Do It On The Ice

Real fishermen & Women don’t call it quits when lake freezes over.
 
Fishing through the ice is a great way to extend the season. It doesn’t require a lot of gear, since casting isn’t part of the equation. What is necessary if you want to fish in comfort is an ice fishing shelter. Dunham’s, your ice fishing headquarters, carries a range of shelters in hub, cabin and flip-up styles.
 
Hub-style shelters provide plenty of room. They’re inexpensive, sturdy, light and easy to set up. Attached to the ice with anchors they remain in place when the wind howls.
 
Dunham’s stocks three Fatfish hub-style shelters from Eskimo. The Fatfish 767 measures 76-by 76-inches at the base and stands 67-inches tall. Collapsed, it can be carried on your back. Fatfish 949 and 949i shelters measure 94- by 94-inches at the base, stand 80-inches high and can accommodate three to four. The 949i is insulated, making it 35% warmer than a non-insulated shelter.
 
Two Shappell hub-style shelters are available. The Wide House 5500 has a floor area of 75- by 75-inches and is 68-inches high. The Wide House 6500 has a floor area of 90- by 90-inches.and is 80 inches tall.
 
Cabin-style shelters are heavier than hub-style shelters and set up like a tent. They come with a built-in floor for extra warmth. Once setup they should be anchored.
 
The Shappell DX 3000 shelter measure 45- by 72-inches and is 72-inches high. Features include six removable windows and two fishing holes with covers.
 
Flip-style shelters are for anglers on the move. If you fish more than a couple of spots each time you head out on the ice, a transportable flip-type shelter might be right for you. Built on sleds they can be easily raised and lowered.
 
Two flip-style shelters from Shappell are available: the FX100 and FX 200. Both feature solid one-piece flip frames. Full width padded sliding bench seats provide plenty of comfort and help reduce the amount of gear that you have to carry. Because the base is a sled, packing up and moving is painless. The FX 100 is 44-inches wide by 85-inches deep when set up. Overall height is 59-inches. The FX 200 is 60-inches wide by 88-inches deep at a height of 61-inches.
 
Also available at select Dunham’s locations is the Wide1 Inferno flip-style shelter from Eskimo. The shelter measures 85-inches by 51-inches at the base and stands 60.5-inches tall. Fully insulated for extra warmth, it comes with an expandable bottom and a comfortable swivel seat.
 
The fish await, so let’s gather up some gear, head out on the ice and drill some fishing holes. Few other outdoor activities are as inexpensive, entertaining and rewarding.
 
-Hook, Line & Sinker
 
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Exercise and Happiness

[Written by Peter Nielsen].
 
We all know that exercise comes with great benefits that go beyond a small wast or sleek arms. The most apparent benefits are great protection against :
 
• Heart disease and stroke
• High blood pressure
• Type 2 diabetes
• Obesity
• Back pain
• Osteoporosis
 
Beyond these excellent physical benefits,eExercise also elevates mood, and induces happiness! It does that in many ways:
 
• Releases dopamine, an important neurotransmitter that supports fillings of happiness and pleasure.
• Relieves stress.
• Increases energy.
• Relieves anxiety.
• Wins the fight against insomnia.
 
Many studies have found that the happiness gained from dopamine is temporary, and recent research supports those findings. In fact, the long-term value of exercise is that it actually trains your brain to be be optimistic!
 
Additionally, in a recent study from the Penn State University, researchers tracked the amount and level of physical activity, the amount of sleep, and feelings of well being of 190 college-age students for eight days. The participants who were more physically active had more positive feelings than people who are less active, particularly on days when they were more physically active than usual.
 
How important is this in the long term? Another expansive study in held in 2007 followed more than 6,000 people between the ages of 25 and 74 for 20 years, it found happiness and a sense of hope, involvement in activities, and the ability to deal with life’s stresses with emotional balance may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
 
So get out and exercise for healthy and happy holidays leading into the Happy New Year!
 
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Wandering Around This Winter

For thousands of years, man has struggled with getting around in snowy, icy conditions. Snowshoes made from pine tree branches and trekking poles made from tree limbs were about as advanced as this technology got. Lucky for us, we have the advantage of modern technologies and constant innovation to give us affordable, effective methods of getting around in the winter’s worst.
 
Staying On Top
 
What’s the real benefit to wearing a tennis racquet-looking contraption on your feet? How does that help you walk on deep snow? According to Dan Roy of Yukon Charlie’s/Synergy Sports, it’s the design that keeps a snowshoer from sinking down into the snow.
 
“In deeper snow conditions, snowshoes will keep the user from sinking right in up to their waist, which would make it almost impossible to walk or travel through,” Roy explains. “By using snowshoes, the user’s weight is distributed under the area of the snowshoe which allows the user to walk through snow with a much more reasonable level of exertion and stability.”
 
But it’s not just the deep, fluffy snow that is best for snowshoes. Because of their wider design and crampon treads on the bottom, walkers wearing snowshoes on harder, icier terrain will also benefit from the use of snowshoes.
 
One of the most important features to keep in mind when shopping for snowshoes are the bindings. Roy explains that with Yukon Charlie’s, they designed a 1-pull binding system that enables the user to take them off easily as well as EVA padding, which eliminates hot spots and pressure points for longer treks. No matter the terrain, be it deep and fluffy or hard and slick, snowshoes will keep you on your feet this winter.
 
A Well-Balanced Trek
 
What about keeping your balance in these wintry conditions? No matter the season or weather, trekking poles will keep hikers balanced and hiking as far as they can. In order to keep a trekking pole from sinking right into the snow, as a traditional walking stick would, snow baskets act as a snowshoe for your trekking pole. They displace the weight and pressure, keeping the trekking pole from sinking into the snow.
 
“Typically, the snow baskets are larger in diameter, which helps to prevent the trekking pole from just pushing right through a pile of snow and sinking to the bottom. The trekking baskets are smaller, as the ground conditions during non-snow seasons are firmer and do not need the larger basket to be able to gain some firm ground underneath.”
 
Through Snow and Ice
 
But if you’re not necessarily looking to be hiking or walking in terrain that would require the use of snowshoes or a trekking pole, there’s another variety for the minimalists out there. And the best part is that they’ll allow you to wear them with any type of footwear. Although, we wouldn’t recommend wearing these in high heels.
 
YakTrax are made from elastic outer bands with steel coils along the bottom — similar in design to the crampons on snowshoes — fit easily over existing footwear, offering a safe grip in icier conditions, even for runners.
 
“Anyone and everyone who has to stand or move across ice and snow can use them,” explains Eric Lund of Implus. “Mailmen, construction workers, utility workers, or anyone that spends a lot of time outside on their feet will appreciate the Yaktrax Pro. Runners and athletes will appreciate the Yaktrax Run, which has a hybrid coil and spike design and anatomic right/left design that makes it ideal for natural running and jogging on ice and snow.”
 
Dry and Repeat
 
As anyone who’s hiked, or even made a snowman, can relate, winter conditions often result in cold, wet gear. However, it’s not only moisture coming from the snow. As activity increases, so does the amount of sweat that winter gear can absorb. And when your gear gets wet, it means you get cold. Luckily, through warm air-circulation, DryGuy dryers can quickly get all of your attire warm and dry so you can get back out in the snow.
 
“Heating elements in the dryers warm the surrounding air which circulates in and out of the footwear, evaporating the moisture as it leaves,” said Lund. “This can be convection based, where warm air currents rise naturally which is usually a slower, overnight dry system. Overnight or it can be forced air based, which a fan physically pushes the warmed air for accelerated drying.”
 
As Lund explains, DryGuy has been on the forefront of innovating these older, convection-based dryers that kept snow enthusiasts at bay. The advances that they’ve made aren’t limited to speed of drying — they’re also focused on safety.
 
“There are also now a variety of portable units available,” said Lund. “Today, dryers also have timers to automatically shut off, and thermal switches to shut the unit down in the event of overheating, reducing risk of fire.”
 
When winter arrives, bringing in those beautiful snowy landscapes, they’ll also bring dangerous icy conditions. However, that shouldn’t sway anyone from getting out there and experiencing all that winter has to offer outdoor enthusiasts. While earlier man resorted to items found in nature to assist them in getting around, products from Yukon Charlie’s, YakTrax and DryGuys offer efficient, affordable and most important, effective methods to wander around this winter.
 
-Ski Bum
 
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Christmas Health Tips

[Written by Peter Nielsen].
 
The holidays are upon us, the hustle and bustle of the season fills us with anticipation and happiness as we prepare for days of celebration with family and friends. Dinners and parties with all the special treats and dishes that evoke joyous memories from years past and fill us with eagerness for the coming year. However, along with all the festivities there is one gift you may want to refuse … the extra pounds we are left with!
 
You can enjoy the festivities and get a handle on that weight gain! Just keep these suggestions in mind.
 
• Start your day off with a healthy breakfast! Many studies have shown that eating breakfast each day helps maintain a healthy weight.
 
• Eat a handful of walnuts or pecans before going out to your holiday celebrations, the protein and fiber will help manage your appetite. Dress up those walnuts with some dried cranberries, a study published in The Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology found no difference in dried vs. fresh fruit when it comes to antioxidant activity, which will help keep those free radicals at bay during the busy holiday season.
 
• Choose your appetizers carefully and opt for the veggies and fruits.
 
• Studies have found that the first three food items chosen from a buffet make up 66 percent of the total meal, so start filling your plate at the end of the table with salad!
 
• Resist the urge to fill your plate to overflowing.
 
• Find someplace to stand away from your favorite treats — they’re easier to resist and enjoy in moderation from a distance!
 
• Even though your schedule is crowded, take the time to exercise. It will help maintain your weight and relieve holiday stress.
 
Enjoy your family and friends, indulge (moderately) in your favorite seasonal delicacies … and follow these simple tips to support your overall goals throughout the holidays into the new year!
 
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Stay Active with Electronic Sport Games

Boding with Family during the Winter Season
 
For decades, tabletop sports games were popular pastimes for kids and families when the winter months were too bitter cold for pond hockey or sledding. Nowadays, with the introduction and rise of video games, these classic favorites have stepped it up with improvements to electronic interactive features like scorekeeping and sounds effects. But the real appeal? They promote family bonding and get kids off the couch – without having to bundle up.
 
From golf to hockey to kickboxing, indoor games continue to be huge sellers, especially near the winter holidays. “These games cover any traditional sport you can think of, including hunting and fishing” says Justin Sigler of EastPoint Sports. “Fitness is a major concern to a lot of parents, and these games provide more activity for young kids. They’re new and improved versions of the games I grew up with; they’re family-oriented and healthy.”
 
As a result of improvements in the availability and quality of technology, newer models are a far cry from the old school pop-a-shot, hang-on-the-door sports games. For example, the Majiktm Multi-Player Wireless Basketball set features two hoops with transmitters that send the score to a wireless LED scoreboard, which then responds with real stadium sound effects. The hoops and scoreboard can be hung up anywhere in the house or garage for a full-court indoor pickup game. Each year basketball games take the #1 spot in terms of popularity.
 
“Hunting and fishing games also prove to be very popular at Dunham’s,” Justin points out. Games like the Majiktm Accurate Aim Archery Trainer offer multiple game modes like Trophy Hunt and Bag Limit, with different objectives and ways to earn points. An electronic scoring device also projects animal calls to indicate what to aim for while you’re on the hunt. No matter what your favorite sport is, all models at Dunham’s sit in the $30-40 price range, making them an affordable choice that will keep the whole family moving.
 
If you really want to get the kids sweating as the snow piles up outside, boxing and kickboxing games have come a long way since the old inflatable punching bags wrapped in the violence-inducing visage of Bozo the clown. Games like the Majiktm Stick and Move Kickboxing Trainer allows kids to choose between boxing, kickboxing, or kicking modes. Six interactive light-up pressure-sensors indicate your target and record hits and misses. The electronic scoreboard records overall performance and can even rank the user’s skill level. Millions of homes around the country use these games for some competitive family time and prevent couch-lock during the winter’s coldest months.
 
-Fun For All Ages
 
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The Hot Setup

A great pair of high-tech winter boots can keep your tootsies toasty warm on the coldest winter days.
 
Cold, wet feet. What could be worse? Only the proverbial “sharp stick in the eye” could be more uncomfortable on a damp and frigid winter day.
 
For those of us who refuse to spend the colder months confined to our home, few things are as important as a great pair of boots. When I was a kid, eons ago, winter foot protection called for heavily oiled or waxed leather boots pulled on over multiple layers of woolen socks that my grandmother knitted or rubber boots over shoes. The first couldn’t be counted on to keep the water out while the latter provided minimal protection from frigid temperatures and were seemingly designed to make one stumble awkwardly to the accompaniment of thumping and squishing sounds.
 
Thankfully, modern technology has changed all that. Today’s best boots can keep the outdoor enthusiast warm and dry for hours on end. They’re far lighter in weight and more comfortable than the boots of old and the best of the lot don’t limit mobility.
 
Dunham’s carries a wide range of outdoor footwear including the latest winter boots from Under Armour, Columbia and Ranger.
 
The Under Armour Clackamas boot for men and women was first seen at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Now this high-tech premium boot is in full production and available at Dunham’s. With 200 grams of PrimaLoft® insulation, the boot can ward off the worst of winter’s cold. According to Iiley Thompson, Senior Director, Outdoor Footwear for Under Armour, PrimaLoft insulates better over a longer period of time than other common insulating materials.
 
“We took a ton of weight out of these boots,” says Thompson. “They’re ideal for trekking around in the snow.”
 
Columbia Sportswear’s Bugaboot is a waterproof lightweight boot that’s available for men and women. Mark Waddle of Columbia, says the boots are temperature rated to -25°F. A Techlite™ lightweight midsole provides superior cushioning and high energy return. A full 200 grams of insulation helps ensure long-lasting cold-weather comfort.
 
The Apun winter boot from Ranger features a waterproof lower boot stitched to a flexible oiled-suede leather upper. A 3/4-inch removable foam liner provides insulation to keep feet warm even when temperatures reach -50°F. A steel shank supports the arch, and a ClawMax outsole provides superior traction in winter weather.
 
The great outdoors is a wonderful winter playground, but it’s no fun if you don’t have the right gear. Stop by Dunham’s today to try on some winter boots and see our full range of outdoor apparel. Your Dunham’s sales consultant can help you choose exactly what you need to stay warm and dry all winter long.
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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Under Armour: A History of Innovation

The axiom is that if you build a better mouse trap, the world will beat a path to your door. In 1996, Kevin Plank decided he wanted to build a better T-shirt, one that would help athletes better regulate their body heat by wicking perspiration away from their body, thereby keeping them cooler and dryer. He created the original compression T-shirt and founded Under Armour.
 
Under Armour’s desire for innovation quickly resulted in the ColdGear® mock turtleneck, which was launched in 1998. Still available today, ColdGear products give wearers the ability to battle the elements with a soft, brushed inner layer that circulates heat, and an element-battling outer layer that keeps them dry and protected.
 
ColdGear Infrared
 
Helping athletes and the rest of us stay even warmer in cold weather is Under Armour’s ColdGear Infrared, introduced in 2013.
 
“ColdGrear Infrared products go well beyond the compression products favored by many cold-weather outdoor enthusiasts. It features a soft, thermo-conductive coating on the inside of the garment that absorbs and retains body heat. Then, by taking advantage of a print format also incorporated into the inner layer of the product, the absorbed heat is redistributed evenly, keeping wearers warmer longer,” said Under Armour’s Brendan Hanley.
 
ColdGear Infrared is ideally suited for any snow sport. It’s lightweight and it’s not bulky, meaning it’s not cumbersome, thereby providing full range of motion. That also makes it ideal when you’re looking to extend the season of your favorite activity. A number of my fellow golfers use wear ColdGear Infrared apparel in early spring and late fall.
 
“For those who are likely to spend a great deal of time outdoors this winter, we recommend beginning with a ColdGear Infrared baselayer that includes leggings and a fitted mock turtleneck or crew neck shirt,” Hanley added.
 
From this base, it’s easy to transition into mid- and outer layers that are sport-specific. For example, for hunters, Under Armour offers ColdGear Infrared camo jackets and pants with the company’s UA Scent Control technology. This outer layer is 100% waterproof and features tapered seams to keep you completely dry and protected from the elements.
 
“Don’t overlook the importance of keeping your extremities warm. A number of our Under Armour hats, gloves and footwear also feature ColdGear Infrared, making them ideal for colder weather,” Hanley explained.
 
For additional warmth, a number of Under Armour products, including outer shells and boots, feature PrimaLoft insulation, a proprietary combination of natural down material and high-performance synthetics for optimal warmth. It was created by an Under Armour partner.
 
“Staying warm in cold weather used to require bundling up so much that movement was difficult. That’s not the case anymore. Our products with PrimaLoft insulation, for example, are lightweight, water-resistant, breathable, and can be compressed without losing warmth. A great deal of our hunting apparel features both PrimaLoft and ColdGear Infrared technologies, ensuring warmth and maximum movement for more successful hunts,” Hanley said.
 
UA MagZip
 
One of the latest innovations from Under Armour is this year’s UA MagZip. It features an ingenious design that makes it easier to zip jackets using only one hand.
 
“Our UA MagZip features magnetic male and female connections, so the minute the zipper ends get close, they line up and snap together. This a huge leap forward for anyone who’s ever had to fumble with lining up a zipper while wearing gloves,” Hanley added.
 
The idea for the MagZip came from Under Armour’s Future Show Open Innovation Challenge, a contest that allows entrepreneurs to submit ideas for consideration. It was submitted by someone who has a family member with myotonic dystrophy, a genetic disorder that affects many parts of the body.
 
Innovations Abound
 
Here are a few other noteworthy Under Armour innovations:
 
• Charged Cotton – 2011. It features the comfort of cotton, but dries much faster and performs with an athlete’s body.
 
• Charged Cotton Storm – 2011. It adds water-resistance to Charged Cotton, enabling the wearer to stay warm and dry. This makes Charged Cotton Storm ideal for hiking, running, practicing or playing.
 
• Coldblack – 2011. There’s a reason why summer colors are lighter and winter colors are darker. Darker fabrics absorb the sun’s UV rays and heat up quickly, while lighter ones repel UV rays. Thanks to Under Armour’s coldblack, a revolutionary fabric that reflects even the nastiest heat, you can wear black (or other dark colors) even in the middle of summer.
 
Kevin Plank went well beyond building a better mousetrap. What started as a business in Plank’s grandmother’s basement is today a global, multi-billion-dollar brand, creating some of the most innovative apparel, footwear and accessories in the industry. That’s testament to the company’s dedication to continual improvement.
 
Visit your local Dunham’s Sport and speak with one of our knowledgeable experts to discover Under Armour products that can make your favorite sport or hobby more enjoyable.
 
-Your Friends at Dunham’s
 
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