Ever wallowed in deep snow for a half hour or so? It sucks. A lot. You sweat bullets, pant like a dog, and end up with snow in every piece of clothing you're wearing. Of course, most folks who spend any time outside in the winter realize this pretty quickly and turn to some sort of flotation - snowshoes or skis - to keep them from post-holing, or post-"helling" as I like to call it.
Sometimes, though, you end up not wanting to carry bulky snowshoes or skis, maybe figuring you won't need them for some reason or another. I've been burned by the "there won't be that much snow up high this time of year" situation myself, eventually battling after 20 minutes of battling rotten snow.
Airlite Inflatable Snowshoes aim to eliminate the lug 'em or leave dilemma. Made from the same bladder material used in rafts, the snowshoes are puncture "proof" and can be deflated to fit in a pack. Inflated, the shoes measure 36" x 16" and support up to 200 pounds. They have a schraeder valve, so you can pump them up with a small bike pump or a can of compressed air and weigh about 17 ounces.
Although these were developed by an Alaskan for snowmobilers who can get stuck in pretty remote places and are marketed as emergency gear for just that purpose, they could also have some applicability for other outdoor adventurers. Never underestimate the ability of some outdoor bro to use gear designed for one purpose to push the boundaries in a different, unexpected way. That or die in a completely preventable accident.
Airlite has photos of a prototype attachable underfoot claw to help with steeper terrain posted on their website, but I didn't see any info on when they'll actually be available for sale. Probably wouldn't want to take these anywhere too steep anyway. Pick up a pair and push some of your own limits - $168 bucks plus S&H.
Kids. Love 'em or hate 'em, they never stop growing. At least until they're adults. Seems like every other month you gotta buy them a new pair of shoes, new backpack, new clothes, never mind all the sports gear they need each year. Well, Spanish bike maker, Orbea, is trying to change that - at least for bikes. The company is now selling the Grow bike in the U.S., which has an adjustable aluminum frame that extends as your little grommet does. Pretty cool, in theory.
Orbea claims the bikes fit much better than simply moving the seat and handlebars on a bike that's a bit too small or large, which was the old solution for cheap (read reasonable) parents, unwilling to shell out for a good fitting bike. With the Grow, your special little person gets to ride a bike that fits perfectly.
This seems like a good idea, but then, maybe its just overkill. Riding an ill-fitting, hand-me-down bike is something of a rite of passage for kids. Or at least it used to be. But then again, so did not wearing a helmet, getting lost in the grocery store, and spending the entire day outside, free from parents. Furthermore, there are three sizes of the bike, which seems to somewhat defeat the point. I don't have a perfect memory, but I remember having three bikes growing up. A red one, a black one, and then, a mountain bike that was too big for the first couple of years I rode it, because I was supposed to grow into it, which I did after mashing my 'nads on the cross bar a few times. Also, they're expensive - or so they seem to someone who doesn't buy kids stuff very often - ranging from $240-$340 depending on the size. Seems like you could buy 8 used bikes for your kids for that price. Just saying'…
Are we right? You saw this and coveted it. First on your block to say, "Dude, yeah this is my upcycled bag made from exploded car air bags." Hopefully they cleaned the blood off well. But best of all, as the copy says, you "can wear to from your favorite local skate park to riding your BMW motorcycle." Yay. Yours for a mere $299.
God forbid you actually left your cell phone or MP3 Player in the car and enjoyed the slopes and outdoors technology free. Sure the days of being outdoors without having to listen to jackasses chattering away are long gone, but we it doesn't mean we can't whine about it. Helmets with integrated bluetooth have been around for a while, but the Buhel Speakgoggle G33 has an integrated microphones that uses bone conduction technology to let you chatter away in annoying handsfree mode. Yay!
SPEAKGOGGLE G33 - INTERCOM is equipped with a bone
conduction microphone integrated into the frame, which is able to catch
your words directly from your nose, without boring traditional external
microphones. It allows a clear conversation everywhere, also with strong
SPEAKGOGGLE G33 - INTERCOM
answers automatically an incoming call, even while
listening the music. G33 - INTERCOM allows Voice Dial calls, when
supported by mobile phones that include the Voice Dial feature.
SPEAKGOGGLE G33 - INTERCOM
is a Bluetooth® Com System that has been thought with an absolutely
innovative concept by using BUHEL VIBRATION SYSTEM technology. G33 -
INTERCOM can be connected to Bluetooth® enabled cellular phones, music
players and gps.
Pretty cool water purifier based on cutting edge 17th century technology, from Black and Blum.
Binchotan active charcoal has been used in Japan as a water purifier
since the 17th century. It reduces chlorine, mineralises the water and
balances the pH. The binchotan active charcoal can be used for up to 6
months and amazingly recylces for