Recently, Harry and I have gone hiking a lot. He convinced me to buy a pair of Merrell hiking boots, and boy what a great investment they were.

I initially thought hiking boots wouldn’t make that much of a difference, but they totally do! They provide a lot of ankle support and traction, which assuages a lot of my anxiety about slipping to my doom.

If you’re a small woman who’s new to hiking (like me), then the Merrell Moab is a fine choice. It’s very comfortable and not that heavy. It’ll make your hiking trips a lot more fun.

About 2 years I first learned of 3D Hubs. It didn’t impress me very much. What I thought was just another startup trying to capitalize on idle 3D printers turned out to explode in a very quick time frame.

3D Hubs isn’t just a marketplace. It fosters communities. I believe that community focus is what propelled it levels above their competition.

It took me a while to realize I’m not their target audience. Sure, I love 3D printing and have traditionally outsourced the printing to online services. What I wanted was cheap and high quality prints from industrial machines. What 3D Hubs provided was locally made prototypes and a platform to exchange ideas about 3D printing. Their strong Meetup presence is a beacon for novices and a magnet for enthusiasts.

As long as they keep the community spirit alive, I think 3D Hubs will keep goin’ strong.