You just stepped out of the gondola into a strong wind at the peak. It’s cold and you’re weighing whether to drop into that powdery black diamond chute you’ve always dreamt of…or sliding down the nearest blue for hot cider at the base.
Okay, so maybe this isn’t exactly “Gear of the Week” material, but it’s still a Star Wars helmet and you can still make laser noises with your ski rifle and be completely badass but only if you’re ten because this R2D2 hat only fits little kids.
Also, we just wanted to pimp our new site. Welcome newly relaunched: The Gear Junkies who hopefully in the future will provide us with more exciting equipment than space themed protection.
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[UPDATE] I just picked up a Yukon Ride 164. If anyone likes stiff all mountain boards that just shred in the powder, I think they have some left.
I got to try out flaik at a recent trip to Smugglers’ Notch in Vermont. The conditions were ideal. 10 inches of new snow on a quiet Monday at one of my favorite mountains on the East Coast.
The device itself is about the size of a fist. It’s strapped around the outside of your leg which makes you look like a house arrest prisoner. I was told you can’t tuck it under the leg as that would interfere with the GPS tracking.
And that’s it. Flaik is on and all you need do is ride. Which I did down all those fantastic fluffy runs, the Flaik tracking everything along the way. It even managed to catch my ill advised trip down a gully chasing powder where I got stuck for about forty-five minutes postholing up the canyon wall.
When you turn in the flaik device, the folks at the rental desk give you a card with a code on it. You go over to flaik’s website and just like that your stats our at your disposal. In 3 hours and 46 minutes, I managed to get in 10,575 of vertical and traveled 10.91 miles.
I really enjoyed the whole flaik experience. Most powder days are just a blur of snow and smiles. My only gripe is that the device itself is a bit bulky, but it’s a trip to relive your whole day back in a warm room with a beer in hand.
At $19.95 a day to rent, flaik is a bit on the pricey side just to see your stats for the day, but it would be worth it for one of these GPS events that are cropping up like the Helly Hansen Big Mountain Battle. And we really like that kids enrolled in a Snow Sport University camp are outfitted with flaik at Smugglers’ Notch. It’s a cool touch that lets parents see what their kids have been up to during the week…and could help find a child if they missed a turn and skiied into the woods.
As of the posting of this article, flaik is available at the following mountains: Smugglers Notch, Alpine Meadows, Homewood, Winter Park, Copper, Tremblant, Steamboat, Stratton, and Whistler.]]>