Jayson uses the ColdAvenger Expedition balaclava for occupational purposes, as his work conditions range from -5 to -50°C in the winter in Canada. Jayson is a surveyor working in the oil and gas fields north of Fort McMurray. He works 12-hour shifts per day and although he doesn’t get much of a chance to warm up, the ColdAvenger helps him combat and comfortably tolerate high-winds and below-freezing temperatures. He also notes that because he has to where safety glasses for the job, he is very appreciative they don’t fog up while wearing the ColdAvenger. Glad we could help you out, Jayson!
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This Sunday, October 28, more than 40,000 runners will gather together in Washington, DC to race in the Marine Corps Marathon. But the real news is that 28 runners from across the country will prove themselves through their perseverance and fitness ability to race in the support of Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics, a network that Talus thoroughly supports.
The AANMA will be offering FREE spirometry lung function and exhaled nitric oxide asthma tests on Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th from 10 am to 5 pm at the Health and Fitness Expo by GE at the DC Armory in Washington, DC. At booth #211.
If you’re in the area come by and check out all the action. For more info visit the MCM event page at http://www.marinemarathon.com/
It’s easy to forget about certain necessary precautions when tackling the outdoors in the summer. We spend our sunny days daydreaming about vast ice forests, traversing the arctic and climbing the world’s highest peaks, requiring layers upon layers of clothing and ColdAvenger masks to prevent from becoming ice fossils to be discovered in millions of years. But the summer weather also requires some necessary precautionary health measures that need to be addressed just as adamantly as wintertime health measures. Equally as painful – and possibly more dangerous than wind burn and frostbite, sunburn can be just as detrimental as any cold weather-induced skin ailment. Just because you’re not making an epic 600 mile trek to the South Pole (Doug Stoup) or leading the first women’s crossing of Greenland (Felicity Aston), your skin and health are still at risk for permanent damage. Outdoor USA Magazine did a quick blurb on how dangerous not taking care of your skin in the summer can be and it was less than comforting.
That being said, to ensure there are no speed bumps to your upcoming epic winter expeditions, do yourself a favor and slap on some sunscreen before you head out for your summer adventures. And don’t forget, your ColdAvenger will do its job to protect your facial skin.
We are sponsoring the Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop in Whitefish, Montana. Join us this Saturday, October 1st, 2011 for a day of informational seminars by leading experts in the avalanche safety industry. This event will benefit any winter outdoor enthusiast. Whether you are a backcountry skier, snowboarder, snowmobiler, hiker, or any lover of wintertime adventures in the mountains, this workshop will provide you with necessary information about avalanche safety.
During the event there will be time to mingle with other backcountry enthusiasts and take a look at the vendor booths, one of which will be hosted by ColdAvenger! After the day is done the fun continues over at the Great Northern Brewing Company where prizes will be raffled and good times will be had. Registration is almost sold out. Click here to sign up!
Cold Avenger athlete Blair Falahey is in Nepal preparing to climb Kanchenjunga in the Himalayas. At 8586 meters, “Kanch” is the 3rd highest mountain in the world. Not only is it the 3rd highest, it’s also one of the most remote. It takes at least 2.5 weeks of trekking just to get to base camp. Because of the remoteness, difficulty and expense of organizing a trip like this, it’s one of the least climbed 8000+ mountains.
All the stars aligned for Blair to take part in this trip of a lifetime. Not only he is excited about the group he is climbing with, they will be flying into a small village just two days from base camp, skipping the required additional weeks of trekking. This will save the team’s energy for the long and possibly dangerous expedition.
Follow Blair’s updates from the mountain at www.blair8000.com
We’re thrilled to support Blair’s climb, and glad that he’s chosen to use ColdAvenger as an essential tool on the mountain. Blair uses ColdAvenger while trekking, climbing and snow camping. ColdAvenger helps him protect his lungs and airway to maximize his performance during the expedition. Getcha one here.
Here’s some exciting news for ColdAvenger–we will be featured on the popular daytime health talk show, The Doctors today for their “Winterize Your Family” episode. We are thrilled the ColdAvenger is being recognized and featured as a winter necessity appropriate for the whole family. Check your local listings for what time it airs in your town today! And hurry–it’s on at 2:00pm here in NW Montana.
As part of the show, we’ll be helping outfit some deserving families with ColdAvengers to get them outside in a safe way. Be sure to tune in. We try not to watch a lot of TV, but you can bet we’ll be glued to the screen. Hopefully we won’t end up on the cutting-room floor!
We’re so glad The Doctors is doing an episode on how to winterize your family…it shows that Americans are interested in health and safety and protecting their families during the winter months. We hope it encourages families to get out and enjoy some fun wintertime activities despite the temperatures. When you are equipped to protect your lungs and airway along with your head and face, you are truly dressed for success in the elements! Being active all year round is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and we are proud to be a part of that.
For local listings visit The Doctors website here.
Hi all! I just these great photos from Scott Gilmour taken during the Polar Challenge that just wrapped up in the Arctic. This expedition requires racers to work together, travel and move as a team from Resolute Bay, Canada to the 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole. Teams race in harsh conditions and this year every team was supported by a ColdAvenger to protect their faces, lungs and airway. Some great shots–Enjoy!
Lorin Paley, an 18-year-old telemark racer, from Steamboat Springs, CO is on board as a Talus-sponsored athlete sporting the ColdAvenger. She is a motivated US National telemark ski racer who is dominating her sport this season. Lorin has placed in almost every race she entered. Last season, Lorin won two gold medals at the Junior World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria in the Sprint and Sprint Classic. She also place second overall at the 2009 US Nationals in a tiebreaker based on overall time.
I was first approached by Lorin’s parents at the Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City in 2009. Lorin competes all over the world she felt the ColdAvenger would be useful. In an email she sent to me she asked whether the ColdAvenger would be appropriate for her. “…because temperatures were 25C while I was racing down the course at high speeds… I have never raced in such severe temperatures. As it turned out I took 3rd place, but find myself sick for the next set of races in Rjukan. Perhaps if I had your ColdAvenger face mask I would not be sick.”
Now fully protected with the ColdAvenger Pro, Lorin is racing all over the world in World Cup Telemark races in Norway, US, Spain, France, Bjorli, and Rjukan. A number of these races resulted in some impressive podium stands for Lorin. This is quite a great accomplishment for a young woman competing on a global stage. Not only is she busy training and racing, she is working to bring a telemark introductory class to middle school students in Steamboat Springs, CO and helps to organize a regional races in that state. She also works as an Outdoor Ambassador in the Outdoor Nation Program which focuses on getting youth involved in the outdoors.
I just received an email from Lorin in Europe updating me on her races and what she’s up to.
Today was a beautiful day in the Pyrenees. There was no rain and the sun was shining. I didn’t think telemark races could occur during good weather, but alas, today proved me wrong. Since I took so many days off healing my calf and didn’t do the gates during the training day, I skied the same way Serena Williams plays tennis: it took me a set to warm up. The first course was super quick and turny, an unforgiving situation for my sluggish feet. I made the jump line way too easily (men’s line plus), but overall I was in fifth (after three mystery penalties). Second run was a taste of redemption. I executed a strong run in the gates, getting good angulation at the tops of my turns, and had another strong skate, but since they moved the jump line down I didn’t make it. Amelie won(of course), Sandrine came in second, Susan Scheller, who was in third, crashed, and Katinka had a bobble, so at the end of the day, I ended up in third.
So that’s the update folks. In between cheese tastings, shopping in Barcelona, and otherwise getting lost somewhere in the Spanish countryside, a telemark race broke out and I did pretty good. Looking forward to another sunny day.
Thanks Lorin! Good luck with the rest of the season and stay warm over there in Europe Look forward to your next update. And congratulations on joining the ColdAvenger team.
John B. Sullivan, III aka ColdAvenger Pro
We’re honored to post this testimonial from Wendy L. O’Connor, the chief Academic Advis0r of Biological Studies at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
She explains how the ColdAvenger truly changed her life. Three years ago Wendy developed Reactive Airway Disease from complications of bronchitis. Reactive Airway Disease happens when the lungs overreact during different activities and environmental situations. It has asthma-like symptoms. In Wendy’s case, her lungs reacted adversely to cold weather and breathing in cold air. She developed RAD and endured steroid therapy the past three winters, with very little to no improvement. After being diagnosed with RAD, her pulmonologist explained how vital it would be to cover her mouth and nose whenever she ventured outside in cold temperatures to prevent a huge coughing fit. It was important for her to cover her mouth and protect her lungs even when she walked from the car to work or the short distances to the bus stop.
Obviously, the restrictive orders altered Wendy’s day to day life and the cold air became her worst enemy. She had to change her lifestyle and give up on being active in the outdoors when it was cold to avoid side effects. With her breathing heavily restricted and lifestyle severely cramped, Wendy set out to find a solution too keep from going through another winter in agony. She tells us:
I began searching the internet for a way to replicate an indoor environment while walking outdoors. The best answer I could come up with was to purchase a snowmobile helmet or motorcycle helmet and just wear that….I didn’t care how weird I would look. Walking around downtown with a motorcycle helmet on my head seemed a small price to pay compared to how bad my lungs get in the bitter cold Nebraska winters. During my internet search I happened upon the Talus Outdoor Tech. site and discovered the ColdAvenger. THIS was the answer I had been looking for-I hoped.
Wendy was skeptical at first because it almost seemed to good to be true. But she quickly found that the ColdAvenger didn’t restrict her breathing at all! And she was impressed with how the ventilation system could warm the air enough to stave off a coughing fit. Her first test was a relatively chilly morning in October.
It wasn’t too cold out, but cold enough that my lungs would be irritated. I could NOT BELIEVE what a difference it made! No coughing! No aching lungs with every breath I took! And warmed air to breathe in! I was floored.
The true test came when Wendy used the ColdAvenger on a frigid sub-zero December morning. The ColdAvenger saved her walk to work.
Not only were my lungs totally comfortable, and the air I was breathing warm, but I didn’t even feel cold! The difference being that my face covered in cold weather was remarkable. The ColdAvenger is nearly a miracle to me. ColdAvenger allows me to be outdoors during the winter as much as I want and/or need to be. I am certain that if it weren’t for this product I would require at least one round of steroids just to get through the winter.
And the coolest thing is that the ColdAvenger is designed specifically with people like Wendy in mind. Because Wendy’s own warm breath is mixed with the cold outdoor air inside the ventilator, she and all other ColdAvenger users are able to inhale humidified air that is 40-to-60 degrees warmer! If you have any questions about ColdAvenger technology, how the ColdAvenger works, how cold weather affects athletes or how ColdAvenger can rescue you from respiratory problems, visit the Health Science section of the Talus Outdoor Tech Website.
Thanks Wendy and enjoy the rest of winter!
Stay Out Longer!
John B. Sullivan III aka ColdAvenger Pro
The spread of H1N1 and seasonal flu this year has forced many of us to re-examine our daily routines. But you could be putting yourself at increased risk for the flu through your daily workouts. While staying in top physical condition is a great way to stay healthy, exercising in cold weather can open a window of vulnerability for an athlete’s immune system, especially the viral variety, such as influenza or “the flu”.
Inhaling cold dry air creates a dangerous situation that can lead pulmonary damage and illness. Human studies have found that athletes who perform strenuous exercise are predisposed to post-exercise viral infections, particularly of the respiratory tract. Another study showed that exercise in cold environments also causes disturbances in immunity in humans during recovery from exercise. According to this research, the immunological vulnerability can last for up to 48 hours after the workout ends. You can find more information and citations for those research studies on the ColdAvenger website. An excellent way to protect yourself from this cold-weather immunity gap is to use a ColdAvenger mask during outdoor exercise or any other strenuous outdoor activity (shoveling snow, raking leaves, etc).
The ColdAvenger raises the temperature of inhaled air by 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit and humidifies dry cold air. This significantly reduces the effect of cold air on the lungs, and protects you from the respiratory vulnerability and damage that can come from cold air exposure. It also protects the delicate skin of your face and neck from exposure. Healthy skin is yet another barrier to infection and disease, so proper protection is key.
So don’t let cold weather or the threat of the flu stop you from the outdoor activities you love.
Stay out longer!