FirmAppa are very proud to announce the launch of Ultra Runner Store’s new Fappa, available to buy from www.ultra-runner.com. This new white and blue ‘snood’ will be sitting alongside top brands such as Salomon, Montane, and X-Bionic.
Tony Holland, the guy behind Ultra Runner Store contacted us looking for a cheaper alternative to a Buff. He’d seen the original Hardmoors designs and wanted to create his own multi-functional headwear for his own company. The multi-talented Tony produced his own design and sent it across to us and we did the rest.
We’re looking to see many ultra marathon runners wearing these blue and white designs over the winter.
…And the Fappa Makes it on to the TV
Create Your Own ‘Bandana’
Perhaps you’re a sports business, an outdoor company, or other brand looking for multi-functional headwear. Maybe you want something similar to a Buff, but don’t want to fork out £15 for a garment that you may just want for promotional use (ie using as a freebie like Feetus), or to sell like Ultra Runner Store.
If that’s you – Please get in touch.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a neck tube for yourself, check out our store.
Are you an adventure junkie?
Do you love finding an excuse to get outside in the great outdoors?
Is endurance sport your thing?
Good. You can #FlyTheFappa in the FirmAppa Strava club.
You don’t have to be fit. You don’t have to be fast. We just wanna see you get outside and share your training with a group of like-minded people.
Have you ever packed for trip where realistically you can only take the essentials? I have just returned from an incredible 8-day bike trip in Spain, riding one of the Camino de Santiago routes. I was unsupported, and I did not want to carry a rucksack, so everything I needed had to fit inside my bike luggage. And my bike didn’t comprise of big, cumbersome panniers either – so space was very limited. If I had to pack anything, it had better be an essential.
But Fappas are a no-bulk, low-weight non-essential. And they don’t necessarily have to be packed. So I took two.
My Ride: The Via de la Plata
The Via de la Plata starts at the beautiful cathedral in Seville in the South, and follows an old Roman road north for 700km, before diverting North West to finish at the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela.
I was absolutely blown away by the scenery during this 1,000km solo, unsupported, mostly off-road adventure. Temperatures soared to 42C in the south, so much so, during my first day I think I suffered from a patch of sun stroke. One morning in Puebla de Sanabria, I was packing my gear and checked the weather. The temperature was a freezing -7C (yes, that’s minus!).
There are things we regard as essential gear on trips like this. Obviously we have spares and repairs for the bike in case of mechanical issues (puncture repair kits, inner tubes, multi-tools); we also require safety equipment in the unlikely event of an accident (whistle, phone); and undoubtedly most important is water and bottles to carry fluids during the trip.
The Essential Non-Essential
Then there are the little things that make such experiences much more comfortable, more bearable, and provide such versatility that you could argue they too are essential. This is where we introduce the Fappa.
Having extensively used Fappas over the last 15 months, not just as a neck warmer, but also for a multitude of different uses, I decided to take two with me. The decision paid off.
During the early stages in the south, when temperatures were around 37 – 40C, and I’d keep a Fappa round my neck to keep me cool, wick sweat off my skin, and to protect the back of my neck from sunburn.
The mornings were always quite cool, so I’d start off with the Fappa over my head, under my helmet. This would keep my ears and neck warm enough, and once the warmth of the sun came over me (usually between 8am and 10am), I’d slip the Fappa back down on to my neck.
Often, I’d double my second Fappa up and use it as a sweatband around my wrist.
What I hadn’t bargained for though – and this is where the Fappas really proved their worth – was the cold mornings at altitude: Despite the daytime being incredibly hot just the evening before, the morning I woke in Puebla de Sanabria the temperature was just -7. I had made good progress up to this point, so I allowed myself a little lie-in while the day grew warmer.
Impatiently, at 0830, I eventually set off. It was still -1C, but I had a mountain (bike) climb awaiting me – covering the 4,360ft Padornelo. Having only brought fingerless gloves with me, I had to wrap my Fappas round my hands to keep them from freezing.
Admittedly, this isn’t the best way to keep your hands warm, and it’s probably not the best way to use a Fappa – but at that moment, I was so grateful I had packed two Fappas, and now regard them as an essential.