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the cardo packtalk ski winter sports communicator lets you stay connected on the slopes

The Cardo Packtalk Ski lets you stay connected with your fellow skiers and riders in real time on the slopes. Photo: Cardo Systems

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I love gear. But beyond that, I love gear that finds a specific problem or annoyance inherent in an activity, and presents a solution. And when it comes to dealing with snow and cold weather, there are plenty of annoyances to be dealt with. Foggy goggles, cold fingers, cold ears, if you’ve played in the snow you know what I’m talking about. Well, there are some pretty awesome new gadgets that have hit the market in the past couple of years to deal with such problems and make your snow experience that much better. Here are some of my favorites.

Zippo Hand Warmer and Phone Charger

Zippo Hand Warmer/Phone Charger

Zippo has upped its game when it comes to hand warmers – they used to make one of the few reusable handwarmers in the with the 12-Hour Hand Warmer that runs off of their Zippo Lighter Fluid to produce 12 hours of “flameless heat.” I’ve owned one for many years, and despite the “flameless heat” assurance I’ve only used it a handful of times, nervous about starting a fire in my pocket. Now, Zippo produces a battery-powered hand warmer, a boon to nervous types like myself, which offers up to six hours of heat as well as a charging port for your phone and other devices. Pretty nifty.

Check Price on REI and Amazon.

Phoozy thermal phone case

Phoozy Thermal Phone Pouch

There is nothing worse than a dead phone while riding snow – there goes your music, and ability to rendezvous with friends elsewhere on the mountain. And on colder days, even your deepest pocket won’t be enough to protect your phone from battery-numbing chill as you zip down the mountain. While you could load up on power banks to revive your phone once it dies, why not avoid the problem in the first place? The Phoozy promises to do just that. A SharkTank success story, this nifty gadget acts as a thermal barrier for your phone to prolong battery life in extreme conditions.

Check Price on REI and Amazon.

the cardo packtalk ski winter sports communicator

Cardo Packtalk Ski

Last year I got the chance to try out the Packtalk Ski, and was massively impressed by the motorcycle-radio turned ski-helmet communicator. With a boom mike and impressive software that detects when you’re talking and when you’re not, I was rolling  down the mountain, jamming to my favorite tunes through the surprisingly good helmet speakers (which connected to my phone via bluetooth), and chatting it up with my buddies who could be hundreds of feet away. Check out the full review, and if you’re interested in other similar options, check out the Milo, which just launched on Kickstarter last year.

Find the Packtalk Ski on Amazon.

Julbo Aerospace Goggles with Superflow design

Julbo Aerospace Goggles

These have got to be some of the coolest snow goggles on the market right now. First off, they’re photochromic, meaning they adapt to changing light conditions as you ski – similar to transition lenses for glasses, but way less dorky. Photochromic lenses for goggles are becoming more popular in recent years, with top brands like Smith, Dragon, and Oakley hopping on the bandwagon, so that feature in and of itself isn’t specific to Julbo. But the innovative SuperFlow design is specific to Julbo, and is definitely something to rave about. In any scenario where your goggles might fog up, activate the SuperFlow system by pulling the lens away from the frame to fully ventilate your goggles and beat the fog. When you’re ready for the descent, push them back into place for reduced airflow.

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Abom HEET Heated Goggles

Abom Heet

Are your extremely well-ventilated goggles not good enough to beat the kind of goggle-fog you’re producing? Check out this rad option from Abom. These goggles work like the rear-window defroster on your car, using an electrically heated layer to defrost your lenses and zap the fog like magic. An “always on” mode gives you six hours of battery life, and an “on demand” mode quickly turns on to zap the fog, and then powers down to save battery life. I’d love to see how these guys do on the goggle fog that I get from snow in my goggles after I’ve face-planted a few times.

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Turtle Fur Fog Free Windproof Facemask

Turtle Fur Fog-Free Windproof Facemask

Here’s another way to beat the goggle fog – with a well-designed face buff. Your huffing and puffing under a layer of fabric is the number one cause of google fog, so why not design a face buff that doesn’t send all that hot air straight to your viewports? That’s what the folks over at Turtle Fur did with their Fog-Free Windproof Facemask. With a layered construction that includes downward vents to let hot air escape, this is a great way to make it down the mountain with un-fogged goggles and a warm face at the same time.

Check Price on Amazon.

Turtle Fur Overhood

Turtle Fur Overhood

Ski helmets these days seem to be trending more towards the “well-ventilated” side of the spectrum rather than the “warm” side. If that’s the case on the fancy new helmet that you bought and now don’t have the cash to spring for a less-ventilated option, check out Turtle Fur’s Overhood. Designed to fit over a ski helmet, the Overhood brings the warmth by wrapping your helmeted head in a toasty blanket, and looks cool while doing so with plenty of different colors to match every style. My ski helmet often leaves my ears a bit more exposed than I’d like, so I’ll be giving this one a shot as soon as I can.

Check Price on REI and Amazon.

Seirus Heat Touch Hellfire Gloves

Seirus HeatTouch Hellfire Gloves

Here’s a fun one, for those who might have a bit more to spend on keeping their hands warm. Battery-powered, heated gloves. With a massive battery life of 12-plus hours on low heat, these gloves are guaranteed to keep your hands warm on even the coldest days in the mountains.

Check Price on Backcountry and Amazon.

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