Posts Tagged ‘snowboarding’
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 swords to plowshares used to be the old saying, but in the 21st century it could be from billboards to bags. We reported back in November that Mat Dusting of Kingston St. Mary in the U.K. had started a business turning old truck tarpaulins into ski and snowboard bags, while California based Rareform was turning vinyl from billboards into surfboard cases.
Perhaps Epicstoke liked what it heard – and who can blame them. The start-up is now taking billboards and creating ski bags in Minnesota. They are also making wallets, bags, backpacks and even surfboard bags – so Rareform watch out as you might have some competition. In other words all those eyesores on the highway could soon be seen on the slopes and on backs – but in a much less eyesore kind of way! This is something to get stoked about, dare we say epic stoked?
Epicstoke Official Website
At the SIA Snowshow in Denver last week Giro introduced a new “soft-shell” helmet for the snowsport industry that can survive multiple impacts and still keep the wearer protected. The Combyn helmet can flex and bend under pressure and like “Stretch Armstrong” return to its original shape.
The helmet reportedly utilizes a patent-pending liner made with foam to absorb impact, with two outer layers of foam that are designed to take both “high and low energy shots” and be flexible yet durable. The helmet features eight vents, and removable goggle retailer. It will comply with the CE EC 1077 safety standard. It will be available in August for next year’s winter sport season.
Giro Official Website
We’ve seen a number of snowboard helmets that speakers built in, and POC continues to dominate the slopes with its line of helmets. Now for this winter the POC Receptor BUG Communication helmet will deliver the tunes via integrated Beats by Dr. Dre headphones that are built in the neck roll. This could give new meaning to the concept of head banging, as it provides a bass-heavy speaker into a snug fitting brain bucket.
There is also a remote and mic in the cord that makes switching songs while doing the downhill thing a snap, and taking calls is as easy as pressing a button. The communication neck roll is even solid separately and is compatible with other POC models.
POC Receptor BUG Communication Official Website
We’ve been hearing a bit about Nike’s new offerings for winter, and these include the Nike Zoom DK QS Double Tongue Snowboarding Boot. That’s quite a name, but it is also quite a boot. It was developed with collaboration with snowboarder Danny Kass so it can stand up to the worst that winter can throw at it.
It features classic American military aviation artwork so it is also looks ready to take a bite out of the slopes! Video after the jump
When heading to the slopes you need to go up before you go down, and the Aether Altitude jacket will be ready to go as high as you like. It features three-layers with Schoeller C_change fabric that dynamically adjusts water vapor permeability as the temperature changes. This means it will keep you warm even as things cool down, and should you heat up the jacket can respond according.
It offers an ergonomic fit with waterproof zippers, adjustable hood that can fit over a helmet and even pit zip vents and interior pockets for with a gasket for the headphone cord. What more could you need on the slopes except perfect powder?
Aether Altitude Official Website
Recon Instruments has had various data transmitted directly to the lens of its ski goggles for a while now, but beginning soon Oakley is looking to get in the game with its Airwave goggles. These will feature a heads-up display that was developed by Recon Instruments – so we know what to expect – and users can expect integrated GPS< Bluetooth and a variety of onboard sensors.
Snowboarders and skiers will be able to view jump analytics, pinpoint their location on a map, and even see information such as distance traveled, altitude, speed and vertical descent. The Airwaves can be paired with a smartphone to take incoming calls and see text messages, and stream music from Bluetooth-enabled devices. Video after the jump
For Breast Cancer Awareness Month Vonzipper rolled out its new Beefy Astro Chrome and Chakra Bonze Pink Chrome snow goggles to benefit B4BC (Boarding For Breast Cancer). The goal of the group is to increase awareness about breast cancer, highlight the importance of early detection and the value of an active lifestyle. A portion of the sales of the goggles – which each retail $90 – go to B4BC. Get them before it is too late.
VonZipper Official Website
Sporting footwear maker Adidas has long been known to take chances and try new things. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when the company announced last Friday that it had reached a deal to sign several professional snowboarders to its new team.
Joining Jake Blauvelt, who signed earlier in the year, and with a soon to be released signature après shred boot launching this month, the following professional snowboarders join the Adidas team: Kazu Kokubo, Eric Jackson, Helen Schettini, Forest Bailey and Keegan Valaika. The company further noted that the Adidas snowboarding joins Adidas Skateboarding in an effort towards dedication to authentic and collaborative footwear and apparel designed by skateboarders and snowboarders, for skateboarders and snowboarders.
Adidas Snowboarding Official Website
Just because winter is a time to bundle up with extra layers, doesn’t mean all of us are hibernating. Many of us get out and burn calories on the slopes, ice and take part in other outdoor adventures. SIA, the SnowSports Industries America organization, released its 2012 SIA Snow Sports Participation Report. The top finding shows that 6.9 percent of Americans participate in snow sports, and burn 332 million calories while they do it. Read the rest of this entry »
A helmet can help protect the wearer’s head in case of a fall or accident, but it can’t call for help. What is an individual to do if he or she falls while out alone and far from home? ICEdot (In Case of Emergency) is working to provide a solution, and the company has partnered with SenseTech LLC of Denver to develop and launch a helmet-mounted impact sensor.
In the event of an accident the sensor determines the crucial forces, and can activate communications on the wearer’s smartphone to send a request for help. This could be used with cycling, skateboarding, snowboarding, skiing and even motocross helmets. Read the rest of this entry »
This winter’s mild weather has made for a slow ski season in many parts of the United States, but fortunately there’s a new destination winter sports aficionados can head to — Beverly Hills, CA. That’s right, the sun-drenched city know for its million-dollar celebrity mansions and fad diets is now home to SkyTechSport Ski and Fit, an indoor studio for ski and snowboard fans.
The club currently offers two ski simulators: the President Lux, an 18-foot-long ski simulator that’s paired with a 10-foot screen, and the larger Olymp simulator (pictured above), a 24-foot-long machine that’s paired with a panoramic display and 3D capability. (The facility is already looking to expand its offerings with a smaller 10-foot Leader Pro model to come later this year.) Read the rest of this entry »
Quicksilver, a brand known among surfers, watermen, skateboarders and snowboarders, is prepping its fall 2012 line for a newly launched mountain division. The line will be on show at Outdoor Retailer and SIA this month.
The fall line includes 16 pieces including insulator jackets, down parkas, fleeces, bombers, windbreakers and shells that range in price fom $80 to $250. In an early look Quicksilver revealed a photo of its Ghost Tree jacket, shown in orange.
Quicksilver Official Website