Skiing is a sport with fun and adventure. Who doesn’t love snow and sliding on it? While the game is fun and sporting it has its own negatives’ too. You never know when the weather can change to bad and to worst, you never know about the avalanches or if your snowboard is in a fine position or not. You can easily trail into ditches etc. This is why skiing is a sport reserved for some with great will power and presence of mind.
However, technology has made it easier. We have seen a number of wearable technologies making their way into this sport as well. With different methods to teach you how to ski and to protect you from unwanted conditions, the wearables have made the life of skiers better than before. So, if you are new to skiing or you want to indulge in this hobby of yours’ in a better way we have made a list of best ski wearables which will help you in understanding the sport better.
Please note that the list is not preference based. Also, feel free to add any other name to this list of best skiing wearables if you want:
Carv is a real-time ski wearable. The wearable is best for amateurs as well as professional skiers, both. Carv measures metrics like weight distribution and help uncover fundamental issues with the back chair, uphill body, inside ski weight, bad body position to help users’ spot common mistakes such as leaning too heavily on a turn.
There are several modes including free-style, structured lessons for beginners and amateurs and high-detailed analysis for professional athletes. The different modes automatically synchronize video footage, allowing trainers and coaches to scrutinize the video alongside the provided data. The real-time data to help skiers is available real-time on the screen, via the earphone or via the heads-up display.
Carv will end its smashing kickstarter campaign tomorrow and will start shipments by the September of this year. You can still pre-order the wearable for an early-bird discount. Car ski wearable has been one of the most successful Kickstarter campaigns ever.
$179 (Expected retail price)
Rossignol is a sensor which is strapped to the boot of the skiers, but they don’t feel a difference. The waterproof sensor gives the wearer an access to air time, edge to edge speed, rotation data, G-force and carving angle. The plus point of the wearable is that you can wear it and get benefits regardless of the fact if you are professional or not.
The new Skiing sensor will be beneficial for those regions where this sport is considered as a common game. The users will be able to improve themselves for tournaments and competitions. Moreover, the occasional players or tourists who ski on the dangerous areas will have a medium to warm themselves. The tracker will collect all the data and will send it to the connected Android or iOS app for you help.
You can read more about Rossignol here.
Cerovo lights up your trails with its Snowboard bindings. Cerovo’s bindings are meant to turn all the devices into connected devices. There are four different load-balance pressure sensors in the sole of the binding. The sensors are meant to monitor your weight distribution on both sides, so you don’t face a hazardous fall.
Similarly, there are two strip sensors which help you measure the flex of the board. These sensors help those who prefer one leg over another. With the help of GPS, the bindings will also trace your route and will keep a note of it. All the data can be viewed from the connected Xon app.
RECON INSTRUMENTS SNOW 2 HUD:
Recon instruments need no introduction. It is a big name in the wearable world. The company has produced a number of wearables and its production for ski are worth applauding. Snow 2 HUD by Recon is a heads-up-display that sits neatly in the corner of your goggles and is compatible with a number of brands.
The self-proclaimed “world’s most advanced wearable computer” projects a 14-inch image 5 feet away from the eye, which is crucial as it means you don’t need to refocus your eyes in order to view the display. It is significant in bad weather conditions, which happens most of the times with skiers. Snow 2 HUD can easily attach to your phone to display all calls, texts and music information.
IN&MOTION SMART SKI AIRBAG VEST:
This is the most important wearable in the list. Most of the times it is noted that during the bad weather conditions, skiers lost control of their selves and hurl into the ditches and slope. But this smart ski airbag vest won’t let that happen. The airbag inflates in less than 100 milliseconds protecting your hips, back and vital organs from serious damage.
The vest is worn under the casual skiing wear. There are sensors fitted on the back which will detect your movements, including the GPS. In case a hazard occurs, the vest will upload all the data on the cloud so that you can see and benefit from your mistake for the next time. The vest isn’t available yet. The shipment will start by July 2016. The vest is reserved for the ski professionals only.