venerdì 15 febbraio 2019

Provato per voi: Icebug Detour M RB9X GTX Shoe - carbon/black








Icebug è una rinomata casa svedese che ha come propria mission quella di fare scarpe che non scivolano, in modo da rendere un piacere uscire all’aria aperta anche con neve e ghiaccio. E la Detour è un’ottima scarpa per l’escursionismo che racchiude in sè la comodità, un buon livello di protezione (sia dagli ostacoli che dal freddo e dalla pioggia) e un ottimo grip per evitare scivoloni su tratti di strada e/o sentiero ghiacciati o fangosi.
Questo modello rientra nella categoria delle scarpe da trekking mid, ovvero di quelle scarpe che hanno la parte vicino al malleolo rialzata in modo tale da offrire una maggiore protezione alla caviglia, e che sempre più spesso sono utilizzate negli ultra trail (versione extra large) e/o nei lunghi trekking quando si vuole privilegiare la protezione e al contempo la leggerezza rispetto agli scarponi veri e propri. 



Anche questa scarpa ha l’indubbio vantaggio dato dall’utilizzo del sistema di chiusura Boa® Closure System che aggiunge estrema comodità sia in fase di “allaccio” della scarpa che di eguale suddivisione della pressione data dai lacci su tutto il dorso dei piedi.
Ulteriore punto di forza della Detour, nonchè marchio di fabbrica della casa svedese, è la suola in versione RB9X che, pur non essendo una di quelle “chiodate” spesso abbinate alle Icebug, assicura un grip davvero potente. Inoltre l’utilizzo del GORE-TEX® garantisce l’impermeabilità della tomaia.
Dobbiamo inoltre sottolineare che Icebug è famosa anche per la sua estrema attenzione ai processi di produzione ed estremamente attenta alla responsabilità sociale e ambientale, grazie anche utilizzo di materiali riciclati, sempre più presenti per i prodotti all’avanguardia nelle attività outdoor. 
Visto che ho una visione allargata delle attività di hiking in invernale, ho provato le Detour sia con le ciaspole che con i ramponcini. In entrambe le situazioni, un’adeguata registrazione dei tiranti delle ciaspole e una buona calzata dei ramponcini, hanno fatto sì che non si perdesse affatto la comodità della scarpa anche in escursioni di quattro-cinque ore. Insomma scarpe comode e affidibabili, destinate a durare nel tempo. Il costo della scarpa non è proprio economico: circa 180,00 euro. Ma i materiali con cui è fatta la rendono una scarpa destinata a durare per molti anni.



Pagella:
Suola 9
Sistema di chiusura Boa 9
Tomaia 9
Comodità 9
Protezioni laterali e frontali 7
Prezzo 7


venerdì 8 febbraio 2019

English Version _ Rovaniemi 300: Interview with Race Director Alex S. Casanovas










This year, it will be a record edition, considering the number of people in the three different distances. Can you share with us what surprised you more in terms of number of participants, their nationalities or the good gender mix, by the way are there more ladies than in the past attending Rovaniemi? In which distance? By ski, foot or bike?

- Next Rovaniemi150 have a total of 134 participants. Only 30 of them are women. It's true this is more than other years but still a few participation for both sexes considering that this is Europe. Notice that in this edition participants or foot are much more than fatbikers, so seems that fatbike is not growing enough in Europe, and as a usual mistery really few will participate with skis.

Also as usual participants from UK and Italy are most and in next edition there are more Finnish that ever, a total of 21.


I believe than in two year many things changed in the Ultrarunning panorama. Participants fell less superheroes and are looking more for a unique experience in an unforgettable landscape and isolated places. What's your view on that? Is this more clear amongst the 300km participants than in the 66 or 150? Did you experience memorable positive and negative stories/examples?

- Sorry I didn't experienced yet any memorable positive or negative stories. Anyway everywhere you go is normal to find at least one stupid which feel like a superheroe.


However, at the same time, there are also few people that rather than trusting their own abilities and capabilities look for external support – sometimes a team of experts – of nutritionists, trainers, psycologists. This is a sort of boost of performances, but at the same time, I feel that people may push over and above their natural limits and get in trouble more easily. What's your view on this?

- It's interesting and a good way to learn to look for external support as a nutritionists, trainers and etc. Some people push too much thinking that is the end of the World and forgeting that they alwayss can come back next year if their are not enough fit. If experienced and very very fit people push themselves to death is their own bussiness. As a organizator, If they have injury or heard attack, we will do our best first aid and will try to evacuate as soon as possible in the way to safe his/her life.

What about the selection process, did you always find the preparation of the participants in line with their cv experience? Did you find dramatic ability overselling?

- first question: Yes. second question: No







Have you ever experienced, as a Race Director, participants trying to get external support during the race? I believe this is really self-humiliating, how did you react?

- At the moment never. And if somebody did he/she did it very well because we didn't notice. If we find a participantant cheating himself, of course will be disqualify.

The Rovaniemi300 is made by two very different Sections, the first 150km and the second 158km. in the first part, participants may find a fire with some hot water, as well. The second part is instead in full autonomy. However, are there – in the second part -  places where it is better to camp, to light a fire, to eat and to rest? Do you recommend to bring a stove with white gasoline to be fully independent?

- First section, if they arrive before the checkpoint close they can use the fire and take water. About the second section, there are only one shelter in the way, the other shelters are away of the track. Participants have all the information in our web page and the have to organize themselves where to stop, sleep or eat. Of course is recommended to bring stove, even if possible to find firewood in the shelters.

In both Trails like ITI and Rovaniemi, a Satellite Tracking Device is used. But a GPS Tracking – like SPOT - with SOS is not allowed in ITI, whilst in Rovaniemi300 is compulsory, what's the reason ? Participants may have to buy one between Spot e Garmin inReach, what's the best and why?

- Don't know if is mandatory but in the last years ITI participants are allowed to use a Satellite Tracker Device (STD) and all of this devices have SOS button. In Rovaniemi300 a Satellite Tracker Device (STD) is mandatory because we wanna know where they are and because there is no checkpoints, only mandatory waypoints where they have to do a check-in with the STD.

I don't know how good it is the Garmin inReach but I think is the same as DeLorme system that is very good. About SPOT, it works well and is not so expensive. SPOT is limited in remote places as Antarctica and maybe some other place that I don't know.

Even some models of STD have a GPS, I prefer to carry separate devices: GPS and STD just in case.

From an organization point of view, is it for you more challenging managing the security for many 150/66 participants or for the few attending the 300? In the 300 there a wilder environment, but participants should be much more ready to face potential weather challenges, what's your view?
- It's more challenging to manage the security of 150 km race. Rovaniemi300 have few participants and all of them have experience.







Not sweating and a good hydratation are the key priorities for taking part safely to Rovaniemi 66/150/300, as you correctly stated two years ago. For the first time starters, did you see any major mistakes – things to be avoided – made during the race? Did you see different mistakes made by bikers, runners and skiers? Your answer here could really help first-starters.
- Basicly the most common winter beginner's mistake is that they don't have experience how to dress, keep warm body temperature without sweating. This is something that people adquire with practice, testing wich is the best clothes and the best combination of layers. And of course hydratation if very important as usual.

venerdì 1 febbraio 2019

Club Super Marathon Italia: ne sono entrato a far parte



Ebbene si, con 70 Maratone e Ultra, sono entarto nel Club Super Marathon Italia che raggruppa gli Ultra Maratoneti.








Esattamente sono soci coloro che hanno al loro attivo almeno 50 Maratone e/o Ultra:
vedi Classifica in tempo reale
http://www.clubsupermarathon.it/






I miei dettagli personali al link seguente:
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https://www.tmo-028.cloud/Cloud/717_C_jtg0soc2djspoeq8bgjub65ii6.php?XmKey02=100


La numeri 71 (Ecomaratona Clivus - Montefortiana) l'ho già corsa il 20 gennaio 2019 e la media km (essendo anche le Ultra incluse) si avvicina ai 71 km per gara.