Gear: Lifting The Fog

Frustration comes in many forms on the slopes: painful boots, no wax, stuck on a lift on a sunny, powder day, and of course, the mother of ’em all, fogged goggles. Unfortunately, it’s in the nature of goggles and condensation to search each other out and spend time together. For some time, Smith’s Turbo Series goggles have been the only goggles on the market that use a small motorized fan to fight the fog. This year, Smith has changed the design and improved on an already fog-free goggle. Instead of blowing air into the goggles, Smith’s new Turbo C.A.M. (Constant Air Management-pretty tech, huh?) Series utilizes a vacuum that removes water vapor, decreases perspiration, and provides an unnoticeable flow of air for fog-free vision in any conditions. The new vacuum motor is smaller and much quieter than the old, making Turbos almost indistinguishable from standard goggles. Turbo C.A.M. Series goggles include the Turbo C.A.M. V3, Turbo C.A.M. Matrix (for women), and the Turbo C.A.M. Monashee OTG (a large-sized frame with an enlarged lens chamber to fit over most prescription glasses). Suggested retail price: $150 to $170.

For more info, call 1-800-635-4401, or visit Smith’s Web site at

Feet Have Feelings, Too

Wool or silk socks have long been the best choice for winter-sports activities due to their insulative and drying qualities, but these days, new fabrics are outperforming the old, stoking feet like never before. Wigwam Mills has made socks for 93 years, and while grannies in rocking chairs knitting from balls of wool have been replaced by high-tech machinery and fabrics, the company’s dedication remains. Riders can choose from terry-cushioned wool/stretch nylon blends (Merino Wool Snowboard $16, Free Ride $10, Assault $10), or the latest development in the Ultimax line. The Ultimax Snowboard sock ($14) is 40% Lumiza, 31% Olefin, 15% stretch nylon, 10% wool, 2% stretch polyester, and 2% Spandex. It may sound like a new snack-food ingredient list, but these foot wraps are no experiment. They provide all you want in a sock-warmth, dryness, comfort, blister prevention, cushioning, and durability. So, the next time you ride, leave the tube socks in your drawer and treat your feet to the good stuff. To order, call 1-888-472-5678 or on the web at

Wrist Risk

By now everyone’s heard a horror story or two about broken bones from snowboarding. Thirtypercent of all snowboarding injuries involve the wrist or hand; for beginners the rate is 50 percent. Because of the way snowboaders fall-beginners or pros-wrist injuries are higher among them than skiers. Wrist guards are the best way to protect

yourself against broken bones, and while any set will help (yeah, even the old Rectors in the garage from your bowl-skating days), often they’re a pain to jam beneath gloves

or mittens. Glomming Gear’s “No Gomer” wrist guards (I know, but it’s only a name) are specifically designed to protect snowboarders from ending up in plaster. They prevent wrist and thumb injuries, while still letting your hands function normally. The company’s founders, who are also the equipment designers, have ten years’ combined snowboarding experience and extensive medical knowledge. Mark Borzecki is a General Practicioner/emergency physician, and David Nielen is an orthotics (external body braces) and prosthetics expert.

The wrist guards, available in adolescent and adult sizes, are designed to be worn over gloves or mittens. A pair costs $47. For more information, call

1-888-407-0000, or check their site at

Return To Dryness

When you bought your jacket and pants a few years ago they kept you dry, but these days the water seeps right through and you freeze your butt off. Well, if the soaked apparel is Gore-Tex, Activent, or Dryloft, you can revive its waterproofness with Gore’s “Revivex.” Revivex water and stain repellent is a home-applied treatment tthat restores water repellency. Revivex coats areas of the fabric where the original DWR Durable Water Repellent coating has worn off, and also mates with the remaining DWR to restore water repellency. Although Revivex is designed specifically for Gore-Tex products, it will also work on other waterproof apparel. So instead of having to purchase new outerwear this season, you may want to re-waterproof your old stuff. Revivex costs $19.95. For more information call 1-800-431-GORE.

To order, call 1-800-455-4184, or visit their Web site at