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Adventure, Board / February 26, 2017

This week in gear: 4 pieces of mountain tech

Written by: Stewart Moore

Some people go to the mountains to escape the urban world’s obsession with high-tech gadgets. This post is not for those people.

This post is for the tech-heads who believe that well-designed gizmos can improve any experience… even if that experience is getting away from it all.


Celestron’s Elements Thermocharge

The Elements Thermocharge isn’t just a rechargeable lithium battery that delivers a full charge to your smart phone, camera, or other device. It’s also an electric hand warmer that provides six hours of continuous 113 degree heat.

The pocket-sized Thermocharge weighs in at just 5.22 ounces. It can be recharged via USB. 

The Celestron Elements Thermocharge sells online for $34.95.


OR’s Olympus Sensor Gloves

The Olympus Sensor Gloves from Outdoor Research are designed for use with electronics. Their fingertips work with touchscreens, and the fingers allow the dexterity needed to adjust the zoom on a DSLR or tinker with a GPS.

And they’re built by the industry’s best glove makers. The Olympus Gloves are water- and wind-proof with Gore-Tex inserts, a wool-blended lining, and goat leather palms.

The Olympus Sensor Gloves sell online for $175.


The Carve Digital Ski Coach

The Carv Digital Ski Coach connects a pressure-sensitive insole and a motion and GPS tracker to your cell phone, which in turn uses software to analyze your ski technique in real time. Add some headphones, and the system is basically a virtual ski coach that critiques your turns as you make them.

Carv can provide feedback on your timing, symmetry, pressure distribution, and even the hang time of your jumps. It’s been tested (and approved) by Olympic alpine skiers, cross-country skiers, and Level III certified ski instructors.

Carv is available for pre-order for $249, and will ship in the fall. This video describes how it works.


The ThermaPhone Insulation Sleeve

When temperatures dip below freezing, phones tend to die no matter their level of change. Unless they’re wrapped in the ThermaPhone insulation sleeve—the product can extend a phone’s battery life by about four hours in -1 degree Fahrenheit temps. Add a couple of ThermaPhone’s Heat Paks to double that time.

Less than 1cm thick but featuring 10 layers of insulation, the ThermaPhone sleeve insulates your phone without blocking its signal.

The ThermaPhone sleeve is available online in different sizes and comes with a set of Heat Paks for $39.95.

Do you have a favorite piece of mountain tech that didn’t make this list? Email [email protected] to tip us off. 

about the author

Stewart Moore

Stewart Moore is a writer and endurance athlete based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Originally from Alabama, Stewart has hiked over 1,000 solo miles, completing the Colorado Trail in 2015 and a 500+ mile trip linking the Tahoe Rim Trail and the John Muir Trail together via the Pacific Crest Trail in 2016. Outside of hiking, Stewart enjoys trail running, snowboarding, ice climbing, fly fishing, and yoga (subjects which he also finds himself writing about).

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