January is the best time to visit and hike the many natural attractions found in Florida. The mosquito problem is almost negative and the temperatures may be cool but often refreshing. Even the animal and bird life seems more active in catch the sunshine. Some attractions need no introduction. This is a good month to […]

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What cold-weather gear is worth your extra dollars

Dressing for the weather – especially here in Manitoba can be pricey. After all, layers upon layers can add up quickly.

WINNIPEG — Dressing for the weather, especially here in Manitoba can be pricey. After all, layers upon layers can add up quickly.

There are definitely places you can splurge and a couple of areas you can save.

Here’a a bit of a breakdown to help you direct your money to the areas where it’s needed most.

LONG UNDERWEAR

There are basically two main choices to choose from. Synthetic fabrics like polyester, compared to the pricier merino wool.
Polyester wicks away moisture from your body and is better for the more active outdoors person. And for the price, it’s your best bet. It’s usually less than half the price for the wool variety.

Those long johns will help you out in a wide variety of temperatures and doesn’t absorb odor. They are also good for the environment. You won’t have to wash these as much as the synthetic brand.

BOOTS AND YOUR FEET

When it comes to what you put on your feet, it’s important to think about what you’ll be doing outside says Anne Batac, from the Work Boot Factory.

“A temperature rating is important to look at and for most of us a rating of -30 C is good enough,” says Batac.

You’ll want a boot with good insulation and an outer sole that’s made of rubber so it can handle the icy streets.

So-called “fashion boots” that don’t have a temperature rating will make your cold much more quickly. Good for running from the house to car, but not much else.

Socks are also very important.

“Cotton socks tend to not work very well,” says Ken Berg of Mountain Equipment Co-op. “One of the reasons is they don’t really wick moisture away from your skin so you will end up getting cold.”

It’s a good idea to have some space in your boot so that it’s not constricting blood flow.

Items that are right up against your skin like socks, and even long johns are worth the extra money to help keep you warm.

MITTS

For warmth, mittens are always the way to go.

They keep you warmer because all your fingers are being kept together instead of separated in gloves.

Berg recommends mittens with a higher pile on the inside always helps to keep you toasty.

If you don’t have the best gloves or mitts another inexpensive option are the hand warmers you can buy almost anywhere. And you can put them in boots!

Berg notes that if you haven’t used up all the time on your warmer – put them in a Ziploc bag, take out the air, and the next time you take them out they won’t work quite as well but you’ll still get a bit of the heat out of them.

JACKETS

If there is one splurge in winter – it should be your jacket.

However you can save some money by buying a lighter outerwear jacket. Just make sure it’s a material that can block the wind. That way you can still layer underneath and get some added warmth by pairing it with something you already have like a big sweater or lightweight fleece.

Down coats will cost you more because there are no cold spots in the jacket and the construction overall is usually better.

And like Berg says, “after all, this is Winnipeg. It’s really worth the investment to have a really good winter jacket.”

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Canadian inventor tests new prototype of Hoverboard


Duru flew up to 5 metres above a lake for a total distance of 275.9 metres while aboard his homemade, propeller-powered hoverboard in a trip that lasted more than 1½ minutes.

Now, Duru is working on a secret, next-generation version of the device. Watch as he takes CBC’s Reg Sherren into his workshop, where he is building it, and then to a Quebec lake where he puts the new prototype to the test for the first time. Canadian inventor tests new prototype of record-setting hoverboard.

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Hundreds of balloon pilots take off at annual New Mexico fiesta

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Pilot Leigh Spicer flies his hot air balloon in Edmonton, Alberta.

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The mass ascension of hundreds of hot air balloons above Albuquerque went off without a hitch Saturday morning.

Pilots began launching shortly after 7 a.m. at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

The majority of balloons appeared to be floating south and winds were about 4 mph (6.4 kph), officials said.

All the balloons landed safely around the city a few hours later, authorities said.

This year’s colorful balloons include one shaped like the head of Yoda and another like Darth Vader from “Star Wars.”

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    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The mass ascension of hundreds of hot air balloons above Albuquerque went off without a hitch Saturday morning.

    Pilots began launching shortly after 7 a.m. at the annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

    The majority of balloons appeared to be floating south and winds were about 4 mph (6.4 kph), officials said.

    All the balloons landed safely around the city a few hours later, authorities said.

    This year’s colorful balloons include one shaped like the head of Yoda and another like Darth Vader from “Star Wars.”

    Organizers equipped all 550 pilots with tablet computers capable of running a mapping application that enabled them to steer clear of the many restricted areas or prohibited zones like airport flight paths, the zoo and other locations.

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    Utah’s top tree climbers come together to compete

    Utah’s top Tree Climbers come together to Compete:

    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s best tree climbers put their skills to the test Saturday at the annual tree climbing championship.

    Featured imageThe event is put on by the Utah Community Forest Council and the International Society of Arboriculture.The contestants cut trees for a living, either with a city or a private company. There is a lot of skill required, but the main thing is always safety.

    Jake Bleazard, Utah state tree climbing champion, spoke about the work. “Arborist is one of the most dangerous jobs,” he said. “They say every four days a tree climber dies, so we have to keep safety in mind a hundred percent of the time.”

    The masters challenge is a timed event that tests their ability to quickly, professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree care tasks.

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    Utah’s champ will represent the state in March in the International Tree Climbing Championship in Tampa, Florida.

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    SALT LAKE CITY — Utah’s best tree climbers put their skills to the test Saturday at the annual tree climbing championship.

    The event is put on by the Utah Community Forest Council and the International Society of Arboriculture.

    The contestants cut trees for a living, either with a city or a private company. There is a lot of skill required, but the main thing is always safety.

    Jake Bleazard, Utah state tree climbing champion, spoke about the work.

    “Arborist is one of the most dangerous jobs,” he said. “They say every four days a tree climber dies, so we have to keep safety in mind a hundred percent of the time.”

    The masters challenge is a timed event that tests their ability to quickly, professionally and safely maneuver in a tree while performing work-related tree care tasks.

    Utah’s champ will represent the state in March in the International Tree Climbing…

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