Ski and snowboard season are in full swing and you know what that means… time to buy some new gadgets. If you are like me and I know you are, you love gadgets. To me it doesn’t matter what the gadget does, as long as its new and cool, I’m buying it. Sure, buying stupid gimmicks before has burned me but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy my gadget. Tech has taken over skiing and snowboarding and as consumers, we are stoked. The technology involved in skiing and snowboarding is always top notch and cutting edge, so let’s see what these scientists have been cooking up in the laboratory.
Whether it is for safety, convenience or just so we can be styling, these new inventions or improvements on old standbys are blowing my mind.
Ski brand Rossignol has paired up with tech company Piq Robot to produce an analytics tracker that records and analyzes all your day’s runs. This is pretty impressive if you want to see just how well you handled the terrain. This gadget is great for novices to professionals and anyone in between who wants to see how effectively they ski. Sorry snowboarders, this isn’t yet configured for you.
Suggested retail of $200 USD.
Outdoor Research Capstone heated gloves
These gadgets just keep getting better. No more cold hands and frostbite fingertips with these bad boys. The answer to hand warmers that eventually lose their heat, this Capstone heated gloves stay warm all freaking day. The gloves are powered by two rechargeable lithium ion batteries and have adjustable temperature controls.
Suggested Retail of $500
Arcteryx Voltair avalanche airbag
Avalanches are very common in backcountry skiing and an airbag increases survival rates dramatically, so check this bad boy out. Avalanche backpacks are not a new invention but the Canadian company Arctervyx has improved greatly on the old models. Instead of using gas canisters to inflate the airbag, the Voltair instead uses a rechargeable battery. These may be expensive but if you’re in the backcountry, this is a necessity, especially in late season when avalanches are much more common.
Suggested Retail of $1650 USD.
Mammut Barryvox S avalanche transceiver
Sticking with the avalanche section, this is a literal lifesaver. The transceiver sends out a signal to help find a skier who has been buried by an avalanche. Any skier or snowboarder who often goes off the trails should invest in an avalanche transceiver. This little watch could save your life or help save a buried skier. With an easy switch, the transceiver can receive transmissions from buried people nearby. Transceivers, along with a shovel and a probe should be in every backcountry skiers bag.
Suggest Retail of $500 USD
Oakley Airwave 1.5 with a heads-up display
Ok, Oakley is bringing the future to skiing with their new goggles. These incredible pieces of technology have a heads-up display that appears on the goggles’ lens. The data shown includes maps, speed, temperature and many other useful bits of data. These goggles will make a great gift for the skier that literally owns everything and is a tech geek.
Suggested Retail of $700 USD.
Abom anti-fog goggles
If you are an avid skier or snowboarder, your biggest issue with goggles is they fog up all the time. Well, Abom has solved that problem, makers of the new anti-fog goggles. They use a small electric current to heat up the lenses and it removes the fog, it’s the same technology that is in your cars rear window. The battery fully charged lasts up to seven days, that’s great for the forgetful skier.
Suggested Retail of $250 USD.
Check out the full article over at CNN