Get a Grip: Water Shoes

first_img5. KEEN Owyhee This shoe-sandal hybrid can handle rugged river adventures as well as tough trails. The Owyhee was super-grippy on slick river rocks, but its traction was even more impressive on a riverside trail run. The webbing and laces were secure and snug, and the sandals shed water quickly. $90The WringerYou Stink, Your Shirt Doesn’tI’m a stinky dude, so there’s no better test for the anti-microbial properties of a garment than my body. I wore Icebreaker’s new GT Run shirt for a month of workouts. It was on my body for Monday afternoon yoga, Tuesday morning trail runs, and the Wednesday evening group bike ride. And I never washed the thing. And each day I asked my cohorts to smell me.Their verdict? While I personally still stink, the shirt doesn’t. One month, no washing, no stink.And how did the shirt perform otherwise? Beautifully, up to a point. The GT Run wicks sweat well, dries quickly after pulling it off, and has that patented soft feel of merino wool that makes you want to hug a sheep. The only drawback of the GT Run line is one of the characteristics that will attract runners to the shirt in the first place: it’s ultra thin. This is a bonus while running, but it also makes the shirt unusually delicate. I ripped it on two separate occasions while taking it off.There’s no telling how well the GT Run’s odor-fighting capabilities will hold up after a year of abuse. Both merino and polyester baselayers tend to acquire a signature odor over time, even with regular washing. A silver-based solution like Agion Active is worth considering to fight odor over the long haul. You add this treatment to your clothing during the wash and the natural silver ions continue to battle odor, regenerating with each wash. I tested a shirt that was pre-treated with Agion Active and found it to be refreshing, even after months of use and wash cycles. $60 4. The North Face Hydroshock This ultra-light shoe looks and feels more like a traditional river bootie, but the sticky rubber outsole and synthetic suede upper provide much more support in and out of the water. It’s a low profile shoe, perfect for the boat where space and a snug fit are priorities. $90 Sandals are out. Stylish kicks that shed water are in. Here’s a roundup of the new breed of water shoe. 1. TEVA Gnarkosi The day-glo Gnarkosi was built for wakeskating, a hybrid sport that combines wakeboarding and skateboarding. The shoe has holes placed throughout the body and sole to drain water and the materials shed water brilliantly so it doesn’t get heavy like a soaked tennis shoe. The flat outsole and proprietary rubber are designed to give wakeskaters more purchase on their boards in the water. What all this means for river junkies is you’ve got a legitimate shoe that offers solid purchase in wet conditions but doesn’t get waterlogged. And the Gnarkosi delivers something that sandals can’t: street cred. $100 2. Sperry SON-R Ping The most sandal-esque of the lot we tested, the SON-R Ping, is Sperry Top-Sider’s foray into an adventure shoe. The kicks have solid water-shedding capabilities and are much more comfortable than your typical sandal, but they also tap into the “barefoot shoe” movement. The Ping has an extra flexible outsole, similar to a minimalist running shoe, and a textured insole, a combo meant to mimic the sensation of walking in a river barefoot, only without the stubbed toe syndrome. $903. Columbia Drain Maker Much like the Gnarkosi, the Drain Maker is a fully “drainable” shoe with tiny holes scattered throughout the mid-sole, while the upper is built from an open cell mesh that dries surprisingly fast. The lugged outsole performs well on slick river beds, so you’ve got a solid-performing river shoe for a variety of activities. Even more impressive is the overall feel of the Drain Maker, which is by far the most comfortable water shoe we’ve tested in years. And the understated design means you can go straight from the river to the pub without changing your kicks. $80last_img read more

Regan Spencer keeps Syracuse field hockey afloat in 3-1 win over Boston College

first_img Related Stories Syracuse field hockey squeaks out 3-1 win over Boston College despite struggling to capitalize Published on September 9, 2016 at 10:38 pm Contact Josh: [email protected] | @Schafer_44 Syracuse defenders hunched over in exhaustion. Several minutes had passed. SU simply could not find a way to clear the ball from their zone.It looked as though Boston College was finally ready to make the depleted Orange pay. And the Eagles may have easily capitalized had it not been for spectacular play from senior goalkeeper Regan Spencer about 10 minutes into the game.As a BC forward darted past the front of the net looking to tuck the ball in the corner, Spencer recovered. She scrambled to the ground making a diving, pad-stack save to keep the game tied at zero.Fans cheered, “Yeah, Reg!”as she made another spectacular save, kicking the ball free and helping the Orange advance the ball out of its own zone for the first time in several minutes.No. 1 Syracuse (5-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) beat No. 18 Boston College (1-3, 0-1), 3-1 at J.S. Coyne Stadium on Friday and Spencer had four saves in the victory. It marked Spencer’s fourth career start for the Orange, but according to her teammates, this breakout performance has been a long time coming.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“She has been a behind scene worker for three years now,” fellow senior Liz Sack said. “It’s great to see her take her confidence from off the field and all of her hard work and being able to put it on the field.”As the offense struggled to finish chances, the Orange was forced to turn to its workhorse to lead the comeback charge.Led by Spencer, the Syracuse defense held the Eagles scoreless on three penalty corner attempts. Keeping the Eagles offense at bay proved crucial for Syracuse, as defense led to offense for SU.With Boston College battling in the closing minutes of the game, a couple of Eagles forwards found themselves alone in front of the net. Two forwards against one relentless goalie. Spencer denied the shot blocking their shot with a flare of her pads.The play ended in a corner shot for Boston College which once again ended in a save from Spencer. The ball bounced off Spencer’s pads onto the stick of Roos Weers. Weers sent the ball soaring down the field and found Elaine Carey out in front of the opposite cage for a breakaway goal. This goal was the finishing touch on a 3-1 victory for the Orange.Following the game Spencer was unavailable for interviews but junior center back, Lies Lagerweij, had high praise for her goalkeeper.“(Spencer) is really stepping up there,” Lagerweij said. “From the beginning of the season we knew our starting goalie Jess Jecko from last year left, so we needed someone to step up and I really think she did that.”Following in the footsteps of Jecko isn’t easy but so far Spencer has been up to the task. In the four games she’s appeared in this season, Spencer boasts a 0.99 goals against average right on par with Jecko’s 1.00 average for all of last season. Spencer boasts a 0.79 save percentage along with one shutout.As the Orange delves deeper into its ACC schedule it will look to Spencer to continue her outstanding play. If Friday was any indication, SU won’t be disappointed with what it sees. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Liverpool, Man Utd fans trigger Moscow security jitters

first_imgLiverpool play Spartak Moscow on Tuesday and Manchester United plays CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, both kicking off at 1845 GMT.The head of the Russian Football Union’s security committee, Vladimir Markin, warned them to behave or face an extended stay behind bars.“I don’t want to scare anyone but I warn those who plan to come here not to support their side and see the country but to commit hooliganism: the law is the same for all, not just for Russians,” Markin told TASS state news agency on Sunday.“Those who break it will face a suitable punishment, possibly in the form of a long stay in Russia, in conditions our guests won’t like.”The influx of supporters raises the spectre of a repeat of the violence at Euro-2016 in France when street battles erupted in central Marseille ahead of the match between England and Russia on June 11 — 35 people were injured and three Russian hooligans jailed.Russia has vowed to ensure fans’ safety when it hosts the World Cup next year and has cracked down on its own hooligans who model themselves on the hooligan gangs that dogged English football in the past.For the Liverpool and Manchester United games, tightened controls will be in place at stadium entrances and nearby metro stations — as happened when Russia hosted the Confederations Cup in June and July without incident.A multi-lingual telephone help line (Fans Hotline 8-800-775-76-88) is set to open 24 hours between Monday and Wednesday to offer British fans’ legal support if needed.Both Liverpool and Manchester United have warned fans to be on their best behaviour.“You can expect there to be a visible police presence wherever groups of LFC and Man United fans congregate,” a Liverpool statement said.Manchester United called for “impeccable” behaviour from its supporters and advised them not to “attract attention” and to avoid wearing the team’s colours in public.– Risk of jail –In April, President Vladimir Putin approved new legislation toughening punishments for foreign fans responsible for crowd trouble at sports events.The legislation makes it possible to bar known foreign hooligans or those suspected of planning trouble from entering Russia.The law increases the fine for such offences to 50,000 rubles ($868, 733 euros) and also makes them punishable by up to 15 days of detention in police cells followed by deportation.After the Marseilles clashes, the Russian interior ministry’s counter-extremism division also cracked down on Russian fans, leading to more detentions and convictions.“The atmosphere at football matches has on the whole improved. You feel safer,” said one Spartak fan, who gave his name as Alexander.“Even if the number of aggressive fans hasn’t gone down, the clubs have learnt to organise matches better,” the 24-year-old said, praising a decision to reinforce crowd control using volunteers in plain clothes rather than “the police, who irritate the fans.”Nevertheless Spartak supporters fired a flare at the German referee during a match with Slovenia’s Maribor earlier in September.UEFA fined the Russian club 60,000 euros and banned it from selling tickets for its next away match.On Friday, Spartak’s Italian manager Massimo Carrera urged fans “not to repeat such actions,” TASS reported.“I hope that they will take seriously the risk of not being allowed into the stadium next time,” Carrera said.Ahead of the World Cup, Russia wants to avoid a repeat of serious fan violence seen in the past.In 2002, after Russia was knocked out of the World Cup by Japan, fans watching on an outdoor screen near the Kremlin went on a rampage, killing one and wounding dozens, and setting cars on fire.In 2010, thousands of fans rioted on the street after a Spartak supporter was shot dead in a fight between members of Russian and North Caucasus ethnic groups.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The head of the Russian Football Union’s security committee has warned Liverpool and Manchester United fans to behave during their respective matches in Moscow this week © AFP/File / Natalia KOLESNIKOVAMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Sep 25 – As thousands of British fans head to Moscow for Champions League matches involving Manchester United and Liverpool, Russia faces a crucial test of its security measures just months ahead of the 2018 World Cup.Some 2,000 British fans are expected to arrive for matches on Tuesday and Wednesday against Moscow teams known for problems with hooliganism and racism in the stands.last_img read more