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Most snowboard boots are not noted for their aesthetic appeal. But a new boot-lacing system from Vans, featured on the unique Boa boots,

Most snowboard boots are not noted for their aesthetic appeal. But a new boot-lacing system from Vans, featured on the unique Boa boots,

makes for sleeker footwear. The lace, a thin steel cable, is tightened by just twisting a reel on the boot's tongue, and a gear train inside the spool creates tensioning force. If the idea catches on, expect to see boots with similar systems next year. For stockists, call Vans on 020 8877 9907.

With Christmas on the horizon it is time to think about presents for the adrenaline junkie in your life. Millets and the Activity Superstore are

offering three videos, in different price brackets, each of which features 10 one-day activities. The recipient chooses which activity catches their eye and books a place on it. The £59 video includes a wakeboarding session, the £99 package a skiing lesson with Eddie the Eagle, and the £149 package a flight in a Tiger Moth.

If you're having a bad day in the office, why not race out for a spot of high-speed go-karting at lunchtime? Teamworks Karting in Bishopsgate

have constructed a purpose-built indoor karting rink in the Square Mile for stressed- out City executives. The electronic karts are the quickest in Europe, accelerating to a nail-biting 55 mph. You can squeeze in a lunchtime race session or grab a few other speed freaks for a team event with trophies and champagne in true F1 style. Prices start from £25. Contact Teamworks Karting on 0870 900 30 20.

As a training resource for runners, www.onrunning.com is almost unbeatable. The website has a virtual

training camp, a treatment table and comprehensive nutritional advice. The marathon club suggests target schedules for races and there is a table of statistics with athletes' performances in 2001. Visitors can also enter the BUPA Great North Run (29 December) online.

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