Smart Backpack Solutions

About 5 000 children visit emergency rooms each year because of backpack-related injuries, and at least 14 000 kids are treated for them. While not every kid will go to the hospital because of heavy backpacks, overweight loads can cause neck, back and shoulder pain and more. Below, see what is so dangerous about kids carrying heavy backpacks – and what parents can do about it.

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The novice hiker’s guide to buying hiking kit

It’s happened to all of us.  We’ve made the decision to ‘become a hiker’ so we set off to the outdoor shop full of enthusiasm and excitement for the shopping experience that lies ahead.  We’re feeling prepared because the credit card limit has been checked and we had a Wimpy breakfast along the way. Twenty minutes after arriving in the shop we’re ready to run screaming for the hills and we want our mommy.  How…

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Day hiking Gear

The 10 gear items we should always take on a day hike.

What items should I take on a day hike?  This can be a surprisingly tricky question to answer, because there’s no standard correct reply and each hiker has their own opinion about it. At one extreme we have the die hard survivalist who takes to the mountains with nothing more than a Swiss Army knife and a positive attitude and at the other extreme we all have that one friend who’s on first name basis with the staff of…

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The importance of washing our waterproof garments often.

The importance of washing our waterproof garments often.

THE COMMON MISTAKE Folks are often under the mistaken impression that their rain jackets should be washed as little as possible because it will somehow damage the garment and mess with its waterproofing.  Think about it – a rain jacket that doesn’t want to get wet?  It just doesn’t make sense and it’s also not true. In fact, the more often we give our waterproofs a rinse, the longer they’ll last and the better they…

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