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Liquid Image's waterproof goggles. (Supplied)

Liquid Image's waterproof goggles. (Supplied)

Natalia Manzocco, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:15 PM ET

Make the most out of the rest of the winter! For the more adventurous among us, that means dusting off the skis and snowboards and heading for the hills. There are plenty of rugged gadgets specially built to accommodate you on ski slopes or snowy trails — and many of them boast weatherproof construction that make them perfect for adventures year-round.

What? Klipsch's Image S4i Rugged in-ear headphones

Klipsch's Image S4i Rugged in-ear headphones are designed to go anywhere — and withstand anything. The rubber mouldings on each earbud are designed to keep moisture out, whatever the weather. For iPhone users, the large remote/mic unit attached to the headphone makes taking calls and controlling music easy (especially while wearing heavy gloves). They're available in yellow, blue, orange and red and come with a nylon case, a clothing clip, and four different sizes of ear tips for the perfect fit. Pick up a pair at Amazon.com for $99 US.

What? Playgrounds app

Scoping out new hot spots for cold-weather activities? Red Bull has launched Playgrounds, an app that shares the favourite haunts of pro athletes, from trails to hockey ponds, and allows extreme sports-loving Canadians to map out their favourite sites. There are also guides and content about nightlife and events from Red Bull's experts and athletes - if you're looking for something to do after you hit the slopes. It's available for Android on Google Play and in iPhone's App Store, and a browser edition can be found at redbullplaygrounds.com.

What? Response-XRT heated gloves

Seattle-based Chaval USA is a new company on the sportswear scene, and though they've only got one product so far on the market, they've got big things to say about their heated ski gloves. "Other high-end heated ski gloves ... all use very similar and underwhelming heating technologies that have existed for decades," the company says. The Response-XRT gloves, meanwhile, use a thin polymer film that's layered inside the glove's fingers, heating your hands without internal wires. The heat is independently regulated in each finger, and it's self-regulating, so you don't need to keep adjusting the temperature — and it saves power automatically. Nuts and bolts aside, these gloves will sure look sleek on the slopes. Demand satisfaction? They're available for $389.97 US at chavalusa.com.

What? Toshiba Camileo Clip

Sure, video cameras are in every cell phone these days, but I wouldn't advise taking the pristine new iPhone 5 you got for Christmas out on the slopes. The wearable, weatherproof Toshiba Camileo Clip might be just the ticket. At only 85 grams, this wee 5MP HD camera clips onto your jacket to film as you go. It's splashproof and is built to withstand a 1.5 m drop, so don't be afraid to take chances — you'll have great video at the end of it all. Pick one up for $99.99 at futureshop.ca.

What? Liquid Image's waterproof goggles

Of course, why tote goggles and a camera to the slopes when you don't have to? Liquid Image's waterproof goggles feature a built-in camera wide angle lens, so you can capture an athlete's-eye-view of the action. You can shoot 5MP photos with the still camera mode, or record HD video at a rate of up to 30 frames per second (and yes, it can capture audio). While you're wearing them, LED lights inside the visor indicate the filming mode, and large buttons on the side make filming with gloves easy. Share your view for $288.99 at bestbuy.ca.

 


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