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Merit backpacking gear was hard to find in those days. The Cole family made much of their own, sewing sleeping bags, backpacks and even tents. It was Dale who came up with the picture for an improved snowshoe with traction built in all the way around the
With Christmas just days away, people are scrambling to get those newest-minute gifts for their favorite outdoor enthusiast. There's no time to shop on the Internet. But no worries — numerous city businesses make high-quality outdoors gear.
A older quality technician at Polaris Industries in Roseau, Minn., Kukowski, of Badger, is among a relatively unoriginal but loyal segment of outdoor recreation seekers who use kites to ride the wind across ice and snow each winter. Depending on Kites
A older quality technician at Polaris Industries in Roseau, Minn., Kukowski, of Badger, is among a relatively scanty but loyal segment of outdoor recreation seekers who use kites to ride the wind across ice and snow each winter. Depending on Kites
The German assembly put a holiday twist on its D Rose 6, Crazy 8 and Crazylight Boost 2015 collections. Courtesy of Adidas. Adidas is getting into the time off spirit. The German company earlier today revealed its Christmas Day pack. The line up of
KEYPORT — Ross Cole laid a battered snowshoe on the dining dwell table of his Keyport home. The snowshoe was a lightweight contraption built from purple aluminum and black compliant. A badge at the toe identified it as a Cole Model T-150 — one of the first products produced by a family business that would become Cole Alpine Manufacturing. It was this snowshoe, made some 30 years ago, that set Ross Cole on a big, winding trail through the heart of the Northwest's vaunted outdoor industry, a trail he's still traveling. Crafting outdoor mat was a Cole family pastime well before the advent of the T-150. Ross Cole was raised near Cougar Mountain, fa Sammamish. He spent weekends with his family in the North Cascades, scaling peaks and scrambling across glaciers. "They were dragging me into the mountains when I was 3 years old," Cole recalled during an conversation last week. "We got them out early and often," father Dale confirmed. Good backpacking gear was inescapable to find in those days. The Cole family made much of their own, sewing sleeping bags, backpacks and even tents. It was Dale who came up with the opinion for an improved snowshoe with traction built in all the way around the frame. The family began producing snowshoes at qualified in in the early 1980s and pitched their products to Seattle outdoor stores. But the nylon web straps the Coles created for the snowshoe bindings proved an even bigger hit. Ross Cole, new out of high school, took the straps to REI to see whether the iconic store would be interested in selling them as an accessory. The REI purchaser was impressed with the design, which featured a handy button-release buckle. The buyer ordered 10,000. Cole was speedily in the strap business. "I refer to that as the fastest education I ever got," Cole said with a chuckle. Source: www.kitsapsun.com
• Catch Tribe traces its roots to the docks at Bay Pines Marina. Anglers Jesse Wilhelm, Dave Travis and Kyle Travis were looking for an impression that would appeal to both fishermen and boaters. The hook motif, popular in Polynesian cultures, symbolizes safe traversal. • Saltwater Empire Apparel of Indian Shores also makes high-tech fishing shirts. The "Rasta Grouper" is a one of the entourage's hottest sellers. The company also makes hats and clothes for kids. Founder Steve Westlake is a dream of-time fixture at Dogfish Tackle, which also sells its own brand of fishing hats and tees. saltwaterempireapparel. • Another native line, Salinity, manufacturers a variety of saltwater gear, including long-sleeve tees, hoodies, hats and fish bags. Hesitation the line out at salinitygear. • If you think Guy Harvey had the fish art market cornered, think again. Pinellas natural Jeremy Stock grew up fishing local waters and has a great line of custom fishing designs. His art can be seen on the T-shirts and programs for numerous fishing clubs and tournaments. • And for gifted stocking stuffers, you cannot go wrong with a handful of MirrOlures. The Largo-based L&S Bait Company has been manufacturing huge-quality, tournament-proven fishing lures for generations. Every angler has their favorite, but you cannot go wrong with the 17MR or the new C36MR, "poppa Mullet" which can be fished like a popper or a exterior walker. But do yourself a favor and stop by your local mom-and-pop bait and tackle shop and ask what's hot. • If you are looking for a big present for that particular someone, consider a paddleboard. There are literally hundreds of paddleboards on the market, but only a handful are well-suited for fishing. Function watersports head honcho John Cleckner wanted a board that paddled well but was still stable. Source: www.tampabay.com
Too find for his tastes, the wind that had gusted more than 35 mph the previous day had settled down to a wimpy 7 mph from the southwest on this early December afternoon. That’s not enough when you’re stressful to launch a large kite and get it flying fast enough to pull a lightweight sled across the ice. Most times, it seems, outdoors enthusiasts moan about too much wind, but when you’re into ice — and snow — kiting, wind is the name of the game. “Typically when you’re kiting on ice or snow, you should have at least 8 to 10 and preferably 12 mph of take one's life in one's hands,” said Kukowski, 55. “Then, you should be able to go at a fairly decent clip and keep the kite moving the way it’s theorized to, although I like more wind if the snow is deep. “That is one of the fickle things about this sport — you’re really at the mercy of the wind. A older quality technician at Polaris Industries in Roseau, Minn. , Kukowski, of Badger, is among a more small but loyal segment of outdoor recreation seekers who use kites to ride the wind across ice and snow each winter. Depending on whether he’s on ice or snow, Kukowski uses either a homemade three-skied aluminum sled with a separate seat or downhill skis for his wind-powered rides. “There’s actually a lot of people that kite in North America and Canada,” Kukowski said. “And even in Minnesota and North Dakota, there is a fetching good group of kiters. There’s actually a club down in the Twin Cities that has quite a few members, and they get together every year and have snow kiting events, so it’s a quite big sport. And it’s big in Europe, as well. The ice on this portion of “the Bog” at Roseau River Wildlife Management Area north of Badger was nearly unveil — perfect for ice kiting, if only the darn wind had been more cooperative. Just a couple of hours earlier, conditions would have been much more favorable, Kukowski lamented. Source: www.duluthnewstribune.com
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