Category Archives: Equipment

Extreme Sledding

Snolo Sled Stealth-X

Next time snowmaggedon hits Gotham and The Dark Knight needs to fight the elements, he will surely have Snolo Sled‘s Stealth-X on hand. This high performance alpine sled, clocking speeds of up to 40 mph/65 kph, is not for the faint of heart. It is comprised of three interlocking parts: a carbon fiber seat, a front-mounted mono-ski with foot pegs (used to ostensibly brake) and a connecting arm that allows the sled to transform into a backpack.

Created by a team of former and current police officers, in tandem with agency 4Design, the sled has already garnered an industrial design award in New Zealand. According to Sean Boyd, the company’s Director, the sled is intended to make “sledding into a seriously cool adult pastime that wants to rub shoulders with the traditional sports of skiing and boarding.” You’ll need to have Bruce Wayne’s bank account, since the sled will set you back $3000. Look for the website and product to launch Dec. 7th in the Northern Hemisphere.

source: Gear Patrol
written by: Nancy H.

Origami Kayak

ORU, Origami Kayak
Kudos to San Francisco-based Anton Willis for creating ORU, the Origami Kayak. Constructed from corrugated plastic with structural reinforcements, the kayak transforms from the size of an artist’s portfolio case to a water-tight flotation vessel in 5 minutes. Unfolded, it measures 12 feet and weighs 25 pounds. We love the clean, origami-inspired graphics that put this kayak in a class of its own.

ORU, Origami Kayak

ORU, The Origami Kayak is expected to retail for $500. Sign up on the wait list for availability notification.

source: Gear Patrol
written by: Nancy H.

Freemotion Ski Boots

Freemotion ski boots

Freemotion ski boots look to be a game-changer for the next generation of carvers. The Austrian team of Kurt Hilgarth and Prof. Heinz Petanjek spent years developing the Freemotion® system, a combination of comfortable inner boot and solid exo-shell. Hard and soft are secured together with an ankle buckle for support and control. A front entry zipper, similar to mountaineering boots, allows for ease of entry, while the side-mounted power string control boosts the skier’s energy transmission efficiency. All this technology adds up to full control with less fatigue. Finally, skiers will be able to enjoy the flexibility and  convenience that snowboarders have counted on for years.

Freemotion ski boot

For now, the boots are only available through Austrian ski shops at €399, but check the company’s website for wider release, as they’re sure to gain a foothold at ski resorts everywhere.

via: Gear Patrol. source: Freemotion®
posted by: Nancy H.

Anon Announces Magnetic Ski Goggles

Anon m1 goggles
Anon’s new “magna-tech” m1 goggles, recently presented at the SIA snow show in Denver, could quite possibly revolutionize the way we protect our peepers on the slopes. The lenses are attached to the frame via built-in magnets. The m1 does away with the need to stop the action and dissect your equipment back at the lodge. Imagine swapping out lens tints from blue bird to flat light to night session without even removing the goggles from your face. This seemingly simple concept leaves us wondering why anyone didn’t think of it before.

Look for Anon’s m1 goggles, along with a range of tints, to hit ski and snowboarding stores in the Fall of 2012.

via: designboom. source: Anon
posted by: Nancy H.

Lacoste Lab Launches “Dream” Products

Lacoste Lab

Lacoste sees its innovation “Lab” as a link between the brand’s legendary past and its future. It’s not much of a stretch since founder, René Lacoste not only claims his place as a tennis champion and designer of the iconic polo shirt, but invented tennis rackets, golf clubs and bags, as well as a groundbreaking tennis-ball launching machine.

The collection of objects rely on a standard palette of white, black and green that gives them a striking effect altogether. And details, such as racket taping on the bike handles or the newsboy bicycle helmet, are a fitting use of the company’s brand language.

Design Director, Christophe Pillet, collaborated with a hand full of specialized companies to create “dream” products, including skis (Black Crows), an urban performance bicycle (Look), a boomerang (3B), cricket rackets, helmets, soccer and rugby balls (Mitre Sports UK) and a surfboard (J.P. Stark/Notox) and concept car with Citroën. Several clothing items – surf shorts, a sailing jacket and a wetsuit also made their way into the collection.

Colette, the trendsetting boutique on Rue Saint-Honoré launched an exclusive retail preview of the collection during this month’s busy fashion and interior design shows in Paris.

Lacoste Lab Bike
Lacoste Lab Bike
Lacoste Lab Bike HelmetLacoste Lab Cricket Racket
Lacoste Lab Skis
Lacoste Lab Navy Coat

source: Lacoste Lab
posted by: Nancy H

Re-Imagining the Classic Sled

There’s more than one way to get down the mountain. Here are a few innovative updates to the old-fashion sleigh design.

Sleighs

1) This Porsche Design Studio bobsleigh will intimidate the competition with its sleek profile, black finish and low centre of gravity. And you’ll be comfortable knowing it is fully tested by the German safety standards agency. £150.00
2&3) The German Sirch family has been designing wood products for over 300 years. Their Peak Snow Sled, made of steam-bent solid ash with stainless steel runners, is a beautiful update of the classic Swiss style. $459.00.
6) The Slalom Sled gets you close to the ground with its beautiful molded plywood design. And, the wide base gives it excellent flotation for those deep powder days. Have your name engraved for a nominal fee. $149.95-169.95. Mountain Boy Sledworks 
5) Winner of the Industrial Designers Society of American and Business Week design awards, the Hammerhead Sled is an ergonomically design model for those who crave precision handling in the snow. You can pimp your sleigh with extras like lights, side-view mirrors, a horn, and interchangeable runners. $349.00.
4) The Lesto sled is akin to an Eames chair for the slopes. Designed by Sebastian Götte, the concept design is made of two molded plywood parts for good shock absorption and a comfortable upright position.

posted by: Nancy H.

Make it Count with Nike+ Fuelband

Nike+ Fuelband 1

I’m not normally one to go in for gadgets, not withstanding anything by Apple. And I prefer high touch to high tech. However, this Nike+ Fuelband, made to synchronize with the iPhone, caught my attention as something both stylish, practical and discreet.

The sleek wristband tracks your daily (or nightly) activities with an accelerometer and displays them with tiny LEDs. The USB port is seamlessly designed into the band or connect with Bluetooth. Walking, dancing, running and other indoor pursuits are readily converted to information you can use, like calorie count or endurance. And, when you’re not in performance mode, it doubles as a pretty cool watch. As with next season’s handbag or latest restaurant opening, you’ll have to get in line and pre-order through Nike. Retail price will run you $149.00

Nike+ Fuelband 3

Nike+ Fuelband 2

via Cool Material; source Nike
posted by: Nancy H.