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2015 Blizzard!

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to our RSS feed. Thanks for visiting! On Wednesday, New England began digging out of what was a wicked blizzard! The region was hit with nearly 3ft of snow and wind gusts up to 70 mph that caused major power outages and heavy damages in the […]

Breck Trip Recap: Hunting for Pow Soul7 Style

After a quick weekend run out to Breckenridge from one of Sun & Ski’s Northeastern Outposts, our Woburn, MA store, I can safely say that the Rossignol Soul7 absolutely slayed it out there!    It wasn’t looking like we were in for much fresh snow, but ever fickle mother nature decided otherwise and laid down […]

Nathan Zephyr Fire 100 – Gear Review

If you live anywhere in the world and you are a runner with no gym membership or you loath the treadmill. There comes a time in the year where running in the daylight becomes a luxury. You basically have two choices. Run in the morning in the dark before work, or run in the evening after work.  Two dangers are present with this solution. Being visible for vehicle traffic to see you, and your ability to see obstacles in front of you. For the past few years I have been a fan of a head lamp.  Mainly for the convenience of keeping my hands free.  I had tried some of the small lightweight flashlights, however to use them I had to hold it at an uncomfortable angle to light the ground. Headlamps all have their downfalls as well. The biggest is when running in a mist, the light reflects back into your eyes. I have tried to combat this by wearing one as a belt. This is a good fix but it can be uncomfortable. It does however get the light closer to the ground to give you better visibility.   A few weeks ago I found a great new innovative product that addressed all these issues. The Nathan Zephyr Fire 100 handheld torch. This 108 lumen flashlight is USB rechargeable with a integrated hand strap and a 24* down angle. It also has a emergency button that activates a high pitch beep and a red strobe light. When the flashlight is on it has a normal beam, high beam and a flashing forward strobe. I have been using mine for about 2 weeks. I have noticed an earlier reaction from approaching drivers. Not only do they pick up on my reflective vest and wrist bands. I activate the strobe and they can identify me at a farther distance. The rear facing red strobe is always active when the power is on as well. It took me a few runs to get used to holding it but with the hand strap it just hangs in my palm. I used it this week during a group run and the downward facing angle was perfect.  I tripped over a speed bump recently with a headlamp. With the Fire I was able to see the obstacle in plenty of time to adjust my stride. No more worries about the contours of the trail or road. With a headlamp it is impossible to turn your head and talk without blinding your running partner. Now I can keep my path lit and not worry about all the downfalls my headlamp had. Changing functions from normal to bright and strobe are easy. I ran with thick gloves and the button still worked flawless.   The fire comes in a 100 lumen and a 300 lumen. As of now Sun and Ski only stocks the 100. We have it available in select stores or you can order on SunandSki.com http://www.sunandski.com/Nathan_Zephyr_Fire_100_Hand_Torch_p/0339062531400.htm   For $45.00 it’s the best running accessory I have purchased in years.   Run Safe.   Bryan Hojo.  

Let’s talk about ski tuning!

How often should you have your skis or snowboard tuned?   Most advanced skiers have their gear tuned after 4 or 5 days of skiing. It is important for the edges to be sharp in order to maintain control. The base has to be waxed to allow for maximum speed. Intermediate skiers will probably want […]

2015 “Bike U” is back at Sun & Ski – Westheimer!!!

HOUSTON, TX —Sun & Ski will kick off cyclists’ training for the BP MS150 charity bike ride with its annual “Bike University” Open House Friday, January 23, 5–10 p.m. and Saturday, January 24, noon-6 p.m. at Sun & Ski in Houston, Texas. The free event, open to the public, will feature customized bike fit sessions, […]

Sun & Ski’s very own Bryan Hojnacki, great inspiration for a New Year!!

Bryan Hojnacki, 40, of Harrisburg is a husband, father, believer and committed runner. But running has not always been part of Hojnacki’s life, especially the type he does today. Hojnacki, an assistant store manager for Lowe’s came to terms with some health issues in 2007 that prompted him to take a new direction. He admits […]

2015 Fuji Altamira 1.1 – Gear Review

Over the weekend I was lucky to get out on the new 2015 Altamira 1.1 road bike from Fuji! This is essentially the same bike that is ridden in the Pro Tour by Team NetApp-Endura. Fuji took full advantage of its pro racers’ knowledge, resulting in a frame that’s competitive at the highest levels. The tapered […]

Tips For A Perfect Ski Boot Fit!

 Ski boots are the most important piece of equipment because they provide the direct   connection between your body and your ski. The movement of the ski boot controls the ski movement. A sloppy boot fit will allow the foot to move around in the boot rather than moving the ski. This will make it very […]

6 Offseason Tips for Triathletes

Though triathlon is indeed “a” sport, triathletes must be able to do the three sports (swimming, cycling and running) in a manner that gets them across the finish line in the least amount of time. As a triathlete, you may or may not be aiming for a spot on the podium but you probably want […]

Happy New Year! Let’s Go Running!

Another year brings another set of lofty resolutions, and you want to set fitness goals and wellness priorities that will really count in 2014. Running can be the perfect segue into a healthier, happier you. “For someone who’s looking to go from couch to 5K, the first thing I would suggest is that they get […]