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Winter Tech That Keeps You Warm & Safe

posted by Suzanne Kantra on January 31, 2012

Whether you're hitting the slopes or heading across town, these high-tech garments and gear will stave off the cold and keep you within help's reach.


Agloves Sport Touchscreen GlovesAgloves Sport Touchscreen Gloves ($19.99 on

Don’t freeze your fingers when you reach for your smartphone. Agloves have silver fibers woven into these breathable, acrylic gloves for a smooth touch experience with any fingertip, without ugly fingertip pads.


Columbia Women’s Circuit Breaker Softshell Columbia Women’s Circuit Breaker Softshell ($850 on

You won’t think twice about heading out into the cold with the lightweight Columbia Circuit Breaker. It has rechargeable battery-powered heaters built into the waterproof, breathable shell that delivers three levels of warmth to your hands and core, for up to six hours. A removable powder skirt and plenty of pockets for goggles and other gear make it the perfect mountain jacket.


Rechargeable Cordless Heated Insoles Rechargeable Cordless Heated Insoles ($99.95 on

Slip these heated insoles into any shoes or boots for up to five hours of warmth. Unlike other insoles, these have wafer-thin batteries that power the carbon fiber heating elements from 88 to 106 degrees, not external battery packs. And the insoles are only ½ inch thick.


K2 Ally Pro Audio HelmetK2 Ally Pro Audio Helmet ($119.95 on

This lightweight, low-profile helmet is built for comfort and style, with ventilation and K2’s custom fit system. Ultra-thin, removable speakers are tucked in behind the lining for music on the slopes. And in this Pro model, you’ll get an inline microphone and controls to operate your music player.


Zeal Optics SPX Transcend GPS Enabled Snow GoggleZeal Optics SPX Transcend GPS Enabled Snow Goggle ($349.95 on

You’ll always be able to find your way back to the lodge with these GPS-enabled snow goggles. A small LCD mounted in the lower corner of one lens delivers your speed, altitude, temperature, time, and the total distance you've gone, along with your location.


Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Transceiver Ortovox 3+ Avalanche Transceiver ($349 on

Should disaster strike, this avalanche transceiver has three antennas, so it can broadcast your location regardless of its position. If you’re in the search party, the device’s display has an arrow that shows the distance and relative position of the victim. The display lights up for night searches.


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