Baby it's cold outside - shoes, boots, walking, hiking, running [skillz]

Outside activities are usually dependent on sufficient equipment and sufficient ability. Both complement each other. This is no different when walking, hiking or running. Or driving. Don't complain - get out there and do what is needed.

I successfully ski in regular blue jeans and street wear, I successfully hike also higher routes with minimal equipment. So as I am a person that keeps stress minimal but performance well above average, I will contribute some insights here.

Core stability

I find that many people underrate the importance of core body stability. As below elbow amputee, my ability to successfully ski, run, walk, ice skate, skid, jump et cetera is significantly reduced.

The degree to which this is underrated is astounding. Don't be lazy! Now, I will go this far - if you routinely manage to swim 10 x 400m Individual Medley technically well and with an interval time of at the slowest around 8:00 minutes each, your core stability will be sufficient. Anything less - back to the bench.

Winter boots and shoes

For winter with snow, ice, sleet and any mixture thereof, you need a good grip. Good grip is brought about by soft rubber soles rather than harder rubber or PVC soles. However, softer rubber is used up a lot faster. That means that a good grip requires you to wear boots whose soles won't be as long lasting.

  • KANDAHAR - These boots have an absolutely perfect grip. They are also very warm and comfortable.
  • RMWILLIAMS - Very easy to pull on or off. They last relatively long as they are made with minimal amounts of seams. There is one pair of work boots with a soft cushioned profile sole.
  • SALOMON - They have running and hiking shoes equipped with Quicklace and Contragrip - absolutely perfect.

Good winter tyres

If you are as me - in no mood to put snow chains on - you need good winter tyres. May I recommend PIRELLI 210 Snow Sport Runflat. These are great on any wet, snow covered, icy or cold roads.

No ice, no snow by design, by chemistry or by default

I make sure that I park the car in a covered place, if not indoors. Underground parking always is better even if I have to walk a bit from there.

Heated driveways and paths are a way to solve access problems.

Using anti freeze chemicals before freeing the windshield from ice markedly reduces strain on arm, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand.

Cite this article:
Wolf Schweitzer: - Baby it's cold outside - shoes, boots, walking, hiking, running [skillz]; published 16/12/2010, 13:46; URL:

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