The Smith Vantage helmet not only looks great but performs great as well. With 21 vents that can easily be opened or closed with your gloves on you’ll never have to worry about overheating or brain freezing again. New to this year Smith added the Boa closure system that allows you to micro-adjust the fit simply by turning a dial on the back of the helmet. This comes in handy especially after months of use as the padding tends to pack out causing the helmet to fit more loosely on your head. Smith also offers an audio option from Skullcandy that sounds great. Simply place the headphones inside the ear pads and you’re ready to go. The Vantage helmet works great with any of Smith’s goggles especially Smith’s I/O goggle. I’ve owned this setup for two seasons now and it’s the first time I’ve had no problems with fogging goggles. So, if you’re looking for a new brain bucket to not only keep your head warm but protect you on those big cliff hucks then be sure to check out the Smith Vantage. Comfort never felt so good.
Retail Price: 189.95
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If you’re looking for a new board to blow your mind in deep snow then look no further. Salomon nailed it in the powder performance category with their Rocker 2 Skis.
With rocker in the tip and tail and a solid 122mm waist this is now my go to ski for powder conditions. Salomon’s honeycomb technology in the tip and tail combined with their decision to remove the edges from these areas have created a fat board with little swing weight. This results in a ski that can slash a turn with minimal effort making it ski-able for even beginners looking to get into the pow game.
Salomon also kept traditional camber underfoot to make it easier to hold an edge on hardpack. This ski can do it all, float in pow, rail on groomers, and blast through crud. So be sure to check these skis out! You won’t regret it.
Retail Price: $749.99
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If you’re not already a fan of Smith’s I/O goggles you should be. With an amazing field of view and an easily interchangeable lens this is a tuff goggle to beat. New to this year Smith is introducing the I/O Recon!
This next-gen goggle contains more features than you could ever imagine. With a built in LCD screen in the bottom right corner of the lens this mini-computer can do everything from viewing your phone’s text messages to tracking your vertical drop on the slopes. Using bluetooth and wifi technology this goggle can wirelessly connect to your smartphone or helmet cam. Want to change the music track your listening to on your iphone or check out if you got the right viewing angle on your helmet cam, just press a button on your Recon wireless remote and you can control everything effortlessly.
The heads-up-display inside your goggle can do it all – track your speed, tell you how big that cliff you just hit was, calculate your current elevation, locate your buddies on the mountain, check your text messages or missed calls, turn up the volume on your favorite jam, check the current temperature, and a whole slew of other over-the-top features. Not exactly the cheapest of goggles (retail:$650) but if you’re a techno geek that has to have the latest and greatest this is the goggle for you.
Retail Price: $650
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If you are looking for a great ski for slaying pow you should check out the Atomic Bent Chetler. Not only can these skis rage on the mountain, they have pretty cool graphics to show off.
The Bent Chetler skis are a hybrid-powder profile ski. Freerider Chris Benchetler designed these, and they are fun on deep powder days, jibbing off pillows or smearing those buttery turns. They have a tapered tip and tail and wood core construction with camber, and a sidewall construction that grips on steeps and icy slopes.
The graphics were new for the 2011-2012 season and the tail has been stiffened. They come in 192 and 183 length and have the dimensions of 142mm tip, 123mm underfoot and a tail measuring 134mm. So whether you are skiing a deep powder day or doing spins off pillows or skiing a big mountain line, the Atomic Bent Chetler ski will not disappoint.
Retail Price: $699
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