Walking

How To… Fix a Jacket Zipper

Ever zip up your jacket, only to discover that the zipper seems to have immediately unzipped itself? That annoying development is a sign that the zipper’s slider has worn out. The quick fix is to crimp the zipper slider so it is tighter and grabs the zipper teeth once again….

How To… Clean Walking Boots

Walking  boots are built to take muddy, gritty tracks in their stride. But that doesn’t mean it’s a great idea to toss your mucky companions in the closet and forget about them. Clean them faithfully and you’ll enjoy many years together. If you’re too tired immediately after a walk, then…

How To… Break in Your Walking Boots

Even great-fitting boots need to get in sync with your feet. If you take the time to break in a new pair of walking boots, you’ll enjoy many comfortable kilometres on the track together. Different boots take different break-in times. Light walkers may feel perfect right out of the box,…

How To… Choose Hiking Socks

The average person takes 2,000 steps to travel one mile. Factor in the up and down of a walking track and the roots and rocks you’ll encounter along the way, and that number only gets higher. With every step, the right socks play a critical role in keeping your feet…

How To… Choose Walking Boots

Choosing the right walking boots is a matchmaking process. Your dream walking boots need to sync with how and where you walk. Before you tie the knot, though, you also have to be sure they’re a perfect fit. Types: You have a dizzying array of choices, from ultralight trail shoes…

How To… Protect Electronics in the Outdoors

Phones, GPS, satellite messengers and radios serve as a lifeline for many outdoor enthusiasts, while music players, cameras and tablets add to the fun. To stay connected, how can you ensure your devices survive the hard knocks of human error and the whims of Mother Nature?   E-Protection Options Protective…

Wilderness First Aid Basics

One appeal of outdoor adventure is that you get to unplug and enjoy quiet time away from the city. Because that also means you’re farther from emergency responders and urgent care clinics, it’s important to be well-versed in wilderness first aid. Think of it as your opportunity to become more…

How To… Treat a Sprained Ankle

Your ankle joints allow your feet to move this way and that so you can run along rocky trails, cruise down snowy slopes and jam your feet into splitter cracks. Unfortunately, they’re also prone to twisting; sprained ankles are a particularly common injury among outdoor adventurers and they can happen…

How To… Care for Gore-Tex Rainwear

To get the most out of your Gore-Tex® outerwear, keep it clean. The following information describes some basic cleaning procedures. But always read and follow the care instructions sewn into any Gore-Tex garment before you wash it.   Laundry Instructions It’s easy to wash your Gore-Tex® outerwear: Machine wash in…

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