Almost Spring Gear Guide

first_imgSpring weather can be tricky in Southern Appalachia. Sunny skies can quickly turn into a snowy whiteout. Hikers need to be prepared for anything that Ma Nature might throw at them. Here are some ideal gear for adventures on the cusp of spring. SCARPA Neutron, $129 LS Shirt_Matagorda_CrustaceanHowler Brothers, Matagorda Tech ShirtTechnical shirts are a dime a dozen these days, but Howler Brothers has outdone themselves with the Matagorda Tech Shirt, the newest in an apparel lineup that is being heralded by industry pros and weekend warriors alike. The key to the Matagorda’s functionality is its streamlined simplicity. The design is clean and focused and the breathable nylon fabric is engineered for extreme flexibility. SonicNemo Sonic Sleeping bag, $499At, $500, this bag ain’t cheap, but if you’re looking for a toasty warm, durable sleeping bag that will last a lifetime, it’s worth the investment. The 850-fill duck down ensures balmy comfort down to it s zero-degree temperature rating. In warmer temperatures, two long gills on top of the bag unzip to vent heat. And for restless sleepers—or folks wanting to snuggle—the stretch stitching allows ample mobility inside the bag. $500. Heavyweight FleeceRefrigiWear Heavyweight Fleece, $85Looking for an affordable, durable fleece that looks snazzy on the trails or in the taproom? The RefrigiWear Fleece is soft, stretchy, and super-warm, but it’s also tough enough to handle the worst and most unexpected wintry weather. neutron-slide-1This is our pick for the best dual-purpose training and racing shoe of early 2016. The featherweight 9.7-ounce Neutron allows you to rack up the miles in comfort. A lugged sole and just enough toe protection give you the freedom to push the pace on rocky, uneven terrain and make it home with happy feet. Breathable mesh and synthetic uppers keep your feet cool in summer, while resisting wear in high-abrasion areas. This is a race-inspired but training-worthy trail shoe. Avex FreeFlow AUTOSEAL Water Bottle, $16The one-liter FreeFlow is the perfect water bottle for outdoor adventurers. It’s easy to drink out of the high-flow-rate drinkng lid, and it fits easily into the side pocket of any backpack. Our tester dropped the BPA-free plastic bottle several times on rocks and roots, and the bottle barely registered a scratch. And the cross-bolt lock prevents accidental spillage or leaking. This is our tester’s new go-to water bottle for trail adventures. FREEFLOW_1000ML_PURPLE_72614_5 TCU 2Trail Crampon Ultras, $67Most Southern Appalachian summits are still icy and slick in spring. These 18 stainless-steel spikes offer aggressive traction on any icy surface, with welded double-sided chains built to endure repeated torque and wear. The heel plate and velcro strap over the top helped ensure a snug secure fit. unnamedLeki Instructor Lite Hiking Poles, $110Leki is the industry standard for hiking poles, and the Instructor Lites don’t disappoint. With rubber fitness tips, adjustable trigger straps, an innovative patented Shark Grip releasable strap system, and 100% carbon shafts, the poles are lightweight yet durable.  The poles are easily adjustable, too, allowing multiple users to size the poles to their needs. SoftScience Terrain Cracked PU_1SoftScience Terrain UltraLyte Boot, $80Don’t want a big, clunky boot but still want ankle support and watwerproof protection? The SoftScience Terrain UltraLyte is your new favorite boot. It has all of the benefits of boots—like more high-cut protection and durability—but without the heavy, cumbersome drawbacks of traditional boots. This is the lightest, most agile, and most comfortable boot we’ve tested.Wave Catalyst PhotoMizuno Wave Catalyst, $110Aiming for a spring marathon? Hoping to notch a PR? The lightweight Catalyst is an ideal shoe for training and racing. Runner’s World named it best spring debut of 2016, and for good reason: the 9.4-ounce shoe is versatile and agile, able to handle long training runs as well as 5K races. For spring training, this shoe will deliver miles of glide. AllTerrain openmyCharge All-Terrain, $25It’s the first waterproof, temperature proof, drop proof and dust proof portable battery pack. Charge your phone or devices on big backcountry adventures without worrying about the elements.The All-Terrain is waterproof up to two meters for one hour and can withstand extreme heat and cold without losing charging capabilities. Avex Freeflow Tritan Water Bottle, $17This 34-ounce bottle is perfect for day hikes or multi-day trips in the backwoods. It’s shatterproof and BPA free, and best of all, it doesn’t leak. Toss it in your pack and never worry about leaks. 105922 Sport Headphones RedAltec Lansing Sport EarBuds, $60These waterproof buds stay securely in your ear even when you’re dripping with sweat or covered in mud. They can even go under water for lake swims or laps in the pool. With 20 hours of battery life, these Bluetooth buds are comfy and snug, and they deliver top-notch sound to power you through your next workout.last_img read more

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Mikel Arteta hints at Cedric Soares debut ahead of Arsenal vs Manchester City

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 10 Mar 2020 2:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.2kShares Comment Man City v Arsenal: Arteta previewTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:36FullscreenMan City v Arsenal: Arteta preview is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Cedric will be a welcome addition to the injury-ravaged Gunners defence, which has seen full-backs Hector Bellerin, Kieran Tierney and Sead Kolasinac all sidelined in recent weeks.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Athletic revealed that Spaniard Bellerin has been taking painkillers to play through a groin injury, severely impacting his performances on the pitch.Arteta admitted that 22-year-old Ainsley Maitland-Niles needs to ‘work hard’ to get back in the team, prompting Greek defender Sokratis to fill in at right-back.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 ArsenalThe former Manchester City coach faces his old side for the first time as a manager, and is expecting it to be ‘a very special night’. On his experience at the club giving the Gunners an advantage, the 37-year-old added: ‘It gives me a very clear idea of what they are trying to do, what they will be looking to do.‘But it’s something different to be able to stop that and as well create the issues that I think we can create for them.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mikel Arteta hails Pablo Mari after Premier League debut for ArsenalMORE: Paul Merson predicts where Arsenal will finish in Premier League next season without transfer overhaul Advertisement Mikel Arteta hints at Cedric Soares debut ahead of Arsenal vs Manchester City Advertisement Cedric joined Arsenal from Southampton on a season-long loan (Picture: Getty Images)Mikel Arteta has revealed that defender Cedric Soares could make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City on Wednesday night. The Portuguese joined the Gunners on loan from Southampton in January, but is yet to make an appearance after struggling with a knee problem. The 28-year-old returned to full training on Monday, and boss Arteta says that he is in contention to play against City. When asked if defenders Cedric and Shkodran Mustafi could feature at the Etihad Stadium, he said: ‘I think they will be available to play.ADVERTISEMENT‘Hopefully everyone will be able to train tomorrow and we’ll pick the best players we can.’last_img read more

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Ndidi revels in win

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Foxes attack Burnley EPL: Underdogs tackle Leicester City EPL: Newcastle hammer West Ham away Wilfred Ndidi played a key role as Leicester City defeated Crystal Palace 2-0 in Sunday’s Premier League game.The midfielder was afforded his 10th league appearance this season and delivered an impressive defensive performance.Ndidi made six tackles – the highest from any player in the encounter – to help the King Power Stadium outfit keep a clean sheet against Roy Hodgson’s men.Shortly after the tie, the Nigerian via his Twitter handle, @Ndidi25: wrote: “Three points away from home and a clean sheet is so satisfying.”Caglar Soyuncu and Jamie Vardy’s second-half efforts ensured the Foxes claim maximum points and extend their winning run to four games.The victory saw Brendan Rodgers’ men leapfrog Chelsea to the third spot on the league table after gathering 23 points from 11 games.Ndidi featured for the duration of the game while his compatriot Kelechi Iheanacho was an unused substitute for the fourth time this season.Ivory Coast international Wilfried Zaha, who ended with the losing team, also played throughout the match, while Senegal’s Cheikhou Kouyate was replaced in the 74th minute.Ndidi will hope to maintain his solid defensive form when Leicester take on Arsenal in their next Premier League outing on November 9. Tags: Leicester Citylast_img read more

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