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Here at Good Sports, we have all been there at least once in our lives. I bet you have too. That uncomfortable place, where you suddenly realize, I’m not suppose to be here. “Let’s bounce! Get out of here as quickly as possible. Must. Get. Away. Now.” It can happen when you’re in your own country, accidentally landing on the wrong side of town. But when you are in another country, landing on the wrong side of town, the need to keep a hold of your passport, money, and life becomes mandatory. I am going to cover some essential travel gear and pro-tips for travelling safely this Fall.

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1. Protect Your Wallet

Protect and unpack your wallet before you depart. Some carry their SSN, car insurance, and very important documents in their wallet that you will not need for the trip. Unpack these before departure. While this is quite obvious, you might not unload the unnecessary items if you hadn’t already thought of it. You should also contact your bank to notify them that you will be going out of the country. An investment in a RFID Pac-Safe wallet is a wise move whether that is the Men’s wallet or Women’s organizer. The reason is, that digital thieves can yank your identity by using an electronic device that picks up your RFID enabled credit or debit card while simply standing next to you on the bus.

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Pickpocketing is an uncontrollable part of travelling to a certain degree. In some places it can be worse than others. It purely depends on where you are travelling. Here’s a quick list of things you can do to prevent pickpocketing from ruining your adventure. Get an Eagle Creek RFID Blocker Money Belt. This is what I used for my last trip to Europe. Another type of belt for emergency situations is available too. The Eagle Creek All Terrain Money Belt is a belt for your jeans that has an inner zipper to stash some money and/or one important document. This belt is not an easy access belt. It is designed to be used for emergencies. For the Ladies, an Eagle Creek Undercover Bra Stash is a secure way to comfortably keep the essentials together under your bra. Lastly, every stereotypical tourist has a neck wallet, but not all have the additional RFID Protection with Eagle Creek RFID Block Neck Wallet.

2.Protect Your Purse

When getting your purse, think about how concealable it can be. When I mean concealed, I also mean low profile. If you have a Coach, Louis Vuitton, or Tori Burch Purse that is NOT concealed. That big name purse is simply attracting attention. Bring it with you if you must, but be aware that you are going to be a target for thieves. Bring something along the lines of a Pac-safe Citysafe, and you are not only going to be less of a target, you will have a purse that cannot be knifed into. A steel mesh lies on the inside of the purse’s fabric which will not allow a cardboard knife to slice through the strap or into the purse. We heard of an incident once when a customer was on the public transit in Seville, Spain and their bag strap was knifed out of their grasp. It never hurts to be over-prepared for unforeseen instances.

3. Secure your luggage

Whether you are backpacking through hostels or private jetting your way to Le Hotel De Crillon, you need to secure your luggage. For your Eagle Creek luggage it is very easy to lock up each zipper with an Eagle Creek TSA approved luggage lock.
When backpacking, it is much harder to lock up each and every pocket with an individual lock for each pocket (Plus most backpacking pockets don’t have steel locks). Here is your answer. The Pac-Safe Exomesh  is THE perfect way to lock your bag at the hostel to your bed bunk and not worry about strangers digging through your bag. It will protect your things from overly friendly strangers sleeping next to you that you don’t quite trust yet.

Lastly, here is an overly comprehensive checklist that will cover all of your bases for your typical adventure. This will cover everything you need to bring other than a particular trip’s specific needs.

checklistYou can come get a physical copy here at Good Sports Outfitters before you depart. Be sure to travel safe and remember to take lots of photos, bring a journal, and travel with a friend to create a memory!

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Arc’teryx is hands down the go-to for the highest quality technical gear. If you are buying something Arc’teryx, you are buying the forefront in heavily tested, thought out and practical purposeful apparel. Arc’teryx wins first place in high quality technical garments in my book. No doubt.

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Phase AR fabrics are not worth the $75.00! Why would I pay so much for a base layer?

When you are looking for a base-layer that can deal with cold temperatures and warm weather conditions at the same time, this is the perfect base-layer. It will be a multi-season  layer that can be used more frequently than on ski trips. It will be cooling you there on a summer hike, but keeping you warm on a winter pow day. That’s why.

The Phase AR fabric is also woven with hydrophobic yarns.  Arc’teryx has taken moisture wicking yarns, similar to under armor fabric, and combined it with these hydrophobic yarns. The Arc’teryx Phase AR fabric will not allow water to hold. It wicks moisture off of your skin faster than a ninja swipe at night. This means that in warm weather when you are working your body at high levels, it maintains temperature absurdly well by moving moisture off your skin and onto the garment. The act of moving moisture cools. You stay cool. That is simple science.

Seen in the red fibers below is a representation of hydrophobic fibers. The grey tubes are the synthetic moisture wicking fabrics. This .gif file represents the process of how moisture is releasing from the garment. Starting from the active stage, secondly to the dispersion stage, and lastly with the evaporation stage. phasic-technology

Having hydrophobic fibers dramatically increases the dispersion rate of moisture. As seen in the picture below, you can visualize water dispersing over the fabric much faster than other brand’s fabrics. This creates higher surface area for the moisture to be wicked away much more rapidly.

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At the same time, removing moisture keeps you warm because that moisture isn’t getting rapidly colder in a cold climate. So when you’re in cold climates this layer will keep you dry and warm. The moisture will not  build up and turn sweat into frozen icicles. If you have worn cotton and gotten it wet when skiing or simply in a cold winter, you already understand that remaining wet is very unpleasant. Stay dry and warm in the best of base layers with Arc’teryx’s Phasic layers. It makes a BIG difference.

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CEP Compression socks

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CEP is a compression sock brand built from a medical company, Medi, with a purpose driven to give athletes an effective edge. CEP Compression socks give athletes more energy, faster recovery times, along with joint and muscle stabilization.  Coming from a medical based company, they obviously have better knowledge of how the body’s blood flows and how to use that to an athlete’s advantage. CEP Compression has transferred  their knowledge into a garment that actually helps you with recovery time and gain more energy.

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The science behind CEP compression socks is simple. When the sock applies pressure to your foot/leg, it prevents blood from pooling in your lower legs. The socks utilize graduated pressure. Graduated pressure in their socks are tighter in the ankle and slightly looser in the calf, so the pressure lessens as it gets closer to the heart. The increased blood flow that the sock creates helps to reduce muscle swelling, remove lactic acid, and reduce muscle fatigue. These sock are also very dependent on sizing. When Purchasing any compression garment you need to be properly sized. You can size yourself at home, if you wish, with a measuring tape. Do so according to this chart below. The right size for you is dependent on the widest part of your calf.

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In addition to increasing blood flow, the socks are a proprioceptive sock. 99% of the running world doesn’t know what proprioception means and likely hasn’t even heard of the word before. Don’t be so hard on yourself. You haven’t heard of the word before either. I definitely didn’t.  In a product clinic that Good Sports had, CEP educated us on what this term means and how CEP socks help increase awareness of this “missing” sense. We all have five senses as you should know already, but there is the other less known “missing” sense. Proprioception is defined by on-line dictionary as “the unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself.”  Basically this means that we understand our spatial orientation from the muscles, joints, and specifically ear drums from inside our body. CEP compression socks will increase proprioceptive awareness.

Long story short, they help you balance yourself with compression.

Compression socks will also help with your recovery time. So you just ran an ultra marathon. Finished after a 100 mile race of your life. Wear some compression to relieve you very achy body. They will reduce recovery time. And honestly, if you had a rough day on the slopes or an intense game of kickball at Olmos Basin last night, it would behoove you to wear some CEP Compression socks. When you wear a compression sock, your recovery time will be significantly reduced. Compressing the blood from lower extremities upwards will significantly increase your recovery time. You can also use a Compression sock during recovery but WHILE IN THE RECOVERY STAGE DO NOT USE THE CALF OR ARM SLEEVES. They will compress and not let blood to your extremities correctly. The full sock will. The sleeve won’t. For recovery specifically: Sock good. Sleeve bad.

Thank you for your trust in Good Sports Outfitters. We truly appreciate your loyal business over the past thirty years.

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Hoka One One is a game changing shoe. Once you try a Hoka on, you know. It is the comfiest shoe you have ever worn. Hoka is known for it’s hideous looks and insanely comfortable ride. There is no better one directional running shoe than Hoka. If you are doing lateral agility workouts, this is not the right shoe for you. But if you are running for any distance over 5 miles, this is the perfect shoe to at least give a test run.

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Now, with the Kailua Tarmac, you have a fashionably 30% less obtrusive shoe that still rides like a cloud of tempur-pedic marshmallows. Most of Hoka’s styles are giant hideous “running” shoes that you should only run at night with in order to remain low on the radar. In my opinion, who cares what you look like as long as your feet are happy. Your first impression will be leaning reluctantly in believing you can run a long distance with this seemingly clunky shoe. Truth is that it is very light weight and very springy. Tarmac shoes from Hoka are specifically a road running shoe. Tarmac means street version in all of Hoka’s line. This means only that the rubber sole is designed to grip better on the concrete/asphalt. (Their trail shoe is obviously a trail shoe, coined Stinson TRAIL. Pretty tricky)

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The Kailua Rides from 25mm of EVA foam in the heel down to  20mm in the forefoot. It remains very comfy for your run. You can check out Rachel’s honest opinion of the Hoka Kailua here on her New Age Athlete blog for a more in depth personal account.

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If you are dominantly a trail runner try the  W’s Stinson Evo  before your next run. It has some slightly different specs than the Kailua. Being a trail runner, they have intentionally added  more cushion to absorb the rough terrain without getting close to hitting your feet. So 32mm of cushion in the heel to 26.5mm in the forefoot, thus a 5.5 mm drop.

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We currently have a full size run in the store so come get ’em before they are out of stock. Currently they are the fastest selling shoes we carry, so don’t hesitate to come to Good Sports Outfitters and give them a test run.

A Very Kühl Brand

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Kühl has been around for three decades as of this year. Before  Kühl was Kühl, they were Alfwear. Alfwear first known for the Alf Hat (seen below), which Good Sports actually used to carry, was founded by Alf Engfeld . If you are a veteran of the Outdoor Industry, you will recognize this hat.

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The Alf hat was a Peruvian designed hat that became very popular in mountain culture in the Mid-80’s.  The Alf hat was the bedrock which founded Kühl. “Born in the mountains” is Kühl’s mantra and all of their line is built around that motto. Kühl began with three mountaineers and one climber. They went separate directions after the tragic loss of Alf Engwall, but the remaining three kept living the brand’s motto by bringing our mountain culture quality practical products. Kühl is now best known for their pants. The pant is built on a last instead of being cut on a flat 2D surface. There are pleats in the knees that give you an amazing range of motion and comfortable fit. Because they fit so well with an amazing range of motion, you can even use them for climbing.

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Along with a great range of motion, the construction of Kühl fabrics make each pant perfect for a variety of conditions. Here are my favorites from Kühl.

The Liberator Pant

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I personally use the convertible Liberator pants as my fly fishing pants and daily work pants. They dry very quickly with 77% nylon and 23% cotton. I love the feel of these pants when walking around. The Texas August heat has dictated which fabrics I will be avoiding for the day. It will not rid me of my Liberator pant! Maaaybe just the removable pant legs, but definitely not the entire pant! The fabric on the Liberator is the lightest and most breathable. As a south Texan this is my favorite pant for practical reasons. Plus! I love being able to change from pants to shorts. I ride my bike to work frequently and it might be chilly in the morning and quite hot for the afternoon. The Liberator is a lightweight pant ideal for backpacking, packing light, and remaining versatile for temperatures’  highs and lows. Lastly, most convertible pants are loudly yelling, “LOOK HERE! I AM A CONVERTIBLE PANT! I’M OUTDOORSEY!” The Liberator is a stealthy convertible pant that remains humble and practical.

The Rydr Pant

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The Ryder pant is the more comfortable version of a thick fabric “Carhartt or Dickies type” work pant. The dense khaki fabric can be your daily work pant that won’t give you plumber’s butt. The fit that Kühl keeps in all their pant’s will help you with this problem which only others have the pleasure of seeing. Keep their eyes safe. Please. somethings in life you cannot un-see.  The Kühl Rydr pant has pleats in the knees, and a slightly higher waist like most Kühl pants, but even more importantly the fabric is 98% cotton and 2% spandex. So when you squat to get underneath your sink, car, or even to tee up at the golf course you won’t be lighting up places where the public sun shouldn’t shine.

The Outkast Pant

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The Outkast pant is a casual pant that will fit well into you closet with everything else mountain man that you wear. It is designed for a mountain man thigh with enough room for your athletic legs remain comfortable and not constricted when you’re living your active life. This pant is a 101 intro to Kühl designed pants. This will be your first Kühl love.

The Vala Pant

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The Women’s Vala pant is similar in fabric to the men’s Liberator but even softer to the touch. It is a Tufflex™4-way stretch DWR (Durable Water Resistant) fabric that beads water up like it does with Rain-X in order to keep you dry and comfortable. The Tufflex™ fabric is also wrinkle resistant. So if you’re always throwing things in the dryer to keep the wrinkles out, try the Vala pant to save yourself some extra effort.

The Wunderer Shirt

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The Wunderer shirt is very popular for Good Sports. It flies off of the rack because it is such a comfortable shirt. It is 100% nylon and quickly grabs moisture from the body to the shirt to your surrounding atmosphere. The first thing I noticed when tried this shirt on was well placed pockets. I am a novice photographer and having extra pocket to keep Wireless remotes, lens filters and lens cloths is essential. I’m sure you can find use for the pockets as a non-photographer. This shirt is also available in a women’s fit right here. I like the white better than the carbon, personally.

Overall, Kühl is certainly a very “Kühl” brand literally and figuratively. We are more than happy to answer your questions and fit you properly into the right apparel and footwear for your next adventure.

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Always continuing to find the best quality in outdoor gear, Good Sports has been carrying eyewear retainers to keep those favorite sunglasses of yours attached to you. We carry Cablz for a few reasons.  Cablz will stop the river from consuming your $239 dollar Costas in the lightest possible manner. Cablz are built out of a rubber connector and woven steel wire. These very well designed sunglass “lanyards” are the lightest weight lanyards because they connect directly to the frame of the glasses. The lanyard does not lay on your neck.

Okay. So an unavoidable truth: Depending on the glass frame that you have Cablz can sometimes be a pain to put on. If you have wide temple tips (the tips of your sunglasses frame that go over your ear), it will be a bit of a pain to get them on. But! Once they are one, you will remain confident that the steel wire is not going to come off; thus keeping your glasses on your head. Not into oblivion where they will never be seen again!

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If you have worn croakies or any kind of fabric lanyard, you have experience the inevitable wear and tear that time puts onto your lanyard. If you’re in college and repping you greek letters, you can’t get around avioding Croakies, but keeping your sunglasses safe around your neck doesn’t always have to be cumbersome.  You have probably been bothered by the lanyard catching onto your collar. That won’t happen with a Cablz.

You won’t ever have to worry about your Cablz getting funky or getting wet either. The steel wire is coated with a “easy-to-the-touch” layer that keeps the steel from oxidizing.  The Zipz Cablz have ball bearing patented technology slider that allows you to cinch up to 8″ and loosen down to 14″. The ball bearing technology basically allows you to change sizes with ease and not turn your lanyard into a static solid length that you can’t change.

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Be sure not settle for the knockoff version. Cablz are the Original wire glasses retainer.  Check out the Cablz we have in stock at Good Sports and get some before you lose your next pair of favorite sunglasses.

So! Tax free weekend is coming the 9th-11th of August. As you already know this means avoid every mall at all costs. Targets and Wal-Marts are certainly going to be the busiest. Plan your trips to the store accordingly. Unless of course you enjoy standing in lines and generally speaking dense of humanity. Retailers in the state of Texas are anticipating a Back-to-school slam dunk. Tax free isn’t an all inclusive tax free everything though.

The tax free items that you can buy are within these requirements. A very detailed explanation here. Below is the low-down.

  • Clothing and footwear under $100
  • School supplies under $100
  • Backpacks under $100 for elementary and secondary students
  • Includes layaway items

Here at Good Sports we are expecting some more traffic, but it is dubious that downtown Tokyo sized crowds will make their way here. I would think of the weekend as more like “end of summer” weekend, because the specifications are not limited to only back-to-school items. I took a look around the store to locate some back-to-school specific items that you would like to grab for the kids on their first day back-to-school. I have also made a list of items that will be tax-free. This list is not comprehensive. Just here to help you see what’s on sale. (Mind you, this is only for in-store purchases. Sadly online online purchases are not allowed to be tax-free)

The Patagonia Violeta Backpack

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The North Face Recon

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The North Face Sprout

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The North Face Mini Free Fall

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Kühl Pants and Shirts

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Altra Instinct 1.5

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Prana Embroidered belt

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ExOfficcio   Insect Shield Shirt

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All of these item above are with in your tax-free range. I hope that you have a crowd free weekend if you choose to participate in the tax-free weekend, and if you do make sure to come check out what we have. Good Sports always aims to carry items, styles and choices that are not on your run-of-the-mill. If you want something different, come to Good Sports to start your search. We love helping you find the right fit for your next adventure (or school year…. which might be an adventure).