Skiing is a lot of fun, but it has some downsides such as the cold and the potential danger. Luckily, there are a lot of inventive minds working on these problems and they have come up with some pretty interesting gadgets. These are the top 10 gadgets that are either fun, useful, or some combination of the two.
1. REI Ski Carrier
Skis are big and awkward and once the poles are added in it’s often something like a dance trying to get everything to and from the slopes. The REI ski carrier is a very bland looking piece of strapping, but it holds all of your equipment snugly and allows you to even have a hand free. At only $12.50, it is an absolute must for all skiers.
2. Pro-Tec Audio Force Helmet
Wearing a helmet on the slopes might seem like a bit of a drastic measure but it’s probably not a bad idea. It’s definitely a better idea than trying to wear headphones, which this helmet can substitute for. It has speakers within the ear pads and is compatible with most types of audio players.
3. Get A Grip Clip-on Grips
Ski boots are great for skiing but not so great for walking. Ski boots don’t have much of a texture to the sole, which makes walking on slippery, icy roads and pathways interesting to say the least. These clip-on grips for ski boots provide some very useful extra traction.
4. Thermic Smartpac
Heated insoles for your ski boots. These are words that many people have prayed they would someday hear and now they are a reality. They even have levels so that you can determine how toasty you want your toes to be. The lithium-ion battery pack clips to your boot and can be quickly recharged in just an hour or two.
5. Ski Mojo
The British-made Ski Mojo system is either a funny joke or a useful product but people disagree on which. Either way, it is an innovative idea. The system looks like two medical knee braces, complete with the fancy hinge. Supposedly, it takes up to 30 percent of the strain off your knees, allowing you to ski longer.
6. Venture Trizone Heated Fleece Jacket
The name of the product pretty much says it all. If you love skiing but can’t stand the cold, pair up this heated jacket with some heated boot insoles and stay toasty warm on the slopes. The front and back of the jacket can be heated separately for maximum comfort.
7. Talus Outdoor Technologies ColdAvenger Pro Ski Mask
This one sounds ridiculous but is probably actually useful. That bite of icy cold air into your lungs could be a distant memory if you use this handy gadget to heat your breath a bit before it hits your insides. It’s surprisingly affordable at a little under $40.
8. Zeal GPS Goggles
For those skiers who must have the latest and greatest gear, this is just the thing. It’s a pair of goggles that has a GPS system built in. Users view an LCD screen mounted inside the goggles while the system tracks where you are, where you’ve been and what speeds you’ve reached.
9. The Avalanche Airbag Safety
This one is either over the top or absolutely necessary. It is an inflatable airbag that creates more space and provides lift if you are trapped in an avalanche. The extra space gives you more breathing time and the lift supposedly pulls you towards the surface to make you easier to find.
10. Digital Avalanche Transceiver
This seems like a more practical device, if only because it is smaller. Avalanche transceivers let rescue crews locate you if you are trapped in an avalanche, but they don’t come cheap. Expect to spend at least $200 for a baseline model.
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