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The Ultimate Cricket Equipment List for Professionals and Beginners

April 19, 2022 — by Valeriya Vimon

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Cricket is a sport that necessitates a wide range of equipment to be safe and play at peak levels. Protective clothing, cricket training equipment, and cricket ground equipment are all examples of this. This handy guide explains what to look for when buying cricket equipment, as well as what cricket training tools are available to help you improve your game.

Cricket may easily turn into a dangerous sport if not played with the proper equipment, so health and safety precautions should be followed. Whether you’re a professional player facing a fast bowler that hit 80mph, or a novice just starting, there are a few gear pieces of that every batsman should have:

  • Batting Legguards (also known as pads),
  • Batting Gloves,
  • Thigh Guard/Lower Body Protector,
  • Abdominal Protector/Box,
  • Batting Helmet.
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Step Into Skateboarding: Here Are the Accessories You Need

March 2, 2022 — by Richard Dawson

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Skateboarding started to break into the mainstream in the 1980s, and it’s still very popular today. More and more people are getting into skateboarding every day. Whether it’s for the thrill of doing a 360 on a halfpipe or the rush you get from landing your first kickflip off of a curb, skateboarding can be fun for many people.

So, if you’re a beginner, or even just curious about the world of skateboarding, you’re probably wondering what you’ll need to start. While learning how to skateboard isn’t as difficult as some other hobbies, there is a little bit of an investment required to stay safe and have fun while doing it.

Here are the essentials you need to become part of, enjoy and evolve in the skateboarding world.

First And Foremost, You Need A Skate Bag

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If you are a newbie to the world of skateboarding and have just bought your first pair of sneakers and want to step onto the board, you will need a skate backpack as soon as possible. The right skateboard bag is not only for showoff, but it’s also a practical accessory that can help you take your gear safely and efficiently anywhere you go.

Since there are many different skateboard bags on the market, you need to choose the right one for your needs. Here are some things to look for when choosing a skate bag:

  • Quality – Make sure the bag is well made and will last a long time. It’s easy to find cheap bags that won’t last very long, so make sure the bag is made of high-quality materials before purchasing it.
  • Size – Skateboards come in all shapes and sizes. If you want to carry multiple boards, make sure the skate bag has room for all of them and any accessories you might need, such as wheels or trucks.
  • Colour – Skateboarding is all about style so make sure your bag matches your board and clothing!
  • Design – There are many different types of skateboard bags out there, so make sure you choose one that fits your needs best. Some people prefer backpacks while others like messenger bags or duffel bags with wheels on them for easy transportation.

 Never Forget a Helmet

Whether you do skateboarding as a hobby or sport, you have to wear a helmet to protect your head from potential injuries and concussions. Even if you are a professional skater or an amateur, it is highly recommended that you wear a helmet while skating.

There are several types of helmets available on the market these days, such as full-face helmets, open face helmets, and half shell helmets. Among all these kinds of helmets, half shell helmets are most popular among skaters who like to perform tricks and stunts on their skateboards. Half shell skateboard helmets offer great protection to skaters without limiting their movement. These helmets are lightweight and very comfortable to wear.

Additionally, properly fitting a helmet is one of the most important ways to protect yourself from any kind of injury or accident that may take place while you are riding your skateboard.

Knee and Elbow Pads Are a Must

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If you are new to skateboarding, you must have knee and elbow pads with you when doing your moves. Knee and elbow pads are vital for skateboarding safety because they protect some of your most injury-prone body parts. They come in many different styles and sizes, so they can fit nearly any skater. Some pads have soft shells on the outside with padding on the inside, while others have hard shells that are tough enough to be used without any padding inside.

Shoes Designed for Skateboarding

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One of the most important tools you’ll use as you learn how to skateboard is your shoes. Skateboarders typically use a specific type of shoe designed for this purpose. This shoe is different from others that you might usually wear in that it has a special sticky sole made from rubber or synthetic materials. The sole allows you to grip onto your skateboard when riding and doing tricks and gives you more stability than regular sneakers would. They also have an extra layer of padding on the inside for comfort and protection.

Skate shoes are available in many colours, patterns and styles to suit your personality and taste. They come in high-top and low-top designs with a wide range of colour combinations and materials used for their construction. Some people like bright colours while others prefer something more subtle like grey or white, so it’s up to you to decide on buying the ideal skate shoes for your needs.

To Sum Up

So that’s it—just about every accessory you could need to step into skateboarding, or enhance your current setup. For beginners, it’s crucial to pick up the basics, and you’ll find all of what you need here in this guide. Once you have the essentials down, feel free to play around with different gear and accessories. Just know what you want before buying any skateboard accessories, so you can get the best deal. 

And remember, skateboarding is an experience for fun and freedom, and it should be treated as such. Now get out there, find your favourite tracks, and enjoy the game!

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Step Up and Dance: Training Equipment Every Dancer Needs

June 30, 2021 — by Valeriya Vimon

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If you’re often pirouetting around your living room or using your kitchen counter as a barre, you might want to consider setting up a dancing studio in your spare room or garage. Creating your own at-home dancing area is a terrific way to get the most out of your dancing routine. While the idea of creating a separate dance area may be overwhelming, there is a range of budget-friendly items you can find in any reliable dance store to introduce to your routine.

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Tips for Choosing Men’s Snowboard Gloves

April 2, 2021 — by Richard Dawson

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Our hands are highly sensitive to the cold and this is due to reduced blood flow and being the furthest from the heart. This makes wearing gloves essential for any outdoor activity in winter or bad weather. A good pair of mens snowboard gloves will protect your hands and without them, your snowboarding outdoor adventure could end up being very unpleasant.

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Steps to Choosing the Ideal Electric Bike

September 11, 2020 — by Richard Dawson

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Electric bikes have quickly become one of the fastest-growing segments of the bicycle world. While conventional bike sales are either flat or falling, electric bikes are seeing almost double-digit growth every year. With their outstanding performance and ease of use, e-bikes are attracting more and more riders. If you’ve been thinking about getting your own e-bike, but don’t know where to start your search, then keep reading – I’ll talk about how to choose your first electric bike that fits your specific needs.

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Steps to Attaching Stomp Pads to Your Snowboard

August 29, 2019 — by Richard Dawson

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If you’re new to snowboarding and are experiencing issues riding with your back foot out of the binding when you’re attempting to get off the lift, then you should probably consider getting a stomp pad. If you’re a beginner, chances are you have no clue what stomp pads are, why they’re used, where they’re put on the snowboard, and how they’re attached to it.

So, stomp pads are basically made of a high friction material like rubber or foam that are attached on the top of your snowboard, so that you can stand on it when your rear foot isn’t strapped into the binding. As you probably know, the snowboard’s surface is slippery, especially when it gets wet from the snow, so if your back foot is unbuckled, you can just place it onto the stomp pad to ensure it sticks. Further, they allow you to use the edge of your snowboard, make easy turns and stop when you need to without wiping.

So, who is this snowboarding accessory useful for? Well, as aforementioned, it’s great for beginners, as it helps you get more control of the board. Experienced snowboarders don’t really need them, but they can still benefit off of one, simply because it just makes things easier. A stomp pad is easy to attach, as it features a strong adhesive on the bottom that lets you bind it to your snowboard with ease.

When attaching one, make sure to mark the spot where you want the stomp pad placed, which is usually behind the back binding. But before you do that, it’s important to clean the snowboard properly in order to remove dust, oil, debris and everything else that may be on it. Wipe it completely clean, let it dry if you’ve used any cleaning products and place the stomp pad by removing the plastic that’s on the bottom side which covers the adhesive.

If the pad falls off, you can usually stick it back on since the adhesive will still adhere to some degree. However, it will probably keep falling more and more frequently, so you’ll eventually have to get a brand new one. When installing a new pad in place of the last one, make sure to remove all the glue, then repeat the aforementioned process. Stomp pads come in a wide range of styles, and you can pick one that fits your snowboard’s look, or just go with something crazy.

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3 Steps to Choosing Snow Boots That Will Keep Your Little Ones Warm and Cozy

July 8, 2019 — by Valeriya Vimon

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No matter what you need to buy for your kids, you want to buy nothing but the best. The same goes for snow boots. You want their small feet to stay dry and warm but also you want boots that are comfortable and can be easily taken off. And let’s not forget, you want to buy a pair of boots that your kids will actually like.

Before setting out on a shopping spree, keep in mins that form follows function. What this means is that the structure of the boots should be based on the function, so make sure to spot the difference between fashion boots and those designed for snow play. If you want to buy snow boots that will keep your little ones warm and cozy, make sure they have the following features.

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Choosing the Right Bike Workstand in 3 Steps

June 24, 2019 — by Valeriya Vimon

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If you’re a passionate bicycle rider, you probably know everything there is to know about how a bike works. With that being said, you probably like to put that knowledge into good use by doing all the repairs by yourself. Since fixing a bike leaned against the wall gets tiring after a while, you may be considering getting your own workstand. So, here are the steps to help you pick out the right workstand that can make the job a lot easier.

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Tips on How to Properly Store Your Caldwell Hunting Supplies and Gear

March 22, 2019 — by Richard Dawson

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When the end of the hunting season is near, you probably just put aside your firearms and hunting supplies all in one place without paying too much attention to how they’re stored. This might seem like something normal for you to do, but what time can do to all these supplies when they are not properly stored can be devastating. I own a couple of pieces of Caldwell shooting gear and it would break my heart if something were to happen to my beloved items as a result of my negligence. For that very reason, I make sure to take good care of them and give them all the love they deserve. Here’s how.

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Skip the Meal Prep Step: Benefits of Ready Meal Delivery Services

February 18, 2019 — by Richard Dawson

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Anyone who’s looking to get jacked and venture deeper into the bodybuilding world should understand that the most important factor isn’t how hard you work at the gym, but the diet you’re keeping to. Being on a proper diet that contains all the necessary nutrients that promote optimal lean muscle growth can help you reach your goals much faster. However, many people don’t have the time to cook multiple meals a day, especially during the bulking periods when they have to eat more than five times a day.

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Simple Steps to Buying Ski Gear Online

January 15, 2019 — by Richard Dawson

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If you’ve caught yourself daydreaming about escaping the scorching heat and heading to the mountains for a snowy adventure, then you’ve probably started searching for ski equipment already. While the experienced skier or snowboarder will have an easy time replacing their gear, most newbies won’t even know where to start looking. If you’re reading this article, you’re probably a rookie, but don’t worry I’m here to help you out. The online market is arguably the best place to look for new equipment, as you can definitely find more affordable pieces, and you’ve got more choices to go through without actually leaving your couch.

If you’re into skiing, then obviously you need a pair of skis. You can buy ski gear online relatively easy, as long as you know what to look for. There are many different types and brands, and different types are meant for different terrain. More often than not, the website you shop from will have customer support – knowledgeable representatives, who will direct you towards a decent pair of universal-type skis that will be appropriate for most slopes.

Furthermore, you’re going to need a pair of poles. Unlike skis, you don’t need to spend a ton of money on poles. In fact, when you set out to buy ski gear online, buy the cheapest poles you can find. They’ll probably be good enough to get you through your beginning stages. Pay attention to their length, and make sure to refer to a sizing chart before you make your purchase. Composite and aluminium poles are slightly heavier than other types, but they’re incredibly durable, which is really important when you’re starting out and learning how to stay upright.

Then, you need to pick decent bindings. In case you didn’t know, bindings are the parts that connect your boots to the skis. The right width of bindings will depend on the width of your skis. It’s generally recommended that you get someone experienced to mount the bindings to the skis so that they can also help you with setting your DIN. The DIN is the release force setting which determines how sensitive the skis are to detaching under pressure. The right DIN setting depends on your skill level, height, and weight.

Lastly, you need boots. Ski boots can be uncomfortable at first, but eventually, they’ll settle on your feet nicely. Finding a pair that’s comfortable and fits you right is of paramount importance, as they can greatly influence how you perform on the slopes. You can also rent boots, and ask for assistance for a proper fit there. Once you get the right pair from the rental service, you’ll have a good idea of what to look for when shopping for a pair for yourself.

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Easy Steps to Planning an Amazing Kids Pool Party

January 2, 2019 — by Richard Dawson

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We, Aussies are lucky to be able to enjoy lots of sunny days. In light of that, nothing can beat the fun from spending a great part of the day by the pool. This especially goes for kids, as they love to spend the hot summer days in the pool until their hands get all water-wrinkly. Whether you have a bigger pool or a smaller one, throwing a pool party that is reserved only for your kids and their friends can be more than amazing, plus you will instantly turn into the coolest mom ever. And no, do not let this whole pool party idea scare you, as now you can easily let the kids enjoy in their summer pool craziness thanks to the following easy steps.

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Epic Decorations

If you are into the whole decor thing, then you will probably love this first and very unique step. Setting the mood with some summery and festive accents is what’s going to earn you some additional cool mom points. Jellyfish lanterns, beach ball garland, sea-inspired table setting (for when they get hungry), snack table, and some interesting and festive signs are just some of the many things you can use. The bright and festive colours will immediately attract their attention and make the party unforgettable.

Inflatables

Whether we are talking about beach balls or inflatable floats, a pool party cannot be complete without inflatable. There are water inflatables for kids of all ages and the best part is that nowadays they are versatile, pretty affordable yet made out of high-quality, kid-friendly and non-toxic materials. Donuts, sharks, flamingos, airplane floats as well as smaller play pools for the little ones – there are lots of water inflatables for kids to choose from as they are the main attractions for kids. Available in different sizes, shapes, types and designs, water kids inflatables are really one-of-a-kind investment as both children and moms can have a peace of mind regarding the safety and fun of course (chuckles). Toddlers can play inside the pool with the inflatables designed for bigger children, while the smaller ones (those around 1 and 2 years of age) can sit and play in the smaller versions. A win-win combo, right?! A pool trainer toddler seat is also an option for those kids around one and two years, however, you should keep in mind that the presence of an adult is mandatory when in the pool.

Activities

Last but not least, kids can get bored easily if there is no fun game or activity included in this awesome pool day agenda. Water balloon pinata or some classic pool games (http://redtri.com/fun-pool-games-without-props/ ) are a must for a day like this. Sponge ball toss and water guns, on the other hand, are ideal for smaller children.

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Protective Gear for Bikers: Steps to Ensure a Safe Ride

December 24, 2018 — by Richard Dawson

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The freedom of being able to freely move at your own pace is one of the best aspects of riding a bike. Plus, it is a cost-effective way to go places. But just like all other means of transport – it also involves some risks. The chance that you may lose your balance and fall is always present, so wearing the right protective gear is essential. Having in mind that the most typical injuries are the ones of the head, arms, and legs, you need to buy protective gear for bikers that will protect exactly these specific parts of your body. Let’s talk more details.

Helmet

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Research has shown that helmets reduce crash fatality by 37% because of their cushioned design. When looking for a helmet, it is important to buy the right one for your head, riding style, and budget. This piece of protective gear for bikers comes in many different styles such as an open face, full face, half helmet, modular or a motocross helmet. Full face models provide maximum safety but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are the best choice for your riding needs. Make sure you consider all the advantages and disadvantages of all helmet types before making your final choice. Buying the right size is another important factor. Every helmet brand has different shapes and sizes and every bike rider has a differently shaped head. The price also matters but keep in mind that a higher price does not necessarily mean better quality and vice versa.

Gloves

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Choose gloves according to your riding style and the weather conditions in the area you live in. Consider the breathability of the model, in other words, the ability of the fabric to allow for air flow and water vapor. All models are designed with the same purpose, but they come with different levels of protection. Waterproof is a great feature to look for if you live in a rainy area and you ride your bike no matter the weather. Most gloves come with a medium level of insulation, but the ones meant for winter cycling provide top-notch insulation for the colder days.

Knee Pads

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When looking to buy new pads, consider the following: protection, the range of movement and breathability. Having all these three features in one would be just perfect, but most of the times that’s not the case. So, you need to set your priorities straight and keep in mind your riding style. For example, riding your bike at higher speeds and on more rough terrain means that you’ll need knee pads with a high level of protection. Bulky pads are not such a bad choice if you are going for a short ride, but if you are planning to spend 4 hours or so on your bike then they will probably bother you.