Warm toes – Happy feet – Better riding

February 5, 2013 | 2:17 pm | 2 comments »

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-Therm-Ic heated soles

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-Thermo Sole – heated soles with integrated battery

I have suffered from freezing toes all my life. I have tried everything from space socks to walking bare feet on snow to increase blood circulation and eating warming foods. Nothing just helps, especially when I strap in. The blood circulation seems to reduce then to minimum and I lose the feeling of the board. Couple of years ago I finally tried electric foot warmers. I never really believed in them because I thought they were bulky, not going to stay on the boot, run out of battery, for sissys and pricy. I found it was all to the contrary, expect maybe the price.

Most of the people suffer from cold, feet at least in really cold temperatures.. In Finland and in the mountains it’s freezing most of the days during the dark winter and I was really suffering. My toes froze until they were white and next time they froze even more easily. Now with the heated soles I could ride for hours and have a good feel for the board even in freezing temperatures. Especially in powder I think it’s essential to have the board work as an extension to your feet and if the toes are freezing that’s lost. Foot warmers keep  feet dry and comfortable the whole day. I even use them during spring since they keep the toes dry longer. It’s seriously the best accessory I ever bought.

There are different brands in the market. I chose Therm-ic because it was available and looked least bulky but all brands are pretty similar: battety pack and soles. There are also just heating pads that you can attach under your own special sole if you are using one. I found that the integrated sole is pretty supportive as well, at least for my feet. There are 3 levels for the heat. 1 – feels like dry feet in most temperatures, 2 – warms the toes when it’s colder and 3- for cooking. Battery last the whole day or more even if you are using level 2 for several hours. Price is pretty high around 200€ for the battery pack and soles together but worth every penny. This is my fourth season using them and I had to buy new batteries after two season (about 200days) so last pretty well. The cable from the soles tend to wear out which is the only down side.

http://www.therm-ic.com/

But now when I am in Japan I discovered that there is a new brand with sole where the battery is integrated inside the sole and no cable or battery pack needed. You can have just the soles or the deluxe version with different heat levels and remote control (otherwise you have to remove the liners to turn on/off).  I have to get my hands ( feet ) on this!

http://www.thermosoles.eu/

I highly recommend to all with cold feet!

My things are a mess

January 23, 2013 | 6:35 pm | No comments »
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I am currently travelling and my things are a mess. More things to follow when I get organized and find some good stuff.

Welcome to SPLITLINES.COM — PERCEPTIONS ON BOARD – blog begins!

January 22, 2013 | 10:36 am | 3 comments »

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-Kaamos moon from top of Blåbaertinden in Tamok. Kaamos is the time in the north when the sun doesn’t rise above the horizon. Moon still lurks around though. Extremely dark and cold but beautiful moments.

Coming out of flat Finland means that I have always had to travel for the mountains and deep snow and for waves in the summer time. This has positive and negative sides to it. I have not grown in the mountains and have had to learn the ways and the rules of the mountain environment in the later age. This has been challenging and unnatural but at the same time an intriguing journey which has taken me around the world to places I, as a kid out of Finland, never could have imagined. It has given me a personal perception of things a long the way. The process of learning is addicting and annoying. As soon as I figure something new out I see that new knowledge just opens more doors and questions. Little frustrating and highly addictive.

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-Just around the corner hip session in Tamok. Different time of the year different orb. Sun in the method arch. Photo: Teemu Lahtinen

Through traveling with a snowboard bag I discovered and realized many things that have made me the person I am today. Experiences I got a long the way made me see the world differently and in a constantly changing way. Perceptions on board is about how I experience and perceive things through traveling with and moving on a board. It’s the indescribable feeling of sliding sideways that keeps me on the move. Looking at things little sideways is sometimes crooked but for me everything just feels little better that way. Through those experiences rises thoughts and perceptions that I want to share here. It is a scrapbook for me and hopefully some inspiration and useful knowledge to you. Welcome.

-Miikka

One of my this years projects also begins now. STORIES FROM HERE TO THERE -project starts at home and gives a good introduction.

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