Aloha! While doing some tropical gear testing on the Garden Island of Kauai last week, SNEWS® took a break on a trail to observe what people were wearing. This is a trail, although not long, that is a little off the beaten track and without vehicle access, so it takes a commitment to get there, slopping through Kauai red-dirt mud and scrambling over rocks and through bamboo groves. Interestingly, many were wearing at least some piece of serious gear (OK, we did see a couple of flimsy Reebok Classic Freestyle aerobic shoes, but most of those stopped two miles back). Shoes and boots included running shoes and trail runners from Asics, New Balance, and Nike, with boots from Merrell, Montrail, Asolo, and Nike, as well as Teva sandals and one guy in Timberland work boots (!). Camelbak brand hydration packs were in abundance, but Ultimate Directions was well represented too. Shorts were from Columbia, ExOfficio, Nike, adidas, and Patagonia. Daypacks and fanny packs were from Jansport (a whole lot of these), Marmot, Lowe Alpine, and Nike ACG. Most socks were non-recognizable, except a couple of ThorLos. Food was snack stuff, but we did spy both Clif and Luna bars only. SNEWS® View: We were somewhat surprised at the mix of quality gear out there, expecting mostly running shorts and cotton tees since that's what is predominant on the first two miles of trail to the beach. All things considered though, there is so much opportunity to educate folks about proper gear. We came across dozens of prospective customers struggling with the terrain and inadequate gear, looking like deer caught in headlights. Several told us that since the trail was so short, they never dreamed it could be so difficult -- as if length has a direct correlation to terrain difficulty. Specific details as to what the SNEWS® team was -- or was not (blush) wearing -- were not disclosed.
Did you hear?... Marc Sani contacted SNEWS with the following observation
Marc Sani, publisher of Bicycle Retailer and Outdoor Retailer contacted SNEWS® following our news short on Outdoor Retailer's editorial exodus (click here to read) with the following observation: "There is certainly not some huge conspiracy to force people out, as we believe was ...read more