There are a number of cool gadgets that make technology an intricate participant in skiers’ personal disaster preparedness. Which are the six coolest gadgets that might just save your life (but don’t cost a mint)?
Avalanche Transceivers (costs range from $200 to $500)
Skiing is a dangerous sport, but skiing out of bounds is a lonely endeavor. Avalanches happen at the drop of a hat and it is possible to die within minutes of being buried under a relatively thin layer of snow. Disaster preparedness experts at REI have compiled a wide array of avalanche transceivers that signal a victim’s location to would-be rescuers. Best of all, these cool gadgets function even if the avalanche victim is unconscious and unable to participate in his own rescue.
AvaLung (costs go from $130 to $260)
If you are an avid heli-skiing aficionado, you want to now about these tech gadgets. AvaLung technology buys an avalanche victim extra breathing time while trapped under the snow. Air trapped in the snow gets funneled and becomes breathable. Black Diamond Equipment offers a number of different models that fit the skier’s personal tastes and needs. Although considered by insiders the coolest of cool gadgets, remember that personal caution is a must when heli-skiing or out-of-bounds adventuring.
GPS Units (from $150 to $550 or higher)
Personal disaster preparedness in the backcountry calls for the availability of GPS technology. Some of REI’s coolest gadgets not only offer up maps and directions but also function as heart rate monitors. Even so, remember that it is not enough to take along one of these tech gadgets, you also need to know exactly how to work it. The American Spectator chronicles the case of a skier who got lost and carried a GPS unit but didn’t know how to work it. He did not survive.
Survival Card (retails for $25)
REI sells the survival card, which is little more than a credit card-sized plastic gizmo that contains a removable knife, magnesium alloy fire starter, signal whistle and red LED light. Among tech gadgets, the simplicity of this disaster preparedness tool is frequently overlooked. Even so, a hiker or backcountry skier who gets lost in the evening can rely on the whistle and light to attract help or at least signal his location. The card is so small that it is also appropriate for older children to carry (careful with the knife and fire starter!).
Self-heating Meals (start from $7)
Is not precisely the gadget but is consists a cool technology. Self-heating meals are the latest to go trend for any outdoors enthusiast. All that you need is just a bit of water or any liquid to get warm homestyle meals. On current market, there are many reputable sellers you can choose from such as Omeals or Heater Meals. For more adventures personalities and all day long hikes, climbs or anything else you may what to look for military grade self-heating meals. The top manufacturers, such as XMRE, offer 24hours meals with everything you need to energize and survive any hazardous situation.
BodyGard Emergency Tool (sells for $25)
If you travel into the backcountry by car, the BodyGard (you can buy it at REI) might be the best $25 you ever spend. One of the tech gadgets that run on little more than a replaceable A23/12V battery, it features a distress light, a seatbelt cutter, flashlight and window glass breaker. Escaping from a submerging vehicle is difficult enough in the best of circumstances, but if the electronics are blown, this might be the only way out.
All of these cool gadgets are designed to give the backcountry skier a helping hand in case of an emergency. That said, personal disaster preparedness requires the user of tech gadgets to know what the devices are capable of doing, what they cannot accomplish and how the technology works in the first place.