Technology is a ubiquitous aspect of modern society, and better, faster, stronger, more intuitive products are introduced continuously with the ability to aid on-mountain pursuits. Here's a selection of tech-forward gear to keep you tuned in and turned up. – Heather Hendricks
PHOTOS| Mike Yoshida
Sleek design, seamless integration, and ease of use are earmarks of a good technical piece. The Code embodies it all. New to Smith's line, this brain bucket comes equipped with MIPS protection and AirEvac technology for goggle integration. The Wayfinder strap has a simple Fidlock® system so you can take it on and off with one hand, and Boa FS 360 provides a customized fit with a few spins of the dial. Protect your noggin so you can use these other items.
Remember when a watch's only function was to tick away the seconds in a day? Personal timepieces have come miles since then and are now able to order an Uber, email your boss, and provide the current snow report. Nixon's Mission stands out among smartwatches with burly construction and waterproofing to withstand snowy missions or impromptu hot tub poaching. Know where the snow is, and get there before it's tracked.
When your battery's in the red, this handy on-the-go solar panel can help you recharge. It's intuitive and can charge your cellphone, speaker, flashlight or other small electronic device when there's no outlet in sight. Lightweight and mellow to travel with, it's perfect for days in the backcountry, or shoveling a spot. Just set up under the sun and it will start accumulating reusable power.
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Burton Switchup Backpack $180
When hopping a flight to catch the next storm or weaving your way through the workweek, this satchel from Burton is versatile and can easily organize your laptop, tablet, toiletries, two days of clothes and meets airlines carry-on size limits. Tooled to conceal all your necessary items, it features a three-way carry system with a removable shoulder strap, stowable backpack straps, and a study handle.
Skullcandy's Barricade XL is built to bring music anywhere, be it bumping tunes in your backyard or in the backcountry. It's constructed with impact resistant materials, its ten-hour battery can pick up Bluetooth signals from a 33-foot radius, and it's buoyant and fully waterproof. Go ahead; set it right in the snow. And we can attest, the bass from this things booms.
Black Eye HD Combo $60 (HD Wide Angle Lens pictured)
Elevate your phone photography game with these lenses from Black Eye. The combo pack comes with two—HD Macro and HD Wide Angle—which are designed to work with most smartphones, tablets, and even laptops. The wide angle pictured is a 160-degree wide lens ideal for action and landscapes, maybe even a selfie. The macro is built for close-ups, and with 15x zoom, you capture detail on tiny subjects.
With this handheld grip, some practice, and a few buddies willing to do some follow-cam-worthy shit, you too can become a gimbal god. Offering incredible video stabilization, the Karma will blow your mind with smooth capture capabilities and ease of use. Compatible with the GoPro HERO5 Black or HERO4, with harness, this device will take your edits to the next level with each and every use.
The best POV camera available? With stunning 4K video and photo, voice control, touchscreen display, waterproof design, and more, it's easy to make the case for the latest offering camera from GoPro. From pow turns to park laps, hot tubs to hiking—all the moments in life you want to remember, this pocket-sized piece can capture.