For those magical, schnapps-fueled walks in the winter woods, these new flexible snowshoes will make the staggering easier. The unique snowshoe design flexes and bends to adjust to the terrain underfoot, your gait, and the depth of the snow.
In just one run down the bunny slope your Google glasses will be fogged up and iced over, so if you crave the same sort of heads-up display & data for your on-hill adventures, the Oakley Airwave 1.5 is the ticket. These goggles deliver legendary Oakley optics plus trail map display, GPS, MFi Bluetooth, and more.
Continuing their tradition of following in Nike’s footsteps, Adidas just jumped into snowboarding with a line of boots developed with the sport’s top athletes. The Jake Blauvelt Pro Model boot takes style cues from the OG Samba, featuring the classic 3 stripe vamp and tech features like Recco rescue technology, Aerotherm thermal barrier, and natural odor-neutralizers.
Ski & snowboard helmets with built-in speakers are nothing new but Sweden’s POC brand stepped it up by partnering with Beats by Dre on the sound. They also included a microphone for taking calls and put controls on the cord for volume, switching songs, etc. Available January 2013.
Colorado’s homegrown, handmade ski company Icelantic, is known for producing high-quality, high-tech skis. You might have to be a little Rocky Mountain High to order up a set of boards featuring an up-close portrait of legendary Colorado hippy John Denver on them, but that’s perfectly legal in Colorado now. via
If you thought driving while texting was deadly, wait ’til you point your skis down a vertical chute while reading the digital display inside your goggles. Oakley has introduced a MOD Live Android-enabled heads-up display inside its goggles allowing you to track speed, vertical drop, navigation, track friends, even connecting to your Contour camera. Unfortunately it won’t warn you when you’re about to fly off a cliff.
You don’t play tennis with a wooden racket or catch fish with a wooden rod so why take to the hills for the extreme winter sport of sledding with toboggan technology from a hundred years ago? You shouldn’t. The Snolo is a high performance carbon fiber sled that glides and corners like a rally racer. Fold it up, strap it to your back and hit the backcountry.
With snow already on the ground in places like Tahoe, Colorado, and Washington, winter is rushing in. Before you know it, you’ll be freezing your ass off but if you get a pair of these heated, fleece-lined leather gloves, at least your hands will stay warm. Heating is regulated automatically and they recharge via a cable in the cuff, just like your phone.
Cruising around the ski resort with a camera suction-cupped to your helmet looks about as cool as those stripes shaved into the side of your head. Sure, YOLO but why not keep your video-selfies to yourself? These new goggles with a 170º fisheye HD cam built into the frame offer a more stealthy way to capture your POV pow-shredding.
Some people head to the mountains for skiing and snowboarding to disconnect. Yeah, these people actually want to get away from talking on their phones. For the rest of us, there’s a new gizmo called the Speakgoggle that will help seamlessly and simply combine Bluetooth phone conversations and skiing. Paired with your smartphone, it’s an intercom system built right into the goggle strap that will also let you listen to music. Plus, with its bug-eyed styling it looks hella space age. Take that, recluses.