For many, December brings flurries and a sudden, urgent desire to go skiing. Here are our top picks of the coolest gadgets and gizmos to help you stay safe and looking great on the slopes.
Elevety – Domio Speaker
The Domio is not your traditional speaker. The small disc-shaped speaker latches onto any sports helmet and transforms your headgear into a personal, surround-sound concert hall. Using Bluetooth and trademarked Vibro-Audio technology that safely reverberates sound through and into the helmet, Domio allows you to listen privately to music or take calls without blocking out ambient sounds around you.
GoPro – Hero6
If you’ve ever had the inkling to record yourself conquering daunting slopes (or your friends wiping out on them), do yourself a favor and get the Hero6 camera. With an all-new GP1 chip, the Hero6 delivers twice the performance and image quality of its predecessor, the Hero5. Capture your life in 1080p with this miniature camera and sync it to your phone for real-time posting to social media networks.
Line – Sick Day / Pandora All-Mountain Skis
Newly redesigned by Seattle-based company Line, the Sick Day 94 is the best all-around men’s skis to handle whatever comes at you on the slopes. With its trademarked Aspenlite Core technology, Line promises that the Sick Day can handle groomers, trees, and the peak — all in one neat package. For women’s skis, we prefer the LINE Pandora 95; with trademarked Maplelite Core technology, the Pandora’s lightweight body was made for shredding.
Fischer – Travers Carbon (Men’s) and My Travers (Women’s) Boots
The No-Torsion base on Travers Carbon boots allows for exceptional control and direct power transfer to the ski for the ideal skiing experience. A unique shell construction, in conjunction with the company’s trademark Boa Closure System, provides the perfect fit without sacrificing comfort. Plus, the 80-degree range of motion makes uphill climbing a piece of cake.
Patagonia – Micro Puff Jacket
Winner of Outside Magazine’s Best Jacket of 2018 Award, the Micro Puff is a veritable feat of science. The hydrophobic polyester fiber insulation mimics and performs as well as down, while keeping the jacket extremely light. Two welted, zippered hand-warmer pockets are a plus for the days you forget your gloves at home. The innovative quilting, coupled with elasticized cuffs and hem, seals in warmth. How the jacket manages all of this in a mere 9 ounces is truly amazing.
Helly Hansen – Lifa Merino Wool Base Layers for Kids
Traveling with children who love to ski is now a breeze, with the fashionable line of kids’ merino base-layer clothing by Helly Hansen. Built to be extremely thin without foregoing warmth, the special Lifa technology keeps skin dry while the exterior merino wool insulates and helps to wick away moisture from the skin. Plus, with a variety of designs and patterns, there is sure to be at least one style that will please even the most fashion-conscious kids out there.
Darn Tough Vermont – Mountain Top Over-The-Calf Socks
Darn Tough Vermont specializes in high-quality sports socks, and their new Mountain Top Over-The-Calf socks are no exception to the rule. Anti-blister and slip-and-bunch-proof, Mountain Top socks are made with a unique, naturally anti-microbial, merino wool blend that wicks away sweat and dries quickly. Proudly made in the USA, they also come with an attractive lifetime guarantee.