Skiing, Snowboarding and Snow Gadgets – upgrade your cool kit
Yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to dust the moth-balls off all those old ski-wear gems: the all-in-one with the fluoro pink and green zig-zags, the matching giant pink goggles, the headband which always kept that mullet hair-do nicely in place.
But maybe this is the year you re-think. Here we have some of the coolest skiing and snowboarding gadgets that any snow-buff would go mad for. For starters, sharpen up your on-piste look for the 2012-2013 ski season with the Oakley Airwave Recon Goggles, which not only look pretty cool, but they give you some real James Bond-like gadgetry at the same time: you can record and view speed and other stats, connect to your iPhone, view messages and control music. Another way to bring that retro ski outfit into the technological age, is to get yourself a pair of Touchscreen Ski Gloves: gloves which allow you to use your iPhone – or, heaven forbid, your iPad – on piste.
If you’re one of those daring ski types, safen your off-piste gallivanting with the Zeal Optics GPS Goggles, which, you might think is cheating, but if nothing else they’ll help you find your way back from the bar later. And, while you’re at it, try the Salomon Brigade Audio helmet too, so when you’re flying through the air doing those extreme ski-jumps, not only is your head well protected, but you can play the Indiana Jones soundtrack to add extra real-life effects.
On the fun and games side, The Arctic Force Snowball Crossbow is the perfect weapon to keep at hand for those who have never been very good at throwing snowballs. The Snowboogie Inflatable Sledges, too, make a good getaway car if your Arctic Force Snowball Crossbow gets taken the wrong way. The Beardski provides an altogether warmer experience than the balaclava, but it won’t necessarily make you more approachable to your piste piers, seeing as you can only choose from styles ranging from Biker to Viking (i.e. they don’t have a friendly goatee or trendy stubble option).
For the truly stylish, the Stella McCartney range for adidas is a great, affordable way to tone down the 80s day-glow. The range includes gloves, mittens, hats, neckwarmers and more.