Snow2 by Recon Instruments is an advanced heads-up display system designed specifically for ski goggles.
This wearable computer is compatible with most goggles and displays key information at just a glance in the bottom right side of the frame. The device features an innovative mirror and prism technology that virtually displays the information five feet in front of you. Check your speed, altitude, resort maps, track your friends, listen to music, or take calls and read texts (pairs with your smart phone). All of these functions from a Bluetooth, waterproof remote with oversized buttons for easy use with gloves.
This stainless steel, TSA-compliant pocket tools features needle nose pliers, standard pliers, wire cutters, both flat and Phillips screw drivers, tweezers, a scraper, a lacing assistant, nail file, carabiner, 100mm wrench, of course, a bottle opener. Made in Portland, Oregon, this tool is designed to last and comes with a 25-years warranty.
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The flexible frame adapts to the shape of the users head to ensure a perfectly snug fit and maximum comfort. Its unique design allows the helmet to fold, saving 20% of space and making it easier to pack. The snow foldable helmet is now available in four colors as well as a leather / carbon version.
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Based on the shell and core design of POC’s well-known Receptor, this helmet also incorporates their patented MIPS system (Multi Impact Protection System) to dramatically reduce rotational forces on the brain during a major impact. The technology works by using a low friction layer that separates the shell from the inside liner of the helmet. When the helmet experiences a heavy impact, the low friction layer will sheer, allowing for a small, controlled rotation of the shell. This allows the shell to absorb the rotational force of the impact instead of your brain.
The helmet is also integrated with the company’s VDSAP system (Ventilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration system), which uses two overlapping shells to protect against sharp piercing objects. The system offers ample ventilation when needed, but can be closed on colder days. This comes on top of an already rugged multi-impact EPP foam liner core, which protects users from minor knocks and bumps.
The POC Receptor Backcountry with MIPS raises the bar for all other helmet manufacturers. When it comes to safety on the slopes, POC is in a league of their own.
Pushing the boundaries of 3D printing, Signal Snowboards has teamed up with tech company GROWit to make the first 3D printed snowboard.
Unlike traditional methods of shaping snowboards, this board was created from a carbon mixture that was printed layer by layer. Due to current size limitations of the printer, the board had to be printed in multiple sections, which were later pieced together like a puzzle. After getting a sealant coat of resin and a few reinforcing metal supports, the Signal team took the board out for a spin in the powder of Colorado.
Without a doubt, the current 3D printing technology still has a lot of limitations. However, it’s not hard to imagine this being the future method of mass production.
The Function Ultralight Ski & Snowboard Carry System ($40) makes hauling cumbersome snowboards and skis a lot easier. Weighing a scant 84 grams (about as much as an iPhone) this carrying system is made of Mil-spec Nylon webbing and Hypalon edge protectors. Two different styles allow for a backpack (snowboard) or bandolier (skis) configuration. When not in use, the Function Ultralight straps fit into an included Tyvek stuff sack that measures 3.5″ by 4.5″. Essentially small enough to fit pretty much anywhere.
From the forest to the factory, Birth of a Board follows the life cycle of a snowboard. It begins with the hewing of a tree in Vermont, which is transferred to the Burton factory to be shaped, painted, and packaged. It is then shipped to sunny California where Shawn White gives it the worst decal job ever at his Hollywood Hills Chateau and then finally brought up to Lake Tahoe for a taste of fresh snow.
Also, it was shot entirely on a GoPro, in case, you know, you missed that…
However, like most problems, an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure, and one way to do that is to raise awareness and educate people about the risks involved with back country skiing. Joining that effort are the filmmakers from F9 Photo, who are currently finishing up their feature documentary Snow Guardians. The film immerses the viewer in the life and work of Ski Patrol at several Rocky Mountain Ski Resorts. They hope to capture the hard work and passion of Ski Patrol and snow science experts as they endeavor to save lives in challenging, dangerous, yet beautiful locations.
The team just recently finished up a successful round of funding on Kickstarter that should help them finish up post-production. Look for Snow Guardians to be release sometime these year.
It’s been a remarkably dry winter across much of the globe this year, which has been a major damper for just about every snowboarder and skier (especially after last year’s bonanza). But despite the less-than-ideal conditions, people have been finding ways to take advantage of what little snow they have available. In the patchy snow covered backcountry of Utah the sport of Powdersurfing has been taking off – giving boarders a totally new way to shred powder.
A cross between skate and snowboarding, Powdersurfing uses a modified snowboard without bindings to allow for more freestyle mobility. This smaller and more portable version allows boarders to take advantage of often over-looked terrain, like lightly dusted fields or drifts in the densely wooded hills. Not being attached to the board also opens up a range new possibilities and makes for a challenging and unique experience.
One of the pioneers of Powdersurfing is Jeremy Jensen, who started Grassroots Powdersurfing. He would spend his summers at the skate park and winters on the slopes, so combining the two activities seemed like a no-brainer. After 5 years of research and developed the company put out their first board in 2009 and the following has been growing ever since.
Is it one of the guys from Daft Punk? Is it the Stig’s Scandinavian cousin? Actually it’s Artec pro snowboarder William Hughes wearing a suit covered with L.E.D.s.
For his new short film, London-based photographer Jacob Sutton‘s wanted to capture the image of a luminescent snowboarder carving his way down a dark desolate slope. “I was really drawn to the idea of a lone character made of light surfing through darkness,” says Sutton of his costume choice. “I’ve always been excited by unusual ways of lighting things, so it seemed like an exciting idea to make the subject of the film the only light source.”
Shot over a period of 4 nights in the Rhône-Alpes region of south-eastern France, the film crew had to battle -25 C degree weather as well as a temperamental light suit. Despite the grueling conditions, or perhaps because of them, the images have a striking other-worldly quality to them. “Filming in the suit was the most surreal thing I’ve done in 20 years of snowboarding,” says Hughes.