Old Brands Become New Faces In the Winter Outerwear Market

After much of ski country suffered one of the warmest, most disappointing winters on record, hope is on the horizon. The 2012-13 is weeks away, and hopefully it proves a little colder and snowier than winter 2011-12. Because the winter outerwear market, which already seems flush with competitors, is about to get even bigger. Last winter, several outdoor industry staples announced the launch of a new outerwear line, which was just a tad ironic given...
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Soft Ski Boots and Other Crazy Euro Ski Gear

Given alpine skiing's roots in Europe and the number of American market ski brands that originated or are based there (Salomon, Fischer, and Volkl, to name a few), I always assumed that the European ski market looked very similar to the market here in the States. Not the case. Over the past few seasons, I've followed some of the highlights of the ISPO show - the huge European outdoor and fitness show that takes place...
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Signal Snowboards Gets Experimental With Innovative Video Series

Concept cars are a well known phenomenon in the automotive industry. In fact, they often get more attention than actual production cars. For some reason, other industries just don't have concepts in the same way. You never really see concept bikes or canoes, do you? Unlike auto shows, the show floor of the Outdoor Retailer isn't decorated with any wild, conceptual prototypes; it has products and maybe a prototype or two on its way to...
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Camelbak Releases Low Profile 'Gambler' Backcountry Pack

You know backcountry skiing and snowboarding is blowing up when you see pretty much every size and shape of backpack you could possibly need. This winter we've seen everything from ultra-burly firefighter packs to nylon harnesses. Camelbak shoots the gap with its Gambler, essentially a small hydration pack designed to hold backcountry essentials. Before I get into the details, "Gambler" seems like an odd choice in name for a pack that's designed to haul avalanche...
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Video: T-Rice's BC Supernatural Competition Goes Down

When I first saw a few pictures of the course, I knew the Red Bull Supernatural big mountain freestyle competition was going to be the next-level of riding. Watch a little footage, and you should agree. Not all that surprisingly, Travis Rice won the day. Via GrindTV
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Zeal iON Goggles Have Built-In HD Camera

  A couple of years ago when I wrote my first-ever 'ski gadgets' article here at Uncooped, I spent a lot of time looking for really cool gadgets worth writing about. Shortly thereafter, I stopped having to look, because ski gadgets started launching all over the place. Zeal had one of those launches with its Transcend Recon goggles, and now it's back with another: the iON goggles. The iON goggles join the Transcends in Zeal's...
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New Backountry Ski/Snowboard Backpacks

More and more skiers and snowboarders are heading out of resort boundaries and exploring the endless alpine terrain that comprises the side and backcountry. You need many things to prepare yourself for the other side of the ropes, one of which is a good backpack to haul supplies like a shovel, probe and water. This year at Outdoor Retailer, brands of all kinds launched new backcountry backpacks. Here we have bags put through the ringer...
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Warm For Life: Reusable Handwarmers

Most any winter sports enthusiast has used them (or at least received them as a gift): hand and toe warmers. Throw one of those little packs in your pocket and you'll get a few hours of warmth. Problem is, the minute that warmth expires, the pack is useless. With outdoor gear of every stripe going green, it's not surprising to see reusable hand warmers. While at the Outdoor Retailer show, I saw two different designs:...
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Anon Introduces Magnetic Ski Goggles

Any given ski day can feature all kinds of light conditions--from overcast mornings to bright middays to shadowy late afternoons. You could rock the all-conditions orange lenses all day, but in order to maintain the crispest vision, it pays to swap lenses based on light conditions. Problem is, swapping lenses can be tedious, especially on the mountain. Burton's goggle brand Anon has a new solution to lens swapping: magnets. Instead of requiring you to remove...
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Don't Miss Your Chance For $50 Heliskiing

Heli-skiing is typically a high-three or four figure endeavor. Unless you're a heli-guide or a brother/soulmate of a heli-guide/pilot, there's no getting around the steep cost of entry. For many, heli-skiing remains a lavish dream. For the past few years, Silverton Mountain has been making heli-skiing more obtainable with flexible options that cost as little as $159 per run. But considering that you have to buy a lift pass in addition to that $159, it's...
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Vail To Add Gondola, Wi-Fi

Photo: Jack Affleck, Vail Resorts Ah...priorities, priorities. If there weren't enough self-involved jackasses completely ignoring you on the ski lift while yelling into their phone or trackin' vert on the latest skiPS app,  there are about to be more. Vail announced earlier this month that it's replacing its Vista Bahn Lift with a new gondola. And that gondola will come complete with free Wi-Fi, so you won't even need a mobile connection to cruise the...
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Satski Builds GPS With Apps

  I first came across Satski about three years ago. The company makes GPS-based ski resort maps for both smartphones and standalone units. At first, I found this technology quite intriguing--what could be better than a GPS system guiding you around a virtual resort? But, given that a big resort map is hard to read on a small screen, smartphones are annoying to fiddle around with on the lift let alone a trail, and paper...
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Kahuna Creations Stand Up Paddle[Snow]Boarding

Kahuna Creations seems convinced that every board sport needs a paddle. Paddleboarding has really taken off over the past few years, so why not paddle-skating or paddle- snowboarding? After about two years of development, the company has released its Snow Stick. The snow-specific paddle has a finned head that's designed to push you in all types of snow. You can use the Snow Stick to add power to your downhill carves or to navigate flat...
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Saltboarding: New Sport?

Utah's Bonneville Salt Flats are known for the fastest vehicles in the world. Absolute land speed records have been set there since about the time the first fast motor vehicle was built. Apparently, the flats are also good for another type of speed: flat-land, tow-in snowboarding. In this video, a group of riders got their summer boarding fix in western Utah's hard, salty desert. Obviously gravity ain't working in a place called "Flats," so they...
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Mountain Approach Folding Skis

I don't have much experience with splitboarding, so I'm not really sure how necessary these Mountain Approach folding skis are. They're designed to solve some perceived problems of regular splitboarding. The problem with backcountry snowboarding in contrast to skiing is that you can't effectively climb with a board. Splitboards have solved this problem by allowing you to have two skis for uphills and a single board for downhills. If us non-splitters are to believe Mountain...
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Protect Our Winters With Volcom Gear

Somewhere between escaping to the gnarliest snowboard terrain on earth and getting his snowboard line running strong, Jeremy Jones finds time to fight climate change with his non-profit Protect Our Winters (POW). Professional and recreational snowboarders and skiers are in heaps of trouble if that whole global warming thing unfolds like some scientists and politicians predict, so POW gives them a platform for rallying against that devastating future. Now POW has its own gear produced...
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Super-Sport Showdown: Mountain Biker Takes On Snowboarder

There's something incredibly intriguing about head-to-head matchups, especially when they only exist on paper. Jordan v. Bryant, Ali v. Tyson, lion v. polar bear--we'll never get to see these head-to-head matchups, but they sure are fun to imagine and analyze. Well, here's a formerly paper-only matchup that we get to see with our very own eyes: mountain biker v. snowboarder. Both go pretty damn fast, both huck ridiculous cliffs and bomb crazy terrain, and both...
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New Colorado Ski Hut to Open This Winter

Silverton is turning more and more into a mini-BC. Not only can you make some sidecountry-style turns via its lift and some heli-served turns, but now you can add remote hut skiing to that list. All it needs is a few cat operations, and you have a mini Powder Highway. After guiding for eight years at the 10th Mountain Division Huts near Aspen, Bob Kingsley decided he wanted to offer backcountry skiers and riders a...
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Snowboarding Like Batman: 686 Rivet Toolbelt

Apparently the 686 Toolbelt has been around for 15 years, but the first time I ever saw it was in my latest issue of Transworld Snowboarding. It’s been renamed this year—Rivet Toolbelt from Original Toolbelt—but still brings the same design. The buckle prongs are both screwdrivers, and the buckle itself is a bottle opener. It also has several wrenches. Outside of that, you have a nice, full-grain leather belt for any occasion. The Toolbelt was...
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Going Jib-Cowboy In Wyoming

Apparently I've been sleeping on my pre-season stoke search. I somehow missed KGBProductions' Wyoming Triumph series until the sixth episode. But what an episode it is. Jackson Hole and Wyoming in general have long been the epitome of Wild West meeting wild nature. The skiing and outdoor adventure is some of the hairiest in the lower 48, and is only rivaled in pucker factor by a late-night run-in with a surly cow-poke smelling of dirty...
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