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Many of us go to the mountains to disconnect from our phones and emails. There are, however, a few tech tools available to us that are just that: Tools. When used correctly, they can enhance your ski experience rather than take away from it. There are some of our favorite gadgets that make great gifts for the tech-savvy skier in your life.
BCA Link 2.0 radios ($190)
BCA Link 2.0 radios are the current standard for skiers looking to make their communications easier in the backcountry. The built-in channel selector on the mic is still the most convenient feature when compared to other comparable radios, and the growing number of zones with common radio channels means having the ability to change channels on the go more essential than ever. Read our full review here. BUY NOW.
JBL Flip 5 speaker ($129)
The Flip 4 comes with two external bass radiators at either end, so you can hear, feel, see, and fully experience the power at your next parking lot après party. This waterproof speaker can also be wirelessly linked to more than 100 other JBL Connect-enabled speakers, so you can endlessly amplify your listening experience. The battery lasts up to 12 hours; go ahead, party all night. Just don’t miss first chair. BUY NOW.
Zippo HeatBank® 9s Hand Warmer ($55)
Bring the heat on your next adventure, without the waste of traditional disposable hand warmers. The Zippo HeatBank® 9s Hand Warmers are rechargeable, have 6 different heat settings, and have a battery life of up to nine hours. Plus, it doubles as a portable charger for your other devices, ensuring you stay connected all day. BUY NOW.
Gaia GPS premium account (free with Outside+)
Take your adventures off the grid with a Gaia GPS Premium Membership. Access the complete map catalog and layer together multiple maps to create custom views. Download your maps to find your way in areas without cell service. Gaia GPS is now a part of the Outside family. Creating an account with Gaia GPS also gets you an account with Outside along with all the benefits that an Outside member has. BUY NOW.
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar smartwatch ($800)
It might be tempting to save a few bucks and go for a base model of the Fenix 6. But because the map features are only available on the Pro versions, the added price is absolutely worth it for skiers who frequent both ski resorts and backcountry locations. Not going for the solar model might make sense for price-conscious skiers as well, considering most watches are tucked under jacket sleeves throughout the day. But for backcountry skiers looking to squeeze as much time as possible out in the mountains, the solar is especially handy to keep the battery going strong. Read our full review here. BUY NOW.