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Tips Buying Your First Pair of Running Shoes


Running is a cheap sport activity, given that it doesn’t require any fancy equipment or expensive special gear. But one thing that it does require is a decent pair of running shoes.

The good news is that, as a beginning runner, you don’t need a superstar pair of running shoes. Beginners will not be logging a lot of road distance at first, so that eliminates the need for all the fancy bells and whistles found in the upper-range running shoes. In the future, your weekly miles or kms will be more of a determining factor in what type of shoe you buy.

For your first pair of running shoes, some running tips to consider are:

Foot Shape & Motion
Body Frame

Foot Shape & Motion

While there are numerous tests available for you to determine your own foot shape and motion, the most reliable method is to visit a specialty running shoe store. There, the staff can evaluate the bio-mechanics of your feet and advise you about which types of shoes are right for you.

Having said that, for a beginning runner, making the correct choices is not as important as it might be later, when you are running greater distances. So if your selection is not perfect for your particular degree of pronation, it’s not the end of the world. You will have an opportunity to get a better match later, when you have more experience and are ready to buy your next pair of shoes.

Body Frame

Body weight is connected to how quickly a shoe will break down due to the repeated impacts of the shoe against the ground. A runner with a larger frame will break down a shoe more quickly than one with a lighter frame. For those with larger frames, it is important to get a shoe with sufficient cushioning features, in order to properly absorb the shock of the foot impact, and to avoid stress-related injuries.

Your Budget

As already noted, beginners really don’t need superstar running shoes. If you select any shoe that is appropriate for your bio-mechanical needs (foot shape and motion), and has sufficient cushioning for your body frame, then that is all the shoe you really need.

Bear in mind, however, that if you skimp too much on running shoes, you might very well end up paying for it in medical bills. So don’t automatically go for the cheapest shoes in the store. Instead, use common sense and choose a good middle-of-the-road selection that is right for your particular needs.

Sports Jacket A Pragmatic Guide


Tips to Conquerors of the North Face

Setting off on an expedition to the north face the first time? No need to be apprehensive with regard to safety if you choose the outdoor gear carefully, no matter it is for skiing or climbing. The following tips help you decide the most appropriate set of snow pants, ski jackets, shoes, backpacks and all that.

Choosing the Best Gear

Uninformed and ignorant buying is a potential invitation to snow mountain hazards. Taking a friend or your coach along helps choose the most suitable and avoid counterfeits. However if alone, check the shells of jackets and shoe uppers for waterproofing qualities. Despite that, waterproofed nylon fabrics breathe and keep you dry inside. Next, upper body and elbows, most damage prone spots, must be reinforced with two layers; this is ideal for carrying backpacks. Zippers are must for hand warmer and chest pockets like it is for the front closure. There are separate contours for men and women.

Down jackets provide quilted middle insulating layer; when buying, check for full length front zipper flap, either inside or outside for additional protection. If hiking is the plan, you may consider Denali jackets which also match the fashion streak in you with vibrant color choice.

When climbing up the north face shoes give the best protection from slippery and crackling snow and rock faces. Shoes need to be thick (2.0-2.2 mm); waterproof & still breathable, insulated like fleece jackets and the best comfort will be when they are molded for anatomical contours. The outer soles are designed mostly of rubber for terrain; collars and tongues must be lined in order to protect from snow or moisture seepage. If you don’t like the metal loops and ends for lace go for zipper entry types. Check for sealing at seams, best would be from latex rubber.