2016 Holiday Gift Guide for The Tech[nical] Skier

For the gadget lover on your list.
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Phazone Wireless Earbuds ($199)

Apple decided to design an iPhone without a headphone jack so it seems like you will be needing these... and it really sucks when your headphone wires freeze.

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Suunto Spartan Ultra ($849)

Suunto's all new Spartan watch has a color touch screen and includes a heart rate monitoring for adventure multisport activities. The Spartan won "Best of Show" at Outdoor Retailer and "Best New Gear" by Gear Institute. Perfect for the individual who loves to train or track their adventures.

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Mammut Pulse Barryvox ($490)

Easy, fast and effective is how you want your avalance beacon to be described isn't it? The Mammut Pulse Barryvox is just that and even better if your ski partners also utilize the Pulse.

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Sony RX100IV ($899)

Make anyone feel like a pro-photog this year by gifting this point-and-shoot camera. They will be thanking you later for their Instagram fame. 

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GoPro Hero5 Session ($299)

While we anxiously await the re-release of GoPro's Karma drone we will settle for the all new compact Hero5 Session.

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One of my buddies loves to get on the slopes but doesn’t have the means to get up to the mountains as much as he would like or buy the best gear. His bargain bin goggles are probably the best example. Sure, they work, but they put a very uncomfortable orangish-brown spin on an otherwise colorful world. To remedy the situation, I’m getting him a fresh pair of Smith I/O goggles. They come with two high quality spherical lenses— a light one for overcast, a dark one for sunny days. The lenses can be switched easily thanks to Smith’s tricky quick release lens system. Plus, the goggles fit well with a helmet and are about as stylish as goggles can get. -K.L. [$165;smithoptics.com]

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Smith has caught on to the goggles under helmet style and made the Holt Park without ear pads, so he can wear his goggles, beanie, and headphones underneath it. $60; www.smithoptics.com

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