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Nike Zoom LeBron 15 Performance Review

20/01/18

It was about time I shared my Nike LeBron 15 Performance Review, so here are my thoughts.

15 years is a career in professional sports — unless you are LeBron James. If you haven’t noticed, he is having arguably the best statistical year of his career when most athletes are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

And he is racking up those numbers, for the most part, in the LeBron 15 Sale. The last few years have seen him wear mostly shoes from his Soldier line, so the 15 must be doing something right, right? Well, you know how we do…

Turf spikes for the hardwood — that’s really the best way to describe the pattern, and it is really a shame, because on dusty floor spikes don’t work.

For the first three days of testing I was on a severely unfinished wood floor at 24-hour Fitness (no clear coat at all). On quick lateral moves or curls for jumpers, while planting the lead foot, slides were impossible to stop no matter how much I wiped. Heel strike, toe strike, whatever — it was like the shoe was allergic to stopping.

On clean courts I had no problems at all. Stops were quick, directions were changed immediately, and all was right in the world. Still nowhere near the best, or even great, but it was good enough.

As for durability outdoors — I wouldn’t. Once the peaks wear off outdoors, the rubber will be quick to go, and then the Zoom Air unit will wear with the quickness. Better leave these for the indoor ball on clean courts.

Best. Zoom. Ever. I know I said that last year about the KD9 (I think), and a few years ago about Unlocked Zoom in the Air Jordan 28, but this is the stuff you dream about (what, you don’t dream about shoes and basketball? Just me?).

The huge Zoom units, blended with the Max Zoom in the heel, provide impact protection beyond anything not made of little white pebbles that still bounces back to provide responsiveness underfoot. The segmented units allow for a flex never felt in a 360° Zoom unit (or Air Max for that matter) and let the shoe roll underfoot — no stiffness here.

I was a little worried about the height of the midsole, and did actually feel the Zoom compress along the edges on hard drives and cuts to the rim, but a complete rollover never occurred, and again, all was good.

For a bigger player that puts some serious impact on his or her feet, this is almost a perfect setup. Smaller players who are lighter and shiftier, well, there is always the Kyrie or Curry line. If you are needing some intense impact protection because of age or injury, the LeBron 15 Black Gold will have your knees feeling, well, not so damaged.

Otherwise known as a really thick Flyknit, Battleknit sounds better — especially when dealing with an athlete like LeBron. The comfort is still there, the flexibility is freaking awesome, and the durability, so far, seems to be way better than past builds.

The thicker weave seen above is stronger and tighter in areas needing containment while over the foot there is more elasticity for better comfort and fit. This, seriously, is the best knit Nike has put on a basketball shoe.

Flywire cables run the lacing system and can be felt pulling the shoe around your foot. The pull tabs are leather and add a perfect contrast of old and new to the LeBron 15’s appearance.

Debate and discussion time. Some have said half size down because the knit stretches. Some have said half size up because the shoe fits snug. I say stay true to size because it just feels better to me.

The ankle area is stretchy and should accommodate even the widest of feet, and once inside, the padding from the Battleknit wraps perfectly around your foot without feeling restrictive. Because of the knit, all of the little differences in foot shape and bone structure are covered because the knit fills in the gaps. The heel stays locked in using the Flywire lacing. Midfoot and forefoot fit is rightonthefoot, but because of the knit there is no discomfort.

Length, for me, was perfect. In a 10.5, there was about an index finger width between my big toe and the end of the shoe. This fits right along with most other shoes I play in, including the Kyrie 4, Curry 4, and Jordan Zer0.1. This lets my feet have enough room to spread and push off on drives, and at the end of the day my feet just feel better.

It’s no secret LeBron needs support — dude is 6’8″ and around 265 pounds. He puts some serious torque on a shoe. A few years ago, Nike tried to keep up with him by adding Posite to the uppers, giving us the LeBron 11 through the 13, but if you remember, those didn’t stay on his feet very long (he went to the Soldier model more often than not).

What did the Soldier lack that the signature shoes did? Stiff uppers and Foamposite. The designers seemed to listen last year, so the LeBron 14 had a mesh upper and Flywire lacing. The LeBron 15 takes that thinking farther, and while the lateral support isn’t as contained as the LeBron 12, my foot never slid off the footbed.

Just trying on in the store, there was no way in my mind this shoe would be able hold on hard cuts. On court, the Battleknit held me down, but there was still a feeling of being uncontained that never had me feeling confident. The shoe still played great, but in my mind I kept thinking bad thoughts.

Another area that contributed to my evil inner thoughts was the cushioning. The Max Zoom sits extremely high and gives the shoe a tippy feeling. On two or three drives I did feel the edges of the Zoom buckle on lateral plants and even though the shoe didn’t roll, there was a sense of the midsole angling over and slowing me down. Again, I never completely rolled over, but the times I felt the movement it was a little scary.

Transition is serious, especially for a shoe and player of this size. The LeBron 15 looks huge on foot and it feels like a boot. The segmented Zoom and flexible midsole give the shoe a smooth feel in running and change of direction. The upper, again, is such a sock-like fit that there is no stiffness anywhere.

This may be the best playing LeBron shoe ever. Some will argue that the LeBron 10 is, and it was a classic, but the midsole was too stiff for a smooth transition because it was clunky.

The upper of the LeBron 15 and the comfort of Battleknit give it an obvious edge over the Posite series, and the Max Zoom is still the best blend of bounce and impact protection Nike has in its cushioning stable.

If you are looking for the absolute best Nike cushioning in basketball shoes that bleeds technology, the LeBron 15 is your ride. If you need a low-riding midsole with biting traction and a strait-jacket fit, you may want to skip this LeBron.

年輕時就該認真呵護雙眼肌膚

16/01/18

女人的皮膚保養,好像可以簡單到用3個字母概括T、U和W,少女時代被T區的控油問題所困擾,半熟齡時要擔心U區的鬆弛和老化,而在正式進入熟齡期後,最擔心的就是眼周保養的W形問題,從外眼角的紋路到浮腫鬆弛的眼袋,組成了一個W字母的形狀,也是最顯老,最難以改善的老化問題。

年輕時就該認真呵護雙眼肌膚

眼睛是靈魂之窗,不管什麼眼型的眼睛都有其獨特的神采魅力,大眼睛有大眼睛的靈動,小眼睛有小眼睛的精巧,單眼皮有單眼皮的味道,但眼周圍繞著一圈灰黑色澤,眼尾還有皺皺的紋路,再加上一個大大的眼袋,就怎麼也無法讓人感受到眼神的魅力了!

我自己就有深刻的感受,每當用眼過度、熬夜或睡眠不足時,我總是不太想面對鏡子,因為眼睛下方出現了一整區暗沉,眼周肌膚也看起來鬆鬆垮垮的,整個人就彷彿瞬間老了三歲,提前進入了W時代的感覺!反之,如果睡得飽飽加上前晚保養時順道做了眼周小按摩,眼周肌膚就會緊致又明亮,整個人看起來比實際年齡還小上一些,輕易達成「裝年輕」的效果!所以,眼睛是最容易顯老的部位,就像臉部肌膚一樣,越早開始保養,越能延緩老化發生,從年輕時就應該開始認真呵護雙眼肌膚,才能擁有一雙電力滿載的媚眼明眸!

解決眼部問題非常難

身為現代人,大部分都有保養肌膚的概念,知道趁肌膚年輕時做好保養,可以延緩肌膚老化的速率。一般肌膚的正常生理為25歲開始走下坡,這是自然的衰退。但經常會有人問我,在25歲用眼霜早不早?其實,解決眼部問題非常難,因為眼部肌膚是全身皮膚中最薄也最脆弱的部位,厚度只有0.5毫米,眼睛周圍微細血管的分佈較其它部位多且密集,眼部皮下的皮脂腺與汗腺分佈最少,極易產生皺紋和鬆弛。

眼周肌膚老化有內、外兩種因素。內因是隨著生理時鐘的運轉,人體的廢物逐漸堆積,細胞結構破壞,細胞修補能力下降,深層支持組織包括膠原蛋白及彈性蛋白受到破壞而退化,另外,情緒變化、種族膚色、缺乏營養、內分泌不平衡和新陳代謝失調等都是造成老化的內因;外因是物理性或化學性的刺激或傷害,如陽光、抽煙、自由基、藥物、地心引力等等。其中,又以陽光紫外線照射影響最大,紫外線使單一、高度活絡的分子游離基,打擊細胞膜中的脂肪酸,從而對細胞造成損害,造成眼周肌膚老化。

盡量避免拉扯眼部肌膚

而且畫眼線或戴隱形眼鏡時最容易拉扯眼皮,其次就是塗抹眼霜時手法的錯誤。無論如何,要盡量避免拉扯眼周的皮膚,否則皺紋可就找上你了!此外,卸除眼妝時一定要輕柔再輕柔,在棉片和棉簽的幫助下來小心卸除眼部彩妝。

到目前為止,沒有聽過身邊的一個朋友說,哪一款眼霜能真正解決已經出現了的眼部綜合問題,更多的是抱怨眼霜沒有效果。我認為眼霜最多只能是改善,不可能完全解決掉你的眼部問題。但並不是說這樣有了眼部問題的人士就不用眼霜了,眼霜還是得用。因為眼部的護理可不能等到W世代到來了才開始,從T世代時,我們就應該防患於未然。眼霜一定要提早使用,眼部問題可不能亡羊補牢。

再讓我們來看看眼周的四大問題:

眼周最容易出現乾燥小細紋

這算是最常見且輕微的眼部問題,眼周肌膚的厚度僅有約0.5毫米,加上皮脂腺分佈少,肌膚的水分很容易蒸發散失,眼周的小細紋通常就是因肌膚乾燥而引起的假性紋路,只要加強保濕滋潤,就能改善細紋現象!但小細紋同時也是初期老化的徵兆,如果置之不理,過一段時間就會變成真正的紋路,所以千萬不可輕忽。

如果你只是出現了小干紋,那麼只使用清爽保濕的眼部保養品來滋潤眼周肌膚即可,這類眼部保養品主要著重提供眼部肌膚潤澤,所以也適合年輕女生作為眼部保養的入門選擇。即使你的眼部肌膚沒有什麼大問題,也要將眼部保濕品當成基礎的眼部護理產品每天使用。

冷熱敷法快速消除浮腫

明明前晚睡得很飽,跟男友感情也沒問題,但卻總是被人誤以為前天晚上大哭過一場,而且眼睛浮腫到輕輕觸碰就感覺疼痛,甚至腫到讓原本的大眼睛都變成了瞇瞇眼,眼睛浮腫真不是大問題,但每次腫起來總是讓人身心都超困擾。眼睛容易浮腫和眼周肌膚代謝循環不良息息相關,睡前喝太多水或前一天喝酒,或是保養時過於用力,還有枕頭再低都會引起浮腫。

最快速的消除浮腫方式,就是交替為眼睛溫敷和冰敷,不僅可促進血液循環,幫助代謝排水,也能舒緩眼周的不舒服感,而眼睛疲累的時候用這種方式也非常有效。此外,再使用具有冰涼感和排水效果,且溫和不刺激的眼部產品來加強保養,就能改善浮腫的困擾。

Battle of the Store Openings: Bottega Veneta vs. Aquazzura

13/01/18 ,

Arm Shaper An old brand and a young brand celebrated store openings on opposite coasts on Thursday night. Bottega Veneta, the 50-year-old fashion house helmed by Tomas Maier opened its second maison in Beverly Hills, while the five-year-old shoe company with a cult following, Aquazzura, celebrated its first brick in mortar in New York. Following cocktail events at each shop, the designers both invited a smaller crew to iconic hotels in each city for dinner and dancing. Here, a side by side comparison of the two events.

The Designers Bottega Veneta: Tomas Maier, who Shapewear Tank Tops has been the brand’s creative director since 2001.Aquazzura: Edgardo Osorio, who launched Aquazzura in 2011.

Location, Location, LocationBottega Veneta: The brand’s second maison touched down on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, CA.Aquazzura: For his first store, Osorio selected Madison Avenue in Manhattan, NYC.

Dinner for two (or more)Bottega Veneta: 85 guests dined at the Tower Bar in the Sunset Tower Hotel.Aquzzura: 100 people were invited to dinner at a suite inside The Carlyle Hotel.

The TribesBottega Veneta: Hollywood stars from the big and small screens.Aquazzura: New York society types.

The A-ListBottega Veneta: Maggie Gyllenhaal, January Jones, Selma Blair, Minnie Driver, Liz Goldwyn.Aquazzura: Peter Dundas, Lauren Santo Domingo, Anna Ewers, Linda Fargo, Brandon Maxwell.

The RoyalsBottega Veneta: Gillian Jacobs and Odeya Rush, current princesses of Hollywood.Aquazzura: H.R.H Princess Beatrice of York, H.R.H Princess Olympia of Greece.

Double TroubleBottega Veneta: Screenwriter Mitch Glazer and his wife, actress Kelly Lynch.Aquazzura: Siblings Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild.

The Goody BagBottega Veneta: Instagram-worthy views.Aquazzura: Signature Aquazurra stationary.

 

Nike Kyrie 4 performance reviews

13/01/18

Traction on the Kyrie 4 is comprised of multi-directional herringbone — a favorite of mine. I love when traction patterns are aggressive yet traditional; this one mixes a little bit of the old with a little bit of the new.

This type of coverage worked really well on a variety of courts and conditions. Although the outsoles started off a bit slick the first couple of nights — I think there’s some residue on the soles to start — they consistently got better with each wear. That made wiping the outsoles something that wasn’t required very often.

I still feel that the the past two Kyrie models offered a bit more bite than the Kyrie 4, but I don’t think that that’s a bad thing. This traction pattern worked really nicely without feeling like you could break your own ankles at a moment’s notice.

Cushion is the best it’s ever been in any Kyrie model with the Kyrie 4.

The heel still features a Zoom Air unit, that I felt was unnecessary for the most part as I tend to stay off my heels. However, if you happen to use your heel then coverage from the Zoom unit is there.

What I loved about the shoe is that the design team brought Cushlon back into the fold — something that I’ve been waiting on for a very long time. Not only is Cushlon used, but it makes up the entire midsole. Usually Cushlon is implemented with a Phylon carrier to the softer/bouncier foam mixture, but not this time around.

The midsole is still on the thin side (at the forefoot) so the bounce-back that Cushlon usually offers is minimized, but much like adidas’ Bounce, this setup proved to be a well balanced offering of cushioning and court feel.

If Cushlon is used on the Kyrie line from here on out then the line may go from being one of my least anticipated models of the year to one of my most anticipated models.

Like the outsole, the materials along the upper are a mix of the old and new. Engineered mesh is featured at the forefoot and that provides you with a lightweight material that requires hardly any break-in time. Nylon is glued to the underside which restricts all of the air flow, but in turn it strengthens the material.

Meanwhile, the heel panel is a suede material that, while not premium, doesn’t feel cheap at all. In fact, it only makes me scratch my head at the materials used on the Kobe AD Mid even more than I already had. For $120, the Kyrie 4 feels like it could’ve been priced at the Kobe AD Mid’s $150 (I’m glad it wasn’t though).

Prices on these shoes are still ridiculous even with basketball market sales dropping over the past couple of years. Having some of the best performers of the year being priced under $150 is great for consumers and a head scratching moment for brands because some of the $150 and up models are not as well rounded.

I suppose it can be compared a bit to the movie industry. Films with smaller budgets tend to have greater impact and story telling even though they have to stretch a limited budget. That forces creatives to be, well, creative. Nowadays, the films with massive budgets often are lackluster and filled with eye candy but not much payoff.

Durability of the rear panel has been great thus far and the durability of the mesh should be okay with the nylon glued to it. Without it I think it’d likely rip over time time as it had on the Kobe 8 after extensive use.

The shoe fits snug but true to size. Wide footers may want to consider going up 1/2 size. If you’ve worn any of the past Kyrie models, I’d highly recommend you stick with the same size you wore comfortably in those because they feel like they’re all built on the same last.

Lockdown was solid up and down. The lacing is traditional so there’s little room for error there. As stated above, the forefoot is snug, which is something I personally enjoy. I always felt secure in the shoe and never felt my foot sliding around at any time — much like my experiences in the Kyrie 1-3.

Support on the Kyrie 4 was something I had no issues with. The midsole doesn’t cradle you in the way that I personally prefer (like a Dame 4 or Curry 4) but the rubber outsole’s exaggerated “teeth” offer a similar feel. The teeth wrap up and around the forefoot to stabilize the Cushlon a bit while also slightly caging the forefoot.

You can’t see it, but the Kyrie 4 has an internal heel counter at the rear. It isn’t quite as strong as something like external TPU or carbon fiber, but it more than gets the job done and ensures your heel remains atop the footbed without sliding over.

There isn’t a traditional outrigger in place, but the midsole up front is wide and sits low. The way it’s sculpted also acts as like an outrigger, which is a huge bonus.

Overall, the Nike Kyrie 4 is Nike’s best performer this year. Its very well-rounded on all fronts in a way that makes the Kyrie 4 more like a nike lebron 15. There’s just enough cushion for most, solid traction, fantastic fit and adequate support — and all of comes at a “team” friendly price point of $120.

I’m not a huge fan of the Kyrie line overall but if this is the direction Nike plans on going with the line then may change. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve loved aspects of the past models, especially the traction, but the brick-like Phylon has been anything but forgiving. Even the Curry 4’s foam midsole is more forgiving than the Phylon used on past Kyries, so the return of Cushlon was a great choice to bring a bit more balance to the low profile tooling.

I don’t believe I’ve said this all year, because it hadn’t been deserved, but great job Nike Basketball. This is the kind of shoe that I’ve been waiting for all year.

Poponáhľajte sa, tento rok kolá na poukážky na OZE budú už len v 1. polroku

12/01/18

Najvyšší čas vybrať si dodávateľa OZE

 

Slovenská inovačná a energetická agentúra (SIEA) zverejnila harmonogram plánovaných kôl projektu Zelená domácnostiam na prvý štvrťrok 2018. Budú sa konať štyri kolá s poukážkami na podporu inštalácií zariadení na využívanie OZE (Obnoviteľných zdrojov energie) za viac ako 7 mil. eur. Prvé kolo je plánované na 23. 1. 2018 a bude zamerané na podporu inštalácie fotovoltických panelov v mimobratislavských regiónoch. Nasledovať budú dve kolá (6. 2., 27. 2.) na podporu inštalácií slnečných kolektorov a tepelných čerpadiel. Na 13. marca je naplánované kolo, v rámci ktorého bude možné požiadať iba o príspevky na inštaláciu kotlov na biomasu v mimobratislavských regiónoch.

Konkrétne termíny kôl v 2. štvrťroku budú zverejnené v najbližších mesiacoch. Poukážky na tepelné zariadenia bude možné získať vo viacerých kolách v apríli až júni. Podľa SIEA v druhom polroku je zámer už len dokončovať inštalácie, aby sa na jeseň mohli preplatiť posledné poukážky, keďže projekt Zelená domácnostiam sa v roku 2018 končí. Kolá sú otvárané v určený deň o 15. h. Celkovo je v roku 2018 určených na poukážky necelých 14 mil. eur.

Alfréd Gottas, riaditeľ najväčšieho slovenského výrobcu slnečných kolektorov a zároveň aj predajcu fotovoltických zostáv, firmy THERMO|SOLAR Žiar, hovorí: ,,Kto chce získať finančné prostriedky z projektu Zelená domácnostiam ešte tento rok, nemá čo váhať. Mal by si vybrať seriózneho zhotoviteľa, ktorý mu poradí, aké zariadenie je pre jeho domácnosť najvhodnejšie a nechať si vypracovať ponuku na mieru. Napríklad len pri slnečných kolektoroch má na výber spolu viac ako 300 typov registrovaných slnečných kolektorov. Naďalej platí, že domácnosti do 30 dní od vydania poukážok na kúpu a inštaláciu zariadení na využívanie OZE ich musia odovzdať spolu s podpísanými zmluvami zhotoviteľom. Na ich využitie a podanie žiadostí o preplatenie majú tri mesiace. Individuálni žiadatelia môžu byť sklamaní, ak sa im poukážka v konkrétnom kole neujde a už s ňou rátali. Preto, ak chcú uspieť, by sa mali pripraviť už v predstihu, mať k dispozícii dobrý počítač a kvalitné pripojenie na sieť, aby sa mohli hneď registrovať, keď kolo začne. Tradične zrejme potrvajú aj kolá v tomto roku iba niekoľko minút.“

V súčasnosti SIEA pripravuje pokračovanie projektu Zelená domácnostiam tak, aby bolo možné od roku 2019 využiť ďalšie prostriedky vyčlenené na podporu využitia obnoviteľných zdrojov energie v domácnostiach. Do roku 2020 je na túto formu podpory z európskych a štátnych zdrojov na inštaláciu zariadení na využívanie OZE vyčlenená suma vo výške až 115 miliónov eur.  Teda od roku 2019 by sa malo rozdeliť zvyšných 70 miliónov eur.

V prípade solárneho systému a slnečných kolektorov z akciovej ponuky THERMO|SOLARU môžu domácnosti dostať podporu vo výške 781 až 1750 eur podľa typu a počtu kolektorov. Podpora predstavuje 35–50 % z ceny, ale nesmie presiahnuť 50 % z nákladov na kompletnú inštaláciu solárneho systému. Ročne tak môže domácnosť v rodinnom dome ušetriť aj viac ako 250 EUR za prípravu teplej vody pri solárnom systéme z THERMO|SOLARU. Návratnosť systému bude so štátnou podporou na úrovni 5-7 rokov a praxou overená životnosť je 40 rokov. Na výber má THERMO|SOLAR spolu 11 registrovaných slnečných kolektorov. Najčastejšie si zákazníci zvolia slnečné kolektory TS 300, ktoré majú najlepší pomer ceny a kvality.

Zariadenia na využívanie OZE sú dlhodobou investíciou a majú slúžiť svojim zákazníkom desaťročia. Najčastejšími kritériami, ktoré rozhodujú v prospech výrobkov THERMO|SOLARU oproti konkurencii, je pomer cena a kvalita, životnosť, výkon, referencie, garancie až 12 rokov, servis a poradenstvo. Výsledkom je, že v doterajších kolách patrili slnečné kolektory z produkcie THERMO|SOLARU medzi najčastejšie inštalované zariadenia zo všetkých.

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Harmonogram 2018

Harmonogram plánovaných kôl v projekte Zelená domácnostiam s indikatívnymi alokáciami na 1. štvrťrok 2018. Výška vyčlenených prostriedkov na jednotlivé kolá v roku 2018 je indikatívna. Môže byť vyššia v závislosti od miery využitia už vydaných poukážok

Kolo Dátum Zariadenie Alokácia BS (€) Alokácia mimo BSKK (€) Odhad počtu poukážok Vydaný počet poukážok Termín rezervácie Podanie žiadosti o preplatenie do
18. 23.1.2018 elektrina 1 650 000 581 22.2.2018 23.4.2018
19. 6.2.2018 teplo 2 350 000 1163 8.3.2018 6.5.2018
20. 27.2.2018 teplo 770 000 350 29.3.2018 27.5.2018
21. 13.3.2018 teplo 2 350 000 1567 12.4.2018 13.6.2018
od 4/2018 teplo 6 350 000
Spolu 770 000 13 200 000