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  • Weather the Weather with GORE-TEX® Footwear

    shopgtxWe all know the winters in Michigan can be intense. From snow banks to slushy puddles, there are many ways for your feet to get wet and cold - making the rest of your run miserable.

    I don’t know about you, but I despise having wet feet when I run. The squish, squish, squish with every step is uncomfortable. Peeling off sloppy, wet socks only to reveal pruny, blistered feet is the last thing I want after logging mileage on a snowy, slushy day. And the alternative - running inside on a treadmill for the entire winter season? I’d rather watch paint dry.

    What if I told you there was a way to skip all of that? That you didn’t have to return from a winter sweat session feeling miserable because your feet are wet, frozen and blistered? Sidestep the discomfort this winter by checking out our selection of GORE-TEX® lined running shoes. Here at Gazelle Sports, we have expert knowledge on how to keep your feet warm and dry this winter, and GORE-TEX® plays a big part in that.

    GORE-TEX® is a thin membrane inside the shoe that is waterproof, windproof, and yet, still breathable. There are over 9 billion pores per square inch of GORE-TEX® in a product. This is what gives the shoe its waterproofness while still allowing sweat to escape. The pores are small enough that water molecules cannot get in, but water vapor (sweat) can still escape. All GORE-TEX® products also meet the standard for being truly windproof. The lining is thin enough that it takes up very little space in the shoe, so your favorite pair of running shoes should still fit as normal. Of course, you should still try the shoe on and test it out for proper fit - which we can definitely help you with.

    The GORE-TEX® implications? Dry feet. With a GORE-TEX® shoe, when you step in a puddle, a snow drift, or a pile of slush, your feet stay dry. Dry feet mean warmer feet. Warm, dry feet mean a happy run!I’ve been running in GORE-TEX® lined shoes for three winters now. I’ve never had to skip a run due to slushy or snowy conditions, and my feet have stayed warm, dry and blister-free all winter long, mile after mile! So, winter warrior, continue to run outside through the slush, sleet, snow and rain. Own the run, and keep your feet warm, dry and happy this winter with GORE-TEX®.

    -Allison Land, Gazelle Sports Holland

    You can find more information about the GORE-TEX® membrane here. 

     

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  • Dressing for Cold Weather

    To get outside and be comfortable in chilly winter temperatures you need to start with proper apparel,
    which includes fabrics with features that help regulate body temperature and preserve the body’s micro-climate.

    Proper Layering Beats Harsh, Cold Weather
    Proper layering allows you to strike a balance between your body temperature, clothing
    and the outside elements. As the temperature rises and/or your activity level increases,
    you can take off layers. Add layers as you get colder or the temperature drops. Also.
    Taking off your gloves or hat is a quick way to vent. As much as 70 percent of your
    body heat escapes through your extremities.
    Considers The Following Points When Deciding Your Layering Needs

    1. First Layer: Crucial! This layer must move moisture away from the body to prevent chill.
      Bras, briefs, tops and pants should be made of wicking materials.
    2. Insulation: This is the mid layer. These garments also move moisture and trap warm air.
    3. Outerlayer: This layer protects you from wind and precipitation, and completes
      moisture transfer by releasing perspiration into the air.

    How to Dress for the Weather

    Heavy Precipitation Moderate Precipitation Light Precipitation Dry Dark
    20°- 40° Outer shell Waterproof or breathable
    water resistant vest/jacket
    and pant/tight
    Waterproof or
    breathable water
    resistant vest/jacket
    and
    pant/tight
    Water resistant/
    breathable vest/jacket
    and pant/tight
    Breathable vest/jacket
    and pant/tight
    Reflective jacket
    or vest
    20°- 40° First layer
    insulation
    Lightweight Lightweight Lightweight Lightweight
    20°- 40° Accessories Gloves & hat:
    water resistant
    and breathable; yak trax
    Gloves & hat:
    water resistant
    and breathable; yak trax
    Gloves & hat (optional);
    yak trax
    Gloves & hat (optional) Lights, reflective bands
    0°- 20° Outer shell Waterproof or breathable
    water resistant vest/jacket
    and pant/tight
    Waterproof or
    breathable water
    resistant vest/jacket and
    pant/tight
    Breathable water
    resistant vest/jacket and
    pant/tight
    Breathable vest/jacket
    and pant/tight
    Reflective jacket
    or
    vest
    0°- 20° First layer
    insulation
    Midweight and/or lightweight Midweight and/or
    lightweight
    Midweight and/or
    lightweight
    Midweight and/or
    lightweight
    0°- 20° Accessories Gloves & head gear:
    waterproof plus thermal;
    windproof underwear;
    arm warmers; yak trax
    Gloves & head gear:
    waterproof plus thermal;
    windproof underwear;
    arm warmers; yak trax
    Gloves & head gear: waterproof plus thermal;
    windproof underwear;
    arm warmers; yak trax
    Gloves & head gear:
    windproof plus thermal
    Lights, reflective bands
    0°- 20° Outer shell Waterproof or breathable
    water resistant jacket and
    pant
    Waterproof or breathable
    water resistant jacket and pant
    Breathable water
    resistant jacket and
    pant/tight
    Breathable jacket and
    pant/tight
    Reflective jacket or
    vest
    0°- 20° First layer
    insulation
    Midweight plus fleece Midweight plus fleece Midweight plus fleece Midweight plus fleece
    0°- 20° Accessories Gloves & head gear:
    waterproof plus thermal;
    windproof underwear;
    arm warmers; yak trax
    Gloves & head gear:
    waterproof plus thermal;
    windproof underwear;
    arm warmers; yak trax
    Gloves & head gear:
    waterproof plus thermal;
    windproof underwear;
    arm warmers; yak trax
    Gloves & head gear:
    waterproof plus thermal;
    windproof underwear;
    arm warmers; yak trax
    Lights, reflective bands

    Wind Chill Factor 
    10mph wind = a temperature drop of about 15° 
    20mph wind = a temperature drop of about 25° 
    15mph wind = a temperature drop of about 20° 
    30mph wind = a temperature drop of about 35°

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