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ISPO 2014 Fashion Show

Talking Good Gear, ISPO Munich Winter 2014

Talking exploratory everyday and adventure in the average life is talking for being over buying. Yet, some of the thoughts have been pushed forward by gear, and good gear makes the enjoyment of the outdoors and the readiness for adventure in the everyday much higher…

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CW-X Revolution Tights (detail)

Run Tight – CW-X Sports Clothing Review

It’s getting time to quit with the reviews before I start writing about my favorite pen and paper (although, one could make a story of that…). There is one more set of running stuff that I have been using for ages, that already had me thinking of minimalism and too many things before, and is worth a review, though – especially given that it was a reader request I do so: CW-X performance tights.

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Suunto Quest Black

A (Suunto) Quest in the Cloud [Review]

Quite a while after the release of the t6 and its gradual updates (to t6c and t6d) – which I think are reason to like Suunto in these tough times – it’s about time a new sports instrument oriented (more) towards the top users came out. Witness the Quest, the latest in Suunto‘s lineup of training instruments… Following my interest in (good things for) running – after all, a good way of making oneself “at home” – I’m presenting an in-depth Suunto Quest review, based on a few months of testing it:

Suunto Quest Black

Suunto Quest Black

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Run in the Cold

Long Running – and Still With a t6-series Suunto

Run in the ColdMy return to Austria gave me pause, for example seeing how many pieces of running clothes I thought I had, and actually do have.
It also provided a chance to test some new equipment, the Suunto Quest sports/training instrument. Having something new to try out had the interesting side-effect of making me all the more aware of the old and trusted…

Given how much being at home somewhere – not least, with stuff, in our bodies and in our environment – is a matter of how we deal with that stuff, view and treat our bodies, live in the places we are, outdoor sports and equipment is an issue I pay great attention to.

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Run in the Cold

Running with All Seasons – CW-X Stuff and The Other Side of Adaptation

In my last post, I used the simplistic metric of the number of things as a measure of minimalism. It is a common misconception, though I’d say that it’s not totally wrong: a minimalism of a thousand pairs of shoes doesn’t sound quite right.

And those 7 pairs of CW-X running tights of mine?

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things (clothes) for running

Long Running… CW-X Stuff, Adaptation, and Value

Being at home somewhere typically implies that you have at least some things that are familiar, that you can call yours, around you – but also, that those same things become so mundane, they aren’t really noticed much anymore.

It’s just a fact of life, and part of the “faulty connections” we make about happiness, that we get used to new things quickly, adapt and never notice what we have, thinking it’s just normal.

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running

The Nature and Technology of Running

running

One of the great things about running is that it’s part of our nature.

Human beings are made to be, maybe even evolved as, runners. (If you’d rather just walk, not a problem. Driving is not our natural state of being, though.) When a baby makes its first steps, we notice that it’s a rather special form of motion, but quickly manage to forget about it. It becomes easy – and you need almost nothing to go running. Just your own two feet.

Or not. Looking at all the special equipment offered, it could appear like one needed a whole lot of things. Even if you are into running, let alone if not, it might surprise you just how much stuff has been developed for that simple activity: Running shoes, of course – in great diversity. Running clothing. Heart rate monitors, speed & distance monitors, training computers, GPS systems.

It’s become the perfect example of the difficult balance we need for better lives, to come to be truly at home in this world…

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Traveling Possessions, and Thunderbolt(-Jean)s

I write quite a bit – and there’s more to come – about stuff and how to avoid/sort it. After all, our desire for happiness and how consumerism has hijacked it and channeled it into the desire to get the latest and greatest is one of the big problems we face when it comes to how to live multiply good, truly better lives.

For me, avoiding consumerism means that, when I don’t just try to avoid the temptation (and in part, in order to do so), I go looking for things that are of the greatest value.

Good things…

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