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 September 30, 2010: Volume 11, Number 22

 Replacing Scratched Lenses
Dear SkiPost,
Last week's article on foggy lenses got me thinking about my scratched lenses. Can I just order a pair of replacement lenses since my frame is still good? 
Yes  BG from Rudy Project you can order replacements lenses.
I do not know about other brands. The Rudy Project Lens Guarantee covers all lens damage (e.g., scratching) from use or activity on all RP Optic Lenses made by Rudy Project and on products that are in the current year's Product Catalog. Prescription lenses are not covered.  Through Rudy Project® North America's Replacement Lens Guarantee (RLG), consumers can opt to replace scratched lenses for a nominal processing fee directly through Rudy ProjectNorth America.

To have your lenses replaced under our replacement lens guarantee, please send your lenses and a check for $19.95 ($24.95 for Canadian customers) made out to Rudy Project North America to:

Rudy Project North America
Attn: Replacement Lens Guarantee

1015 Calle Amanecer, San Clemente, CA 92673

NOTE: You MUST send in your old lenses to process your replacement lens claim (no exceptions).


If you are sending more than one set of lenses, please enclose an additional $10.00 ($12.50 for Canadian customers) for each additional set.  Be sure to put your lenses in a protective box and include your name, address, phone number, e-mail address, check, money order or credit card number (Visa and Master Card only). ALSO - Please help us out with the sunglass/goggle model name and number so we may expedite your replacements as quickly as possible

Is Nordic Walking a Fad or True Fitness benefit?
By Pete Edwards
There are over 8 million Europeans using Nordic Walking Poles in the city (with rubber tips/asphalt paws on), out in the country and up in the mountains (rubber tips/paws off - exposing the metal tips). All ages and all fitness levels are embracing Nordic Walking in Europe. They are burning up to 40% more calories than regular walking thanks to their poles.


Here in North America the greatest enthusiasm for Nordic Walking is primarily coming from individuals with orthopedic issues, balance issues and/or weight issues. When using the perfect length Nordic Walking Poles everyone begins to automatically walk with a super straight back - better walking posture is biomechanically a good thing. This improved walking posture when combined with the unique 4-Wheel-Drive type action of walking with poles radically reduces the stress to the shins, knees, hips and back. Nordic Walking is low impact and yet provides a highly effective workout - burning more calories and working more muscle groups than regular walking.


Given the fact that a record number of American "baby boomers" are hitting retirement age, plus obesity levels are at an all time high and rising, the enthusiasm for Nordic Walking and its many benefits could potentially attract the attention of millions of boomers in desperate need of safe and effective fitness walking.


Backpackers know that knee and back pain can be eliminated by simply using poles. Skiers in the know have been hill bounding and ski walking with poles for decades. And now Nordic Walking Poles are combining all of the awesome benefits of cross country skiing, trekking with poles and ski walking into a doable fitness activity ideal for the masses.


At the American Nordic Walking System we have developed safe and effective levels of intensity and exertion - allowing individuals to dial in on the ideal work out and calorie burn, from casual to intense, burning 20-40% more calories than regular walking. Our user-friendly one-piece SWIX Nordic Walking Poles are helping individuals with balance issues, knee issues or new knees, hip issues or new hips, back issues (including those with rods in their back), weight issues, multiple sclerosis (MS), parkinson's (PD), neuropathy, arthritis, bursitis, scoliosis, lumbar stenosis, fibromyalgia, post polio, osteoporosis, stroke recovery, cancer recovery and other limitations to walking. All of our poles are equipped with the comfortable fingerless glove type straps (patented by the Salomon Ski Company) and eliminate the need to squeeze the poles and effectively transmit power into the heel of the hand.

Individuals with arthritis and/or carpal tunnel can use these comfortable straps when they could no longer use traditional straps. Our SWIX Nordic Walking poles are helping thousands of Americans get off the couch, successfully get outside, start walking safely and effectively launch much needed walking campaigns.


As skiers we all know that one-piece poles are safer, lighter and much more durable than cheap/flimsy collapsible poles. And when it comes to Nordic Walking one-piece poles are superior to collapsible poles that tend to rattle, vibrate and/or collapse unexpectedly.


Almost daily I hear in my Nordic Walking Classes that the poles are a "miracle" because the perfect length poles and correct technique allow these individuals to walk taller, faster, farther and much more comfortably. Obviously it is not a miracle it is just good physics. Our SWIX Nordic Walking Poles are helping thousands of Americans get off the couch, successfully get outside, start walking safely and effectively launch much needed walking campaigns.


About the author:


Pete Edwards is the owner/founder of WWW.SKIWALKING.COM and the American Nordic Walking System. He especially enjoys hosting Nordic Walking clinics for MS, Parkinson's, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Diabetes support groups, plus Wounded Warrior Programs. He has donated hundreds of pairs of Nordic Walking Poles to Wounded Warrior Programs at Walter Reed, Fort Lewis/Madigan/McChord, Fort Carson, Vicenza in Italy and Kaiserslautern Military Community in Germany.

Swedish Vasaloppet

The Swedish Vasaloppet, the first Sunday in March 2011, was fully booked over a month ago. Now entries for the Winter Week's total of nine races have already passed 30,000 registered participants.

The 87th Vasaloppet, as we announced at the end of August, is full with a maximum of 15,800 participants. In the other races in Vasalopps Arena (KortVasan, TjejVasan, Öppet Spår Sunday, Öppet Spår Monday, UngdomsVasan, HalvVasan, SkejtVasan and StafettVasan) there is a 20% increase compared with 2010. The shortest race is 3 kilometres and the longest 90 kilometres - so, in other words, there is a challenge for every family member!

 vasaloppet start

StafettVasan 2011 (for teams of five) has, just now, 50 % more registered teams, which probably means it will be completely full much earlier than for 2010. Further evidence of the high pressure on registrations is that nearly half the places in TjejVasan are now booked!

Since Vasaloppet was already full in August, those who want to take up the challenge of the whole distance from Sälen to Mora are registering for one or other of the Öppet Spår days. 14,000 were entered for the two 2010 Öppet Spårs - for 2011, just now, there are already 4,400 registered!

FACTS/Vasaloppet Winter Week 2011:

Friday 25 Feb: KortVasan, 30 km
Saturday 26 Feb: TjejVasan, 30 km
Sunday 27 Feb: UngdomsVasan, 3/5/7/9 km, Öppet Spår, 90 km
Monday 28 Feb: Öppet Spår, 90 km
Tuesday 1 March: HalvVasan, 45 km
Friday 4 March: SkejtVasan, 30/45 km, StafettVasan 9/14/19/24/24 km
Sunday 6 March: Vasaloppet, 90 km FULL

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November 23 - 27, 2010


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