Monday, the first time since he was declared positive for COVID-19.”I am ready to help as I always maintain coordination with all stakeholders. I have conducted five internal coordination meetings [within the ministry] even though I was in quarantine,” he said in a presser streamed via the official Sekretariat Kabinet RI YouTube channel on Monday. “Thank you. I hope to see you soon. I miss everyone, but we can only meet after May 5,” Budi Karya said to conclude his speech, referring to the end of the isolation period.last_img read more

Vendors look to stand out in a challenging property market

first_img101/441 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba.Imagine waking up every morning knowing you could have a cup of coffee for free for an entire year.If you love coffee and you are in the market for an apartment, it might be worth checking out 101/441 Hawthorne Rd, Bulimba.CLASS Real Estate marketing agent Renee Ford said the incentive was intended to highlight the fantastic amenities and lifestyle on offer around the immaculate, near-new, two-bedroom apartment. “You can almost smell the beans roasting from the front balcony, with city views too,” Ms Ford said. MORE STORIES: HOUSE FOR SALE, BREAKFAST INCLUDED More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 HOW ABOUT A FREE PORSCHE WITH THIS HOME? 101/441 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba. 101/441 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba. 101/441 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba.She said there were certain challenges facing the apartment market in Brisbane, and the sellers were open to trying something different to leave a memorable impression with buyers.“The seller and his partner frequent the popular Hawthorne Garage, claiming it to be one of the best spots for a caffeine hit and healthy lunch in Brisbane,” she said. “The lucky new owner will be able to pop down for a free flat white every day for 12 months.“We know it can be difficult for some buyers to enter the market; free coffee for a year would certainly go a long way for some people looking to buy in the area.” 101/441 Hawthorne Road, Bulimba.last_img read more