Lems Primal 2 Shoe Review: First Impression

The Lems Primal 2

The Primal 2’s are a minimalist/barefoot shoes or minimalist sneakers created by Lems. It is their second iteration of the shoe, the first being Lems Primal Origins, which they do not sell anymore. First, a little about the company.

Background

Lems Shoes, Which stands for Live Easy & Minimal, was started by Andrew Rademacher. He started looking into shoes in 2008 while working as a shoe’s salesman. After researching and studying shoe designs, and even tearing apart shoe’s, he decided to build on from the ground up. Andrew wanted a shoe that fit the form of the human foot rather than having the foot conform to the shoe. He also wanted the shoes to have a flexible sole, great ground feel and allow for the natural movement of the foot. In 2011 he released his first shoe, the Primal Origin.

His company, Lems, Is based out of Boulder Colorado and is an American-run and family owned operation with a grand total of 5 employee’s. The goal of the company is to make great shoes with 3 main features.

  • The shoes must have a natural foot shape
  • They must be extremely flexible
  • They must be zer0-drop from heel to toe

Lems Primal 2 Shoe

The Primal 2 shoe shipped fairly quickly. I received it in 3 days from Colorado to North Carolina. After unboxing the shoes, which I forgot to take pictures of, I took some time to look them over. Here is a quick rundown of the specs:

  • LAST  Lems Natural-Shape Last
  • UPPER  Super-soft microfiber + open-weave mesh (100% vegan)
  • LINING 100% moisture-wicking polyester
  • OUTSOLE  8.0mm LemsRubber (air-injection rubber)
  • FOOTBED  3.0mm removable PU insole
  • INSOLE BOARD  1.0mm PU strobel (lined with fabric on top)
  • STACK HEIGHT  9.0mm (not including 3.0mm footbed)
  • DROP 0.0mm (Zero-Drop)
  • WEIGHT  6.9oz/195g (size 43)

The shoes look great. The black mesh with the microfiber makes a great looking combination. They’re great as a casual shoe and are my go-to shoes when I need something that blends in with my outfit.

The Lems Primal 2’s are wide toe box shoes. This allows for your toes to spread or splay naturally. With the wide toe box, you can even pair these with Correct Toes, that is how much space you have.

What I Like

There is no getting around it, the shoes are just plain comfortable. I will admit that the first time wearing these shoes, they hurt my feet. I wore them on a 14-hour shift at my nursing job. That is more about the job than the shoe though. After the first night, which I did not wear the 3mm insole, I put the insole back in and I was good. I transitioned slower from having the insole to without it. Now I wear the shoes without the insole in, even at work, and my feet are fine. I wear these shoes around town, my wife and I walk all over town, and these shoes keep me comfortable and allow my toes to spread.

I have taken these shoes on trails as well and they have held up great. I tend to barefoot hike on trails but when the trails turn to more gravel, I slap these on and I am able to keep going. It allows me to have that ground feel that we look for but it keeps my feet pain free. While on the trails in North Carolina I have hiked off trail and used the Primal 2’s to scale tree’s, walk across fallen logs, jump from rock to rock crossing a river and the shoes have performed phenomenally.

What I don’t  like

While these shoes are great, they are not perfect. Let’s be honest, no shoe is perfect for anybody. My biggest complaint of the Primal 2’s is that they do not have good traction on wet rock. I found this out the hard way while navigating across Eno River. This isn’t a deal breaker, these shoes perform well outside of this arena but this is something to keep in mind.

My second complaint is not being able to talk to a customer service representative when I called. I wanted to know how to wash the Primal 2’s so I did not ruin them, this stems from when I slipped and fell in the river. I got an answering machine, left my message, and I did not receive a callback. I only called once and they are a smaller company so this isn’t a huge negative but talking to a live person would be much better.

Would I recommend these shoes?

All in all, I would recommend these shoes for those looking for a versatile shoe that can be worn on easy to moderate trails but look good enough to wear out on a casual day. They come in a variety of colors from Black, Red, Gray, Dark Blue, and Teal. If you want to go with a casual barefoot shoe or if you want something that stands out, they will have what you want.

Whats Next

This was just my initial first impression. I will be adding another review in a few months once I have put some more miles on the Primal 2’s.

Next, I will be reviewing Lems Bouler Boot. Stay tuned for that.

 

Tuttle Twins

Tuttle Twins Creature from Jekyll Island Review.

The Tuttle Twins and the Creature from Jekyll Island

Tuttle Twins

Creature From Jekyll Island Cover

The Creature from Jekyll Island is the third installment of the Tuttle Twins children’s book series. This book is, again, written by Connor Boyack who is becoming quite good at writing books on liberty for children. Elijah Stanfield joined Connor again to illustrate this installment as well. The illustrations turned out wonderful and kept my sons attention through the entirety of the book.

First Some Background

Connor took a complex topic, the ideas found in The original book from G. Edward Griffin, and distils it into a children’s book that is readable and fun. The Creature from Jekyll Island, the book that this is based on, details the ideas and formation of the Federal Reserve Bank. Here is a quick quote:

“The year was 1910. A small group of the wealthiest and most powerful bankers in the world, along with a couple of people in the government, held a secret meeting on Jekyll Island, in Georgia, to plan the ultimate bank called the Federal Reserve. This bank – this creature – has one main power, and a very sinister one: The power to actually make unlimited amounts of new money.”

The Tuttle Twins book takes these ideas as well as the repercussions of having a central bank and lays it bare so even children see its sinister nature.

What About the Story

The story The Creature from Jekyll Island starts off with the Tuttle Twins bringing their honey to market. During this trip their Grandparents join their family for a few days to help out and visit. That night Ethan over heard his Grandfather talk about a creature stealing his savings and his money is not worth as much as it used to be. This gets Ethans imagination running and he begins to imagine what this creature looks like.

Later on when the twins and their family go to the fair to sell their honey, Their father and grandfather, with imputs from mom and Grandma, tell the children what the Creature from Jekyll Island really is, The federal reserve bank. The children are a bit surprised but the parents tell them why it is so sinister and how it is stealing their Grandparents wealth.

The story, while it has complex topics and ideas, breaks it down so both children and parents can both understand how something like a central bank can be a threat to liberty. This happens to be Isaiah’s favorite book of the Tuttle Twins childrens book series.

What Did Isaiah Think?

Isaiah loves this book. It has become his favorite one of the Tuttle Twins series. Isaiah loves the illustration of the creature especially. He loves the idea of selling honey and earning money. ( he has jobs around the house aside from his chores that he can earn money for ) The fact that this takes place in a County Fair setting, with rides, popcorn, and candy keeps Isaiah interested the whole time.

He can’t read the whole book himself yet but he can read parts of it. However, he prefers me to read it to him, I get animated and use different voices for different characters. As far as the topics and ideas of this book, I am able to use the book as well as hard examples like silver coins and dollar bills to help make the point and make it a bit more concrete for  him. He has now started to ask me to buy silver pieces for his savings rather than just tucking away his change. In the last year he has saved enough of his money to have 3 silver coins, not bad for a 4 year old!

What Did I think?

As for me, I am happy somebody has written libertarian books for children. This is something that I think is hugely important because I wouldn’t have really approached the subject of the federal reserve with Isaiah till he was much older. This has allowed me to get through to him in regards to sound money. Having a kids book set on liberty or libertarian topics is great and the Creature from Jekyll Island is instrumental in allowing parents to put forth the ideas of sound money as well as entrepeurship to kids.

This book has gotten Isaiah to ask all sorts of questions regarding money which is great. This along with the other books in the series, especially the Tuttle Twins learn about The Law book ( review can be found here) allows parents to approach these subjects with their children and at least get the conversation started.

Critical Thoughts

The only real negative for me with this book is how long it is. This book is made for older children but it reads well. Isaiah likes it so it takes a few nights to read it. This book would be great for 9 or 10 year olds to read on their own. It is a great book, however, to read to your children that are younger than that. This, of course, is up to you.

Would I Recommend This Book?

I would Recommend this book even for parents with younger children. You may be surprised by what your children will learn from it. Kids can understand remarkable concepts before we realize it. If you are looking for a book that teaches the principles of sound money, this is it. If you are looking for a series that teaches children about liberty, this series is for you as well!

Lets not foget that if you do decide to purchase the Combo Pack, you will get activity workbooks for children with it as well.

If you would like to purchase any of the Tuttle Twins books click Here. You can also purchase a combo pack with several free bonuses Here, it is a great deal plus You can get 25% off of your purchase by using coupon code PARENT

Our Review of the First Tuttle Twins Book can be found here!

Connor Boyack talking about the Tuttle Twins on the Tom Woods Show.

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Midwest Juicery Pt. 1

Today I am starting a series of reviews on Midwest Juicery and the juices they offer. Let’s start with an overview of the company and a review of the first juice “Apple of my Eye”.

Midwest Juicery started in May of 2016 and has been rocking the juice world since. It was Co-founded by a man named Ziad Burkett who had a vision of people having great tasting and healthy fruit and vegetable juice with no added sugar. He went out and created his vision and it became Midwest Juicery. Here is a quick word from him!

We absolutely love and are amazed by the human body. It is one of, if not the most, complicated and magnificent things on earth. To ensure the human body reaches its full potential, it has to be fueled properly. Fruits and vegetables are essential. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to consume your daily fruit and vegetable requirements (here’s a secret: we recommend WAY more than the standard daily requirement. Fruits and vegetables are some of the most nutritious and easily digestible foods). As a result, a lot of people tend to eat foods that are convenient, but not as nutritious: processed and genetically modified foods.

Wouldn’t it be great if there were an easy way to consume more fruits and vegetables? That’s why we got started. Our mission is to provide you with a delicious, 100% organic, cold-pressed juice to make your life a little more tasty and a lot more healthy.

Midwest Juicery currently sells 5 different types of juices. Each with a unique name to go with its unique flavor. The flavors are Apple of my eye, 16 carrot gold, Beets by Midwest, Green with Envy, and Lava Lemonade. They sell them in stores in the midwest, the link to find them is here. They will also ship them to you complete with ice packs to keep your juice nice and fresh. This was great for me since I forgot my order was coming and my wife and I went hiking that day and the package sat out in the hot North Carolina sun till 4 in the afternoon. It was a blessing though, after that strenuous hike, I was glad to down the Apple of my Eye juice. It was cold, refreshing and energizing. I felt like I could go for another hike after that.

The Apple of my Eye juice boasts 2 apples, 3 heads of lettuce, 1/4 cucumber, 1/4 of a lemon and 100% deliciousness. Aside from the great taste that it offered, my favorite part is that there is no added sugar to the juice. This is important to me, as a nurse, I know what refined added sugar can do to the body and there is plenty of science to back it up It is 100% clean, organic, cold pressed, not from concentrate juice. This is the beauty of the juice. It is simple, it is clean, and it is a delicious healthy treat. The Apple of My Eye juice is a great pick me up after a arduos hike with the family up to hanging rock. My wife loved it and my children could not get enough. I should have had more because everybody wanted it. My only real complaint about the juice is that there wasn’t more!

Price wise, it runs 7.99 a bottle, however you can get them in bulk and use the discount code below to get 20%

I would recommend this juices to anybody who doesn’t have the time to juice on their own, parents who can’t get kids to eat their fruits and veggies, and anybody who needs a quick pick me up in the middle of the day. It tastes great, and they are healthy. That is a rare combination to have these days.

I talked to the owner of the company and he wanted to offer the readers a 20% discount. All you need to do is use discount code: LIBERTARIAN at checkout.

Stay tuned for the next installment and don’t forget to checkout Midwest Juicery for the Apple of My Eye juice. Don’t forget to like their facebook page as well!

Book Review: Primal Prescription

The Primal Prescription serves two major purposes and is divided accordingly.

First, the authors draw on Murphy’s economic insights to explain and analyze the complete history of health care in the United States and how things have progressed to what we have today, from wage and price controls in World War II to EMTALA under Reagan and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) under Obama. They break down the effects of various laws, and spend several chapters showing how the ACA “works.”  Additionally, they show the process of new drug approval and the relationships between what has notoriously become known as “Big Pharma” and the FDA. And here’s a shocker. For everyone who says, “the free market is broken in health care,” you’ll find that it’s not so much the free market, but rather intervention and “tweaking” over the last century that have, in their attempt to “correct” for various problems and perceived problems, caused many unintended “side-effects” in the health care and health insurance markets that needed further and further intervention and tweaking.

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The Tuttle Twins The Law: A Review and Discount Code

 

Connor Boyack Tuttle Twins The Law

Tuttle Twins The Law Cover

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The Tuttle Twins: The Law

It isn’t easy to find a liberty themed book that younger kids can appreciate. Connor Boyack, the author of the Tuttle Twins series, has done a remarkable job at taking a liberty classic, The Law, and making it accessible to children. At the end of this review you will find a Tuttle Twins coupon code to use for 25% off.  Connor also runs the

Connor also runs the Libertas Institute in Utah. A non-profit think tank that fights for the rights of the citizens in Utah.

A little background.

When we first received The Law, we bought the three that were available, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Since we also got the activity PDF files you can download for the kids as well. Tom Woods had mentioned it on his podcast but that was really it. The book is 41 pages long with wonderful illustrations by Elijah Stanfield that really captured the attention of my three-year-old. The book is marketed for those older than that, usually 6-12, but I took the chance that my little one would like it. We have had it for a few months and Isaiah, my three-year-old likes to have it read to him a few times a week. He actually prefers the creature from Jekyll Island over this one.

What about the Story?

Tuttle Twins The Law Illustration

Illustration In the Book

The book introduces the main characters, the Tuttle Twins in a classroom setting getting instruction on finding someone with wisdom. Ethan and Emily, the names of the Tuttle Twins, immediately think of their neighbor Fred. The Story goes on to weave from the Twins house to Fred’s library, garden, and pantry. He explains to the twins about what the government is supposed to be and do and what it cannot do. It takes a complex subject and breaks it down to principles. Isaiah, my son, loves the part where Ethan exclaims ” stealing is always wrong no matter what”. The children learn what rights are and why governments are formed and that sometimes bad people end up in government. This comes as a shock to the Twins. These concepts are not completely explained but the book does lay down the basic principles that parents and the children can build on.

What did Isaiah Like?

Bastiat The Law

Isaiah really liked the illustrations of the book. They are detailed and look fantastic. He seemed to identify with the twins, even marching around and impersonating scenes from the book. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the fact that he also loved the tree house the Twins have, which he wants me to build for him now (don’t tell him but he will have to wait till after the move).

He also liked the way the book allowed me to get animated when I read it. I tend to read in different voices for the different characters and this allowed me to do that. One of his favorite things is the book The Law that came with the book, it is drawn in the book exactly how the real cover is and he has to go get it when we read it. He brings it out yelling “The Law” and trying to say the author’s name, although never really getting it right!

What Do I like?

The illustrations, the keep Isaiah’s attention and that is important. Three-year-olds have a short attention span and this was able to hold it. The length of the book is good, probably better for older children but I can usually read it all in one sitting with Isaiah. Fred, I like him, it is nice to see a neighbor relationship played out like it is in the book. Where we live, there isn’t much of that. The workbook PDF’s are great as well. They take the story and extend it by giving the kids something else to make the story real. I am a big proponent of adding more of the senses when learning and being able to read and color the characters does that. Another big thing is that it is a series. We will get to follow along while the Tuttle Twins learn other liberty principles as well. This continuity is great because Isaiah can learn and grow with familiar characters.

Tuttle Twins Review Discount code

Cover of The Tuttle Twins Learn about The Law Activity book!

Critical Thoughts.

It can seem like a lecture at points, especially when the kids whip out a notebook to take notes from Fred. That is my only real complaint.

Would I recommend it?

This is a definite yes! I would recommend this to whoever is looking for a book to distil the basic principles of liberty from a classic like Bastiat’s The Law.

 

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Connor Boyack talking about the Tuttle Twins on the Tom Woods Show.

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