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The Phobia-free Pastrana Show continues

By - January 4, 2010 9 Pictures
In the world of Xtreme sport, there are many individuals who have performed countless daring feats beyond the pale, but none have been doing ridiculously dangerous things for the very first time, and pulling them off, as long and as consistently as Travis Pastrana. On New Years Eve, Pastrana pulled off the world's longest car jump at the Red Bull: New Year. No Limits Party (where else), in Long Beach California. Not only did he break the existing mark of 171 feet, he set a new world record of 269 feet, extending the world record by 43%. After being the first to attempt a backflip jump on a motorcycle in competition, Pastrana was beaten to achieving the feat but has since been the first to achieve a front flip, the first to achieve a double backflip, not to mention being the first person to jump out of a plane without a parachute, B.A.S.E. jump into the Grand Canyon off a motorcycle and the first (and quite possibly the only) person to ever backflip a kid's tricycle. He's also won national motocross and car rallying titles. Travis, we salute you! Read More
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On running shoe: shock-absorbers for your feet

By - December 22, 2009 1 Picture
It may be a great form of exercise, but running is a high impact pursuit that places great strain on muscles and tendons. The stress it places on the body forces many runners to hang up their shoes and seek alternative, lower impact forms of exercise. Looking to take the pain out of running, a Swiss engineer set about creating a shoe that enabled the runner to land as soft as if running on sand, and to push off as if running in track shoes. The result is the the On Running Shoe – a shoe that incorporates a unique rubber ring into the sole design to provide a soft landing, while offering firmness and stability on push off. Read More
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2010 FIFA World Cup to be filmed in 3D

By - December 3, 2009 1 Picture
At Sony's press conference during IFA 2009, four members of the Gizmag team were among those treated to a demonstration of the company's latest 3D technology. While animated features are one thing, we all agreed that the snippets of football footage shown in 3D looked amazing. It's a whole order of magnitude above 2D - no matter how big or fast your flatscreen - when it comes to feeling like you are actually watching the action live. We walked away convinced that sports broadcasting will be the real turning point for the technology and it's certain to play a key role as major players try to convince people to start buying 3D TVs from next year. Sony understands this and has just announced a deal with FIFA to shoot selected matches from the 2010 World Cup in 3D. Being the world's most popular sporting event, this has to be the perfect platform with which to usher in the new technology. Read More
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VHoldR sports action cam gets waterproof casing

By - December 3, 2009 1 Picture
VHoldR knows how to get the attention of action fiends and the latest accessory for its ContourHD Wearable Camcorder promises to deliver even more spectacular footage. The Camcorder range - which was recently upgraded with a full 1080p model - now has the added durability of a dedicated waterproof case. No longer will surfers and kayakers have to persuade their friends about their latest adventure – they'll have high quality proof. Read More
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Snowboarding through the summertime: the Snowtunnel

By - November 19, 2009 5 Pictures
The trouble with seasonal sports is that you've literally got to follow the seasons around the globe if you want to live your passion year-round. That, or let technology find a way to bring you your outdoor thrills indoors - like the Snowtunnel does. We've seen Dubai's lavish indoor ski slopes in the middle of the desert - now, this Aussie invention gives snowboarders the chance to cut a neverending icy edge for a fraction of the cost it takes to operate other indoor ski facilities. Sure, it'd be nothing like the feeling of dropping in, carving and jumping your way down a mountain slope, but the Snowtunnel looks like its own kind of fun. Read More
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AlterG M300 Anti-Gravity Treadmill: train or rehabilitate weightlessly

By - October 30, 2009 2 Pictures
There are two things that are immediately appealing about the AlterG M300 treadmill. The first is being able to maintain fitness levels whilst nursing an injury, and the second is that you’ll feel as light as a feather whilst working out. The M300 allows people to run or walk at a reduced body weight of up to 80 percent, while the differential air pressure technology assists by applying a comfortable lifting force to the body. By reducing the body weight, there is less impact on the muscles and joints, and people are able to move more naturally and without pain. Read More
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Reduce your Carbon skateprint: K2 Eco inline skates

By - August 14, 2009 3 Pictures
Undoubtedly a pretty environment-friendly way to travel, donning a pair of skates still leaves you with a bit of an eco-headache. With all that plastic and metal wrapped around your ankles, the skates themselves are a bit of an environmental let down - until now. Inline skate innovators at K2 skates have recently added another industry first to the company's catalogue of cutting edge developments. Not only are the boots and laces made from recycled plastic bottles but the wheel frame is made from one of the most sustainable materials on the planet, bamboo. Read More
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Loopy design or best board ever?

By - July 27, 2009 2 Pictures
The Loop-In concept board could be an extreme skater’s dream, an answer for out-of-season snowboarders, or perhaps surfers who find themselves a long way from the ocean and want to keep up their skills. The Loop-In’s huge wheels can rotate over almost any surface while the board will rotate 360° within its interior independently. Read More
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Powerbocking: jump like a kangaroo, run like a gazelle & stride like a giant

By - July 27, 2009 7 Pictures
They’re enough to fulfill anyone’s dreams of bionic powers: jump six feet in the air (and over cars, if you’re in the mood), run at 25 miles an hour or more, and stride nine feet at a time. But, instead of costing Six Million Dollars, you can invest in a pair of “powerbocks” for just a couple of hundred. A cross between stilts and a pogo stick that harnesses energy in the same way as a trampoline, a set of Powerbocks will not only make you part of a sport that can help you lose weight, build strength and reduce cholesterol, but you’ll also be drawn into a craze that’s swept the world from Korea to Canada. Read More

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