Blog — Outdoors Skills

Gilad Nachmani
Hiking Boots Or Trail Shoes?

Hiking Boots Or Trail Shoes?

I remember when I first decided I no longer wanted to hike with boots: my wife and I had been walking the Offa’s Dyke national trail for a week, proceeding at a leisurely pace with our heavy packs and our walking boots when on the 7th day my knees flared up, getting fully inflamed. I had not done anything special besides hiking, which I had done many times before and I usually walk for miles in my daily routine, so it made no sense! When I got home I went back to my regular shoes (Inov-8 Tarroc 330) and my...

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Gilad Nachmani
11 Uses For Trekking Poles Besides Hiking

11 Uses For Trekking Poles Besides Hiking

Trekking poles are pretty obviously used to assist while hiking, walking or even running. They help with balance when wading through streams, reduce pressure on the knees when carrying a heavy pack, or just increase the support you give to your legs while moving.  But beyond that very obvious function, trekking poles are an amazingly versatile item that are worth carrying, even if you are not always using them for movement. In some cases carrying two poles is needed, but at times, just having a single hiking pole strapped to your backpack can be an excellent tool. Here is a list...

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Gilad Nachmani
Knowing When to Retire Old Backpacking Gear

Knowing When to Retire Old Backpacking Gear

Buying new gear is great – it is exciting, there is an underlying promise of better adventures and it often becomes an obsession; but with the new movement that encourages repairing old gear, the question becomes: when should you retire old gear? Your backpacking and hiking (or any outdoor) gear is meant to go on adventures with you, gain experience and feel comfortable, it is not meant to be disposable and cheap. As lighter materials, ultralight construction methods and aggressive marketing become more prevalent, it feels almost "right" that gear should be ultralight and disposable, but this shouldn't be the case....

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Gilad Nachmani
Knee Pain Prevention for Hikers

Knee Pain Prevention for Hikers

Most hikers (and, well, most of the other regular humans we know) suffer from some sort of knee problems: either after 10 km of hiking, after 30 miles or just when going downhill with a heavy pack. I am no different – I used to always get knee pain when hiking and I couldn’t even run, really, at all. The reason I’m bringing this up is because I have been asked quite often, mainly by people who have known me for a while now, how I get around knee pain when pushing myself hard. I’m not a physician or a...

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