Gear & Gadgets Vol 47.3

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1. Made for changing mountain weather, Oakley’s Prizm React technology in its new rimless-design Fall Line XL goggle ($375) allows you to change your lens without, well, changing your lens. From sun to snow, morning to alpenglow, even a finger inside a mitten can touch a discreet button on the frame to control the amount of light reaching your eyes.


2. The dual-shell Instinct MIPS by Bollé ($220) offers more protection against rotational forces from angled impacts, as well as comfort, in its upgraded freeride helmet. Its BOA 360° fit system makes sizing easy, and adjustable ventilation and removable ear pads and lining will fit any season.



3. Do you really need your long underwear down to your ankle and inside your boot? Mammut thinks not with its ¾ length Alyeska insulating pants ($119). The slim-fit, low-profile cut in Polartec Power Stretch Pro PVC-free, quick-drying fabric reduces bulk as well as pressure under your ski pants.

4. How much research has gone into your PJs? Under Armour takes sleep seriously with its Athlete Recovery Ultra Comfort Sleepwear. Who knew ceramic-impregnated fabric could be so soft? Or, more important, that the fabric can reflect Far Infared energy up to four cm deep into its user, boosting localized blood flow, aiding muscle recovery and promoting better sleep? Pant or shirt, each $130.



5. It’s easy to find yourself with no cell service when you’re on skis in the backcountry where a phone is useless in an emergency. From anywhere in the world, Globalstar’s Spot X ($349, plus annual plans from US$10) can send and receive messages whether it’s an SOS with your exact GPS location to local Search and Rescue, a one-button “Everything’s OK,” or, in between, simple two-way direct messaging with friends and family, and even social media posting. Used to initiate more than 1,800 rescues in Canada, nearly 6,000 around the world, the Spot X has a built-in compass allowing easier navigation, a 10-day battery life and weighs in under 200g.



6. Water-repellent, wind-resistant, breathable, excellent wicking, four-way stretch, anti-odour…Salewa’s Sarner 2L Hoody ($549) sounds like it’s made of wonder-fabric. How about 30 per cent virgin and 70 recycled post-consumer wool. You’re styling in a raked cut, slimming look and preshaped hood—now that’s Italian!



7. The Sentinel LT Jacket by Arc’teryx ($700) has all the waterproof/breathable benefits of supple Gore-Tex fabric but in a lightweight minimalist design—perfect, whether you’re heading up or down. The trim fit remains big-mountain specific with a longer length for extra protection on storm days.


8. Down in price ($349), down in weight (370g) and up in value, the Speed Turn 2.0 has evolved from Dynafit’s popular TLT, a tech binding with two decades of performance, and makes getting into the backcountry easier than ever. It has an aluminum toepiece and a pivoting heel with three heel-riser positions. Now, off you go!

by RAY O’REILLY in December 2018 issue

Ski Canada Staff
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