Posts Tagged ‘Bill Jacksons’

Last weekend my son and I spent four days at Disney Fort Wilderness.  From 7am to the conclusion of the fireworks, we ran the gauntlet of every known activity.  It is important to note how much running, lifting, and bending I did each day because I do have a recurring back pain due to a bulging disk between the L3 and L4 vertebra.  Normally, I find it difficult to fall asleep quickly.  In addition, in the morning it is slow for me to get moving due to restless sleep and having a stiff back.  I am happy to say that a new sleeping system fixed my sleepless restless nights.  I awoke with a refreshed rejuvenated back.  Moreover, my son remarked that I did not snore.

The solution to my rejuvenating sleep is the use of the Inertia O Zone sleeping pad by Klymit.¬† It is an inflatable ultra light sleeping pad with an integrated pillow.¬† It looks and works like no other inflatable pad.¬† The pillow has an x insert that cradles the head and the pad has support tubes strategically placed for comfort along side of holes to maximize sleeping bag loft. ¬†I was very skeptical of purchasing this oddly shaped product. ¬†But after speaking with staff at Bill Jackson’s I decided that the value of comfort verse the product price was worth it.

Interia O Zone

I placed the mattress under my Marmot Helium mummy style sleeping bag.  I am a cold sleeper and I was currious to discover if my down bag would be effectd by ground moisture and produce some cold spots.  

rolled up to pop-can size

rolled up to pop-can size

I’m usually a restless sleeper and I am happy to report that the pillow continued to cradle and centered my head all night long.¬† The x style pillow reduced the stress on my neck and pressure on my ear when I slept on my side.¬† The combination of holes and inflatable tubes was first like sleeping on a lumpy mattress.¬† I quickly transitioned from thinking of it like a lumpy bed to a series of fingers massaging the day‚Äôs activities out of my back. ¬†Due to the holes in the pad I also discovered no cold spots during the night. ¬†The Inertia O Zone sleeping pad is a successful purchase.¬† And I am looking forward to the next adventure with this new sleeping companion.

– Jeff

Hi Paddlers,

Just wanted to drop in a small post about Koreshan State Park here in Florida. This Friday thru Monday(10/16-10/19) Sean as well as KayakKev & KayakPeggy will be camping and paddling along the Estero River and surrounding mangrove islands. Not real sure who put the whole trip together- I believe it is a group of paddlers who are usually affiliated with Bill Jacksons- Shop for Adventure. Anyway will have more details and a new post when we return after Monday! Hope to meet some new paddlers!!


-Sea Turtle Sean

Vibram Five Fingers: KSO

Posted: January 3, 2009 by Jeff Fabiszewski in Gear Reviews
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My wife is so cool.¬† She gave me the KSO Five Fingers by Vibram for Christmas.¬† In Florida many paddlers use flip flops, or water clogs.¬†Unfortunately those things never stay on my feet.¬†I have even used neoprene boots.¬† And neoprene holds a smell…

I was so surprised to find a set of KSO under the tree.  She must have measured my feet while I slept.  For they fit.  I have warn them paddling several times since Christmas.


The thin abrasion-resistant stretch polyamide and breathable stretch mesh wraps my entire forefoot.¬† And it successfully ‚ÄúKeeps Stuff Out.‚ÄĚ So far the single hook-and-loop closure has prevented the shoes from falling off in the muck.¬† And the¬†secure fit is not putting pressure on my¬†Achilles tendon.

I have also tested the non-marking Vibram TC1 performance rubber soles to see how sure of a grip they have on our slippery boat launches.  So far I have not slipped.

I am very impressed by these shoes. And I thank the staff at Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure for helping my wife with this purchase.¬† It is weird to have material between my toes.¬†But they fit great, have not slipped off, and my feet have not stunk after wearing them for several days of kayaking.¬†And my paddling buddies are very happy about that.


Update: June 1, 2010

It has been almost eighteen months since I began wearing the Five Fingers KSO.  And I have to say that I have run them through a battery of  environments and tasks.  The original purpose was that I would only wear them while I was kayaking.  They have stayed on my feet while I have had mud up to my knees.  The Vibram TC1 performance rubber soles has lessened my times of slipping on boat ramps, and the rubber soles have not fallen apart, worn through, or even been cut by the abrasive and sharp edges of oysters that i frequently walk on.  They are a great warm water shoe.

Then I began wearing them to work, and around town.  I discovered that walking and running in them my feet, ankles, legs, and back actually began to feel better.  My back did not get sore when I was just standing in a line at a store.  And when I wear them to run on the treadmill my body feels great.  I have done some research lately and I now understand the why.  So the claims of people who advocate a barefoot lifestyle are not nutty.

The KSO rubber soles unfortunately began to separate itself from the fabric on both feet.   Yesterday I glued the soles back on with McNett Freesole Рurethane formula shoe repair.  It took about two hours for it to bond.  I have given it 24 hours to setup and you would never know that I had needed to repair them.


The only other sign of wear is that they are faded.  I probably should not have gotten the black.

My next request from my wife is to get a pair of Vibram Five Fingers KSO Trek for Christmas. – Jeff

The morning on Saturday November 8, 2008 began early for me and other volunteers for the Clearwater, Florida Iron Man Race.  The logistics needed to put on this type of event are amazing.  Dary of Bill Jacksons handled the task of organizing the safety kayaks for the 1.2 mile swim.

I had no problem waking up at four in the morning and reporting to the kayak meeting and launch at five, due to my seven week old son training me to become an early riser.  After I cleaned, and fed him, I was out the door with my kayak.


The 1.2 mile swim course was set up in a U format.  So Dary had plastic cones arranged on the beach to mimic the large scale course.  After we got our assigned locations, discussed the water conditions, and refreshed ourselves on hand singles we jumped into our kayaks and paddled two miles up the beach.

The sun was not yet breaking the blackness, yet on land we could hear the excitement of the athletes as we got into position for their swim.  The at dawn the cannon went off and the race began. Wow, the sight of colored caps, arms, and feet breaking the surface is amazing.  The sound as they passed by was like a hundred dolphins playing in the surf.

shephardsAfter the swim the kayak volunteers were treated to a buffet brunch at Shephard’s.¬† The food was great!¬† Yet, the real joy was rooting on the athletes.¬† Way to go Bozzone and Zeiger!





Bozzone and Zeiger win in Clearwater

Terenzo Bozzone and Joanna Zeiger Win 2008 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3

Terenzo Bozzone and Joanna Zeiger won today’s Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, presented by Ford. Hailing from New Zealand, Bozzone took first place at three 70.3 events this year and celebrated his first world championship title today with a time of 3:40:10. Zeiger, from the U.S., also took home three 70.3 wins this year and crossed the finish line at 4:02:49. Both Bozzone and Zeiger earned world best times at today’s event.

Andy Potts, last year’s world champion, led out of the water setting a swim course record of 21 minutes, 44 seconds. A men’s field consisting of some of the sport’s best, including Chris Legh, Oscar Galindez and Fraser Cartmell, Bozzone took the lead entering T2 in front of his fellow competitors. Maintaining a blistering pace on the run, Bozzone grew his lead with each mile. Germany’s Andreas Raelert finished in second, 32 seconds behind today’s leader with a time of 3:40:42 and a top five finisher here in 2006 and 2007, Richie Cunningham, rounded out the podium with a time of 3:41:47.

Top ten professional men’s results are as follows:

1. Terenzo Bozzone, NZL            3:40:10
2. Andreas Raelert, DEU            3:40:42
3. Richie Cunningham, AUS     3:41:47
4. Oscar Galindez, ARG            3:42:28
5. Reinaldo Colucci, BRA            3:43:22
6. Andy Potts, USA                 3:44:30
7. Luke McKenzie, AUS            3:45:11
8. Brent McMahon, CAN            3:45:43
9. Joe Gambles, GBR             3:46:23

10. Fraser Cartmell, GBR            3:46:34

Defending 70.3 world champion, Mirinda Carfrae, raced with a highly competitive women’s field including Joanna Zeiger, Julie Dibens, Erika Csomor, Leanda Cave and Becky Lavelle, with Lavelle also breaking the current swim course record in a time of 23 minutes, 3 seconds. Dibens led the field throughout the bike portion, being overtaken at mile 55, with Lavelle, Zeiger and Dibens entering T2 together. Zeiger, who placed fourth in the 2000 Olympic Games Triathlon, took the lead and gained speed throughout the run. Mary Beth Ellis, with a win in July at Lake Stevens 70.3, placed second at 4:04:07 and Becky Lavelle secured third place with a time of 4:07:32.

Top ten professional women’s results are as follows:
1. Joanna Zeiger, USA                   4:02:49
2. Mary Beth Ellis, USA                     4:04:07
3. Becky Lavelle, USA                  4:07:32
4. Julie Dibens, GBR                             4:09:10
5. Nina Kraft, DEU                             4:15:32
6. Erika Csomor, HUN                4:16:00
7. Catriona Morrison, GBR               4:16:28
8. Angela Naeth, CAN                   4:16:50
9. Leanda Cave, GBR                    4:18:50

10. Amanda Stevens, USA                4:20:28

The event, in its third year, took athletes on a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run. 1,284 athletes entered the water with participants ranging in age from 18 years old to 79 years old. Of those, 1,254 finished. A prize purse totaling $100,000 prize purse was up for grabs today. Professional athletes had the opportunity to claim Timex Ironman Watch Bonuses, this year’s bonuses were awarded to:

Bike ‚Äď Joe Gambles and Julie Dibens
Run ‚Äď Terenzo Bozzone and Joanna Zeiger

Additionally, there were several inspirational age group athletes including:

· Ricky James, 20, who was involved in a motocross accident four years ago that left him paralyzed. After bike modifications, he has continued racing on the motocross scene and celebrated a World Championship finish today crossing the line in his handcycle with a time of 5 hours, 30 minutes and 27 seconds.

· Bob Purrington, 46, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2002, showcased his determination to continue leading an active lifestyle, with an overall time of 6 hours, 33 seconds and 17 seconds.

· Team Hoyt, a father-and-son team that have completed hundreds of endurance events including Hawaii’s Ironman World Championship and the Boston Marathon, ignited overwhelming emotion when they crossed the line in a time of 8 hours, 14 minutes and 36 seconds.

The 2008 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 broadcast will air on NBC on Saturday, April 12, 2009 from 4:30 Р6:00 p.m. EST. Please check your local listings for specific details.