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It’s been a nice October here in Sheboygan, but we’re finally starting to see the temperature drop. That means it’s time to pull our coats out of storage and break out our cozy socks! If you’re looking for warm socks that will keep you active all season long, here are a few of our favorites.

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Written by Wigwam at 00:00
November 2nd marks the 44th annual TCS New York City Marathon! If you’re one of those 50,000 runners, we congratulate you! To make those 26.2 miles as easy as possible, here’s a battle plan for the most common obstacles your feet will face.

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Written by Wigwam at 10:00

 

Payge McMahon is an adventure athlete, a rock star yogi and a journalist who travels the world inspiring others to get outdoors, try new things and start checking off that bucket list. She’s tried everything from climbing the Himalayas, to dogsledding in Alaska, to trekking through the Amazon Rainforest. When we were looking for the best adventure gear out there, we knew Payge would have the scoop!

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Every adventure is different. Depending on where you are going, for how long, time of year, expected weather etc., what you need to pack will vary. All things equal, below are my Top 5 Recommendations!

 

  1. Sarong (colorful) – A sarong is a great multi-purpose item. I’ve used mine as a blanket, towel, head covering, dress, skirt, shawl, scarf, sling, bandage, pillow case, tarp for shade, ground cover, distress signal, trail marker, etc. Plus it hardly takes up any room.
  2. Nalgene/Brita Liter Bottle with filter (BPA free) – Wherever your adventurers take you, always stay hydrated and keep water on you.
  3. Knife with Ferro Rod – On outdoor adventures, it’s crucial to have a cutting tool and ability to make fire. Yes, of course, bring a Bic lighter, but if it gets damaged, a ferro rod attached to a knife sheath is the next best thing. I am a fan of L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives.

    Payge McMahon L.T. Wright Handcrafted Knives Ferro Rod


  4. Cell Phone – Not going to lie, having a smart phone is wonderful for its multipurpose functionality. In one device, you have access to your camera, Internet, GPS, calendar, music, audiobooks and countless applications. Some of the latest travel applications are truly amazing. From transportation and accommodations, to translation and language apps like Rosetta Stone or Fabulo. Take a look in the app store to see what’s available for your needs.
  5. Socks - Your feet are your transportation. If you don’t take care of them, you may not go anywhere. Or, you could find yourself in blister hell or with freezing toes. I swear by Wigwam socks. For backpacking I wear the Rebel Fusion Quarter and for running, I like the Thunder Pro Low Cut. Beyond keeping your feet comfortable, socks can also multipurpose. In a pinch, they can double as gloves, a pouch to carry things, potholders, a filter for water, and of course, when entertaining little ones, they can become puppets.”

 

Now you just need to decide where you want to go!

Learn more about Payge and her adventure travels at http://www.turnthepayge.com

Written by Wigwam at 00:00
Carol Dellinger is known as the Warrior Marathon Runner. She earned the second part of that title, Marathon Runner, when she finished her first marathon many years ago. Since then, she’s crossed a jaw-dropping 278 marathon finish lines!

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Written by Wigwam at 11:30

Wigwam & Ironman Kona

 

This spring, Wigwam watched as some of the world’s premiere athletes competed in the Ironman 70.3. On October 11, Wigwam will venture all the way to Kona, Hawaii for the final competition in this year’s Ironman series, the World Championship.  The athletic festivities begin bright and early on October 4.

 Kona Ironman

 

What is an Ironman?

An Ironman is an extreme triathlon. It consists of a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and finishes with a full 26.2-mile marathon run. The Ironman organization defines this incredible 140.6-mile feat of endurance as, “The ultimate test of body, mind and spirit.” The concept originated from a debate among swimmers, runners and cyclists who were arguing about which of their sports produced the fittest athletes. A Navy couple based in Hawaii came up with the idea of combining all three sports into one epic event. The 1978 inaugural Ironman race took place in Waikiki with 15 participants, and this year over 2,000 participants will flock to Hawaii to compete.

 

The Kona Coast

In 1981, the Ironman was moved from the gentle shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona, Hawaii. Kona provides a breathtaking backdrop for the World Championship with an extraordinary athletic environment. Known for its intense terrain, athletes are greeted by black lava rock and incredible crosswinds blowing at 45 mph. The scorching temperatures often reach 95-degrees, posing a difficult challenge for those competing. With that said, the stunning beauty of the island makes it all worthwhile and the sunrises alone will have you wanting to qualify again next year! 

 

Kona Beach

 

Wigwam and Ironman

Wigwam has been the official sock of Ironman for many years. You can find countless Ironman styles, embedded with Wigwam’s patented ULTIMAX technology, in the Ironman store. As one would imagine, the lava rock of Kona, drastic temperatures and harsh winds call for the best footwear you can get. Wigwam Ironman socks are designed to keep feet dry and comfortable throughout the day’s events. Stop by the Ironman store where we'll be offering a Buy 3, Get 1 Free” promotion! 

 

The Countdown is On

The Ironman World Championship is just days away. Stay up to date on the race and the athletes by following @Ironmantri and #IMKona on Twitter.

Written by Wigwam at 00:00

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