Photokina 2014 highlights

Skiing

The DC Tacoma concept plows, hauls, sleeps and parties

The DC Shoes Toyota Tacoma SEMA concept may not have been eligible for the Dream Build Challenge, but it's as fully equipped as any of the actual participants. This truck is like a rolling ski lodge, packing a road-clearing plow, gear racks, snowmobile carrier and rooftop tent. If every truck looked like this, there would be little need for ski resorts.  Read More

BearTek Motorcycle glove with reinforced carbon fiber knuckles and fingers

Since the explosion of touchscreen-based smartphones, glove manufacturers have developed touchscreen-optimized gloves and treatments that allow wearers to maintain touchscreen capabilties while keeping their gloves on. The new BearTek Gloves play even nicer with portable electronics, syncing wirelessly and taking control of functions like call answering and music play.  Read More

The iSis Intelligent (Mountain) Rescue System was one of the apps that CAC looked at

The smartphone is like the modern day, techy Swiss Army Knife. But it can't do everything. The Canadian Avalanche Centre says that avalanche rescue apps can not effectively replace dedicated avalanche beacons.  Read More

The CL!CK Carabiner is a tool designed to let skiers and riders make repairs on the hill

For skiers and snowboarders, nothing can ruin a good day on the hill faster than an equipment malfunction. Enter the CL!CK Carabiner, a handy tool designed for winter sport enthusiasts to fix binding issues without having to go back to the lodge, or even worse, stop riding completely if out in the back country.  Read More

The board-mounted Trace action sports monitor enables advanced tracking functions like tri...

There's no shortage of sports performance trackers, but most of them are worn on the body. Watches and glasses simply aren't comfortable for every sport, or every athlete. The Trace action sports activity monitor being developed by California's ActiveReplay pulls the hardware off the body and puts it somewhere more comfortable – on the board. It also adds some tracking functions geared specifically for board sports.  Read More

Pavement roller-skiing with Flexiskates

Incorporate a tilting mechanism into a car, scooter or bike and not only have you just increased its wow factor by at least a thousand percent, but you've also greatly improved its stability and handling. Such is the case with Flexiskates, which boast the stability of quad skates and the speed of blades, while also catering for simulated alpine ski carving on pavement.  Read More

Bike configuration with visor

Many sports require head protection, but not that many allow you to use interchangeable helmets. Every sport seems to have its own helmet designs and safety standards, so multi-sport enthusiasts end up spending hundreds of dollars on a closet full of helmets. Why can't a single helmet bridge the gap between sports? French manufacturer Cébé shows that it can, revealing a three-sport helmet that protects your head during mountaineering, skiing and biking.  Read More

Shovel, ice axe and other functions

If you're looking for a multi-functional shovel for apocalyptic zombie slaying, you'll want the Crovel. If, on the other hand, you plan to use the shovel for backcountry skiing, you'll want the K2 Rescue Shovel Plus Ice Axe. The new multi-functional shovel saves weight and space by combining several functions into one tool. Its name gives away two of those functions, but it has a few more.  Read More

Austria’s highest cable car and visitor center was unveiled late last year, located at the...

Perched atop of the Pitzal Glacier at an altitude of 3440 meters, the spectacular Wildspitzbahn became Austria's highest coffee destination when it opened its doors late last year. The visitor center designed by Austrian architectural firm Baumschlager Hutter features a free-suspension outdoor terrace to make the most of the breathtaking views across the surrounding Alps and is accessible by a new 61-gondola mono-cable ropeway.  Read More

Helite's ski-airbag infates in just 100ms

We've been following the progression of the ski airbag from Italian company Dainese for over a year. It turns out Dainese will have some competition from its neighbors in France. Helite, a company that specializes in equestrian airbag vests, is developing its own protective skiing airbag.  Read More

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