This Week in Gear: What You Missed (February 12, 2016)

This Week in Gear: What You Missed (February 12, 2016)


(Photo courtesy of Sled Legs)

Every week, we bring you five gear-related stories, from all over, that you won’t want to miss. Here are this week’s highlights:

Sled Legs are Like “Knee Skis”
Gizmag highlights a fun new product called “Sled Legs,” which is currently seeking funding on Indiegogo. Sled Legs are a bit like alpine-touring skis, but for those who prefer sledding to skiing—“oversized shin guards, Sled Legs are designed to update the routine of dragging a sled uphill to ride it back down,” reports Gizmag. Just strap them onto your shins, hike or run up a hill, then kneel and fly back down.

The three-minute promo video makes them look pretty darn fun!

Read on …


(Photo courtesy of Big Agnes)

The Next Tent Innovation is Built-in Lighting
Outside magazine reports on the latest tents from Big Agnes and Sierra Designs, both of which are introducing new designs with integrated lighting in mind. Gone will be the days of clipping a headlamp to your tent ceiling! Included in Outside’s recap are the Big Agnes mtnGLO LED light strip (incorporated in a select range of their car camping and backpacking tents, or sold separately for $39) and the Sierra Designs Night Glow—essentially, a little white nylon sack ($15) that creates “an instant diffused light lantern” when combined with a flashlight or headlamp.

Read on …


(Photo courtesy of Max Khokhlov|CC 2.0)

Big Air Comp at Fenway Park
Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox stadium, played host to a two-day big air ski and snowboard competition this week, with a 430-foot long man-made snow-covered ramp and landing zone at home plate. The Boston Globe has coverage of the event, ranging from a description of the venue to details of how the massive ramp was built to a recap of yesterday’s results.

“Big Air organizers are counting on the ballpark-turned-snow jump to attract new fans to a sport that typically can be viewed only at remote mountain resorts,” reports the Globe.

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(Photo courtesy of LaneG|CC 2.0)

A Budding Bromance with Ice Fishing Gear
Writer John Brandon at Paste magazine wrote an entertaining column this week on his blossoming love for ice fishing—beginning with a company called Frabill that manufactures a “Bro Series” of pop-up tents. Brandon also tested out a $607 oversized drill by Strikemaster, which he describes working like a lawn mower for drilling through the ice.

Curious what other gear he found helpful on his adventure?

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(Photo courtesy of Pete|CC 2.0)

Drones Will Be Able to Search for Lost Hikers
According to Slashgear, drones may be the new frontier for finding lost hikers. Researchers from the University of Zurich and the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence are working on this issue by equipping drones with technology to find and travel trails in dense forest.

“One day robots will work side by side with human rescuers to make our lives safer,” says the institute’s director Luca Maria.

Read on …