Posts Tagged ‘skiing’
Those who partake in multiple sports know that the same equipment doesn’t always cross over, but the new Cébé Trilogy helmet might just live up to its name. This helmet doesn’t actually offer triple the protection, but it can provide protection for three sports. It was designed to meet European standards for mountain biking (CEN 1078), skiing (CEN 1077) and mountaineering (CEN 12492).
Since a winter helmet isn’t the same as a summer helmet, the Trilogy’s modular design allows it to adjust as the season’s chance. A visor can be added for summertime mountain cycling, while ear pads and vent plugs can be used when skiing or snowboarding, and with a few change outs be ready for anything in between.
Cébé Official Website
From BikeRadar: Too many bikes in Amsterdam?
Are there too many bikes in Amsterdam? Not enough spaces to park them, narrow lanes clogged with swelling ranks of cyclists and a growing tension with moped drivers have raised an interesting problem for the city famed for its love of the bike. Read the rest of this entry »
Carrying skis and snowboards isn’t exactly something people enjoy doing, but unfortunately these items have to go where the snow is and often times there is still a hike from the cabin or car. The Function Ultralight Ski & Snowboard Carry System weighs in at just 84 grams but provides Mil-spec Nylon webbing, with Hypalon edge protection to make carrying the winter gear a whole lot easier.
It can be used in backpack configuration for a snowboard or set up as a bandolier for skis. And when you’re actually on the slopes on the skis/board this pack is small enough that you won’t regret having it along for the run.
Function Ultralight Ski & Snowboard Carry Systems Official Website
From GearJunkie: Industrial Wasteland Transformed into Climbing Paradise (in Buffalo, NY)
Buffalo, New York, isn’t a climbing hot spot, but it appears that could be about to change. A project dubbed Silo City Rocks is renovating a 100-year-old grain elevator on the Buffalo River into one of the largest and most unique climbing facilities in North America. Read the rest of this entry »
Bobsled Run Cycling
From Vimeo: The new Radon Slide 130 29″ is chasing James Bond 007 in the bob run!
If life gets boring…. German downhill star Andreas Sieber and his team mate Julian Gerhardt had the ultimate adrenaline kick at the bob run in Winterberg (GER). The channel was an extraordinary location for riding the new Radon Slide 130 29″ and the Radon Swoop 175! Read the rest of this entry »
Lindsay Vonn’s recent crash shows the dangerous of racing down the ski slopes. While riders are increasingly donning helmets some companies are looking at how airbags could help reduce injuries. These include French-based Helite, which offers a wearable airbag system that includes accelerometers and sensors to detect when a skier is falling and automatically inflates, covering the skiers in a protective vest.
Helite hopes to have the technology deployed in time that it could actually be deployed by racers at next year’s Olympic Games. Read the rest of this entry »
The North Face has long been known for its quality outdoor products, and the company has built quite a name with its brand. However, as Skiing Business reports the company, which has seemed to stray from its core business, is launching its new Steep Series, which will only be sold in specialty stores as the brand looks to commit and reconnect with its core users. This means the new line of outdoor apparel will be in specialty retailers rather than chain stores. Read the rest of this entry »
Italian helmet maker Osbe have introduced a new stylish ski helmet for those who don’t like to take their time heading down the slopes. This model features an integrated lens/helmet design that eliminates the need for goggles – hence the Osbe United moniker. It features UV-protected, anti-fog lens that even allows skiers to wear prescription glasses if needed. This one just screams speed.
Osbe Official Website
This year there’s actually snow on the slopes, so you might get a little bit more excited about new ski gear coming out. Rossignol certainly is excited, it’s releasing an all new Alltrack series. The premier boot, the Alltrack Pro 130, is an all-mountain boot packed with features. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve seen inflatable airbags to help protect skiers during an avalanche but now Dainese has devised an airbag system to help protect downhill ski racers in case of a crash. The company’s new D-AIR Ski Project could even be in place by the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. This safety system features three integrated accelerometers and gyroscopes plus a GPS unit and an onboard microprocessor to detect any sudden movements.
Together this system can detect a crash and deploy the airbag to protect the rider’s neck, shoulder and collarbone and the full process can take just 45 milliseconds. Given how fast skiers travel it is clear they’d need something even faster and the D-AIR system looks like it could help skiers stay safe on those very fast slopes.
Dainese D-AIR Official Press Release
Back in March we reported on the Ski Retriever, a device that could help skiers find lost skis – a concept that sounded better than just waiting for the snow to melt. Now the company behind this system has updated it with the AKKA Ski Retriever, which is designed to help skiers find skis or even friends.
The device features a one-inch OLED display that can reportedly provide visual and audio cues that can pinpoint the gear under the white stuff. But the device can also be used to locate friends if they have a transmitter on their person. Not a bad way to keep track of younger skiers on the slopes. The system is still getting additional refinement via a Kickstarter package so maybe it will be here in time for next year’s ski holiday.
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Last winter was a non-starter and while that meant a savings for communities in terms of snow removable, likely reduced delays in air travel and also made highways safer it wasn’t so good for the ski resorts. While it is still too early to tell if Mother Nature will return with a vengeance ski resorts aren’t taking chances. Manmade snow has been around for decades, but snow-making is reportedly going high tech.
The Los Angeles Times reported that many resorts are making the shift from diesel air compressors that require workers to monitor and are adopting computerized systems that use fiber-optic cables to do the monitoring while low-energy fans are shooting out the snow. Much of this can now be controlled by smartphones. Yes, there is an app for making snow it seems. Read the rest of this entry »
Winter comes to Denmark, but unlike its Scandinavian neighbors the country lacks serious places to ski. But now the Northern European nation is looking to take a page from Dubai’s playbook by building an indoor ski part.
Danish architecture firm CEBRA is working in collaboration with the travel company Danski to create an alpine style ski dome, and one that would be the largest in the world. It would offer more than 1.86 miles (3km) of indoor and outdoor slopes, plus a freestyle park, hotel, restaurant and everything else you might want at a ski slope. Video after the jump