▪ Zeal Optics HD2 Camera Goggles
Mounting a GoPro on your ski helmet is apparently sooo 2012. Now, high-definition cameras are being embedded into ski goggles so you can document via video your gnarly runs without the bulky lens on top of your head slowing you down. The 170-degree wide-angled lens is placed in the middle of the goggles, like a third eye, and there’s a viewfinder inside the goggle to make sure everything is framed correctly. All the relevant buttons are placed on the side of the goggles, big enough so they can be used while wearing bulky ski gloves. You can shoot two hours of “powder” and, because the goggles are Wi-Fi-enabled, you can upload footage immediately to your social media site of choice.
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▪ “A Family Guide to the Giant Sequoias”
The nearby sequoias are quite pretty this time of year, and you’ll certainly won’t run into as many tourists at parks featuring the Big Guys as in summer. To help plan your trip to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Yosemite and Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks, the nonprofit Save The Redwoods League is offering a downloadable travel guide geared toward families with young children. The guide provides driving directions, hiking paths, special programs for kids, what to wear during each season and food and lodging tips.
▪ Yerdle App
We all have some lightly used (or heavily trashed) outdoors equipment taking up space in our closet or garage. Meanwhile, we keep on buying new outdoors stuff that, yes, winds up in the closet or garage. An app called Yerdle – recently bought by outdoor retailer Patagonia – allows users to earn “credits” by giving away their old hydration packs, hiking boots, fleece pullovers and the like. Users can then “buy” someone else’s hydration pack or tent or whatever with those credits. And if you haven’t earned enough credits, but just got to have that pair of ski goggles you ogle, you can use that thing called money and buy the item.
▪ Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘50 Best Travel Films of the Past 50 Years’
Cineastes who love to travel will no doubt fight over this list of travel-related movies. We present the top 10, as chosen to Conde Nast editors:
1. “Doctor Zhivago”
2. “The Sound of Music”
3. “The Endless Summer”
4. “Two For the Road”
5. “Easy Rider”
6. “If It’s Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium”
7. “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid”
8. “The Poseidon Adventure”
9. “Murder on the Orient Express”
10. “The Muppet Movie”
“One travels more usefully when alone, because he reflects more.” – Thomas Jefferson
Compiled by Sam McManis, email@example.com