New Ski Tech for winter 17/18

12 Nov 2017

High Tech Mountain – Here are 8 of the new releases and innovations for the mountain this winter. From the potentially life-saving advances made by Helly Hansen, to the fun-factor that GoPro just knocked out of the park, there is much to get excited about this winter in the world of technology and the mountain. Smaller ventures are also flourishing, with Kickstarter getting several new products onto our shelves for Winter 17/18.

Here are 8 of the new releases and innovations for the mountain this winter.

1. Helly Hansen introduces The LifePocket™

Having your phone battery die following an off-piste injury can mean the difference between life and death. With this in mind, Helly Hansen designed a special pocket into their latest jackets which use NASA technology to thermoregulate the pocket’s temperature and extend the battery life of your phone when compared to cold pockets and sub-zero conditions. It's been said that LifePocket™ is going to be the new Goretex with all the top brands likely to be following suit next season.

2. THE New GoPro - Fusion with 'OverCapture'

A picture says a thousand words and GoPro says the Fusion “marks the beginning of a new creative era”. The Fusion camera (at double the price of a regular GoPro) has dual lenses on either side of the device so you can film in 360 degrees. But instead of just shooting and posting in 360, “OverCapture” allows users to reimagine all that visual information in a more traditional flat video. Here is the official GoPro explanation.


3. Never wax your skis again - Forever wax

After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Utah-based ski company DPS have produced a new glide treatment called Phantom that will make your skis slippery for life. Instead of just coating the skis’ bases, Phantom gets absorbed into them. It’s a multi-step process where you clean the ski, then apply two different liquids to the base, allowing each liquid to cure in the sun (UV rays activate the compound). DPS says will never need to wax your skis again.


4. The Poor Man’s Drone- AER

This is the next stage, or at least a different stage, in the evolution of the drone.  AER is a plastic GoPro holder with aerodynamic foam fins and is designed to be thrown and fetched by hand. The AER was launched on Kickstarter as a low-cost alternative to camera drones.

5. A Ski Tracking App -   SNOWW

Snoww is a socially integrated ski tracking app that allows you to follow friends and compare your vital ski statistics. Alternatively you can compete with other skiers in your group and aim to top your mountain group’s leaderboard.
POC Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest

POC Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest

6. PROTECT YOURSELF   – POC Spine VPD 2.0 Airbag Vest

Designed to save users from injury, including high-speed racing wipeouts, this Airbag Vest protects you with  integrated sensors and a precise algorithm which detects unavoidable falls and inflates in less than 100 milliseconds. The specialist vest protects sensitive areas such as the neck, chest, spine, abdomen and hips with more than four times the absorption capacity of a standard back protector and neck support. Take a look at the minimalist design which can fit under almost any jacket.


7. PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT   – Reissue by O’Neill

Inspired by the late 80’s and early 90’s, Reissue is a new retro collection by O’Neill, with skiwear made exclusively from recycled materials. With added features such as really well placed and practical pockets (often lost on the average ski jacket), really effective waterproofing, and a choice of fits for all body styles and slope styles, its a great new offering for 17/18. They have also launched a new liner fabric called Firewall Magma, which has a special zinc coating and pattern to absorb and retain body heat.

8. HEATED GLOVES  – Ember MK1 Phoenix Gloves

Keep your hands warm even during sub-zero temperatures with rechargeable battery-heated gloves. The Ember MK1 Phoenix Gloves have four heat settings and are touchscreen-enabled. Cold hands are a thing of the past.

Author: Claire Garber

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