Stay safe while you ski with these high-tech devices

Oct 25, 2017

If it’s peace of mind you’re looking for when you’re out in the snow, these cool tech offerings have the last word.

Smart watch

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Suunto Spartan Ultra, US$799
A feature-packed GPS sports watch with a touchscreen and full-colour display, barometric altimeter, digital compass and thermometer, Ultra connects to your smartphone and vibrates when a message comes through. What skiers will really love about it: it records all data from their sessions and has a navigation function that will help them get home.

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Body armour

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Rossignol RPG I&M Airbag Vest, US$1,185
This vest affords maximum protection to your body for when you take a tumble. It can detect when you’re off balance mid-air, and in just a fraction of a second, its air-canister-powered cushioning will inflate, protecting your upper body and hips before impact with the ground.

Eye protection

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Uvex Snowstrike VT goggles, US$399.95
It takes a tenth of a second for these futuristic eye protectors to adjust to the light conditions – so when you emerge from a sheltered slope and are hit by an unexpected flare of sunshine, there’s less chance of you careening into a tree. You can also manually change the lens colour – choose from four preset tints – to suit the conditions, your mood or even your snowsuit.

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Hot hands

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Celestron Elements ThermoCharge 10, US$59.99
Hands get cold when you take off your gloves to fiddle with a meddlesome boot. Help for chilled hands is exactly what this gadget serves up: Press the button and you’ll get up to 12 hours of heat. The device doubles as a powerbank; flip the lid and you’ll find two USB connections. Now, you can make sure your phone’s fully juiced for any emergency calls.