In the sporting goods business, no phrase carries more cred than “athlete designed.” The pros know best, and when they help develop new products, the results are usually good. Case in point: Utah-based OGIO’s Layover, which is an ideal ski trip carry-on. Its external pockets hold goggles, socks, base layers and other accessories, and the main compartment is roomy enough for your boots, jacket and pants. Bonus: Patterned fabrics make it easy to spot on the baggage carousel, so you can grab and go. Because fresh tracks won’t last.
Contour has enabled a new feature on their attach-anywhere cameras: Bluetooth.
Contour has enabled a new feature on their attach-anywhere cameras: Bluetooth. Download the mobile app, and your phone to act as the cameras viewfinder. It will also capture your speed and location in real-time. This means you can now engage with location-based social media, no matter where you are. Record your ski run, then post immediately to your social networks.
Rossi was among the first to incorporate rocker into a women’s ski (Voodoo Pro BC110). Now it unveils the S110W Freeski, one of the first women’s skis with rocker and reverse sidecut. Hence its funny shape: The tapered tip and tail smear better in the deep. With roughly the same dynamics as the hugely popular S7 (No. 1 in Men’s Deep Snow), the S110W is not built for versatility; it’s built to float effortlessly through feet of velvety powder, where it handles speed so well you hardly notice the trees are a blur. For deep-snow purists, it can’t be beat (No. 1 in Overall Impression).
Editors note: Avalanche beacons are one of the most important factors when it comes to surviving an avalanche. Combined with a shovel, probe, skills to use this device, and knowledge of backcountry terrian, a beacon is crucial. Take an avalanche course before heading into dangerous terrain.