By: Popular Mechanics
February 13, 2013
From exceedingly lightweight insulating layers to helmets designed with soft exteriors that actually flex (to absorb impact), to a combined combination ski-and-snowboard boot, you won’t see more innovation this side of CES than here at the SnowSports Industries America trade show. So while winter grows increasingly fickle, the gear for sliding down resorts is growing ever more clever and creative. Here’s a look at several cool items we found walking around Denver this week.
Salomon Flexcell Protection Vest
Why it’s Cool:Because if there’s one area where you’ll see major innovations at a ski show, it’s in protection. With the X-Games showing 15-year-olds how to launch huge air (and they’re actually trying those tricks), protective tech must keep pace, so companies are borrowing from sports like motorcycling that have reputation for high risk.