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The daffodils that are already stretching toward the lengthening days are the result of last fall's extra efforts.

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Most hail is between the size of a pea and a dime. The National Weather service considers hail that is quarter-sized or larger to be "severe."

  • By STEPHEN REGENOLD For The Gazette

Unfinished and ready for assembly, the footwear pieces arrive at the factory in Portland, Ore. Machines and human hands work together to forge…

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A pair of KEEN boots built in Portland, Ore.

BIOM Chiappo sandals

  • STEPHEN REGENOLD For The Gazette

It must have been a stinky task, but in 2010 a research lab in Germany intricately scanned the feet of 2,500 athletes. The project, funded by…

Lite 1.1 shoes

  • By TOM HOWARD

Whenever a business has been around for more than a century, it must be doing something right. Doug MacPherson’s great-grandfather, George Mac…

  • STEPHEN REGENOLD For The Gazette

Take a hike. Toss your shoes in the woods at the end.

With the tap, tap, tap of his aged hammer against leather, Marvin Maust works as he has for half a century, as his father did before him.

  • STEPHEN REGENOLD

Designed to be one of the most minimal sport sandals ever made, the Zilch from Teva is flexible enough to fold in half. A thin sole, a footbed…

  • STEPHEN REGENOLD

Of all the strange and unlikely athletic trends of the 21st century there are none, in my book, nearly as strange or unlikely as shoes with to…

  • STEPHEN REGENOLD

In the past few years, a trend of super-sizing sports equipment like tennis racquets, golf clubs and downhill skis has caught on with consumer…

  • STEPHEN REGENOLD

The twice-annual Outdoor Retailer trade show, held in Salt Lake City, is an exhibition of to-be-released outdoors equipment from manufacturers…

  • McClatchy Newspapers

Here are tips from emergency officials and doctors to help you stay on your feet:

More than any season, winter demands good gear. Keeping comfortable while staying active in the cold months is a challenge, as is staying upri…