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Kimono Sleeping Bag: Wear It, Sleep In It, Stay Warm

Kimono sleeping bag

Kimono? Check. Sleeping bag? Check. Bag full already? Yep. It’s always best to pack light when you’re traveling or camping because nobody wants to lug around a bulky or heavy backpack. If you had a choice between bring a jacket and a sleeping bag, or something that combines both in one neat little package, then which would you go for?

If you chose the latter, then that would be the aptly-named Kimono Sleeping Bag. It is both a kimono that you can wear to stay warm, and a sleeping bag that you can sleep in when night rolls around. Continue Reading

Winter Tires With Retractable Studs Possibly On The Horizon

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With the snowy Apocalypse having fallen hard on much of the south over the last few weeks, there’s no doubt some people’s minds have been on the topic of winter tires. They are, after all, made to perform drastically better in icy and snowy conditions, though there is one step above that: winter tires with studs. That’s the ultimate in grip in ice, but it’s also a noisy, abrasive pain between snowfalls so few people opt for them. Now, Nokian Tyres has announced the development of a winter tire with retractable studs. You notice it’s really slippery? Press a button on your dashboard and the studs extend, only to retract again once you’ve made it out of the ice and snow. It’s really the best of both worlds, and it’s not available for purchase. Unfortunately. There aren’t even concrete plans to bring these to market, but the fact that the technology now exists mean that’s missing is enough demand. A few more of the store we’ve seen lately and the market just might change…

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Scooter Snuggies: Ride in Style and in Comfort

Scooter Snuggies

It’s hard to travel by scooter during winter because of the elements. You could brave the chilly winds by bundling up in sweaters and coats, but that won’t help any when you’re maneuvering tight corners. Electric bikes and scooters are especially popular in China, so you can count on the enterprising Chinese to come up with a solution of sorts: the Scooter Snuggie.

It’s a snowsuit hybrid of sorts that’s designed to cover the chest and leg area of the rider, effectively protecting them from the biting cold. The wearable shields are being sold online on Taobao, which is the country’s largest web-based mall, and are available in a variety of colors and patterns.Continue Reading

Ever Wonder How They Make Snowboarding Half-Pipes?

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They use the machine you see above. It’s called a Pipe Monster, and is made by a Swiss company called Zaugg. It’s used in all major events, like the X-Games, the Olympics, the U.S. Open of Snowboarding, etc. And it ensures that the half-pipe that is created is uniform and standard. The process goes a little like this: first, other machines make a giant snow bank. Then the Pipe Monster is called in.

“Its 22-foot arm features a bunch of augers that go into gearboxes which connect. The snow it chews travels down the arm and into a blower that allows you to control where you want the snow to be ejected (including in front of the vehicle, in the off chance that you need to fill in a hole). [The machine] is powered off of a single hydraulic motor and it’s able to cut up to 25 feet of 18 or 22 foot pipe per minute. It weighs 3250 pounds and attaches to the front end of a snow cat.

After multiple passes, you have a perfect half-pipe. When it’s been used up a little, the Pipe Monster makes another pass, smoothing it down, but in the process making the two banks a little further apart. The angle and height remains the same, but the flat part in the middle gets progressively larger as the competition drags on.

And now you know.

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Smittens Are Perfect For Winter Lovers

Up here in the frozen tundra, we’re bracing for temperatures that are expected to reach -29C (-20F) in the next few days. You don’t step outside in that kind of cold with exposed skin, unless you want to get a lovely frostbite (what we call an Ice Tan in these parts). But what are lovebirds to do? Not hold hands everywhere they go? Luckily, there’s the Smittens. They’re a special wool mitten with two hand holes, so that you can display your affection as publicly as you want without fearing losing a digit or two in the process. The Smittens also come with a pair of regular gloves to keep your other hands warm.

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Ice Dozer Mini 2.0 Gives You 360 Degrees Of Ice Scraping Power

When the freezing rain falls and hardens to a diamond-like finish on your car, you have a few removal methods at your disposal. We tend to use the “spray anti-freeze on it and run your wipers for an hour method.” That does wonders for the wipers, we hear, but we don’t care much. But if you’re going to be diligent and scrape, then at least scrape efficiently. The Ice Dozer Mini 2.0 seems to fit that bill:

This serious tool packs 360 degrees of ice clearing performance, including 13 Flexiblade scraping fingers, and Tenderizers for softening up the hardest ice that you’ll find on your windshield.

Other features include a combination Squeegee/Brush, the IceNotch (for clearing windshield wipers) and the all-new Brass Frost Peeler – glass safe but particularly effective when dealing with the most annoying frost coating (the kind that seems ‘painted on’). All of this in an ergonomic package, including the PowerGrip which incorporates a Wrist Wrest for extra power and comfort.

$12 isn’t much to ask for a tool that’s likely to cut down your time and effort by a very reasonable factor.

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USB Toast Hand Warmers Will Keep Your Hands Toasty and Adorable

Toast Hand Warmers

It gets pretty hard to type if you can’t stop your hands from shaking because of the cold weather. Add a busted heater to the mix and you’ve got yourself a recipe for disaster filled with mistyped letters and error-filled documents. So why not get yourself a pair of these adorable hand warmers that will keep your hands warm and comfortably toasty?

Just plug the cord to your computer’s USB drive, set the hand warmers to your desired temperature, then slip your hands into the ‘slices’ of toast and type away. The toast hand warmers have holes where you can slip your thumb and fingers out and it’s strapping your hands into them are as easy as 1-2-3.

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Snolo Stealth-X Brings Funky Carbon Fiber Design To Sleds

The wintertime is coming… it bears repeating it if only because it gives us a simple intro to segue onto the product above. It’s a sled called Snolo Stealth-X, and is ostensibly made from carbon fiber. That makes it light, probably very stiff and we assume pretty freaking awesome at getting you from the top to the bottom of a snow-covered hill. It’s so light apparently, that you can pack it up and carry it in a backpack.

We’re short of details, aside from being able to tell you that their full website will launch in 37 days, and the sled itself will reportedly cost around $3,000 when it does become available. What? You didn’t think it’d be affordable, did you? It’s also reportedly being made by a team in New Zealand after 6 years of testing and prototyping.

And while the above picture does look like a render, the ones after the jump, not so much.

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Let’s All Creep It Up This Winter With Integrated-Goggles Jacket

Ten points for creating a jacket that positively will not let any cold air touch your face. You’ll be able to roam the frozen tundra, safe in the knowledge that not an inch of your peachy skin will freeze. But that’s where the positive things about the “AI Riders on The Storm” jacket end. Or is that just the start? We’re a little torn. On the one hand, we kind of dig a piece of apparel that makes little old ladies cross the street to avoid us. It does look sort of badass. But we suspect that we’d also attract more than our fair share of stares from a public generally disapproving of anyone dressed as one would imagine a mass murderer would suit up. The question then is whether we should care? Well, at $454, the jacket pretty much prices itself right out of any sort of “hey, that could be cool to try out” sort of vibe we might have been feeling. Those with deeper pockets could of course disagree.

Hit the jump for a close up.

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