$28 (pack of three); www.rhinomed.com.au
Apparently, those Breathe Right nose strips, which you tape to the outside of your schnoz, aren’t enough for some athletes wanting a perceived extra advantage by breathing more air. The Australian company Rhinomed has marketed a clip that you place inside your nose to, essentially, stretch the passages wider for more oxygen intake. The company has Tour de France winner Chris Froome as a spokesman. It claims a 38 percent increase of air flow to the lungs. The $28 price for a pack of three is a little steep, considering the company recommends that you use each device only three times before discarding it.
The farm-to-fork food movement? So last year. Farm-to-feet socks, anyone? A sock maker of the same name, which boasts having 100 percent American-bred merino wool, has a new hiking sock so plush and durable that you might not even need boots. That’s only a slight exaggeration. But the socks do weigh 2.5 ounces and, according to its website, place “more body yarn next to the skin for improved wicking and insulation.”
1. Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah
2. Es Pontas, Mallorca, Spain
3. Krubera Cave, Republic of Georgia
4. Tianmen Cave, China
5. Corona Arch, Moab, Utah
6. The Berkeley Pit, Butte, Mont.
7. Meteor Crater, near Winslow, Ariz.
8. The Great Blue Hole, atoll off the coast of Belize
9. Grand Canyon, Ariz.
10. Darvaza Crater, Turkmenistan