STUFF WE WANT.
1> OAKLEY AIRWAVE 1.5 GOGGLES Powered by Recon Instruments, the Airwave 1.5 tracks GPS data, including speed, elevation, and hang time. Plus, using the strap-mounted remote in conjunction with the in-goggle display, you can control your tunes via Bluetooth, see who’s calling or texting, and pinpoint your location on a map. The only thing missing is an integrated helmet cam. [$650; oakley.com]
2> OUTDOOR TECH PRIVATES The Privates fold to the size of a softball, produce great sound, and are Bluetooth and cable compatible. They’re ideal for long flights when you’re switching between phone music and cheesy in-flight movies. Charge them via USB and control functions using a touch pad on the right earphone. [$100; outdoortech.com]
3> PETZL TIKKA RXP HEADLAMP From dawn patrols and hut trips to 12-hour rando races, the Tikka RXP is awesome. Its “reactive lighting” automatically adjusts the beam from two to 215 lumens depending on the setting. Look at a map and it’ll dim; look up the trail and it’ll blast. [$90; petzl.com] 4> NIKON AW1 CAMERA Nikon’s AW1 is the go-anywhere, do-anything camera that’ll take a beating and still shoot great photos. It’s waterproof to 49 feet, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dropproof to 6.6 feet. It sports easy manual controls and is compatible with Nikkor interchangeable lenses (sold separately) that go from macro to hella-zoom. [$750; nikonusa.com]
5> GARMIN FENIX 2 WATCH If you bring only one shiny gadget on a ski mission, make it the Fenix 2. It records heart rate and all the standard GPS data (including waypoints), and you can upload to the interweb to track your adventure. It wirelessly connects to your phone to display texts and can control a Garmin helmet cam (sold separately).
6> EASTERN COLLECTIVE CABLES Steezy cables: You didn’t know you needed them. Eastern Collective makes mini-USB, micro-USB, Lightning, 30-pin, and auxiliary cables, plus earbuds. The cables are durable, the earbuds sound good, and they’re all easier to find while digging through your tangle. Plus, Eastern Collective’s founder is a ski bum from Burlington who got started knitting beanies, gloves, hoodies, and other freeski apparel.