Though it may seem totally and completely backwards, areas with colder climates tend to look forward to when the temperatures drop. See, in places such as Canada and Colorado, everyone willingly leaves the comfort of their warm and cozy homes in order to embrace the winter weather and all the snow sports that come with it, be it skiing, snowboarding, or hell, even snowshoeing. That said, to go and face those conditions without packing a few essential necessities wouldn't bode too well, or even worse make you hate the winter before it's had a chance to show you what it has to offer. So, give this a quick read, grab this awesome gear and gadgets and get out there.
Safety should always come first, and while it may be harder to manage when you’re on the go, with Swiss Safe’s portable emergency first aid kit makes it that much easier. Being waterproof and one of the lightest compact kits available, it can easily fit into any small space or pocket and be there with you wherever you go.
If you're a skier or snowboarder that needs their gear set up just so, the Demon tuning and waxing kit has you covered. Not only will you have the liberty to tune up in the morning just before you head out, you can also tune up after you hit the slopes hard. You know, if getting up in time for the lifts is already too early.
Okay sure, we remember those days when wearing a helmet was super nerdy. The thing is, these days it means you actually do know what you're doing, with everyone out on the jumps sporting the latest styles. The POC communication ski helmet is a favourable choice not only for keeping your head injury-free, but for making other tasks easier, too, like listening to your playlist and answering phone calls.
Practicality's never sounded so sweet, especially when it comes to traveling light on the slopes. The Celestron FireCel Plus is not only able to function as a flashlight (for when this get dark), but also as a portable power pack (for charging up your phone after a day of riding to your favourite songs) and a hand warmer (for when things get a little chillier waiting in line for the lifts).
Sure, wearing a backpack when you’re snowshoeing shouldn’t be too much of a hassle, but is it really necessary? When you’re trying to minimize what you have to carry on your hike, the Peepsnake smartphone scarf could be a lifesaver by keeping your belongings right with you and toasty against the winter cold without adding baggage.
The TomTom Adventurer watch is the total must-have item of the season, especially when it comes to hitting the mountains. Not only is it able to keep track of all your progresses (even altitude!), but also keep you going with music provided via bluetooth headphones to minimize the tangle of cords.
Wiping out on the slopes is no joke, even when you’re a seasoned skier or snowboarder. This is why the POC skiing air vest comes in handy as a way to protect your back from falls you may sustain on your own or when others accidentally scoop you up from behind without warning.
Even you have your own camera, reviewing the videos can prove to be complicated when you’re trying to learn tricks as quickly as possible. The Rossignol & PIQ sport tracker, however, is able to provide you with the most detail about the tricks you attempted down to the degrees of a turn or even the seconds of a run, something a camera might not necessarily catch so precisely.
Keeping your hands warm and being environmentally friendly has never been easier, thanks to the Zippo hand warmer. No longer will you need to buy those disposable packets of hand warmers that only last you a few hours, nor will you have to fumble with packets and opening them in order to gain access to some warmth.
Just in case the Zippo hand warmer is still a little too clunky to carry around, the Seirus Innovation heated gloves might be just what you need. Get the same amount of warmth to your hands while keeping the cold air and water out, with easily adjustable warmth levels.