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The North45 scarf has an escape route for your breath and is designed to prevent your gogg...

Canadian-based start-up North45 has developed a cleverly designed two-piece scarf with an integrated magnet that stays fixed to your goggles while providing an escape route for your breath.  Read More

We take a look at a few gadgets and gizmos to help you through the cold winter months

Winter has officially set in across the Northern Hemisphere, bringing with it feet of snow and record-breaking low temperatures across the US. That doesn't mean that you have to pen yourself indoors for the entire season and pray for Punxsutawney Phil to go blind, however. We've got some of the latest winter gadgets and gizmos to help you brave the cold, frost and snow.  Read More

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

The harness provides impact protection and helps keep the airways clear

All of the common avalanche safety gear – beacon, shovel, probe, airbags and breathing devices – are aimed at preventing burial and/or suffocation. But burial isn't the only way avalanches cause death. The Canadian Avalanche Centre estimates that somewhere between a quarter and a third of avalanche deaths are caused by trauma, not burial. The Mountain Airbag Harness from French manufacturer UBAK protects against both burial and blunt trauma.  Read More

The students tested the Propul~Surf in the Alps recently

Snowboarders endure a lot of issues when compared to their skiing counterparts – these include twisting and contorting their ankles to fit on footrests designed for skiers, wearing useless leashes around their legs even though skis are more likely to pop off, and getting stuck on flat traverses that skiers push through with their poles. All those issues aren't getting solved in a day, but a group of French students is working on the last one. Their solution is called the Propul~Surf and it's designed to motor knuckle-draggers over flat ground and up hills.  Read More

The Symbioz flexes and twists well beyond other snowshoes

Snowshoes can be quite stiff and uncomfortable to walk in, especially for the uninitiated. The qualities that make them good for walking on snow – a large surface surface area and rotating crampon – can make them rather gawky to use. French snowshoe manufacturer TSL Outdoor has a different vision for snowshoes. In an attempt to better connect the user with the terrain, the company has designed a new composite shoe called Symbioz that is much slimmer and more flexible than conventional designs.  Read More

POC's Receptor BUG Communication helmet integrates Beats by Dr. Dre headphones into the ne...

Barreling down the slopes while enjoying some tunes holds plenty of appeal for a certain demographic and is certainly safer than cycling through busy city streets with headphones on. Since cramming a pair of headphones in between your noggin and a helmet is a recipe for discomfort, ski and snowboard helmet manufacturer POC has come up with a helmet that integrates a set of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones into the neck roll.  Read More

The Suunto Ambit GPS watch is one of our picks

So far, the Northern Hemisphere's 2012-2013 ski season is off to a rather sluggish start, at least in the heart of American ski country. It looks like it could be another warm, dry year. That doesn't mean that the skiing has to be boring, however. These ski-centric gadgets will wring more enjoyment out of the big powder days that do come and provide a fun distraction when conditions are less than ideal.  Read More

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 Stealth-X is a carbon fiber sled designed for speed

Carbon fiber is the choice material for fast vehicles of all types - from track-only race cars, to stunning concept cars, to ultralight bicycles and, apparently, to snow sleds. The Snolo Stealth-X is a high-performance carbon fiber sled for powder hounds that want to get their snow thrills sitting down.  Read More

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