The top 25 gadgets of 2017

The top 25 gadgets of 2017

These days, technological advances are changing the world of skiing immensely. From high-flying drones to self-heating gloves, there’s a lot to choose from out there. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the 2017’s very best offerings just for you.

Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones


“These puppies are noise-canceling, wireless, lightweight and offer up to 20 hours of listening per charge. Additionally, the Bose Connect app manages your digital devices seamlessly so the headphones hook up to the right one every time…” Click for full review.

Skullcandy Ink’d Wireless


“Skullcandy’s noise-isolating Ink’d Wireless earbuds come in at a scant 24 grams and feature a flexible collar that sits lightly on the neck, offering volume, track and call control as well as a built-in microphone…” Click for full review.

Black Diamond Solano Glove


“Rechargeable, heated gloves? Yes, please. The Black Diamond Solano has a durable, waterproof exterior with an interior heating system that features a whopping 36 different heat levels for customized warmth…” Click for full review.

Abominable Labs Abom Goggle


“Great field of vision is this lens’ most obvious attribute, but the biggest draw of the Abom is a lens-heating system that mirrors the defroster in your car—powered via a USB rechargeable battery—that eliminates fogging…” Click for full review.

Uvex Snowstrike Variotronic


“Uvex’s advanced Snowstrike Variotronic goggle is something you might have found in a Sci-Fi movie not that long ago. Utilizing liquid crystal technology, it changes lens tint and light transmission levels in less than one tenth of a second…” Click for full review.

SubQ Designs ABS Airbag Jacket


“This tech-loaded jacket features removable airbags, ski-carrying slots, skin pockets, a subpack for goods, a hydration sleeve and a quick-access beacon pocket. If we didn’t know any better, we’d think Inspector Gadget made this thing…” Click for full review.



“When communication is crucial but you don’t have service in the mountains, goTenna has your back. This water-resistant, dust-tight tool hooks up to your phone and turns it into an off-grid communication antenna…” Click for full review.

Avatech SP2


“The SP2 measures the snowpack by taking 5,000 measurements per second via Smartprobe technology, then syncing information (available in multiple languages) to your phone immediately. It only weighs 1.2 pounds, too…” Click for full review.



“The PopSocket is a simple, yet amazingly helpful gizmo that adheres to the back of your phone and acts as a grip, media stand, cord wrap or whatever other function you might find useful…” Click for full review.

DryGuy Warm ‘n’ Charge


“A smarter hand warmer and a portable phone charger in one device, the Warm N’ Charge allows you to pick your desired temperature level and keep your digits warm enough so that you can nail the Instagram caption on your fully charged phone…” Click for full review.

Olloclip Active Lens


“The Olloclip Active Lens slips perfectly onto any iPhone 6 and offers two different lenses in one: a 2x telephoto lens for prime zooming and an ultra-wide lens for properly capturing the true breadth of your adventures…” Click for full review.

Garmin Fenix 3 HR


“Underneath the Fenix 3 HR’s 1.2 inch Chroma Display with domed sapphire lens, you can access ski mode (one of many modes) to track your speed, distance, vertical drop and the number of runs you’ve bagged…” Click for full review.



“Turn your phone into a walkie talkie with Beartooth, a sleek device that pairs with your phone and allows you text and talk capabilities with other Beartooth-bearing folks (they’re sold in pairs) when cell service is out of the question…” Click for full review.

Blanlanzza Mini USB Digital Scale


“Avoid overweight baggage fee nonsense with the Balanzza Mini USB, a USB-chargeable scale that precisely weighs your luggage at home via a simple hanging loop. Hang it, weigh it and go enjoy that ski trip like a champ…” Click for full review.

Bruton Resync 6000


“Charge your electronics on the go with the Brunton Resync 6000. This shockproof, weatherproof unit is easy to transport and has two USB ports for rejuvenating your phone, camera or whatever else needs some juice…” Click for full review.

Backcountry Access BC Link


“The BC Link is built to keep you safe in the backcountry through reliable communication technology that’s powered by a four-day battery life. Store the radio unit in your pack and clip the Smart Mic to your backpack strap for full control and easy communication…” Click for full review.

DJI Phantom 4


“This futuristic beast can travel at 44 MPH for almost half an hour and can even track moving objects automatically via DJI’s advanced ActiveTrack technology. With a control range up to three miles you can capture stunning HD video wherever and whenever you want…” Click for full review.

Outdoor Tech Turtle Shell 3.0


“The rechargeable speaker boasts a 25-hour battery life (at mid-volume) and a built-in power bank that allows you to charge your other electronics on the go. On top of that, the entire unit is waterproof and even floats…” Click for full review.



“We know you shred, but how hard do you really shred? Find out with Trace, a peanut butter cup-sized device that mounts to your skis and tracks speed, distance, run count, calories burned, air time, jump height, jump distance and more…” Click for full review.

LifeProof FRĒ Power


“LifeProof, a leader in the phone case world, is known for the protection provided by some of the burliest products in the game. The FRĒ Power delivers two full charges through a built-in battery while keeping your phone impervious to snow, dirt, dust and spilled beer…” Click for full review.

Sandisk Case 64GB iXpand Memory Case


“In today’s world of technological advances every new type of media requires more data and more storage. Enter the SanDisk iXpand Memory Case. It offers 64GB of built-in memory that serves as an external hard drive for the photos, videos and music you want on your phone…” Click for full review.

Mophie Juice Pack Wireless


“Battery-powered cases certainly are nice but Mophie has taken it to the next level with this one, including a wireless charging base to make your life that much easier. Simply place the case on its charging pad at any angle and you’ll be juiced up in no time…” Click for full review.



“This powerful mini computer can store up to 128GB of content—imported through memory cards or USB cables—and sync that content to your phone so you can see it all right away and even edit it through the intuitive GNARBOX app…” Click for full review.

Sena Bluetooth Audio Pack


“You love your GoPro because it captures beautiful video, not necessarily beautiful audio. That’s why Sena released the Bluetooth Audio Pack; it connects seamlessly to the back of your GoPro to capture crisp audio while blocking out annoying wind noise…” Click for full review.

GoPro Hero4 Black


“The Hero4 Black offers 4K video, slow motion options ranging up to 240 frames per second, supreme durability and waterproofness. Not to mention, this thing takes top-tier 12 megapixel still photos, too….” Click for full review.


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