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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.

Olympic Torch: 2012 London Games

2012 Olympic Torch by Barber and Osgerby

Since I’m on the subject of the prolific designers Barber and Osgerby, I thought I should include a look at their prototype for the 2012 Olympic Torch. Unveiled a few months back, their winning design for the London Games was immediately dubbed the “Cheesegrater,” due to its 8,000 perforated circles, one for each Torchbearer taking part in the Olympic Relay.

It is crafted from a gold-color aluminum alloy developed for the aerospace and automotive industry and is extremely strong and heat-resistant. The open form allows people to see to the heart of the torch and burner system as it takes its 8,000 mile journey across the UK. Before the Torch makes its debut during the opening ceremony on July 27, 2012, it will have undergone rigorous testing, including a successful session in BMW’s wind tunnel.

via Wallpaper; source Barber Osgerby
posted by: Nancy H.