Cool and colorful: Great ski gear to take along | 2013-12-09 16:58

Which of this year’s most high-tech and innovative gear for skis and snowboarders tempts you the most?

Liquid Image’s Apex HD+WiFi snow goggle
A lot of skiers and snowboarders sport cameras sticking out of their helmets, but this camera is tucked into your goggles, just above your eyes. The Apex HD+WiFi is a POV, HD video snow goggle, with a camera lens that can be tilted up to 30 degrees. You can even live-stream to your smartphone or tablet. A Liquid Image app, which can act as a remote control to activate the camera, lets you stream live views and view your photos and videos. Use the app’s trim tool to select a small portion of a video, download it to your phone, then upload it to a social network.
Suggested retail: $399.99

Burton’s 2L Swash snowboard jacket
Burton calls the new 2L Swash for snowboarders its highest-tech 2L jacket. The Swash’s outer layer is Gore-Tex fabric and has fully taped seams for waterproofing. The strategically designed lining and PrimaLoft fill enhance warmth and comfort, according to the company. The 2L Swash comes in camouflage and several colors.
Suggested retail: $399.95

Tecnica’s Cochise women’s specific 105 W ski boots
The new Cochise women’s specific 105 W ski boots, part of Tecnica’s Free Mountain Collection, are designed for comfort without sacrificing performance. Keep the boots locked in ski mode and they perform like a traditional four-buckle boot. With a simple adjustment of the cuff, the boots can be configured for walking to your car or hiking in the backcountry. The boots are made with Triax plastic for a lightweight shell and have women’s Ultrafit liners.
Price: About $550, available through authorized dealers, including some online retailers

Bogner’s Naila softshell jacket
This colorful softshell jacket, part of Bogner’s new Fire+Ice collection, looks as fashionable in the city as on the slopes. It has a multistripe pattern, a hood and a high collar to keep out the wind and cold. The stretchy, three-layer shell is windproof, waterproof, breathable and lined with fleece for warmth.
Suggested retail: $499

Montbell Plasma 1000 down jacket
It’s so light that it was displayed at trade shows on a hanger held up by a balloon. The Montbell Plasma 1000 jacket is made of fine, 1,000-fill goose down and gossamer seven-denier nylon. It has a trim cut, so it fits easily under outer garments. It comes in a sack that compresses to 3.9 by 5.5 inches, so just slip it in a backpack in case you need an additional layer if it gets colder when you’re skiing. The jacket won a best of show award from the Gear Institute. Men’s sizes only, although some women can wear the smaller sizes.
Suggested retail: $269

Lazer Tempted helmet
The Lazer Tempted helmet has an adjustable Rollsys fit system and 16 adaptable vents. The Tempted arrived in U.S. markets last winter and this year has new Color Chic shells that you can snap on and off.
Suggested retail: $180

Sno Skins’ chic, colorful print tops
Sno Skins’ chic Moonlight top, with its silky outside and brushed inside, can be used as a base layer or for around town. It’s made of a microfiber, polyester and Lycra blend. You can get it as a turtleneck, with a zip neck or as a hoodie. St. Bernard Sports in Dallas carries Sno Skins prints, or you can order directly from the company.
Suggested retail: $80-$100, depending upon the style
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Blizzard Brahma skis
Ski magazine testers list the Blizzard Brahma skis as Gold Medal Gear after testing them extensively last spring. The all-mountain Brahma is the least expensive in Blizzard’s Free Mountain series and the narrowest. The testers said, in part: “Sure, it’s cheaper — but also quicker, more intuitive.” They have flipped-wood cores and sheets of metal for stability.
Suggested retail: $800

Ski Tracks app for iPad, iPhone and Android phones
Every time we use this app to check the vertical feet and the speed we’ve skied someone stops to ask us where to get it. Ski Tracks uses your phone’s GPS to monitor your ski day. It tracks how far you’ve skied (and how far you’ve gone on lifts), your fastest speed, the distance, the number of runs, your vertical for the day and a lot more. You can share your day on Facebook or via email.
List price: 99 cents
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