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The rider's position cuts air resistance (older version)

Traditionally the domain of small children celebrating a snow day, sledding is slowly working its way up to a serious snow sport akin to skiing. About a month ago, we covered the US$3,000 Snolo Stealth-X carbon fiber sled, and now we have another high-tech sled built for serious downhillers. The Snowbull is an Austrian-designed sled that uses high-tech components for a sharp, fast ride.  Read More

The Provision jacket combines weather protection and survival gear

Most winter jackets attempt to keep you alive by locking in your body heat and shedding moisture during cold, snowy weather. The Rocky S2V Provision takes winter protection to the next level. The jacket features an integrated survival kit designed to keep you prepared for much more than just the weather.  Read More

Dry and deodorize with UV

Portable boot dryers can mean the difference between a miserable day spent obsessing about cold, numb toes and a carefree day on the slopes. The Drywarmer from Sidas delivers the latter, and it keeps your feet a little fresher to boot.  Read More

A vest with extra storage in back

O-range is an Italian design studio-turned-manufacturer that builds a line of distinctive backpacks and bags. Its new Connector Vest strips the straps off the backpack and replaces them with a vest. It's designed to be a more ergonomic, comfortable solution for outdoor enthusiasts.  Read More

The jackets' black layer absorbs sunlight, and the silver layer keeps body heat in

Polychromelab fabric is a three-layer waterproof-breathable fabric with a unique climate control system. The fabric is designed to be reversible and uses a black application on one side and a silver application on the other. The different colors work with external and internal conditions to cool you down or warm you up.  Read More

Skikes are designed for a warm-weather cross country skiing workout © Photo Plohe

When we first saw the term "Skike," we immediately thought "skate bike" (i.e. a scooter-like contraption combining bike components with skating action). We were probably thinking of the similarly named Trikke and its brother the Skki. The Skike does combine biking and skating, but it's a different kind of skating and a different kind of skate-bike. Essentially a roller skate with biking influences, the Skike is a tool for asphalt cross country skiing.  Read More

Neva ski poles contain a microprocessor and OLED screen, allowing skiers to do things such...

It seems that more and more often, we’re hearing about people adding computer functionality to existing products – turning so-called “dumb” devices into “smart” ones. While that’s understandable with electronic appliances such as fridges and washing machines, a lot of people might scoff at the idea of a smart ski pole ... wouldn’t that be sort of like a smart pencil sharpener or doorstop? It turns out, however, that software engineer Anthony Griesel’s Neva microprocessor-equipped ski poles could actually be kind of useful.  Read More

Ecogroomer greatly increases the surface area covered by the average groomer

The Ecogroomer is a new grooming solution for ski slopes that aims to cut fuel consumption and costs. The system consists of augmentative grooming units that make standard groomers more efficient than ever before.  Read More

SkiCart attaches to the end of one ski, via a twist mount

If you buy a suitcase these days, it will likely come with those little built-in wheels that let you pull it along behind you. Most people, in fact, would probably feel cheated if they ended up with luggage that they had to carry everywhere. Well, Connecticut-based inventor Joanna Lach is hoping her SkiCart product will do for downhill skis what those little wheels did for suitcases. The device attaches to the back end of a set of skis, so those skis can be pulled from the car to the slopes, instead of having to be hefted in the user’s arms or perched on their shoulder.  Read More

Fraunhofer has developed a solar-powered ski helmet-based communications system

It looks like the skiers’ communications systems from Buhel and Recon could soon be in for some solar-powered competition. Working with German tech company TEXSYS and the Technische Universität Berlin, researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration have developed a communications module that can be integrated directly into a ski helmet. That module is powered by nothing but sunlight, and can be linked with the user’s mobile devices via a Bluetooth-enabled glove-based control unit.  Read More

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