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KHW shows its new desert toboggan at the 2015 Nuremberg International Toy Fair (Spielwaren...

Selling winter sports gear is a tough gig. You're severely limited by climate and geography, and even in places with the ideal mix of snow and terrain, you'll still find loads of people that aren't interested in playing in the cold. Then there's the whole global warming thing hanging over your head. These types of limitations inspired Germany's KHW, the self-described world leader in plastic toboggans, to develop a special sled purpose-built for the sand. Summertime is taking a snow day.  Read More

Bett Mobil served up two ways

Last week's CMT show in Stuttgart, Germany put the spotlight on a highly versatile Volkswagen camper van. The Bett Mobil carries a sliding pod (reminiscent of the DoubleBack van) inside a versatile camper-in-a-box package. The Bett Mobil's "second story" slide-out bedroom leaves cargo room below and is the key component of a fully modular camper package that turns the Volkswagen Multivan into a full-fledged camper, then removes completely to give the owner a standard van back.  Read More

The Ridersmate connects you to your ride, and sends an alert if you fall off

If you regularly take off into the hinterlands on a motorbike, mountain bike or horse, there are no doubt times when you wonder, "What happens if I crash and hurt myself, and no one knows where I am?". You might be able to phone for help, although that wouldn't be the case if you were knocked unconscious. That's why British telecommunications engineer David Coleman developed the Ridersmate. If you fall off your bike/horse, it automatically sends a text message to let other people know that something's amiss.  Read More

Forcite's Alpine ski helmet sports multiple electronic features

So, you think that a ski helmet is just supposed to protect your head? Well, the folks at Australia's Forcite Helmet Systems apparently believe that it should do a little more. Among other things, their Alpine helmet lets the user shoot video, talk on the phone, and alert the authorities if they crash – hopefully not because they were distracted by talking on the phone.  Read More

The manly-lookin' Leatherman Tread

Leatherman multi-tools can certainly come in handy, but they are one more thing that has to be stuffed in a pocket or hung on a belt. That's where the Leatherman Tread comes in. It's a stainless steel bracelet that incorporates 25 tools within its links. Additionally, because none of those tools are knives, it shouldn't cause problems going through airport security.  Read More

Kisha is a smart umbrella that uses an app to predict the weather

There have been several attempts to improve upon the basic umbrella in recent years – the Rain Shield, which offers shelter from the wind; the Air umbrella, which uses a fan to stop the rain; and Nubrella, which is worn like a space helmet. Now, we have the smartphone-connected Kisha.  Read More

The North45 scarf channels its wearer's breath out the bottom (Photo: Ben Coxworth/Gizmag)...

Last March, we first heard about the North45 scarf. Created by Canadian entrepreneur Dimitri Poliderakis, it's designed to keep winter sports enthusiasts' faces warm while simultaneously not causing their goggles to fog up – a feat that regular scarves often can't manage. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, it went on sale at the end of last winter. I got a chance to try one out this winter, and I can tell ya right now ... it works just as advertised.  Read More

The Ice Auger Machine, set up with snowmobile skis

Dedicated winter anglers will travel long distances across frozen lakes, in order to reach prime ice-fishing spots. While many of these fishermen use a snowmobile to do so, such vehicles can cost US$10,000 or more to buy new. Wisconsin-based sportsman Adam Ford, however, has come up with an alternative. He's created an ice-going go-kart that utilizes the motor of an ice auger, which the user would be carrying with them anyway.  Read More

Erik Roner recently used 90 helium-filled balloons and a sun lounger to fly up to 8,000 ft...

Have you ever wondered how many helium-filled balloons it would take to lift you up and let you fly among the clouds? Extreme sports enthusiast Erik Roner recently found out. Roner attached 90 helium-filled balloons to a sun lounger and rose to 8,000 ft (2,438 m).  Read More

Mavari is a surf cloak with a range of different uses

Mavari is a cleverly conceived "surf cloak" that uses a triple-layer fabric to keep you warm and dry in bad weather, and dry you off after a session in the water. Its versatile design also means it can be folded into a backpack.  Read More

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