HABAGAT OUTDOOR EQUIPMENT is the first thing that pops in my mind if you ask me about Cebu and adventure. For an island without much challenging mountains or a geography naturally made for chilling adventures, it did not prevent a group of Cebuano outdoor fans to pioneer in creating an outdoor shop, Habagat, which is now one of the most popular local brands for outdoor gears. (Feel free to disagree with my description of Cebu’s mountains and geography.)
I guess it’s because Filipinos are not just passionate, but they can be insanely passionate. If we are passionate about something, we always have that urge to share that wonderful thing with other people. And, one way to share that gift of passion is by creating products and crafts.
MINIMALIST FOOTWEAR: KAI Running Sandals
If you had read Born to Run or a follower of Tarahumara running culture, KAI sandals is something familiar to you. KAI sandals are variation of Huarache sandals used by Tarahumara, running people of Mexico.
After 101 experiments, KAI running sandal was then born.
Prices: P700 (with Philippine-made rubber sole 4mm)
P1, 400 (with Vibram Cherry rubber sole 4mm)
KAI Running Sandals WILL NOT kill your toenails.
KAI Running Sandals WILL NOT provide you cushioning so that you will be light on your feet and not jar your joints on each stride.
KAI Running Sandals WILL NOT provide stability features so that you won’t be confused on how to change your running form just to please your shoes.
KAI Running Sandals WILL NOT restrict the movement of your foot muscles, bones, and tendons so that you will not put undue stress on them trying to bend your shoes.
KAI Running Sandals WILL NOT transform the sport of running into weight-lifting by letting your feet lift more than 10 ounces for the thousands of steps you take in your workout.
KAI Running Sandals WILL NOT feel like a sauna for the feet.
KAI Running Sandals WILL NOT burn a hole in your wallet. (from kairunning.com)
Following are stories of KAI sandals from its patronizers:
Dennis Savellano switched on minimalist footwear to get a better running form. Read on our short Q&A with him, and learn a few tips on how to get started with minimalist footwear like KAI running sandals here >>.
Ondoy Bangcoy got himself into barefoot / minimalist footwear because of reading too much about running than actually doing runs. Read on our short interview with him, and learn about his most favorite pair of KAI Running Sandals here >>.
OUTDOOR SPORTS / RUNNING ACCESSORY: TxtID
At first look, TxtID can be just dismissed as just an accessory. But don’t be deceived. It’s a necessary accessory. It packs a WHOLE LOT of INFORMATION, without physically carrying them, that will help others to give you the proper treatment and care in case of emergency.
Each TxtID has a unique keyword / pin (engraved in the metal tag), which corresponds to the owner’s important information saved in a safe database.
Via SMS, texting your pin to TxtID’s hotline mobile number, your important information will be available any time and any where.
Type JUAN123 and send to 0917-32-777-55.
Basic P950.00 – standard 5 lines information on name tag and no SMS support
Active A P950.00 – 4 lines of info on name tag plus a probation for SMS support
Active B P1,050.00 – 4 lines of info on name tag plus 3-month SMS subscription
Active C P1,250.00 – 4 lines of on name tag plus 6-month SMS subscription
SMS Subscription Rates: P50/month for 3 years, P70/month for 2 years, P90/month for 1 year
Following are stories of TxtID from its founder / creator and patronizer:
Tony Galon, being very active in the running community — from running, to race directing, to inviting runners to donate blood, it’s natural for him to be concerned with individual’s safety. Read on to learn more about how TxtID started with the support of other runners, and its future with GPS here >>.
We will soon be sharing these wonderful running goodies with you, please watch out for it in our next updates! Like us at facebook.com/runroo, or connect with us at twitter.com/gorunroo to not miss it.
Here in runroo, we are also developing something we would like to share with runners and active people. Please check aktib.ph. It’s still in beta stage so it’s flimsy for now. But anyhoo, help us break it — sign in and play with aktib.ph!