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Wingsuit Adrenaline Junkie Nearly Dies, All Caught On Several Cameras

By David Ponce

Jumping off a cliff and flying around in a wing suit looks like one of the most amazing things a human can do. Videos like this one have left this editor dreamy for days on time. Jeb Corliss, who like to go by the name The Birdman, is no stranger to this activity. Already famous for videos like this one with almost 11 millions views, Jeb’s latest is of an entirely different nature. It’s a stark reminder that as awesome as the sport looks, death is really only ever inches away. In the video above, you can see Jeb’s lower body impacting rock and breaking every single bone in his legs… and yet he survives.

Well the answer is very simple. I was flying too close and messed up I was going for a black balloon that was basically laying on the rocks and was going to try and kick it with my foot. In order to do this I had to fly low and flat between boulders. My left foot clipped a boulder that dragged me into a flat ledge that I took at the waist at full speed. If I had not clipped that boulder I might have made it, I might have still impacted. It’s very hard to tell from the footage. Everything happens very fast. But when you go for a flight where inches are the difference between making it and not making it well impact is very possible. I knew this and took the risk and paid the price for pushing way to hard. I take full responsibility for my actions and am just happy I still have legs to do rehab on.

Watch the video above, which shows his crash from multiple angles. It’s not really gory or gross, but it is shocking.

VIA [ Slashgear ]

ZBoard Electric Skateboard Doesn’t Need Handheld Controller

By David Ponce

That headline right there pretty much sums up why the Zboard is worthy of mention. But don’t take that lightly. If you’re going to opt for the electrically powered four-wheeled-wooden-board locomotion, controlling the throttle with a knob in your hand is a decidedly inelegant way to go about it. The ZBoard instead opts for two pressure sensitive pads located in front and at the back of the board; lean forward to go, and back to slow down. There’s even regenerative breaking for greater efficiency. The 400W motor on this little board will take you up to 17mph for about 10 miles, and if the video is any indication of real life performance, it looks like a lot of fun. There are two versions, the Pro and Classic. The prices are $749 and $499 respectively, while the differences seem to amount to the type of battery used: Li-Ion in the Pro and Lead Acid in the Classic. This ekes out more performance out of the pro, so the Classic’s top speed is 15 mph and has a range of only 5 miles.

You can pre-order now, with shipping in mid March.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Product Page ]

This Incredible Looking Bike Frame Weighs Less Than A MacBook Air

By David Ponce

Weighing in at an astonishing 2.74lbs, the Delta 7 Arantix Mountain Bike just looks awesome. “Featuring the patented IsoTruss carbon fiber and Kevlar spider web-like open lattice tube design,” you’ll be hard pressed to find a sturdier and lighter bike frame… anywhere. It is a hard tail (no rear suspension) and it’s handcrafted in the USA. Only 200 will be made and can be ordered frame-only, or decked out with SRAM or Shimano bike components. Of course with a design straight out of a sic-fi movie, no price is actually mentioned anywhere. We suspect low 5 digits, but who knows… For the cool factor alone, we say it’s worth it.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Buhel Speakgoggles Pick Up Your Nose Bone Vibrations

By David Ponce

If it’s too darn noisy for you to be able to speak in a phone or a hands-free unit, one solution has traditionally been to use bone conduction to isolate your voice. This is what the Jawbone headset does. But sometimes, like when you go skiing, it’s not that comfortable to wear. So Buhel’s Speakgoggle G33 skiing visor has bone conduction technology that lets it pick up your voice from the sound of your friend’s careening-down-the-mountain screams. It pairs with your cellphone through Bluetooth and you can hear through earbuds. It also connects with other G33 visors directly and lets you have intercom functionality up to 500 meters (1,640 feet) apart, so that you can chat it up with up to 6 of your friends while trying not to get killed.

There’s no word on price though the G33 does appear to be available.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

What’s Better Than A Snowboard? Two Snowboards!

By David Ponce

This is what happens if you take skis, shorten them to about 1 foot in length, fatten them up threefold and place them sideways on your feet. The Dual Snowboards are exactly what they sound like: one snowboard for each foot. It sounds silly. But it might not be. If you watch the video I’ve embedded after the jump, you’ll see that there might be some advantages to this quirky twist on tossing yourself down snow covered slopes. For one, your feet aren’t tied together! Also, since walking forward digs the edge of the “boards” into the snow, you can walk back up hill (why would you want to??). Also… your feet aren’t tied together! Admittedly there’d be a learning curve here, but to someone who knows nothing of icy downhill suicide games, it looks like some sort of fun. No? Anyway, you can use your regular boarding boots with them.

It’s $265.

Hit the jump to see what they look like in action.

Oh and a video of a Russian crow snowboarding, because why not?

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Optrix HD Sport Takes A Swipe At The GoPro HD

By David Ponce

If you want to get into shooting HD videos of your own sporting adventures, you now have a new option. While the preferred method thus far was to purchase a GoPro rugged camera, the Optrix HD Sport is selling a special case for the iPhone 4 and 4S that will let you turn your own smartphone into something very similar. It completely waterproofs your phone while still allowing you to control it through a 0.5mm thick touchscreen membrane. The kit comes with industrial strength 3M tape so you can stick the base (comes with a curved and a flat one) to whatever you want. This means that for $80 you can do more of than what you could do with a $239 GoPro HD.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Because You Know, Being In A Human Slingshot Looks Really Safe

By David Ponce

Although who the heck cares about safety when you’re clearly having as much fun as the people in the above video clearly are? Can’t watch the vid? Well, you just have to find a way. It’s a bunch of Darwin Award candidates propulsing themselves in the air with the aid of two bungee cords, an ATV and two tall poles. The “system” was developed by the Pope family in Hobble Creek Canyon, UT and filmed with a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 7D and accompanied with music that will make you feel like impending death is is just the peachiest thing in the world.

Not enough?

Watch the below video to see where these folks got their inspiration.

The geek angle? Must you ask? Putting something like this together is the stuff of geeks, trust us.

VIA [ Geeky Gadgets ]

Skipark360 Resort Will Be Large Enough To Hold World Cup Events

Skipark 360 Indoor Resort (Images courtesy Gizmag)
By Andrew Liszewski

There’s something about gigantic indoor ski resorts that bring out the best in architects. Then again, a structure large enough to house a mountain steep enough for skiing is never going to be inconspicuous. So I guess you need to make them presentable. Or at the least, striking. Which Denmark-based firm C. F. Møller Architects has certainly done with Sweden’s new Skipark 360. When completed in a few years (construction starts in late 2013) the $220+ million structure will be the largest indoor ski resort on the planet. And with an almost 2,300 foot run that drops over 500 feet, it will actually be large enough to stage World Cup caliber ski events.

But you don’t build a structure this massive for just one purpose. In addition to the downhill course, the SkiPark 360 will also feature 2.2 miles of cross-country skiing tunnels, dedicated slopes for those no-goodnik snowboarders, ice rinks, spas, and conference facilities. And because it’s being built in Bålsta, a small town located about 40 minutes outside of Stockholm, it’s also got a few hotel rooms because I’m suspecting most of the clientele won’t be local.

Besides tourism, the Skipark 360 is being built as a response to climate change which has been detrimental to the area’s ski industry. So not only will it provide the perfect ski conditions to visitors and professional athletes all year round, but it will do so in a manner that’s environmentally friendly. Ideally the resort will be completely self sufficient using renewable energy sources like solar, wind & hydro power, as well as geothermal for heating.

[ Skipark 360 ] VIA [ Gizmag ]

ProForm’s ‘Tour De France’ Training Bike Automatically Raises And Lowers To Match The Actual Tour Route

ProForm Tour De France Training Bike (Image courtesy ProForm)
By Andrew Liszewski

It might look pretty run-of-the-mill as far as stationary bikes go. But there’s a reason ProForm’s ‘Tour De France’ has been named the official training bike of the actual race. And it’s not just because of the yellow highlights that match the famed yellow jersey. Thanks to its Google Maps-powered iFit Live Technology, you can virtually ride on any road on the planet. Including the official Tour De France route, which is one of the 24 pre-mapped and pre-programmed courses it comes with. (You can create your own too.)

But watching yourself following a virtual route on a tiny scrolling map isn’t that interesting. Or challenging. So the ‘Tour De France’ will automatically incline and decline to match the contours of the route you’re taking, making it feel like you’re riding up and down on the actual mapped terrain. Still not enough for you? The friction on the rear wheel is also automatically controlled to recreate your body’s wind resistance. When you climb on the bike and adjust it for your body, its onboard computers will calculate your height and weight, and apply the same amount of resistance you’d experience from the wind out on the open road.

It’s also got built-in wifi for syncing your performance results to iFit.com, is compatible with Polar’s chest-based pulse monitoring systems and even includes the necessary hookups for connecting and listening to your iPod. All for just $1,299. And let’s just hope you can avoid looking like this after a particularly gruelling ride.

[ ProForm Tour De France Training Bike ] VIA [ Mobile Magazine ]