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Bamboo Ski and Hiking Poles from Soul Poles
On a constant quest to make the ski industry more sustainable, Park City, Utah-based Soul Poles is aiming to reduce cost for consumers and increase its market presence. The brand's SoulLite campaign—currently funding on Kickstarter—is focused on...
STYLE
Trew Gear Backcountry Button Up
Oregon-based outerwear company Trew Gear’s new Backcountry Button Up is the latest addition to their line of water-resistant snow apparel that travels from the city to the mountain with ease. The shirt is styled as a classic heritage work shirt...
CULTURE
Off Piste: Afterglow
Staying true to a clear creative vision while making films that capture the attention of an audience outside the snow sports world, the team at Sweetgrass Productions has garnered respect with viewers and industry professionals the world over. Helmed...
TRAVEL
Sundance Resort, Utah
Just a short drive through the mountains from Park City lies the namesake of the international film festival that descends upon the mountain town each year: Sundance. While the name alone may evoke the parties and exclusive screenings, the actual...
TECH
Opedix KNEE-Tec
Getting older isn't all "silver fox" gray hairs and acquiring sage wisdom; running up the years has a few downsides. Staying healthy enough year-in, year-out to do the sports we love—from charging backcountry powder in the mountains to simply taking...
STYLE
Smith Optics Archive Collection
In 1965 Robert Smith—an orthodontist by day and hardcore skier whenever he could get out of the office—changed the goggle game forever when he invented the first double-paned, foam-insulated lens. His new lens protected the inner layer from cold...
CULTURE
Off Piste: Valhalla
A story above all else, "Valhalla" tells of one man's search for freedom—in life and on two planks. Unconventional in their approach to ski and snowboard filmmaking, Sweetgrass Productions created the feature-length film with a deeply philosophical...
TECH
Recon Jet
In 2010 Recon released the world's first Heads-Up-Display-enabled snow sport goggles, capable of displaying real-time statistics like speed, altitude, time and temperature on a full-color micro LCD screen. Now, three years later, the innovative company...
TECH
Snocru
While there are a few different apps for obsessed skiers and snowboarders to track their speed, distance and altitude or follow weather conditions, Snocru goes one step further to unite your pack so you can keep track of all that—and each...
DESIGN
Cool Hunting Video Presents: Zai
Our friends at Bentley Motors recently invited us to Disentis, Switzerland to take a behind-the-scenes look at the factory for Zai, a premier producer of high-end skis. Manufactured on a back street in the picturesque alpine village, the skis represent...
STYLE
Freehands Soft Shell Ski Gloves
New for the 2012 winter season, Freehands introduces a waterproof soft shell glove for hitting the slopes. The fully insulated ski and snowboard glove is made of movement-friendly material with a suede thumb, grippy palm and fold back finger tips...
DESIGN
SmartCrossBars
Thomas Vollbrecht knows gear. The self-professed "fun hog" lives in Park City, Utah, where a community of avid outdoorsmen creates a demand for functional equipment. Vollbrecht first thought of SmartCrossBars—the flagship product from his...
TECH
Mophie OutRide
As enthusiasm for compact personal POV cameras like GoPro and Contour continues to grow, iPhone accessory innovator Mophie recently released their solution to the dedicated camera system, OutRide. The mountable case and app turns your iPhone into...
STYLE
Powderhorn Gunpowder Jacket
Powderhorn has been making premium outerwear for extreme adventurers since the 1960s in Jackson Hole. The tough, performance-focused brand consistently produces stylish and functional garb for the mountains, and their latest innovation, the Gunpowder...
TRAVEL
Rare Adventures
Even as our hemisphere finally begins to thaw, we at Cool Hunting think that everyone who's suffered countless blizzards, waist-high slush and bone-chilling cold deserves a break. For sun-worshippers, powder junkies or anyone in between, we put together...
TRAVEL
A Week at Whistler: Resort Highlights
Recently spending a week at Whistler Blackcomb (my annual snowboarding destination), I stuck to some of my favorite gear and places but also used the trip as an opportunity to try some new things. This first story, in a series of three, focuses on...
TECH
Wagner Skis
In a former gas station, now powered entirely by wind and sun, Pete Wagner and his team create custom skis one pair at a time. Located just outside Telluride, CO, Wagner has been quietly carving out a name for themselves among enthusiasts and professionals...
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Transcend Goggles
For backcountry trailblazers, Recon Instruments' new Transcend goggles introduce advanced technology for carving your own path while providing essential protection from sun and snow. The GPS-enabled goggles "require minimal interaction" yet boast...
DESIGN
Avant Skis
Ski magazines typically depict stylish athletes gliding effortlessly down tufts of powder, but those who live on the U.S.' East Coast (dubbed the Ice Coast) know a different reality. Growing up on the slopes of the Adirondack Mountains in upstate...
TECH
Arc'Teryx Alpha SV Gloves
Given the snowpocalypse going on around us in NYC, killer gloves have become the essential accessory and the Alpha SV from Arc'Teryx is just the item. I've been testing them for a couple weeks now and am thoroughly impressed. The Gore-Tex gloves...
STYLE
Shred Optics
While many try to imitate the exemplary ski style of Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety, his panache off the slopes is also noteworthy and even more easily attainable. Shred Optics—Ligety's line of sunglasses, goggles and helmets—are engineered...
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Line's Eric Pollard and Blend Skis
While we've yet to give them a proper test run, Line's all-terrain Eric Pollard Pro (pictured above, click on image for detail) and Blend maple macroblock core skis (pictured below) have us excited for the upcoming snow season. The extremely...
STYLE
Mover Skiwear
Recently coming across the smart skiwear made by Mover, I realized how completely deprived I was of snow this season—which is what's great about the brand. Their classically chic designs work just as well in city streets as they do on alpine...
TECH
Crested Butte Mountain Resort: Part 2, Gear Reviews
During our recent visit to Crested Butte Mountain Resort we tested a bunch of new gear, including hard and soft equipment, socks, backpacks, lotions and even a drink to help us with the altitude. The following are some of our favorites this year...
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