February 19, 2016
If you love skiing, you probably also love shopping for cool ski gear. There’s a lot of neat ski gadgets coming out this year, and many of them take something fairly ordinary and give it a high tech upgrade. With all the technological improvements made in many areas, it does seem like it’s about time for ski equipment to go high tech, doesn’t it? Here are a few of the coolest high tech ski gadgets now available on the market that you might want to add to your current gear.
The Outdoor Research Lucent Heated Gloves
Are you tired of your hands getting cold? With these heated Lucent gloves, that won’t ever be an issue! They feature AltiHeat technology and make use of a rechargeable battery to keep your hands nice and warm no matter how cold the slopes are that day. In addition to the heated component, these gloves also use EnduraLoft insulation to keep you warm even if the battery runs down and Gore-Tex waterproof fabric to keep you dry. They’re a great addition to anyone looking for new ski or bike clothing.
The Forcefield Pro Shirt X-V
Tired of falling and hurting yourself? If you’ve come home from the slopes with bruises more than once, you may decide it’s time to look into something like the Forcefield Pro Shirt X-V. This shirt makes use of the highly protective technologies used in bike gear and accessories to create what’s virtually armor for today’s skier. This padded shirt has a number of removable pads that provide extra protection from falling plus an ergonomic design that’s very comfortable. Ventilation and anti-moisture material also keep you nice and dry.
Oakley Airwave 1.5
Looking for the coolest ski goggles on the market? Then you might want to take a look at the Oakley Airwave 1.5. This model will make you feel like you’re in a science-fiction movie. It has built-in Bluetooth, GPS, and even a HUD that will show you things like your speed, how much distance you’ve covered, the altitude, and more. You can view your music settings, get notifications from your phone, connect the goggles to your GoPro, and even view a number of preloaded maps. That’s pretty amazing, plus the goggles make use of High Definition Optics so you have the best view possible. In addition to skiing, these goggles are great for biking and other outdoor sports. They’re also a great example of how technology changed cycling in many different ways. They make it possible to never get lost and to track much of the information that you once had to do manually.
Garmin Fenix 3
This little wrist device can record your vertical drops, distance, and speed plus it reports on the altitude, air pressure, and the temperature, too. It’s great for tracking your information, plus it also offers GPS coordinates in case you get lost.
Receptor Bug Helmets
POC has created a really cool receptor bug helmet that does more than just protect your head if you crash. It also features Beats headphones built right into the helmet itself for listening to music, but it does much more than that. You can actually sync the helmet’s Bluetooth connection with your phone and use the built-in microphone to make calls while you’re skiing! That’s all secondary, of course, to the protection that the Receptor Bug Helmet provides. It has the latest in impact and puncture protection, plus ventilation panels, bankers brim, and a clip for your goggles. This is definitely one of the coolest ski helmets you’ll find.
The Therm-ic Powersock
You’ve got the heated gloves to keep your fingers warm, but what about your toes? The Therm-ic Powersock will keep your feet nice and warm by warming up your entire sole. These socks use a batter that can last for up to 16 hours if you only use the lowest heat setting, but even on high, you still get three and a half hours of warm toes.
The Sony AZ1 Action Cam Mini
If you want to record all of your action on the slopes, you’ve probably looked at the cost of some cameras and realized they were way out of your budget. However, the Sony AZ1 Action Cam Mni is actually very affordable, light, and can be synced up with your smartphone for easy control. The quality is quite good, too, and it costs about half of what other wearable, weatherproof cameras are priced at.
Which Gadgets Will You Be Buying?
Will you go with an updated ski or bike helmet this year, or do you want those heated gloves or socks? Why choose? If you love skiing or any other outdoor sport, you need to have the right gear, so don’t hold off on making purchases that you need. These high tech items might seem like splurges, but they will help keep you safe and warm on the slopes.
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