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Winter


— Outdoors

The Whip FR-II could be that "stealth snowboard" you've been seeking

To the casual observer, a snowboard is simply … well, an oblong board with boot bindings on it. Cheetah Ultra Sports' new carbon composite The Whip FR-II, however, looks decidedly more high-tech. Reportedly "inspired by fighter jets and exotic cars," it's claimed to offer several advantages over conventional boards – besides looking like something that Batman would take to the slopes.

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— Good Thinking

City of Edmonton gets its own Ice Castle

When Brent Christensen moved from California to Utah several years ago, he took advantage of the colder climate by building his kids a backyard ice rink … although that rink also included an ice slide, an ice cave, and a 20-ft (6-m) castle-like ice tower. People saw it, they liked it, and the Ice Castles business was born. Since then, Christensen and his team have built their elaborate Ice Castles in a few select American cities every winter. Last month, however, they began construction on a castle in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – their first-ever creation outside the US. We dropped by, to get a first-hand look at the construction process.

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— Outdoors

Fimbulvetr channels Lamborghini in short, quick Hikr snowshoe

Back in 2013, we wrote about Norwegian company Fimbulvetr and its ideas for what a snowshoe should look like. Its unique honeycomb-style thermoplastic elastomer shoe was designed to glide through deep snow. This winter, it's launched a new model called the Hikr. The short snowshoe comes with promises of Lamborghini-inspired design and quick ascents up steep, snowy mountains.

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Salt-impregnated asphalt de-ices itself

Living someplace that gets snow in the winter may have its perks, but the ice-melting salt that's spread on the roads isn't one of them. Besides the fact that it gets all over our cars and clothing, it also has to be reapplied throughout the winter, harming the environment in the process. If a new type of asphalt reaches production, however, salt-spreading may become a thing of the past.

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— Outdoors Review

Review: ICEtrekkers are a confidence-inspiring upgrade to snowchains for your feet

With winter weather fast approaching in the Northern Hemisphere and a "Godzilla El Nino" predicted for the west coast of the United States you might be wondering how you're going to move around in all that ice and snow. To help you answer that question Gizmag got out in the cold to test ICEtrekkers Diamond Grip shoe chains in a mix of slick situations.

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— Materials

New boot sole rubber uses glass to grip on ice

At this time of year, people living in northern regions all over the world are faced with the same problem: icy sidewalks. Boots with otherwise grippy soles still slip, and spikes don't do well on stretches where there is no ice. Researchers from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and the University of Toronto are developing what could be a better alternative, however – rubber soles with bits of glass embedded in them. Read More
— Outdoors

SkiTaker lets you carry your skis using your feet

Downhill skis may give you an unmatched feeling of freedom and exhilaration when you're actually skiing, but they can be quite awkward to carry when you're not on the slopes. That's why a group of Spanish entrepreneurs has created the SkiTaker system. It allows users to clip the ends of their skis onto the sides of their boots, then "walk" their skis around vaguely like upside-down stilts. Read More
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