Welcome to a special Destination Issue installment of Gear Spotlight from FREESKIER. Here, we provide a close-up look at the equipment and accessories that everyone should know about before their next big ski trip. Can’t get enough gear? Click here to see our entire 2019 Buyer’s Guide.
Introducing Skullcandy’s first noise canceling bluetooth headphones. Designed and tested in Park City, Utah, the Venue offers unmatched comfort, battery life and audio quality, ideal for the traveling skier. First off, charging these wireless ‘phones for just 10 minutes gives you an amazing five hours of battery life, while a complete charge puts a full 24 hours of listening at your disposal. The sound quality here is also worth mentioning: 40-mm drivers provide immersive lows, mids and highs, so you can tune out the world and tune into your favorite music. These headphones come with two, big thumbs up from the FREESKIER crew.
Charge on the go with the Kodiak Plus Ultra from Outdoor Tech. With a rugged, dustproof and waterproof design and 12,800mAh of portable power, feel confident bringing this device with you on your longest, wildest excursions, knowing that your devices will be kept at full battery the entire time. When fully charged, the Kodiak provides enough output to charge your phone at least four times, while smaller gadgets (like a GoPro or headlamp) can be juiced eight or nine times. A set of 100 lumen LED lights on the exterior also provide illumination when you need it most. Bottom line: Don’t leave for your next trip without the Kodiak Plus Ultra.
Forget the gimbal, all you need to capture amazingly smooth video on the new GoPro HERO7 Black is the camera itself. Utilizing an updated algorithm, the latest addition to the GoPro lineup includes gimbal-esque stabilization, keeping all your footage silky smooth. The camera is still ultra-durable and and waterproof down to 33 feet, and has sixteen voice commands that give you hands-free photo and video capturing capabilities. Its Facebook Live and YouTube streaming connections also let you share your most amazing moments as they’re happening.
Staying connected on the road has never been more pertinent, and traveling shouldn’t hold you back from sharing your latest photos, videos and stories digitally. Enter the Skyroam Mobile Hotspot. With flat-rate daily activation fees—for as little as nine dollars a day—that allow you to connect up to five different devices, the internet now tags along wherever your skiing dreams lead you via a pocket-sized gadget. The Solis also comes with a built in charging port. Adventurers who need to stay connected, this is the WiFi solution you’ve been seeking.
Tech on your wrist just got an outdoor twist. The Casio ProTrek WSD-F30 Smart Watch packs a heap of useful features into a slim, comfortable package, offering three different operating modes that help you accurately track information depending on your activity of choice. Extend Mode provides GPS tracking up to three days and two nights without a charge, while the Multi-Timepiece function gives the user up to a full month of battery life while keeping track of altitude, time and barometric pressure. And when you’re not out on the trail, the styling and functionality of this watch is sure to turn heads.
Combining stunning stabilization, 5.8K resolution video and an intuitive editing mobile app, Rylo is the new kid on the block—and everyone needs to take notice. First off, Rylo’s camera allows users to create stunning 360-degree videos with just the touch of a button; the device’s dual-sided camera literally captures everything in sight. Then, easy-to-use editing software turns your raw footage into movie-quality content with just a few taps. Timelapses, panoramas, follow-cam shots—you name it, the Rylo has it covered. For those looking to expand their creativity, get your hands on this all-new camera system this winter.