Posts tagged with "outdoors"

RAZOR E PRIME

By Vaughn Lowery

With the insurgence of e-scooters on the rise in most major urban centers throughout the world, it was only a matter of time that Razor would come up with an optimal solution. A retractable and compact all-electric scooter which better simplifies a micro-transit lifestyle for millennials.

Affordability

Let’s be honest, here. With e-scooters hailed from an app, at best you’re shelling out at least 15 cents per minute. Subsequently a few short trips to the local grocer, you’ve already spent close to $6 to $10 per trip. At just $379, Razor’s E-Prime is the best investment for long term usage.

Ergonomics

Unlike many of its competitors, Razor’s E-Prime has adjustable handle bars (for height) and thumb controls for throttle as well as braking.

Performance

With a top speed of 15mph and ample torque, you can easily maneuver through traffic and avoid accidents due to heavy congestion. Electronic, thumb-activated braking isn’t as responsive, but the rear fender scrub brake is far more efficient because it is applied by the rider’s foot. While charging your model, the power box’s indicator light will turn green (from orange). Razor lists up to 40 mins of continuous drive time at 176 lbs or less which is equivalent to approximately 7 miles. As tested, we weighed in at 161 lbs and continuously rode our E-Prime for 32 minutes at highest speed for 4.6 miles.

Next Gen

New upgrades for 2019 are the E-Prime Air and the E-Prime Plus, which will also provide a smoother ride with a pneumatic tire as well as an increased max weight. Both improvements will most likely increase charge life.

Conclusion

If you, like many, who reside near where you work this is the one of the best purchases you can ever invest in. The Razor E-Prime charges relatively quickly and makes a dreary 2 mile commute to the office, restaurant or gym more exciting than ever. With the wind sweeping across your cheeks, the ride in life feels less bumpy with a charger in tow which fits in any outlet. Not to mention, once folded, you can take it into Trader Joe’s (place in shopping cart), LA Fitness (fits easily into one of their larger lockers) and/or tuck it under the table while plugged in at Kay & Dave’s Cantina.

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360 MAGAZINE × TENNESSEE

Story × Photos by Ryan Johnson

360 Magazine visited the Upper Cumberland Area of Tennessee this October. Just in time to catch the transformation of the leaves into fall colors. This region of Tennessee is located between Nashville and Knoxville, 1 hour drive each way. The flagship towns in the area, Crossville and Cookeville, not only capture beauty of small towns on the fringe of picturesque landscapes, they provide access to a multitude of incorporated businesses. The combination of affordable shopping with the low cost of living and no state tax make this a hidden gem prime to visit for the traveler interested in an authentic experience, maybe more. If this isn’t explicit enough, it’s the only place I’ve been in the states I’m seriously considering moving to. That realization stuck in three days.

We spent most of our time in the state parks. Natural beauty wasn’t the only consistent theme. Each park was fitted with Jackson Kayaks, a local company that not only leads the sport but also the industry. The kayaks provided to the parks were offered at a massive discount to ensure everyone visiting would have the opportunity to try it themselves. A philosophy that says everything about the community and values of Jackson Kayak. This company created by Eric Jackson, a lead competitor in the sport, started the company with a kayak for his son. A product which at the time did not exist for someone that young, giving all kids the change to try it out.

In true pay it forward style, this collective effort in the community is full circle. One direct example being the contribution of outdated signs and details from the state parks to furnish a local brewery, Happy Trails Brewing Company. This brewery, headed by Jessica, a working Kindergarten Teacher in the community. Similar to all good breweries is a product of its surroundings. Another notable taste is Red Silo, a brewery that started as the winner of the home brew contest at the local WCTE PBS Station Blues & Brew fundraiser. Calf Killer is another local legend that brings a taste that will make your taste buds melt. These obvious must tries are only half the adventure, you could spend the day with the home brewers and be the judge yourself.

It’s easy to follow the well-traveled highways in between Nashville and Knoxville. You won’t regret taking an exit and heading to the green on the map. The state parks are vastly accessible, overlooks and access is a high priority brought forth by the pioneering effort of the CCC. The Civilian Conservation Corps healing gesture was an organized effort by the Roosevelt Administration in the wake of the great depression. If this doesn’t paint the picture, don’t worry. There’s a set of tourist binoculars that give people who are colorblind the ability to see colors for the first time, which in the fall will bring a loved one to their knees.

While most of the sites are accessible to all, there’s another layer for the more adventurous. Fairly strenuous hikes to the base of the many waterfalls are always buried beyond the overlooks. Some that were only made accessible by Disney in the production of the 1994 film “The Jungle Book” which created roads to some surreal and recognizable locations in the film. Justifiably integral to the jungle aesthetics the film demanded. Likewise, Tennessee is the one of two places in the world that offer the spectacle of synchronous fireflies. The other being in Southeast Asia.

With solid views and tasty beer, naturally comes great food. The care and attention restaurant owners put into their work makes the meals feel family style without the crockpot. Notably the buffet at Homestead Harvest in Cumberland Mountain State Park carries as much depth as the hike on Pioneer Trail around Byrd Lake. If you really feel like earning your meal, rent a Jackson Kayak to enjoy the cool breeze off the water. Whether you’re camping or staying in the luxury cabins at the top of the hill, wake early and catch the fog on the lake first thing in the morning.

Great things are made in Tennessee, you could be too.

As always, reach out on Instagram @360travelfood to see the best spots. Here’s a listed on vetted local flavors and experiences:

• Jackson Kayak, founded in 2003 based in Sparta, TN (jacksonkayak.com)

• Cumberland Mountain State Park, Crossville, TN (tnstateparks.com)

• Broast, TN Coffee Roasters, Cookeville, TN (broasttn.com)

• Blues & Brews Craft Beer Festival, Cookeville, TN (wcte.org/brews)

• Sunset Marina & Resort, Monroe, TN (sunsetmarina.com)

• Rock Island State Park, Rock Island, TN (tnstateparks.com/parks/rock-island)

• Fall Creek Falls State Park, Spencer, TN (tnstateparks.com/parks/fall-creek-falls)

• Ozone Falls State Park, Crossville, TN (tnvacation.com/local/crossville-ozone-falls)

• Black Mountain Overlook, Crossville, TN (cumberlandtrail.org)

• Homestead Harvest Restaurant, Crossville, TN (tnstateparks.com/parks/restaurant)

• Happy Trails Brewing Co., Sparta, TN (happytrailsbrewing.com)

• Red Silo Brewing LLC, Cookeville, TN (tnvacation.com/local)

• Calfkiller Brewing Company, Sparta, TN (calfkillerbeer.com)

• CrossFit Mayhem, Cookeville, TN (crossfitmayhem.com)

• Cumberland County Playhouse, Crossville, TN (ccplayhouse.com)

BlissLights

Make your home and yard glow with ONE light that creates thousands of sparkles. Light up your surroundings with BlissLights for Fall Parties, Halloween and the Holiday Season.

BlissLights and the BlissBulb can both be used indoor and outdoor! Either twist a BlissBulb into any light socket and watch it light up an area or simply plug in the traditional BlissLights for a starry glow, too!

Creates thousand of pinpoint sparkles with just one light. Great for parties indoor and out, BlissLights and BlissBulbs are sure to wow your guests!

  • Energy efficient and easy to use
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  • Are great for landscape creating a colorful glow when shining on plants
  • Provide a magical lighting experience whether indoors or outdoors

Whether you are celebrating the fun of fall returning (tailgating parties?!?!) or gearing up for the holiday season, BlissLights and BlissBulbs are an easy and innovative way to light up your home!

BlissBulbs are $27.99
BlissLights are $59.99

Learn more on blisslights.com

HoverGlide × First “Floating” Backpack

Lightning Packs Introduces HoverGlide – The World’s First “Floating” Backpack

Pack Features Patented “Suspended Load Technology” That Reduces Impact Forces on Users While Walking or Running by Up to 86%; Kickstarter Campaign Launches Today to Fund Its Final Development

Lightning Packs today introduced HoverGlide, the world’s first “floating” backpack. Featuring patented Suspended Load Technology (SLT) that has been scientifically proven to reduce impact forces on users while walking or running by up to 86%, HoverGlide is the perfect solution for people looking to reduce stress and weight load on their backs, necks, knees and ankles while hiking, trekking or even commuting in the city. The Kickstarter campaign, which is being managed by the Launchpad Agency, launches today with a funding goal of $75,000 USD. The campaign features limited Super Early Bird Specials at $349 as well as several other rewards for backers to choose from. The campaign can be seen at: kck.st/2IbKMUf

HoverGlide’s industry-first functionality is due to its patented double-frame and suspension system design (a.k.a. SLT) that features two frames – a fixed frame, which incorporates the harness that users wear on their back, and the moving frame, which incorporates the bag and can slide relative to the fixed frame. The moving frame is suspended from the fixed frame by a patented shock reducing mechanism, which is tensioned such that during walking or running, the pack stays at a constant height relative to the ground even as the user’s torso moves up and down.

HoverGlide is available in two frame sizes and four distinct packs. Sitting on a 24” frame, the HoverGlide “Trekker” is a 55L rugged gear hauler for backcountry adventures that securely holds enough equipment and food for two- to three-day trips. Weighing in at approximately 9 lbs, the Trekker features a sleeve for a hydration reservoir, zippers and pockets for easy access to essentials and compression straps to secure the load. The Trekker’s 24” frame permits users to suspend up to 55 lbs (more weight can be carried but the SLT must be locked).

HoverGlide is also available on a patented 20” modular frame design, which can accept three interchangeable packs – the 28L daily “Commuter,” the 30L “Hiker” and the 30L “Tactical.” The small packs weigh in from 5.5 lbs to 7 lbs depending on materials, and the maximum load that can be suspended on the 20” frame is 27 lbs (more weight can be carried but the SLT must be locked).

“HoverGlide is the result of years and years of development and testing, and the result is a fundamentally different way for people to carry loads,” said Dr. Lawrence Rome, founder, Lightning Packs. “HoverGlide dramatically reduces the impact forces during locomotion, even permitting running comfortably with heavy loads. The lower forces reduce the potential for acute and long-term injury and also reduce the metabolic energy needed to carry a backpack. So, people can move faster with lower exertion.”

About Lightning Packs

Lightning Packs, LLC was founded by Dr. Lawrence Rome, a muscle physiology expert and professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Using Suspended Load Technology, a technology that Rome invented and patented (5 US Patents, 3 Canadian Patents, 2 European Patents and 1 Australian Patent issued), Lightning Packs is creating backpacks for consumers that “float” on a user’s back, dramatically reducing stress and weight load on their bodies as they walk or run. Field-tested and approved by the US Army and US Marine Corps, Lightning Packs backpacks offer rugged functionality and are one of the most significant innovations in backpacks in the last 30 years. For more information, visit lightningpacks.com.

The Quail 2018

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California.

Thank you for visiting INFINITI at The Quail 2018. We hope you enjoyed viewing the powerful 2018 Q60 RED SPORT 400, the beauty of the Q Inspiration Concept, and learning about the inspiration behind the INFINITI Prototype 10.

Explore our entire lineup of forward thinking vehicles at infinitiusa.com.

Stomp Rocket

Stomp Rocket, fun for all ages!

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About Stomp Rocket: Run, jump and STOMP! For 25 years, Stomp Rocket has been entertaining kids and their families, and stimulating active, outdoor play. The Original Stomp Rocket is 100% kid-powered, and the product includes rockets that soar up to 400 feet in the air, as well as toys that are appropriate for kids as young as age 3. Stomp Rocket has sold over 5million toys and won numerous awards from industry experts, including Good Housekeeping, Creative Child Magazine, Dr. Toy, iParenting Media and Toy Directory Monthly. Stomp Rocket is made D&L Company Of Minden, Nevada. Stomp Rocket has already garnered national and viral media coverage on The Today Show, Access Hollywood, She Knows and more. Stomp Rocket can be purchased online at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, and in store at Hobby Lobby, Big 5, select Hibbett Sports Stores and speciality toy retailers nationwide.

OVERNIGHT MOAB ADVENTURE

Overnight Sensations –

Moab Adventure Center Offers Options

For Visitors Short on Vacation Time

Short on vacation time this summer? Utah’s Moab Adventure Center suggests that a two-day break in a brand-new setting and doing something outside your comfort zone can feel like a week away.

“Moab is a great stopping point for that cross-country road trip or brief weekend getaway,” notes Moab Adventure Center Manager Cort Wright. “With so many half-, full-day and overnight adventures to choose from, no one is ever disappointed!”

Wright recommends these two water-themed, short-break options in the iconic red rock playground of Moab, encircled by two national parks and the Colorado River.

Option one is Colorado River/Moab 2-Day Adventure with one night of catered camping under the stars and rafting that begins where red rock cliffs cast towering reflections on the river.  The per person double rate of $295 includes all meals (including a barbecue lunch at a riverside lodge), camping equipment, transfers, and a choice of three different kinds of boats in which to experience the fun of rafting nearly 20 miles. Guests have the option of letting the guides stay in charge rowing an oar raft, or they can be part of the paddling crew on paddle rafts. Two-person inflatable kayaks are also provided so guests can take turns paddling on their own. For details see https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/colorado-river-adventure

Option two, Cataract CanyonRapid Express: Moab to Lake Powell, is a 2-day Colorado River/Moab raft and camp (one night) through 46-mile Cataract Canyon on the Colorado River as it cuts through the heart of Canyonlands National Park.  Just 30 minutes west of Moab, guests board customized, high-speed rafts that depart for a two-day, 100-mile Colorado River voyage. Experienced professional guides share folklore and facts about ancient Native American civilizations and early settlers while dropping into a series of nearly 30 whitewater rapids that make Cataract Canyon legendary. The journey ends on the scenic and still waters of Lake Powell before shuttling back to Moab. The per person double rate of $760 includes hiking, camping equipment, meals, rafting and transfers. For details see https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/cataract-canyon-express.

A third option is for visitors who have secured their own lodging in the area and are looking for iconic adventure. A Moab Signature Vacation Package (with deluxe upgrade option) offers two days of activities with on-own lodging that include on Day One, an Arches National Park Tour in the morning and in the afternoon a Slickrock Hummer Safari. On Day Two comes a morning Colorado River rafting adventure. The per person rate is $215. With a $35 per person upgrade the Hummer Safari turns deluxe and includes drinks and appetizers at sunset and the rafting adventure moves from half-day to full-day and includes a barbecue lunch. For details see https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/package-hummer-raft-hike.

For more information and to check availability and make reservations please call (435) 259-7019 or (866) 904-1163 or send an email from https://www.moabadventurecenter.com/contact.

To speed things up so people can slow themselves down, Moab’s Canyonlands Field Airport (CNY) now has scheduled convenient daily air service from Denver, CO.

The Moab Adventure Center website suggests other activities and what to do in Moab, Utah. The Center recommends, due to its popularity over spring and summer weekends, to have lodging reservations in hand before coming to the region. Check out the website for Moab lodging options. The free Pocket Guide Moab: Last Minute Itineraries for the Undecided Traveleris also a good resource to the area.

About the Moab Adventure Center

Moab Adventure Center is a division of Western River Expeditions (http://www.westernriver.com/) an adventure travel company headquartered in Salt Lake City, with operations and offices in Moab and Fredonia, AZ. The company is the largest single tour provider in Moab, Utah. The Moab Adventure Center is located at 225 South Main St., Moab, UT 84532. The center also has a 2,000-square-foot retail space selling adventure related gear, clothing, maps and souvenirs.

NEW ZEALAND WALKING TOURS

TRAIL TOURISM TAKES OFF

Active travel specialist New Zealand Walking Tours shares four favorites, both on and off the beaten trail

With trail tourism on the rise, many travelers are tying up their hiking boots and heading towards popular routes such as Spain’s Camino de Santiago, St. Olav’s Way in Norway, and the treks of the Swiss Alps. And with a rapid increase in urban development in many countries, hitting the trails is a no-brainer, and a great way to get back to nature, feel a sense of achievement and take in otherwise overlooked sights.

In New Zealand – the next hotspot for trail tourism – discover journeys that combine nature and spectacular landscapes on the four favorite trails of active tour operator, New Zealand Walking Tours.

1) Milford Track

The most famous of the Great Walks, the Milford Track is an experience adventurers won’t regret ticking off their bucket list. Trace the steps of Maori greenstone collectors, and enjoy taking in mountainous glaciers, lush rainforest and panoramic sights. Walk a 2 hour journey from Sandfly Point to Giant Gate Falls, and photograph this magnificent waterfall, one of the most captured images in the New Zealand. Hike past valleys that are millions of years old, and glance upon alpine passes. This track is recommended during the October to April season when weather conditions are warmer.

Follow the trail on the Beautiful South itinerary.

2) Hollyford Track

Situated in the Fiordland National Park, the Hollyford Track provides travelers with an amazingly varied experience within the park; discovering beautiful lakes, ancient rainforest and a whole range of wildlife. Again, best undertaken during New Zealand’s summer season, hikers can journey from Martins Bay Lodge to Long Reef Point and observe a local seal colony. Miles away from civilization and completely off the beaten track, this trail is perfect for those that want to disconnect from the noise of city life and keep off tourist-filled tracks.

Follow the trail on the Elegant South itinerary.

3) Spa Park to Huka Falls Track

An easy going option, the Spa Park to Huka Falls track is one of the most leisurely and picturesque walks to experience within New Zealand. Beginning in the breathtaking Lake Taupo region, hikers can expect 1.5 to 2 hours of flat pathways to the site of Huka Falls, a dramatic waterfall made popular in the film The Hobbit. The track has some of the most dramatic views, and is perfect for waterfall chasers.

Follow the trail on the Timeless North itinerary.

4) Glenorchy Walkway

Exploring a country on foot does not necessarily mean travelers need to yield high stamina. The Glenorchy Walkway is perfect for light easy exploration, and an ideal trail for families. The track is renowned for its multitude of wildlife, and walkers can spy a New Zealand falcon looking for prey or paradise ducks swimming slowly on the river. A recent addition of 1.7 km was added to this walk allowing trekkers more opportunity to discover this piece of paradise in the heart of New Zealand.

Follow the trail on the Pristine New Zealand itinerary.

To find out more about incredible walking itineraries throughout New Zealand, visit newzealandwalkingtours.com.

About New Zealand Walking Tours

Based in Queenstown, New Zealand Walking Tours is proudly presented by Active Adventures. With over 20 years of experience and learning, they have perfected the art of relaxed adventure, sending guests home with memories to last a lifetime. From discovering the pristine beauty of Milford Sound on foot, to dining at locally renowned restaurants with award-winning wine, experiences are catered for travelers that enjoy the finer things in life.

WEST TEXAS

By: Jennifer Simonson
The skies over West Texas are the area number four of the seven best spots on Earth for stargazing making it the perfect place for an amateur photographer like myself to attempt to capture the Milky Way on film. I opted to bypass the uber trendy town of Marfa and stay in the more laid back town of Marathon about half-a-hour north of Big Bend National Park. I arrived in Marathon near 5 pm and checked into the whimsical Eve’s Garden Bed and Breakfast.

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The brightly colored domes and arches of the bed and breakfast create a feeling described as “Through the Looking Glass.” Fragrant roses, bougainvillea and seasonal flowers fill the open-air atrium between rooms. After unloading my suitcase I set out to explore the town of 400 people. Two hours is more than enough time to wander through the local art galleries, gift shops and 27-acre gardens.

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The Gage Hotel is the town’s historic hotel. Built by a ranch owner in 1927, the boutique hotel offers a heated pool, spa and full-service restaurant to revive weary travelers. The mission-style adobe building decked out in cow skulls, suede blankets and leather hides will not let you forget you are in Texas.

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The cloud build up from storms blowing through ensured I would not be taking photos that evening. Instead I headed to the Gage’s White Buffalo Bar to relax with an El Carranza, the house margarita, before moving in to the 12-Gage Restaurant for dinner. I originally eyed the Blackened Scallops over a Black Eyed Pea Fritter, but thought given the cow-hide covered leather chairs and cowboy decor the Beef Tenderloin Filet with green chili scalloped potatoes would be a more appropriate entree choice.

I woke up early the next day to head into the park. More than 800,000 acres spread out over the high desert terrain of the Chisos Mountains. The park is simply too big to explore in a day. A park ranger told me to start at the Santa Elena Canyon. West Texas 5

The canyon straddles the United States and Mexico border. With 1500-foot canyon walls, it is considered one of the the most dramatically beautiful areas in the park. Many visitors canoe the 20-mile portion of the Rio Grande River that runs through the canyon. While others, like myself, hike down to the river then walk along the canyon walls while occasionally taking a dip in the water.

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That night I drove to the nearby ghost town of Terlingua to set up for photos. The evening was cloudy, so after checking Facebook (thank goodness for the Chevy’s Wi-Fi capabilities) I took a nap in the back of the truck. I awoke just before 5 a.m., as the Milky Way began to rise over the horizon. The clouds had dissipated leaving behind a blanket of stars filling the night’s sky. I spent the 90 minutes adjusting my shutter speed, moving the tripod to capture the best angle trying to take as many shots as I could before the sun rose. But for a few minutes I put aside my camera aside, stared into space and thought about how at one point in time people used the stars to guide their travels, navigate their ships, plant their crops and find their place in the world. I tried to take it all in before the stars retreated in sun’s first light. Then I packed up the 2018 Suburban for the long and dusty drive back to Austin.

AMAZON’S THE GRAND TOUR

Has a show or movie ever energized you to seek adventure beyond the screen? The Grand Tour, a Prime Original that follows three intrepid former car journalists on their high speed escapades around the world, has attracted fans ready to hit the road for their own adrenaline fueled adventures. Amazon uncovered a few fun facts about Prime members who have streamed The Grand Tour, and we’re spreading the word on where to get inspiration for your next trip to the great outdoors. These trends were obtained by comparing the purchase behavior of a sample of 100K Grand Tour viewers on Amazon to that of 100K Non-Grand Tour viewers.

Amazon learned Grand Tour viewers are more likely to seek extreme outdoor hobbies and live in areas known for adventure in the great outdoors than those Prime members who haven’t streamed the show yet. In 2017, Grand Tour viewers spent 24% more in Amazon’s Sports & Outdoor store than an average non-Grand Tour viewer. And these Grand Tour viewers are not just novices of the outdoors; they purchased more brands for top outdoor athletes and serious outdoor enthusiasts including GoPro, Black Diamond, Osprey, Patagonia and Thule than did non-Grand Tour viewers. The largest percentage differences in spend on outdoor equipment between Grand Tour viewers and non-Grand Tour viewers were on cycling gear (53%), rock climbing gear (45%) and skiing and snowboarding gear (44%).

It is no surprise Grand Tour viewers in the US are living in places that are known as gateways to adventure. Washington – home of Mt. Rainier, Olympic National Park and neighbor to the Pacific Ocean, andColorado – land of the Rocky Mountains and Mesa Verde National Park, had the highest number of Grand Tour season two viewers per capita in the US. These states have an abundance of activities for those seeking an outdoor and adventurous lifestyle.

Grand Tour viewers are more likely to drive cars that are compact and adventure-ready and steer clear of the family cars. When purchasing automobile parts in Amazon’s Automotive store, customers can add information about their current car to the Amazon Garage for shopping parts and accessories designed specifically for that vehicle. The Subaru Impreza was the top car model that was more likely to be added to a Grand Tour viewer’s garage than a Non-Grand Tour viewer’s in 2017.

If you have been looking for motivation to dust off your bike, climb a new route, wax your skis or take the family camping, check out The Grand Tour for some adventure inspiration and see you in the great outdoors!