There are wearables for running, cycling, weightlifting, tennis, swimming and all other kinds of sports. But did you know that there are many high tech wearables and accessories developed specifically for skiing and snowboarding?
Beanies and boots at the ready, the ski resorts are starting to open! Before you head off to the slopes, check out our list of gadgets that have the potential to improve your overall powder experience. This includes everything from smart ski goggles to GPS enabled helmets.
We’ll be updating this feature with new products as we hear about them.
Garmin Fenix 3 | Rossignol & PIQ sensor | In&motion Ski airbag vest | Recon Snow 2 | Oakley Airwave Goggles | POC Receptor Bug Ski Helmet | Cerevo Snow-1 | ICEdot Crash Sensor | Forcite Ski Helmet | Carv | Trace
Fenix 3 is a beast of a watch and features everything you would ever want for fitness training and outdoor navigation. The device is perfect for those who are into multi sports and want to be able to track everything.
You can use it for cycling, open water swimming, cross country skiing, climbing, indoor run/bike/swim, hiking and much more. The Ski/Board mode puts speed, distance, vertical drop and an automatic run counter (with auto-pause for the lift line), and more at your fingertips. Outdoor navigation includes things like 3-axis compass, altimeter and barometer and TracBack feature.
And finally, Garmin Connect software is top notch, whether you are utilising the smartphone app or the even more comprehensive web dashboard.
This featherweight wearable from Rossignol and PIQ straps to your boot to monitor your runs, ski jumps and turns. The accompanying smartphone app provides unique insights by seamlessly processing thousands of datapoints per second.
At the tap of a button, you get a detailed dashboard and graphical view of your progress on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, along with your personal bests. The technology monitors your carve angle, transition time, G-Force, jump height, rotation and air time to give you a complete overview of your run.
At the end of your session, the app also displays something the French outfit refers to as your Winning Factors. The phrase has been trademarked by PIQ and it refers to athletes’ key strengths for specific sports. Thanks to the power of genuine Artificial Intelligence, you get real-time actionable information that will allow you to improve your performance.
Safety needs to be a priority while you are on the ski slopes. And high tech is making this easier than ever.
The In&motion Ski airbag vest detects falls and inflates in less than 100 milliseconds in order to protect the most sensitive areas of your body before impact with the ground. In a sense, the device works similar to an airbag for vehicles. The system also records data during the ride, and provides you with analysis at the end so you can avoid falls in the future.
The wearable is used by a number of professional skiers in their trainings and races. The airbag vest has been approved by the International Ski Federation in Alpine Skiing and Ski Cross, as well as by some National Ski Federations.
Recon Snow2 is a high-tec display for alpine goggles. The gadget sports onboard processing power, a suite of sensors (GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, altimeter, and barometer), and networking capabilities you would expect from a tablet or smartphone.
Snow2 snaps into any Recon-Ready goggle frame to give you real-time information on every run, jump and turn. That data is delivered to Snow2’s innovative prism display, just below your right eye for instant access.
The precision GPS capabilities and 600+ pre-loaded resort maps, pin-point your location to within a meter. The altimeter shadows you to the summit, while the gyroscope and accelerometer drive you to the base.
Keeping your group together on the mountain has never been easier. The wearable allows you to track your friends’ positions anywhere on the resort. Finally, you can also control your music library and see your texts/incoming calls during your runs, with smartphone connectivity for both Android and iPhone.
These smart goggles feature a built-in heads up display that delivers crisp, widescreen graphics using innovative prism technology. Your perception will be of 14-inch screen at a distance of 5 feet away from you.
GPS integration and other on-board sensors give you real-time access to speed, vertical drop, distance, and altitude data. After your run, review your performance with stats like max speed, total vert and max air, in detail, run by run or for the whole day.
There are also some smart navigation features. Pinpoint your location on a resort map, find the run or point-of-interest you’re looking for. Or see exactly where your friends are with the ‘buddy tracking’ function.
Low Energy Bluetooth connectivity allows the goggles to interface with your smartphone, heart rate monitor and more. This allows you to view incoming calls and text messages and control music as you ski or board.
This smart helmet is exclusively offered with Beats by Dr. Dre headphones built into the neck roll. This gives you remote control compatible with most smart phones, so you can take calls, switch tunes and adjust volume right from the cord.
Of course, the helmet has some great safety features as well. There is an advanced ABS outer shell and a robust in-mold polycarbonate/EPS liner. The patented VDSAP system with two overlapping shells protects from sharp objects, while providing ventilation that can be closed if it gets too chilly on the slopes.
Snowboarding’s growth rose sharply in the 1990s and early 2000s, before plateauing in the mid-2000s. There has been a marked drop in participation in the sport since then, with increasing numbers of boarders returning to traditional skiing. Nevertheless, quite a few enthusiasts still hit the slopes every year. Now they can do it while sporting some high tech gadgets.
SNOW-1 smart snowboard bindings record, visualize and analyze a snowboarder’s ride in real-time. The built in sensors capture 13 different points of data.
The load balance sensors embedded into the soles record one of the most important factors in snowboarding, two flex sensors that are attached to the board are able to detect board deflection. The acceleration, angular velocity, geomagnetism sensors are able to detect the rider’s position and direction.
The app can also tap into the GPS function on your smart phone to map your riding route. The extensive log data will allow you to look back over your ride history and compare performance.
This is a simple but potentially life saving device.
The ICEdot Crash Sensor straps on to any standard helmet to detect life-threatening impacts and send an emergency message through your smartphone to someone who can get you medical help.
An alarm will sound on the phone, giving you a chance to stop the distress signal from going out if you’re ok. If you don’t stop the app, it sends an SMS text message to your pre-specified emergency contacts with your GPS coordinates.
Forcite is one of the leading companies in the development and integration of smart helmets. The Austrian outfit’s first wearable dedicated to skiing detects impacts and sends a GPS signal in case of emergency.
But there are many other features as well. An integrated 1080p camera records video, while a wind-resistant microphone records sound. If it gets foggy, you can switch on the built-in OLED lights to help keep you safe and enhance video footage.
The helmet will monitor your track speed, distance and altitude and will even allow you to take and receive phone calls with your phone safely tucked away. And if you get lonely on those runs, the built-in speakers can stream music directly from your mobile via Bluetooth.
A Kickstarter backed project, Card is a high tech device dedicated to skiing that provides audible real-time feedback through earphones and detailed analysis between runs.
The extremely thin smart insert slides into any standard ski boot. It then analyzes every move you make to bring a new perspective on your technique.
In addition to tracking your runs, Carv looks at metrics related to your weight distribution, timing, the orientation and symmetry of your skis and more. This gives you access to metrics that you have never had before such as your maximum edge angle, enabling you to really drill into your technique.
Using these metrics and your headphones, Carv then communicates useful analysis and tips to help you improve. Pick a lesson appropriate to your level of skiing and Carv will give you pointers and highlight mistakes you are making.
On a less serious note, you can transform your ski lessons into fun filled games which focus on a specific skill. You can even track your tricks or compete against friends.
The wearable was successfully funded at the start of 2016. Shipping to backers is expected to begin in January.
Trace tracks and stores all the stats from every snow (or surf) session. Mount the little device near one of your bindings, and you are set to go.
Trace helps you improve by tracking and analyzing your runs. With a combination of a 9-axis IMU and GPS, the device shows your progression over time. You will get stats on total airtime, max jump height, vertical distance, max speed, calories burned, max slope angle and ride time. Furthermore, you can also see the approach speed you need to clear a kicker, how far you’re jumping, and how jumps compare from resort to resort.
The other aspect to the little device is its GoPro video integration. Trace will auto-edit all of your GoPro footage without you having to lift a finger. Just sync your camera before you start filming, and when you get back, upload the raw footage to your PC or Mac. In just a few minutes, all your footage will be organized into individual clips of just your runs — with color correction, stats overlay, and easily shareable.
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