If you come to think of it, running shoes could be regarded as a very ordinary footwear. However, because famous brands continue to develop running shoes into not only stylish footwear but also relatively functional, people’s demands and requirements for it continues to grow nonetheless.
You are probably aware of the many different brands out there when it comes to running shoes. These brands have been with the shoe industry for so many years now and other than simply paying for the pair of shoes you buy from these famous brands, you are also paying for the brand itself.
The marketing strategy behind famous brands is simple. They other start small and get out big or they start big and leave a big impact on their consumers. Sadly though, not everyone could afford these branded and relatively expensive pairs of rubber shoes. So if you cannot afford it, does that mean you are no longer entitled to having at least a good pair? Of course not.
What you can do is wait for shoe stores to hold their special sale. You would be surprised to see that even the latest styles are discounted whenever there is a sale and the discount and really huge. What used to be a very expensive pair becomes a very affordable one that you can even have enough money to buy two pairs.
First of all, the boot of an ice skate must feel like a glove. It shouldn’t be loose or floppy in anyway. The boot after all, is an extension of your foot and being able to feel the ice is essential. So, to begin, first time skaters tend to wear thick heavy socks and this is okay for rental boots. Rental boots have little to no insulation at all so feet can get very cold in the rental boots. If a skater has ventured to buy their first pair of ice skates from the pro shop at their local rink, then it is better to wear thin socks because new skates do tend to have some insulation.
When putting on the skate, loosen all the laces so that the foot slides in easily. Then, once the foot is snuggly in the boot, tap the heel of the blade on the matt to push the heel back into the back of the boot. Adjust the tongue of the boot to fit squarely on top of the ankle. Then, put the foot with the boot flat on the floor and test the fit of the boot. Does boot pinch anywhere? Do the toes push up against the toe of the boot or do they rest flat and comfortable? Do the sides of the boot pinch at all or do the sides of your foot rest comfortably? Make sure the boot is comfortable on the foot before beginning to lace up the boot. This is important because if the boot is not comfortable in the boot unlaced, it won’t feel better when the boot is laced up.
Next, put the skate flat on the ground (or at least the heel of the boot) and begin lacing up the boot. Be sure to make the laces lie flat as you tie up the boot. Once you get close to the ankle part of the boot, lean the ankle forward so that there is bend in the ankle, see below:
Then, begin lacing up the ankle so that there is give in the boot. This is very important because you need flex in the ankle in order have movement and to facilitate various position and moves on the ice. As you get to the top of the boot there should be hooks to wrap the laces around. While the laces should be secure, do not lace it up to tight around the top of the boot. Again, the ankle will need to flex in the boot so allow for movement.
Lastly, make sure the laces are tied in a way that will not allow them to come untied. A lace dragging on the ice is a recipe for disaster and there is no worse a fall than when a lace gets under caught under the blade.
Okay, now that your boots are on and ready to go, it’s time to go have some fun!
- Comfort- Is the harness padded in areas it will be supporting your weight? Even support for a short time will quickly be felt wherever those straps dig in.
- Convenience- Does it have enough loops and straps to carry all your gear? Will it be easy to don properly?
- Safety- Is your harness up to OSHA standards for your particular job? For example are you operating a bucket truck or climbing a tower? I do both these things and have a different harness for each.
- Proper application- If you did fall, in what position will your body be hanging? If your lanyard is attached at the waist, you’ll be alive but I guarantee you’ll be hurting.
- Fit- Climbing harnesses are available in several sizes. They are also have different weight ratings. If you are big and tall you may need a custom made harness.
- Capacity- The weight rating includes your body weight and the weight of all your tools.
- D-rings- the more the better. My harness has six. All full body harnesses should have a dorsal D-ring.
- Repel Seat- When all your weight and the weight of your tools is being supported by your leg straps as when you must repel, it will cut off blood to your legs unless you are sitting on something. You can buy these seats separately, but my harness has it incorporated. It is also nice to rest in.
There are many jobs in which working at heights is a necessity. Tree trimmers, power company employees, window washers, people that work on radio and cellphone towers. The construction industry. If your employer does not require you to wear a safety harness, wear one anyway. It could mean the difference between living to talk about it or taking all your meals through a straw or worse.
Truth be told, there is a good deal more to a full body harness, than simply just preventing some sort of fall. If, it happens that you slip when you are doing work up high, you’ll be glad you took steps to make sure you’re fully protected. A full body harness can do just that. Your neck and extremities can all be protected in a suitably fitted harness.
A full body harness has more uses than just on the job. I am sure you can think of many uses to keep yourself protected around the home. I like to do many of the “honey-dos” around the house myself and save the money for a contractor. You will always find me in my harness anytime I am on the roof or trimming the trees. When I am helping a buddy, I make sure he has one as well.
According to OSHA, thousands of people are either killed or injured from slips, trips, and falls. Unfortunately its rules and regulations are written in blood. Most of the injuries or deaths we hear about in the news that result from falls can be prevented. I mentioned this before but it bears repeating. Ensure you have the proper harness for the proper situation or job. Firefighters have a harness made to withstand high temperatures. People that perform high rescues use a harness that enables them to more easily retrieval a person in distress.
Once again a climbing harness is not the only piece of protective equipment you should use. When working at heights I regularly don a climbing hard hat, eye protection, a shock absorbing lanyard as well as a top of the line tower climbing harness. No cost is to great when it comes to my safety. I recommend you purchase the best equipment available and inspect it regularly.
If you’re just bowling with your friends during open bowling time, you can really pick any rules you want. You might have everyone compete against each other for the best overall score, or you might pair up with a friend and have your combined score go up against that of another twosome. Also, if you’re just in it to have a good time, you might not even care to look at the scores.
The only time the rules really matter is if you’re joining a league. If you choose this path, there are endless variations, and your bowling center will make it very clear what rules are in place. The most common format is to have the total score of your team against a team of opponents, and each bowler receives a handicap added to their score based on their average score. This is designed to even the playing field and give everyone a fair chance at winning. A better bowler would get fewer “handicap” pins added to their score, and a beginning bowler would get more pins tacked on.
Recreational bowlers have come up with some other great rules for group bowling. A popular one is to agree that the lowest score wins and try to have bowlers hit the fewest pins. To make this work, it’s good to count a gutterball as a strike so that players can’t just throw it in the gutter and win.
You could also have each bowler use their non-dominant hand for bowling. Some bowlers like to experiment with different styles of releasing the ball, such as “granny” style. If you’re going to try anything like this, however, be sure to be safe and not upset the staff at the alley.