Exploring the great outdoors can be much more enjoyable when you’re comfortable in what you’re wearing. This perfectly explains why hikers, trail walkers and backpackers pay that much attention to the finer details of their equipment. Ask any hiker or backpacker who has purchased a poor-fitting pair of hiking shoes and you’ll hear the horrors of an uncomfortable journey
The fitness and athletic clothing industry has proved to be a giant in the Australian economy over the last few years with no signs of slowing down anytime soon. All the health food and healthy lifestyle trends that have been popping up these last few years have clearly had an impact in the way consumers spend their money as this market grew outstandingly. In 2015 alone, it raked in 2 billion dollars in revenue and annual growth rose by 8.8%.
Another section of this industry that has grown significantly over the last couple of years, has been the online athletic apparel industry. This is mostly due to people getting better with computers and more comfortable with buying sports gear online. According to latest reports, this industry sector has had an annual growth of 22.6% and a revenue of 71 million dollars. The future outcome of this industry is only expected to grow and double in size with the retail store section expected to grow 5.0% per year and sports gear online sales section is expected to grow a big 14.6% per year.
These industries have done wonders in providing jobs, especially the athletic apparel retail industry with jobs rising to 6,792 in 2015, even though there are only 77 businesses accounted for in the athletic apparel retail sector and another 76 businesses accounted for in the online sector. These numbers seem quite small compared to some other industries which gave space for opportunities, so if you are looking to invest in something with a promising future this is the industry to consider.
Camping is certainly an exhilarating experience, perfect for when you want to have some peace and quiet away from the hustle and bustle of the world. It’s the ideal kind of adventure when you want to get away from the company of screens and become one with nature instead. However, when you’re an inexperienced camper, many things can turn your outdoor adventure into a burden that takes away all the fun. Lucky for you, we’ve got some tips that can help you make your experience better
Do you enjoy floating on powder? Cruising through groomed trails? Riding on rails? All of these riding styles require a different type of snowboard if you want to get the best experience possible. If you’re new to the sport, you’ll want your first snowboard to be designed for the type of terrain and riding discipline you prefer. The learning curve of snowboarding can be very quick or very short, depending on your goals and skills level. The main things to consider when shopping for a snowboard are its length, type, width, shape and profile. Snowboard Length When snowboarding first appeared as a hobby, people used to choose the ideal snowboard length for them by picking up the board and standing next to it to see [&hellip
Winter sports such as snowboarding and skiing aren’t cheap. Even reaching your destination can be costly, and don’t get me started on the equipment. Depending on how often you go on the slopes, you can either decide to rent all of the equipment or purchase it. Obviously, if you’re hitting the mountains once a year, renting might make more sense financially. But if you’re going a couple of times yearly, and for several days, then buying your own gear is probably the better long-term solution. If you’re buying your own equipment, you want to make sure you’re buying quality products from reputable brands that have a proven track record and are trusted for their durability and quality. Products from such brands, when properly cared for, [&hellip
Nowadays, inflatable boats have become a common sight at almost every marina. Tied to a cleat, bouncing back and forth against the dock lazily with each passing wave, they’ve become so common they almost feel like they belong there. Also known as zodiac boats, inflatable boats are used for a wide range of outdoor activities, including fishing, rowing and everything in between. Due to the fact that they can be easily inflated and deflated, you can store them in a small space or tie them against a ship or an RV, which makes them some of the most seaworthy crafts of their size
Before you pick your first campsite and start navigating through the vast Australian wilderness, it’s important to plan in advance all the essentials you will need to take in your backpack so that you can survive. Some survivalist experts like to tell newbies to just rough it up but that doesn’t necessarily mean you should suffer on your first trip. Although you’re going to become better as you put more excursions under your belt, your first trip into the wilderness doesn’t have to be a complete disaster. Here are a few tips to help you prepare
For skiers, buying thermals socks is just as important as choosing any other piece of the rest of their apparel. Just like ski jackets, pants and boots, ski socks are an integral part of your set-setup, affecting your comfort and performance up on the slopes. Getting them right can make a world of difference between a fun day outdoors and a bad skiing experience resulting in wet and numb/cold feet. Thanks to technological advancements, today ski socks are far more specialized than they were years ago, which means wearing your normal socks is not a good idea. If you’re about to go on a ski clothing shopping spree, here are some tips to help you out decide what kind of socks for skiing you should [&hellip
Choosing the right style of hiking shoes is a matchmaking process. Buy yourself a good pair of footwear to protect your feet and the trails are your oyster. And although hiking shoes come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, at the end of the day they all do the same thing – provide a platform to keep you hiking along your chosen path comfortably and well protected. But before you tie the knot and splurge on your new adventure ally, there are some factors to consider to make the best buy. Here’s a bit of help on the matter. Application – What Is Your Quest? The terrain, season, weather, as well as how much weight you’ll carry are all factors to consider when [&hellip
We’re all aware of the fact that public camping showers can be dirty and unsanitary. But imagine camping in the wilderness with no shower facilities available at all. It seems like a nightmare, right? However, in today’s modern-day and age you shouldn’t worry about such thing as there is an ideal solution – pop up shower tents. Unlike public camping showers, personal shower tents are clean and easy to use. Taking into consideration the fact that it is not recommended to bathe in lakes or rivers, as your soap and shampoo can be harmful to the natural aquatic life, a shower tent can be the perfect choice to stay fresh and clean on your adventures. Features of shower tents When it comes to pop up [&hellip
The Isuzu D-Max is one of the toughest workhorses available on today’s market. It sports a 3.0L turbo diesel engine and it is capable of handling up to 6.5 tonnes of load. However, as is the case with most vehicles, Isuzu has left a ton of room for improvement in the exhaust department for obvious reasons. Not everyone is looking to get more out of their Isuzu D-Max than they already got out the factory, but there are those, like myself, who want to squeeze every little bit of horsepower and torque out. So if you’re anything like me, you’re probably in the market for an aftermarket DMAX exhaust but aren’t completely sold on the idea of getting one. Well, if you’re still contemplating whether [&hellip