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

WBA to deal with Odemwingie internally

first_imgWest Brom have confirmed that they will deal internally with striker Peter Odemwingie’s latest Twitter outbursts against the club. West Brom also confirmed that social networking activity is governed by the club’s disciplinary code of conduct. Odemwingie tweeted: “Keeping me on the bench now is worst than what they did to me on the 31st (of January). New advisors told me to say its all my fault cos its better for me. “A normal team will never let a player who acted like I did come back. Why keep me still. If they like they shouldn’t even give me 10 mins to play. “Threatening to ruin my career? Career I closed already last summer? No harm to me.” Odemwingie added: “Want to treat me like an average player. The abuse and praise I get is average? So get some extra from me too. “I am not at peace. Took steroid injections numerous times when team needed me back quick. Commitment still in doubt. “More reasons? Should still stay loyal? Even if it sounds childish. It’s a lot. People I should trust normally hold meetings. Before that I was a proper gentleman in the team and trusted everyone. I tried to leave quietly. Didn’t work.” Odemwingie was disciplined after releasing a series of social networking outbursts against the Baggies in January after they rejected his transfer request. The 31-year-old launched another series of attacks after driving to Loftus Road without permission on transfer deadline day only for the move to QPR to fall through. And on Sunday, the Nigerian international hit out at being omitted from the starting line-up for the past four games. While the majority of Odemwingie’s tweets have since been deleted, an Albion spokesman said: “The club are aware of what Peter has said and we will deal with it internally.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Syracuse football roundtable: What to fix after 2-straight losses

first_img Published on October 8, 2018 at 12:08 am Comments For the first time since 1991, Syracuse football started its season 4-0. But since then, the Orange (4-2, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) have lost two straight games headed into their lone bye week of the season. Below, The Daily Orange football beat writers answer three questions surrounding the team following its recent skid.Will Syracuse suffer the same fate it has in each of the past two seasons?Andrew Graham: Nope. This week’s loss was particularly disheartening because of how badly Pitt’s top-two backs bashed the front seven, but a bye week to get healthier and rested comes at a perfect time. With a couple very winnable games — North Carolina and yes, Louisville — still on the schedule, Syracuse should still reach the six-win threshold without any trouble. Considering the other matchups — at Wake Forest, North Carolina State at home, then at Notre Dame and Boston College — there might be one or two more wins in there. If Syracuse figures out its run defense, eight or nine wins still doesn’t seem ridiculous, but that feels like a big ‘if’ right now.Matt Liberman: Definitely not. The past two weekends were very deflating for Syracuse, which is why the bye week comes at the perfect time. It gives the team a chance to rest, nix any of those “owies,” as head coach Dino Babers likes to call them, and to hone in on what it must do moving forward. After the bye week, Syracuse has a very favorable schedule in its next four games. Louisville and North Carolina are both home games that should come as relatively easy wins based on the way both teams have played this season. Plus, Wake Forest on the road is certainly not out of the question. The Demon Deacons lost by 60 on Saturday to Clemson. I’d still expect seven wins from SU.Josh Schafer: Syracuse will still make a bowl game. With six games remaining and only two wins needed, the Orange are still in good position, especially considering their schedule, which includes home matchups with North Carolina and Louisville — both sub-.500 teams. Syracuse led the No. 3 team in the country on the road for nearly the entire game and dismantled Florida State at home. Those aren’t things it did in years past. An improved pass defense, which ranks 11th in the nation in sacks, has helped Syracuse prevent opponents from establishing a consistent passing attack. If the defense can limit opponents’ big gain plays, Syracuse will get its two wins.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textColin Davy | Staff PhotographerSyracuse allowed the Panthers to run for 264 yards and three touchdowns on Saturday.Is there anything Syracuse can do to solve its run defense woes, or will big runs continue to hurt the Orange?A.G.: Clemson’s Travis Etienne and Pitt’s Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall bulldozed through the Orange’s defense the past two weeks, simply because when Syracuse had first opportunities to get them down, they didn’t. After Saturday’s game, Babers said he didn’t want to say anything negative about his players but followed that up by saying: “It’s a matter of getting guys down.” If that doesn’t start happening, I don’t see another obvious fix or improvement in SU’s run defense. With the bye week ahead, now is a great time to spend a week trying to fix the tackling woes that have bit Syracuse in back-to-back weeks.M.L.: Simply hope that suddenly players are able to make tackles at the line of scrimmage. Syracuse does not substitute out its linebackers at all, which means the core three of Andrew Armstrong, Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner are there for the long run. Watching the way that the linebackers and the secondary personnel attempt to tackle some big running backs like Qadree Ollison and Travis Etienne, I don’t see any major changes moving forward that will correct the problems. Many of these players are taking terrible angles, trying to meet players head on and then just getting run over. This is something that will take a year to fix, not two weeks.J.S.: It’s hard to imagine a personnel change at this point in the season. Andrew Armstrong, Ryan Guthrie and Kielan Whitner have taken nearly every snap this season at the three linebacker positions. The Orange have alternated defensive fronts, playing out of both the 4-3 and 4-2-5, while also alternating blitz versus base defenses. All of those have allowed big runs. So to put it simply, it’s hard to believe a bye week solves Syracuse’s run defense woes. As Babers has said, one of the biggest issues lies in Syracuse’s tackling. The Orange have been out of position, but once recovered, haven’t finished the play on first contact. Until the tackling improves, the long runs remain.Colin Davy | Staff PhotographerSeven different SU players caught a pass against Pittsburgh but the Orange has lacked a clear top outside threat like in years past.Has the lack of a clear No. 1 wide receiver, like Amba Etta-Tawo or Steve Ishmael, hurt the Orange?A.G.: In terms of overall production, yes. Through six games last season, SU had 1950 passing yards. This year, through six games, it’s 1426. That’s a pretty marked drop. As far as the route tree, Syracuse has really gotten away from taking shots downfield this season. With little receivers like Sean Riley and Nykeim Johnson thriving in space on the edges, shots downfield to Jamal Custis and Devin Butler have dried up. Notably, Taj Harris has emerged as a target of late, setting a career high in catches against Clemson. He looked good on intermediate routes against Pitt and perhaps could develop into SU’s deep threat.M.L.: It has hurt the Orange in terms of netting the long ball, but I really don’t think it has hurt the team’s production. If anything, I think it might have helped. It means that more people have to step up on the field to produce offensively and the unit as a whole has. Last year the entire passing game was centered around Ishmael and Ervin Phillips. The year before it was just Etta-Tawo. Now, with Jamal Custis, Sean Riley, Devin Butler, Nykeim Johnson and Taj Harris, you never know where the ball is going. The Orange are putting up good offensive numbers this season. Their lowest-scoring output was 23 against Clemson. Offense isn’t the problem, defense is.J.S.: The lack of a true No. 1 wide receiver has hurt the Orange in the deep passing game. Against Pittsburgh, Eric Dungey threw for less than 200 yards on 38 attempts. Syracuse isn’t capable of throwing down the field like it was the past two years with 1000-yard catchers. In times like yesterday’s overtime, having a go-to wideout pays dividends and could’ve diversified the offense from bubble screens and other quick hitting routes. But it’s hard to say how much the lack of a No. 1 wide receiver really plays into Syracuse’s recent struggles. Scoring 37 points should be enough to win any football game. Other holes, particularly on defense, are much more glaring issues for SU moving forward.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Abortion Rights panel hears of Donegal woman’s pregnancy fears after rape

first_imgA young Letterkenny woman who survived a rape attack in 2015 has spoken of how her fears of an unwanted pregnancy put her on the verge of suicide.Dominique Meehan, 25, shared her deeply personal story ahead of the Abortion Rights Campaign March for Choice in Dublin this Saturday.Dominique was raped in 2015 when she was volunteering at a gaming convention in Dublin. Her rapist was jailed for 12 years last June. She has now joined the ARC movement to highlight her views on the effect of the Eighth Amendment on survivors of rape. Dominique said: “I represent a quarter of all women in Ireland who have been raped and who have to deal with even the thought of an unwanted pregnancy.“I told my parents that if I’m pregnant we’re going to England. How is that fair for anyone in my situation, knowing that my own government would look at me as a criminal because I couldn’t carry my rapist’s child?”Speaking at a pre-march press conference yesterday, she said she suffered nightmares in the days after her rape, dreaming that she was pregnant.Dominique said: “In my dreams I watched my stomach swell, I had morning sickness, I even had back pain. I was terrified, more than I have ever been during my attack.” “That fear is utterly debilitating. I couldn’t get it out of my head. I was feeling my stomach every day to see if it was swelling like it did in my dreams.”“I told my parents that if I was pregnant I needed to go to England. How is that fair though?“Can you imagine someone in my position couldn’t be treated by the HSE, that treated me so well, in Ireland they couldn’t treat me here.”Linda Kavanagh, Spokesperson with the Abortion Rights Campaign, Brid Smith TD, Krysia Lynch of AIMS Ireland, and Dominique Meehan, rape survivor and activist. Photo: David Thomas Smith.Dominique said she had taken six pregnancy tests before being admitted to the psychiatric unit.“Everything came out negative, but the stress of believing and thinking to my very soul that I was pregnant still managed to send me into the psych unit. I was suicidal. “If there were options in Ireland other than having a baby to just send it into a foster system or killing it on my own with alcohol or my own suicide, then I would never have needed to be admitted into the acute psychiatric unit at all.”“We can’t carry on like this, giving rape survivors no option but to carry their rapist’s child no matter the psychological consequences to the rape survivor.”Photo: David Thomas Smith.The March for Choice will take place on Saturday 30th September at 2pm, beginning at the Garden of Remembrance, Dublin. The March will coincide with the annual Global Day of Action for Safe and Legal Abortion.The theme of this year’s march is “Time to Act”, which the Abortion Rights Campaign says is a comment on the upcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment and the importance of action for the thousands of people denied abortion services in Ireland over the years. Time Travellers for Choice, a group of historical and vintage costumiers representing through dress the many eras of time during which women in Ireland have been forced to wait for their rights. Photo: David Thomas Smith.ARC spokesperson Linda Kavanagh said: “The reality is we have an instrument of violence against women written into our constitution, violence that is enacted every day on all pregnant people in Ireland. The Eighth Amendment has caused untold misery and damage, and it’s time we removed it once and for all.”Ms Kavanagh said the organisation’s judgement on the announcement of a stand-alone referendum on the Eighth Amendment will be reserved until the wording is made known to the public.“We have all waited long enough to finally be allowed to make decisions about our own bodies, it’s vital that the government get this right,” Kavanagh said.Other speakers at the conference were Krysia Lynch, Chairperson of AIMS Ireland (Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services) and Bríd Smith, the first TD in Ireland to share her abortion story.Abortion Rights panel hears of Donegal woman’s pregnancy fears after rape was last modified: September 28th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abortion rights campaignDominique Meehanmarch for choicelast_img read more

Men’s Tennis Drops 4-3 Decision At Denver

first_img Print Friendly Version Drake will have a quick turnaround as the Bulldogs will square against UC Santa Barbara on Saturday in Denver. Singles competition1. Gillespie, Vinny (DU) def. Yannik James (DEN) 3-6, 7-5, 6-32. Diogo Rocha (DEN) def. MacGeoch, Calum (DU) 4-6, 6-4, 6-03. Alex Gasson (DEN) def. Stride, Ben (DU) 1-6, 6-3, 7-64. Hands, Tom (DU) def. Wyatt Lovera (DEN) 6-4, 6-15. Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) def. Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-46. Philips, Bayo (DU) def. Pedro F. Del Valle (DEN) 6-4, 6-4 DENVER, Colo. – The Drake University men’s tennis team dropped a tough 4-3 decision to the Denver Pioneers on Friday at the Lifetime Fitness Centennial. Denver 4, Drake 3March 31, 2017 at Denver, Colo. (Lifetime Fitness Centennial) Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (1,3); Singles (4,6,1,2,5,3) The Pioneers managed to tie it up at 3-3 with a pair three-set victories at No. 2 and No. 5 singles, respectively. Denver’s Alex Gasson was able to slip past Ben Stride in a thrilling third-set tiebreaker to give the Pioneers the 4-3 win. The Bulldogs didn’t let dropping the doubles point affect them early in singles with sophomore Tom Hands cruising past Wyatt Lovera 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4 singles to tie the match up at 1-1. Junior Bayo Philips put Drake up 2-1 with a straight sets victory over Pedro Del Valle, 6-4, 6-4 at No. 6. Vinny Gillespie overcame from being down a set give the Bulldogs a 3-1 advantage with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 1. Doubles competition1. Alex Gasson/Yannik James (DEN) def. Gillespie, Vinny/Hands, Tom (DU) 6-42. Diogo Rocha/Jesse Ruder-Hook (DEN) vs. Philips, Bayo/Thorold, Barnaby (DU) 5-4, unfinished3. Wyatt Lovera/Pedro F. Del Valle (DEN) def. MacGeoch, Calum/Wood, Ben (DU) 6-4last_img read more