Live Outside and Play: May Gear Picks

first_imgIt’s May, which means it’s time for another gear review! One whole moon cycle teaches the rambling traveler some, but not all. Our good friend Einstein said it best, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.”  We’re looking forward to the next seven months on the road, and what they have in store for us. While we’re stumbling, and discovering, check out some of the gear that keeps us on the trail and ready for the next adventure.La Sportiva Women’s Rocky Mountain Pant– If you haven’t had Stretch Cordura® grace your activewear wardrobe, have we got a treat for you! La Sportiva has created pants that combine the comfiness of leggings with the ruggedness of heavier protective mountain pants. This hardy, yet light, pant features Stretch Cordura®, which is a ying-yang of durability and breathability. I’ve hiked with these from daybreak to sunset through brambles and underbrush and walked away unscathed and cool. These pants come complete with large pockets for climbing overhangs without fear of anything falling out, elastic bottoms so they don’t snag on the trails, and a super comfy waistband so you can wear them all day. Can we talk about the waistband again? It really is a game changer.Appalachian Trail Map Guides-  Thinking of hiking the Appalachian Trail? Or just want to hike a section or two? National Geographic Maps has you covered. They’ve published a new, Appalachian Trail illustrated thirteen map set. Just like all of their maps, the A.T. maps are printed on waterproof, tear-resistant, paper that holds up like no other map on the trail. They’ve decided to print this set in booklet form instead of their usual fold-out style. We prefer the booklet on the trail. For us, they tend to be a little easier to deal with in windy situations, especially when you only need a small section of the map at a time. Each booklet covers 150-200 miles of the A.T. The whole set covers Springer Mountian, Ga., to Mt. Katahdin in Main. Each page is centered on the A.T. and overlaps with the adjacent pages so there is little chance of getting lost. Along the bottom of each page is a trail profile that shows the distance between shelters, camping areas, and trail access points. Each booklet lists resupply information, town inset maps, camping options, and much more.You don’t have to be a thru-hiker to enjoy these beauties. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. We love maps.Lowe Alpine Airzone Trail 35- Lowe Alpine is celebrating their 50th birthday this year and they have been making top notch gear since their inception. Lowe Alpine, who was founded by climber and mountaineer Greg Lowe, is responsible for some of the most commonly used climbing and mountaineering gear today.We’ve fallen in love with all of their packs, but today we’d like to introduce the Airzone Trail 35. This 35-liter pack is perfect for lightweight backpackers or for day hikers who need a little extra space. Checking in at 2.7 pounds, this pack edges out most others in its size class. The Airzone Trail 35 uses a top-loading, single clasp, design that cuts weight and increases stability and accessibility. The Airzone get’s its name from the tensioned mesh that separates the pack from the wearer’s back. The mesh promotes air flow and cuts weight. They’ve included unique trekking pole holders that fit various types of poles and ice tools. Our personal favorite thing about this pack is the way it holds weight. There are specific designs for each gender, with the female design taking into consideration back length, hip belt length, shoulder height, and load distribution. No matter which gender, it is incredibly stable and well balanced._______________________________________________________Like the gear we’re rockin’ ?  Check out some of the brands featured in the images above that support this program! La Sportiva, National Geographic, and, Lowe Alpine.last_img read more

Thierry Henry gives message to Mesut Ozil as Unai Emery ends his Arsenal exile

first_img Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Nov 2019 2:51 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Thierry Henry gives message to Mesut Ozil as Unai Emery ends his Arsenal exile Advertisement Henry also appeared to have some special words for Ozil as the pair remained close for several seconds before Arsenal’s all-time leading goalscorer patted the midfielder on the chest to send him on his way.And as he moved away from Henry, Ozil could be heard saying ‘thank you’ to the former Arsenal striker.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking about his decision to start Ozil, Emery told Sky Sports before the game: ‘I think he can help us.‘Today is a very good match for everybody and for him.’Meanwhile, Emery has opted to leave Granit Xhaka out of the squad after the Arsenal captain hit out at fans as he was substituted during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last Sunday.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Mesut Ozil and Thierry Henry met before Arsenal’s clash with Wolves (Arsenal)Thierry Henry had a special message for Mesut Ozil as the midfielder arrived at the Emirates Stadium for Arsenal’s clash with Wolves on Saturday.Unai Emery has opted to give the 31-year-old only his second Premier League start of the campaign following his impressive display against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening.Ozil, who is the club’s highest earner on £350,000 a week, has barely featured for the Gunners this season, while last month, Emery even claimed that the midfielder did not even ‘deserve’ a place in his squad.But Ozil now has another chance to impress as he starts for Arsenal’s match against Wolves.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTOzil was greeted by Henry shortly after he arrived at the Emirates and the pair shook hands and hugged.Just this. 🥰@MesutOzil1088 🤝 @ThierryHenry#ARSWOL— Arsenal (@Arsenal) November 2, 2019 Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Dream home on acreage close to the beach

first_imgThe pool and the outdoor entertaining area at 108-110 Cocos Drive, Ningi. Picture: Supplied. THIS is the ultimate home for the true blue Queenslanders out there. You can watch the footy from the pool, park the boat and jet ski in the big shed, put the project car up on the two-post hoist, shoot pool in your own bar, and then knock up some pizzas in the outdoor kitchen. All while the children run amok on the 4,000sq m block. Or just hook up the boat and head 10 minutes to the nearest boat ramp for a day of fishing. Owners Damien and Charlene Benbow built the home on 4000sq m at 108-110 Cocos Drive, Ningi three years ago with their family of four in mind. The home is three years old and looks like new. Picture: Supplied. Mrs Benbow said her favourite part of the property was the alfresco area.“It blends seamless with the rest of the house and we have our pool under the roof,” she said. “We’ve included things like a pizza oven, outdoor kitchen and infra-red heaters so it can be used all year round.” Inside the home, a big kitchen has Smeg appliances, Caesarstone benchtops and a butler’s pantry. The open-plan living and dining area opens through bi-fold doors to the outdoor entertaining area. The home theatre has sound proofing and there is plenty of room for a pool table in the rumpus room with built-in bar. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019 The kitchen includes stone benchtops and a butler’s pantry. Picture: Supplied. The property comes with ducted airconditioning, a full perimeter fence, electric gate, CCTV and a 6kw solar system The home is 10 minutes from the ocean and 10 minutes from the M1.Marketing agent Carolyn Drane, of Acreage and Lifestyle Property Beachmere, said the property was “like new”“It has been designed and built around entertaining and family,” she said. The outdoor kitchen includes a pizza oven, fridge and barbecue. Picture: Supplied. The master bedroom overlooks the pool and has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. The remaining bedrooms are located away from the main bedroom, along with a TV room and office. Outside, the entertaining area includes a pizza oven, barbecue, fridge, sink, TV with surround sound and pool with spa seat and wading area. The three-bay shed has three-phase power and is set up to run a business, while the driveway can take heavy machinery and trucks. The three-bay shed and driveway can take heavy machinery. Picture: Supplied. Ms Drane said there had been strong local and interstate interest in the property, with buyers seeing great value for money. “It presents like a show home and where else can you get such value-packed property so close to the beach and the city,” she said.last_img read more