The Sun & Ski Cure for the Winter Time Blues

How are you supposed to switch gears from sunshine and wakeboarding to ice covered lakes? When summer ends, it can sometimes be hard to make the adjustmentto cooler weather.

Why not try investing your downtime into a new sport this winter?

Believe it or not, snowboarding can actually make you a better wakeboarder.The skills you can develop while snowboarding can translate to help improve your already impressive wakeboarding skills.

Some of the areas that snowboarding can help you improve include:

  • Strength – Snowboarding requires you to move in ways similar to wakeboarding. This means you will not lose all the progress you made over the summer.
  • Turning – Snowboarders shift their weight using their toes or heels, which differs from wakeboarding. However, if you can work to develop a strong snowboard turning technique, it will most likely improve turning when you wakeboard.
  • Focus – Just like wakeboarding, it’s essential to be aware of your surroundings when snowboarding. Maintaining this level of awareness all winter will help you stay alert when you start wakeboarding again.

If you do plan on hitting the slopes this winter season, you’re going to need the warmest snowboarding and skiing clothes. Shop for the top brands and you’ll be sure to start off in style. Here’s a list to get you started:

  • Men & Women’s snowboards
  • Men & Women’s skis
  • Men & Women’s Ski boots
  • Men & Women’s ski and snowboard jackets
  • Men & Women’s ski and snowboard pants
  • Ski Goggles

Invest in only the essential items and grow your wardrobe when you decide you’re going to stick with the sport. Shop Sun & Ski for a wide selection of name brands including The North Face, Spyder, Canada Goose, and more to get you started.

The Best Running Surfaces

Are you wondering what running surfaces are best for you? What is the difference between running on grass and running on cement? Different running surfaces have different effects on your running shoes and body. Below is an overview of a few running surfaces so you can decide what surface you should be on this season.

Hard Surfaces

Cement and asphalt are the most popular hard running surfaces because they make up most roads and sidewalks. While these surfaces are accessible, they are not always the healthiest choice. Running on cement and asphalt creates a hard impact, increasing the likelihood of damage to both your running shoes and body. It’s best to stay away from these surfaces to avoid injury and overuse, but remember to do some limited training on them if you plan to compete in a road race.

Soft Surfaces

Grass is one of the lowest-impact surfaces you can find. It can be good for saving your joints, but be prepared to work your muscles harder. Remember to beware of uneven ground as you take advantage of long stretches of grass.Grass is good for speed work and allowing your joints and bones to rest.

Another soft surface is the dirt trail, one of the healthiest running surface choices. These usually run through forests, making for interesting scenery and a safe surface. While you’ll need to watch out for roots and mud, dirt paths can increase the life of your running shoes and allow your body to stay healthy as you maintain your desired mileage.

Softer is usually better when it comes to running surfaces. You can add life to both your body and running shoes as you become conscious of your surfaces.

When you need new men’s running shoes or women’s running shoes, Sun and Ski Sports is here to help you maintain your healthy running lifestyle.

Shop the Total Package for Kids Ski Gear

Having the right equipment is an important part of making skiing fun for kids. Kids will be more interested in skiing if they have special kids ski gear that appeals to them. Rossignol skis are among many brands that offer kids’ skis and ski gear.

For the girls:
Rossignol FunGirl skis feature a bright pink floral design, and they’re available with matching boots that have four buckles that are designed to be easy on/easy off. The ski bindings are the SAPHIR 70 S style, and junior-sized poles are available as well.

For the boys:
Rossignol Avenger AV Jr skis are a good option for boys (and girls) who are learning the basics of turns. The ski bindings are tool-free and involve sliding a pin, using the Rossignol “zip” technology.

Of course, it’s important to try on different kids skis, boots, and bindings to find the right match for each child based on size and skill level. Visit a Sun & Ski Sports shop in your area for expert advice on fitting kids ski gear.

Make Sure Your Ski Socks Rock

Don’t underestimate the importance of socks when buying snowboarding or skiing clothes. Socks for skiing and snowboarding wear out, just like any other socks, so it’s important to inspect your winter sports socks at the beginning and end of the season and invest in a new pair or two.

Considerations for winter sport socks include:

  • Dryness first: Moisture-wicking socks, such as Thor-los, can help keep your feet warm and dry during winter sports. Some people prefer wool-blend socks, which will stay warm even when they get damp.
  • Single layer: Avoid wearing two layers of socks for snowboarding in particular, because two pairs of socks can start to bunch up inside your boots.
  • Right height: Choose knee-high socks for snowboarding and skiing and you’ll avoid the dreaded problem of having your socks bunch up inside your boots, which can cause blisters or chafing.
  • Boot compatibility: Try on new winter sports socks with the appropriate boots to ensure the right fit.

For expert advice about skiing clothes and how your socks and boots should fit, visit a Sun & Ski Sports shop in your area.

Get the Best Men’s Shoes for Your Sport

If you’re a multi-sport athlete, you need a variety of athletic shoes on hand so you can keep up with your busy workout schedule. Keep these points in mind to help you find the best men’s shoes for running, cycling, and hiking.

  • Running: The best men’s shoes for running are the ones that fit your feet, but some guidelines apply, especially for beginning runners. Choose a shoe with enough room in the toe box. Your running shoe can be as much as a full-size larger than your regular daytime shoes.
  • Cycling: The Sidi Zeta road racing shoe is one of the best mens shoes for cycling, and it’s also available in a women’s model. Features include a tongue and a trio of padded straps for a secure fit.
  • Hiking: For mild and moderate-difficulty hiking, consider wearing trail running shoes, which are lighter in weight than full hiking books, although without the additional support.

Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports store for a full selection of the best mens shoes for different activities.

Child Carrier Safety Tips

So, now that you’ve chosen a backpack-style child carrier like the Pathfinder child carrier, how do you use it? Lifting a backpack-style child carrier with a child in it is a multi-step process: Lift up the carrier by the top handles, slide the shoulder straps over your shoulders, and buckle the waist belt. Tighten the shoulder straps and waist belt as needed for a secure, yet comfortable fit.

When removing the child carrier from your back, start by loosening the shoulder straps. Then unbuckle the waist belt, reach your arm behind your head to grab the top handles and rotate the child carrier around to the front. Hold the top handles as you slide your shoulders out of the shoulder straps and set the carrier on the ground.

Some child carriers include special features such as detachable day packs, gear storage areas, and removable rain or sun hoods and bug netting.

To check out and try on a variety of child carriers, visit your local Sun & Ski Sports store.

How to Care for Your Cycling Clothes

To get the most out of your cycling clothes, treat them right and wash them correctly. Keep these tips in mind to prolong the life of your favorite cycling shorts, jerseys, and sports jackets:

  • Follow the instructions. Look for the instructions for washing different types of cycling clothes and follow them. Some types of cycling clothes can be washed in warm water, but others will be damaged unless you use cold water. The instructions might be on a tag, or they might be imprinted onto the cycling clothes themselves (inside, below the neck is a popular spot). For a sports jacket, washing instructions might be hidden in the pocket.
  • Treat oil early. Oil stains on cycling clothes are almost inevitable, but they don’t have to ruin your cycling clothes. As soon as possible after the stain occurs, rub a cleaning solution into the stain and let it set for a few minutes. Wash in warm water if possible, or use cold water if that’s what the label recommends. Hang the item to dry.
  • Just say no to fabric softener. The ingredients in fabric softeners can break down the breathability, moisture-wicking properties, and water-repellant properties of cycling clothes.
  • Use the right wash. Use gentle detergent, such as Woolite, or a special wash designed for athletic clothes.

Put a Beast in Your Ski Boot Bag

Some things become classics for a reason, and the Nordica Beast ski boot is one of them. The Nordica Men’s Beast 10 ski boot offers all the features that skiers want, and it works well for a variety of skiing styles and conditions. If you have room for just one pair of boots in your ski boot bag for a ski weekend that could include both moguls and deep powder slopes, the Nordica Beast has the versatility to handle both.

The Nordica Beast’s key features include:

  • Comfort-fit, custom-moldable liners to keep your feet cushioned and secure during a long day of snow sports.
  • Trademark Energy Driver closure straps with Velcro to allow plenty of active rebound when the leg flexes. It also helps minimize impact on the shinbone.
  • Buckles open and closed easily, and the shell’s overlapping flaps pivot in two directions to make the boots even easier to put on and to ensure a 45-degree angle of the foot.

Visit a Sun & Ski Sports shop near you to try on a Nordica Beast and other top-rated ski boots.

How to Keep Your Hands Warm During Winter Sports

You might spend plenty of time checking out the latest styles of skiing clothes, snow jackets, and skiing pants, but be sure you don’t forget about your hands. Frosty fingers can detract from a great day of skiing or snowboarding, so keep these tips in mind for warm and happy hands:

  • Consider mittens. Mittens keep your hands warmer than gloves because your fingers are kept together. If you prefer more finger flexibility, look for gloves with a fold-over mitten top. When choosing mittens for snowboarding or skiing, look for gripping material on the palm or fingers for a steadier grip on your snowboard or ski pole. Gordini RM-1 performance mittens are available in both men’s and women’s sizes and feature a waterproof shell, fleece lining, and cinch closure to keep out wind and snow.
  • Look for handwarmer pockets. Handwarmer pockets can be invaluable and provide that extra bit of warmth when you need it while you’re waiting your turn for the ski lift. Many brands of snowboarding and skiing clothes, including North Face Winter Jackets and Burton jackets, have handwarmer pockets located on the torso.

Tom’s Shoes: Shoes with a Soul

Tom’s shoes, an up-and-coming brand of casual footwear, certainly gets points for goodwill. For every pair of Tom’s shoes purchased, the company donates one pair of shoes to a child in a developing country.

Tom’s shoes are not meant to be athletic footwear—these are before- or after-workout shoes or casual shoes. They’re available in several fabrics, including linen and canvas, and you can find solid colors or prints to suit any taste, and match (or not match) any outfit. The Tom’s website even notes that wedding parties buy men’s shoes from Tom’s to put a different twist on a tuxedo.

The basic, yet comfortable Tom’s shoes are the Classic Canvas Slip-Ons, which are available for men and women. These shoes feature a soft insole and durable outsole, as well as breathable canvas. Tom’s shoes have basic, comfortable support in the arches and heels, but they’re not designed to be worn as workout shoes, unless you’re wearing them to and from the gym.