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The Best Gifts for Tech-Savvy Skiers

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Coros VERTIX 2 GPS Adventure Watch, $699

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This watch was the first GPS watch in the world to offer dual-frequency multi-GNSS tracking, and is also the longest-lasting GPS watch in the world, with up to 240 hours from just one charge. That means it will last 60 Days for regular use or about 140 hours in full GPS mode. The VERTIX 2 offers landscape, topo, and hybrid global offline mapping on a 1.4 inch touchscreen. The DLC Sapphire Glass and titanium build make it one of the most durable watches we’ve tested.

POC Obex MIPS Communication Helmet, $300

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Featuring an integrated POC Aid Communication Headset, the Obex MIPS Communication makes it easy to stay connected on the mountain. Lightweight and well-ventilated, the helmet is ideal for all-day, all-mountain use. Constructed with their interior size adjustment system spans the circumference of the head, making it easy to find a secure and comfortable fit without needing to change pads.Sliding vent covers make it easy to adjust ventilation and prevent fogging.

BioLite BaseCharge 1500, $1699

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BaseCharge’s rugged, easily packable design, can change the winter game for van lifers, campers, and remote workers alike. We found the plug-and-play port system intuitive and easy to use when charging headlamps, phones, our laptop and yes, we even tested the claim that that this charger can run a blender (frozen margarita, anyone?). With ports for AC, DC, DC Barrel, USB-A, USB-C, USB-C PD plugs, essentially, it makes wherever you are a basecamp for any tech you need to run from the backcountry to the parking lot.

Sidas Sock Sry V2 UNI S-700B, $270

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Boot heaters can be cumbersome and don’t transfer easily from boot to boot. However, a pair of low-profile heated socks from Sidas offers the same warmth without the bulk and can easily be worn in your downhill boots, your touring boots, or those old rubber boots you use to walk to the dog on frigid mornings. Fitted with hidden heating elements, the Powersocks provide optimum heat distribution to the entire foot for up to 8 hours. The USB rechargeable batteries easily attach to the cuff and once removed, the socks can be machine washed at home. Pro tip: Flip them inside out before washing and don’t use any fabric softeners to make your socks last longer.

Skullcandy Fat Stash 2 Portable Battery Pack, $40

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Planning to be at a backcountry hug away from plug-in power? Or does your phone battery need an extra boost on the cold chairlift? Fat Stash 2 provides 10,000 mAh of backup juice, and a bump to 18 watts makes it even faster and more powerful than the original. You can also charge multiple devices at once, making you the most popular skier of the day. This battery pack carries 40 hours of extra charge time a slim package and we love the digital percentage display so you know how much juice is left in the tank.