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Born Tough Core Fit Jogger
Are you looking for a good pair of Jogger pants? The Born Tough Core Fit Jogger is your answer. These high-quality joggers are made from Prestige fabric. They are made with 85% cotton and 12% polyester and 3% spandex. This allows them to be breathable and also have anti-microbial properties.
Here's what I like about them:
They are snug to your legs, instead of loose and baggy. The elastic ban around the ankle helps keep the jogger snug to your lower leg. If hiking in them, they are much less likely to snag on the rock or brush.
The jogger looks nice, definitely not like sweatpants.
The zippered pockets stops you from worrying about items falling out of your pockets and the pockets are deep enough for a cell phone or wallet.
They stretch to allow for freedom of movement, which is very important when climbing. The jogger has an ergonomically designed leg gusset for maximum comfort and flexibility. No fear of ripping them when climbing.
Available in Black, Off White, Gray and Clay.
Sizes: small to XL
We stand behind all our product quality and design. If you experience any manufacturing defect on any of our items, you can contact us and return it for a replacement within 1 year of purchase.
Protect Your Ropes with Chafe Pro
Chafe-Pro®’s chafe guards have been designed specifically for the recreational boater who use smaller diameter lines (ropes). However, I have found an additional use for them: to protect handlines (ropes) that have been permanently placed in the mountains to assist hikers/climbers up difficult sections of rock.
What happens is the rope becomes abraded as it rubs across the rock. Over time this can compromise the rope and it can become dangerous. Normally we replace the ropes when needed. By covering the rope with Chafe-Pro®’s chafe guards the rope will not become abraded thus keeping hikers and climbers safe.
The chafe guards I have are 26 inches in length. They are closed along the length (all 26 inches) and on each end by heavy duty velcro. They are very thick and should protect the rope for years. Chafe guards are very flexible and can bend around the rock.
As seen in the photos below a knot at the end of the rope will keep chafe guards secure to the rope. You do not want them sliding down the rope.
For more information and to order go to: www.ChafePro.com
Hiking with your dog can be some of the most fun you can have in the outdoors, but you should always make sure that you plan properly and take the right steps to train your dog for the trails. It is also important to find the right paths to take your dog on, some are canine friendly and others are not. Dogs can be excellent company in the outdoors, exploring with a four-legged friend can be a great bonding experience, but if you make a mistake on the trail you don’t want things to go wrong.
Things to Consider
Before you take your dog out on a hiking trip, there are a few things you want to consider. It is important to determine if your pet is capable of making the trip. You’ll want to locate dog-friendly parks and wildlife areas. Your dog should be prepared physically. Don’t forget to learn properly trail techniques for dogs and their owners. It is important to keep in mind the most common dangers for dogs while hiking. Learning how to load a dog’s pack is key, and making sure they are comfortable can make all the difference.
Best Breeds for Hiking
Of course some dog breeds are better than others at hiking. After all, they were bred for different reasons and some were bred to travel on foot. Siberian Huskies were bred to pull sleds over long distances in harsh climates. They can endure on long hikes if you keep them entertained. Australian Shepherds are an intelligent and adventurous breed that is always ready to hike. German Shorthaired Pointers were developed as a hunting dog and still performs this way around the world. It makes them great for hiking. These are not the only dogs that are great for hiking, there are plenty more. Look into your dog’s breed to find out their hiking skills. Some are built for endurance and others, like pugs, boxers, and Boston terriers, are not.
When is my Dog Old Enough to Hike?
Not many dogs are too young to go hiking with you, but you should make sure your dog has their vaccinations, especially for rabies. If you aren’t sure whether your dog is up for it, start by taking them on a short hike to see how they fare. Once you see how your dog does on a hike for an hour or two, you will know how they will do on longer journeys.
Trails to Take your Dog On
When you’ve determined that your dog is capable of hiking with you, it will be time to think about location. Most trails and campsites requires dogs to be on leashes if they are welcome at all. Do your research ahead of time to find the best spot.
According to the site MoneyPug, which is used for finding cheap holidays, most national parks don’t allow pets and sometimes require that dogs stay on paved trails. Take some time to get to know the rules of the area you are thinking about going to and familiarize yourself with the wildlife you may encounter. It is also important to look for places that will be easy on your dog’s paws. Shady trails with soft, leaf-covered terrain and avoid paths with sharp rocks, off-trail routes with steep drops, and any surface that gets too hot.
Training your Dog
Of course it is very important to keep control of your dog at all times, whether they are on a leash or not. You will need to work up to hiking without a leash, but when you do it is very fun and rewarding. Your dog should always be within sight and close enough to hear commands. Dogs can even learn the rules of the trail. When you are out there with your dog, it is important to take into account trail etiquette with a dog. Always clean up after your dog and keep them trained to adhere to your calls and commands to wait for you or let other hikes pass.
If you take the steps to do your research, learn what trails are good for dogs, and understand your pet’s capabilities, you will open up a world of possibilities and have tons of fun with your best friend.
Ryan Beitler is a journalist, writer, and travel blogger. He has written for Paste Magazine, New Noise Magazine, The Slovenia Times, Deadline News, OC Weekly, and many more.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV