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Best hiking shoes for men 2020 in Canada 

 

With summer slowly creeping in, we figured it would be time to introduce our top 5 hiking shoes for men. At MontrealTips, hiking is one of our favourite alternative ways of exercise and you can also enjoy it and abide by social distancing rules. Whether you’re hiking up a mountain or trails these shoes will bring out the best possible hike for you. Its a fun and challenging activity but we want you to be prepared with nothing but the best. Whether you’re an experienced hiker looking for a new pair of shoes or are a beginner that has been thinking about starting hiking this summer, we’ve got you covered.


La Sportiva Spire GTX

La Sportiva are a top of the line hiking company that provides incredible performance on all trails and hikes. One of their newest models the Spire GTX is quickly becoming the gold standard for hiking shoes. They offer a great overall experience as they are fantastic for long distances, backpacking, and for shorter but faster hikes. The shoes also have incredible traction for all possible surfaces and are of course water-resistant. The Spire GTX is the most lightweight shoe on our list but with that comes a price, as they are not the most durable shoe on our list. They are, however, a top of the line hiking shoe that will give you a high-quality performance every single time.

La Sportiva Spire GTX

Source: sportiva.com

Find it at: https://www.sportiva.com/spire-gtx.html

 

Salomon X Raise GTX

 

Salomon hiking shoes are some of the best in the industry and they again remained there in 2020 by releasing these X Ultra 3’s. The shoes are designed with the help of some of the top hikers in the world so you know you are getting exactly what pros want in their shoes. The shoes themselves have an amazing grip for almost all conditions and have a comfortable sole that will keep you going for hours. The shoes are also easy to break in because of their secure fit. They are also very lightweight but surprisingly offer great overall protection like some of the heavier shoes available. Overall the shoe is well known for good reason and is a fantastic all-around shoe that is ready to dominate right out of the box.

 

Salomon X Raise GTX

Find it at https://www.salomon.com/en-ca/shop/product/x-raise-gtx.html#color=20625

Arc’teryx- Aerios FL Mid GTX

 

The Aerios series by Arcteryx are one of their most successful shoes with reason. At its core, they are a reliable shoe that are protective, waterproof, and are designed with great materials. These shoes particularly excel in technical terrain for which if you don’t know, is basically difficult terrain like rocks, loose surfaces, steep descenets, mud, and water for example. They give you a great feeling of confidence when you are stepping because of the grip and its lightweight design. Even with the breathable material, they still offer Gore-Tex waterproof protection which an especially nice feature. They are a great overall shoe that will have you completing even the hardest trails and hikes.

Arc’teryx- Aerios FL Mid GTX

Source: arcteryx.com

Find them at: https://arcteryx.com/ca/en/shop/mens/aerios-fl-mid-gtx-shoe

 

Merrel Moab 2 Ventilator Low Hiking Shoes

These Merrell Moab’s are not designed with long-distance in mind but instead are designed for shorter quality hikes and trails. The mesh lining that covers the shoe is very breathable and provides an incredibly durable and breezy mix to the shoe for every run. The sole is also very durable and is smartly designed to cushion any heavy impact that you would encounter on your adventures. These shoes are also highly recommended for beginners as they come at a really great price for the amount of quality and performance you get with them. Be warned that since this is a mesh shoe they are not really waterproof. That being said, these are a great entrance to the hiking world that will keep you going for miles.

 P.S Merril has other versions of this shoe (at a great price) that can provide water-resistant shoes.

Merrel Moab 2 Ventilator Low Hiking Shoes

Source: rei.com

 

Find it at: https://www.rei.com/product/113826/merrell-moab-2-ventilator-low-hiking-shoes-mens?cm_mmc=aff_AL-_-145262-_-180150-_-NA&avad=180150_e1ab7a3a9

 

Vasque – Talus XT Low

 

The Talus XT Low by hiking experts Vasque are one of their newest models for 2020. They offer great stability, traction, and comfort for those long and enduring hikes. They are made from premium waterproof nubuck leather which makes them incredibly resilient to the elements and for the toughest and grittiest trails as it is one of their most durable models to date. Overall the Talus is a very reliable shoe that will take you where you need to be time and time again.

 

Vasque - Talus XT Low

Source: Vasque.com

 

Find them at: https://www.vasque.com/mens-hiking-footwear/mens-hiking-shoes/talus-xt-low-07078.html

Top 5 Fitness, Sports, Gym & Workout headphones

Best Fitness & Workout headphones

 

Its always a great feeling to crush your workouts to your favourite songs, but when looking for sports headphones/earphones to pick out for the gym, it can be a daunting task. With so many choices, brands, and features, it can become a headache to decide on what you want and what’s important for you. We all have different priorities in what we want out of our products so we tried keeping that in mind while narrowing it down to our top 5 choices to find the best possible mix to help fit anyone looking for specific sporty features.


Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

These are one of the top of the line sports earphones you can currently get. They have that quality Beats audio along with a rigid build that will keep them going for years. They are a great investment as they offer a 9 hour listening time and have volume controls on each earbud to get the exact sound you want. The adjustable ear hooks are very lightweight and are always a welcome addition so that they stay on your ears for even the hardest of workouts. Speaking of which, they are also water and sweat resistant. What we like is that they also come with an Apple H1 chip so they will have the same connection as you would with Airpods for example (They are also compatible with Android). Overall they are a fantastic pair of earphones but with quality comes price so be prepared to pay a little more.

Source: Amazon.ca

Find them at https://amzn.to/2yLQyMb

Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones

Source: https://amzn.to/2yLQyMb

 

Adidas RPT-01

While Adidas is new to the headphone game, it’s no reason to sleep on them. In fact, these are probably one of the best on-ear sports headphones you can get. First off, these wireless headphones have a great style to them as they have a subtle design and color for headphones. They feature a surprisingly great audio quality, are sweatproof and water-resistant, and they hold up to 40 hours of playtime, making them perfect for long runs and workouts! The only downside to these headphones is that they are not exactly cheap and they tend to get a little uncomfortable after about 3 hours of straight usage but otherwise one of the best options for over-ear sports headphones.

Source: Amazon.ca

Find them at https://amzn.to/35MUIPT

Adidas RPT-01

https://amzn.to/35MUIPT

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

 

While these Bose SoundSport has been out for a couple of years, they still do incredibly well in 2020. Bose is a highly renowned company for producing some of the top headphones on the market and their quality is apparent in these headphones. The headphones have obviously a  great sound to them and boast surprisingly comfortable wear so that you can wear for long periods of time. Like the Adidas, they are sweatproof and are great for running, workouts, and general physical activity. They are wireless but have a soft wire that goes behind your neck which is nice so the wires aren’t tangled up while doing something. They also have a hook design to keep your ears in place while you are moving around, they are also incredibly lightweight as you won’t even feel them on you. They have about a 6-hour battery life and are especially a great pick up if you are looking for something with an “all in one” package.

Source: Amazon.ca

Find them at https://amzn.to/2xUdcSc

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones

Source: https://amzn.to/2xUdcSc

 

Jaybird Vista Wireless Earbuds

The Jaybird Vista earbuds are one of the most versatile earbuds on our list. The earbuds last for 6hrs and are designed to be used for almost anything you do from just listening to music, around the house, running, general sports and rock climbing, for example, you get the point. The Vista is also the most resilient pair on our list so if you’re somebody who tends to break things, or trains in rough terrain these could be perfect for you. They are incredibly resistant to a lot of nature’s elements like water, dust, and sand, for example, making their lifespan quite long. The Vistas also have a very “locked in” feeling (which we appreciate) because they fit your ear really snug and which makes it incredibly hard for them to fall out which is something we always seem to struggle with while doing activities!

Source: Amazon.ca

https://amzn.to/2yLQNXB

Jaybird Vista Wireless Earbuds

Source: https://amzn.to/2yLQNXB

Under Armour True Wireless Flash Earbuds

Under Armour, another sports company having a go at the earphones industry and have released a true contender. These slick earbuds have a 6hour battery life and has a small kit to carry them around which also charges them for longer use. They are also water and sweat proof which is also a great added bonus. The earbuds also give its users a deep great sound as they have collaborated with JBL engineering, a top headphone company, to give it a quality sound and design. As a default setting, they are soundproof but what we love is that you have customizable options that come with that. Tappin the left earbud activates ‘Talk Thru’ mode which lowers your music so you can have a conversation with someone or when you need to listen for something. Meanwhile, the right earbud has an ‘Ambient Aware’ setting which sets it so that you hear ambient noises in your proximity so you can constantly be aware of your surroundings while still listening to your music. The earbuds also come with 3 different adjustable sizes for you yo find that perfect fit. These earbuds are designed for any general sport in mind so feel free to use them for any type of physical activity.

Under Armour True Wireless Flash Earbuds

Source: https://amzn.to/2YQDZcY

Source: Amazon.ca

https://amzn.to/2YQDZcY


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books by Canadian marketers

The Secret to Capitalizing on Analytics 2nd Edition is Out.

Montreal based Digital Marketer Publishes Leading Edge Second Edition of Marketing and Analytics Book

Montreal Tips is very excited to announce that Tarek Riman, founder of the digital marketing agency Cap.TaiM, has just released the second edition of his popular digital marketing guide for businesses, The Secret to Capitalizing on Analytics (2020 edition).

If you’ve been following the trends, digital marketing and specifically analytics are emerging as essential cogs in the business machine especially in 2020. Businesses are realizing the importance of having a strong digital marketing and analytics team to greatly improve their online presence. But at the end of the day, data is power, and the book enables you to wield that power in order to make most of your newly acquired analytical skills.


A little about the author

As the founder of Cap.TaiM, a full-service digital marketing agency, as well as a renowned speaker and university professor, Tarek Riman has an extensive background in business and marketing and is dedicated to staying up to date on the latest trends, as well as educating others about how they can utilize the latest technology to grow their businesses and build strong brand identities. His aim is not just to teach, but to arm individuals and businesses of all sizes with the tools and know-how to “run their own show”, as he says, as well as the drive to continually learn, experiment, and grow their skills.

A book on learning analytics

What is Analytics all about anyways?

The main role of analytics is to provide data on how well a website is performing in terms of attracting visitors, engaging them and driving conversions, so that businesses can make knowledge-based decisions and design data-driven strategies to improve business results.

“Analytics technology is this great equalizer for businesses. It’s so low cost and accessible, putting all this powerful data into the hands of anyone from an entrepreneur working a side gig, to a huge Fortune 100,” Riman says. “But, this opportunity is often missed because people believe it’s too complicated to set up and learn, or they figure it’s something they’ll do later when they’re bigger or when their numbers go down. Analytics shows you how to get bigger and helps you better anticipate when your numbers might go down and what to do about it. On top of that, it is not that difficult to learn and setting it can easily be done on your own, or with minimal help.”

“The thing about analytics technology is that it is continually evolving,” says Riman. “As the technology evolves, it’s important to continually evolve our understanding so that we can stay cutting edge in our industries and take full advantage of the tools available to us. Releasing this second edition is in response to that evolution.”

 

 

Who is this book for and why should you pick up your copy?

This latest version of Riman’s book is published with the intention to help all types of businesses and individuals – including entrepreneurs, small businesses, students, seasoned professionals and more – develop their understanding of analytics and data usage, as well as the confidence to dive in and start taking advantage of what is available to them.

Touted as a complete web analytics book for beginners, as well as an ideal reference book for seasoned professionals, The Secret to Capitalizing on Analytics (2020 edition) takes the reader from the very basics of what analytics is and why it matters for businesses of all sizes and industries, to exactly how to set up, utilize and ultimately capitalize on this dynamic technology for business success. This second 2020 edition offers updates and additions to the previous version while also offering more insight into how analytics help businesses develop strong marketing strategies.

After years of working with businesses of all sizes, Riman wrote this book to help make analytics technology even more accessible. In the book, readers learn set-up processes, common uses of analytics, marketing strategies, and data information and customization methods. Readers also learn how knowing the behavior and demographics of website visitors empowers businesses to design successful strategies, and how to extract and interpret that information using analytics.

 

Find The Secret to Capitalizing on Analytics (2020 edition) at:

https://www.amazon.ca/Secret-Capitalizing-Analytics-Approach-Beginners/dp/1796616192/ref=sr_1_2?keywords=tarek+riman&qid=1588023125&sr=8-2

 

Looking for more?

To view more of Tarek Riman’s work, check out

The SEO Way: https://www.amazon.ca/SEO-Way-Beginners-Search-Optimization/dp/1073695166/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=tarek+riman&qid=1588026650&sr=8-1

The Camino Within: https://www.amazon.ca/Camino-Within-never-lost-familiar/dp/1987756525/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=tarek+riman&qid=1588026650&sr=8-3

 

How to contact?

Tarek takes a very human approach with his work and welcomes anybody who is interested in learning more about analytics and the latest edition of The Secret to Capitalizing on Analytics (2020 edition) is encouraged to reach out to Tarek Riman directly via email or through the official website.

The 5 best online cooking classes you can take in 2020

Top 5 cooking classes to take online in 2020

The 5 online classes you can take in 2020 to improve your cooking skills.

This time off is a great time to work on some skills that you just didn’t have enough time during your usual busy days. Learning how to cook is an essential skill that is currently being exemplified by this quarantine. With restaurants closed, and having limited options for take-out we are starting to rely on our homemade cooking ability a lot more. Online cooking classes are a great way to start your journey to becoming a better cook. There is something fulfilling about trying to improve yourself and at the same time, you will also be able to impress the next time you host friends and family for dinner! It can be a great way to get inspired and stay busy during this quarantine and well…you can eat your amazing home-cooked meals at the same time, what’s better than that?

plate of vegetables and healthy food

Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash

Here are our 5 favourite cooking classes you can start taking right now!

 

1. Instructables

Instructables is a site that teaches you how to make a bunch of different things for free. But what’s especially great is their cooking classes are geared for beginners. It offers an accessible introduction to the world of cooking and how to make easy delicious meals. It also teaches you a variety of things from knife skills to how to properly bake, stewing, roast and more. It is a perfect entry-level online cooking class that you can start if you aren’t very experienced in the kitchen, so what are you waiting for? Sign up, get busy and get ready to feel accomplished!

https://www.instructables.com/class/Cooking-Class/

 

2 people cooking healthy food

Photo by Maarten van den Heuvel on Unsplash

2. Udemy 

Udemy offers a range of different courses for different fields but their cooking section is one of their more interesting selections. Their cooking section is divided into two. One contains free recipes and tutorials and the others you will have to pay for. The free recipes come with ratings and reviews so you can pick and choose which recipes you feel like making based on interest and user feedback. For their premium content, Udemy has certain cooking courses for different prices depending on which ones you want to sign up for. You can expect courses like “Essential Cooking Skills” and “Herbalism”(which is an awesome certificate to get) which really shows you the versatility of the site. Udemy is especially useful if you aren’t really sure what you want to make, or if you want to upscale yourself by completing their classes.

https://www.udemy.com/topic/cooking/free/

 

3. Masterclass

guy and girl cooking in kitchen

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

For something really interesting and unique, there is Masterclass which if you don’t know, is a new and different approach to online education for a variety of subjects. It is known as one of the best online cooking schools because the kicker is, is that the people teaching these classes are known celebrities and leaders in their respective fields. The best part about that is their cooking celebrities are really top tier. You can be taught by some culinary giants like Wolfgang Puck, Gordon Ramsay, and Massimo Bottura. They each have their own styles and ways to teach different things so you can see who is a better fit for you. There is also a useful trailer on the courses to get a good idea of what and how you are going to learn. Being taught one on one by these guys naturally doesn’t come free, as a single class can cost you about $120 CAD but keep in mind, these classes are extremely high quality and are made to feel very intimate in order for you to learn as if you were one of their students

https://www.masterclass.com/

4. Rouxbe

Rouxbe is probably one of the most well known online cooking courses you can enroll in right now. Rouxbe is welcoming to all different skill levels and is also a cost-effective entry into the culinary world. You can take on multiple courses like on how to cook and make pasta, how to master your fry pan or do the “The Cook’s Roadmap” which is a course that helps you gradually develop your skills over a set path that tests different skills. What’s especially nice about Rouxbe is that you can go at your own pace and make sure to properly learn what they are teaching you to receive the proper experience. Their membership is available monthly at an affordable $9.99 CAD or at an annual fee of $99.99 CAD. There is however a 30-day free trial which we recommend you try before you buy to see if Rouxbe is best for you!

https://rouxbe.com/

 

5. Thekitchn Cooking School

Thekitchn promises 20 lessons in 20 days for you to be a better cook than you are today for free. It is like a compilation of organized crash courses that are meant to have you learning quickly. The lessons themselves are extremely informative and go into detail about how to properly use the equipment, what to do, what not to do and what you shouldn’t learn for example. The lessons really come across as an honest and realistic approach to cooking at home and it really compliments how their lessons are structured. The lessons usually contain multiple assignments for you to practice what you learned and refine your skills. To us, it creates an almost class like atmosphere which can be a real motivator for some but also allows you to get a strong foundation of culinary knowledge.

https://www.thekitchn.com/


If you are in Montreal you might want to check these cooking classes.

If you want to more things from the comfort of your home, check out:

Farms offering online deliveries in Montreal and surrounding areas

Farms Around Montreal Delivering Produce Online

How to buy food from farms around Montreal?

It is a great alternative than having to wait in line at the grocery store and also a proactive way to not only support your local businesses but also making a conscious effort to socially distancing yourself. Ordering from these farms not only assures you the freshness of the products but also the type of quality you’d expect from one. Different farms specialize in different products so pick one that aligns with your diet choices!


Here is a list of Farms offering online deliveries in Montreal and surrounding areas: 

1. Fermes Valens

Fermes Valens is a farm that started in 1965 and was passed down from generation to generation. They really pride themselves on living a healthy lifestyle which is reflective of the goods they sell. The farm produces a lot of biological and gluten-free options from, grass-fed meats, free-range chicken eggs and gluten-free pasta for example. They have a wide selection of different foods and also has convenient ready to eat options but unfortunately, they do not have fresh fruit or vegetable available at this time. Fermes Valens also has a delivery schedule for Montreal and its surrounding areas but be sure to click their ‘delivery’ tab to make sure they deliver to your area!

If you want to find out more check them out at https://www.fermesvalens.com/

Vegetables and Groceries in a bag on a table

2. Potager Mont-Rouge

Potager Mont-Rouge is a family-run farm that really focuses on what is currently in season so you can get the freshest and tastiest produce. However, the opposite of Fermes Valens, Potager-Mount Rouge has a great selection of fresh fruits and vegetables but does not have a meat selection. They do however have a great weekly selection in which some specified items go on sale and would be wise to take advantage of this when possible. They also offer a weekly themed basket of fruits and vegetables which can also be an interesting choice! Mont-Rouge, unfortunately, does not deliver to Montreal so be wary.

Check them out: https://www.potagermont-rouge.ca/

strawberries in their baskets in a market

3. Le Panier Bleu

To put it simply Le Panier Blue is an initiative from the Quebec government to get us to buy our products locally. Le Panier Bleu actually doesn’t sell anything specific (right now) rather they are a medium in which you can look up what you are looking for and will point you to multiple Quebecois online stores to purchase from. This way, it creates a hub of completely local businesses that when you purchase something you can be sure your money goes to our local entrepreneurs. This list also includes multiple farmers around the region which by putting your address in, you can see the different farms that can deliver to you. Le Panier Bleu really stresses the importance of preemptively reinvesting into our economy to help Quebec’s people and economy get through this, which we think is a great idea. The site is still in its early phases as it plans to expand to be able to directly buy from the site itself so make sure to stay updated, we know we will!

You can find more info at https://lepanierbleu.ca/

selection of vegetables

4. Jardin Des Anges

  1. Jardin des Anges is another farm focused on selling and providing organic produce. What is particularly awesome about the farm is that they not only sell their own produce but help support smaller local farmers by selling their farm’s specialties on their site. They also have some different items week per week depending on what’s in season. This farm has the widest variety of products available compared to the rest of the farms on our list. It provides a healthy choice of vegetables, meats, fruits and also has other complimentary products. The site itself is easily navigatable and what we enjoy is that there are filters in which you can easily identify if a product is from their garden, from Quebec, imported or a  Canadian product so you always know where your money is going.

The farm delivers to Montreal and its surrounding areas but be sure to check to see if they can deliver to your specified address first!

Visit them at https://www.jardindesanges.com/en/

 

Pro tip: Check out our “The 5 best online cooking classes you can take in 2020”

 article to find ways to best use your fresh new produce!