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Jacket That Helps You Breathe in an Avalanche

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The AvaJacket is a safety vest with a built-in mouthpiece. It's similar in concept to the AvaLung, which also helps filter fresher air from below, allowing the wearer to avoid breathing in his/her exhales.

The difference with the AvaJacket …

Kahtoola Microspikes make hiking on ice something approaching pleasant

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Over at Cool Tools, Adam Skinner reviews the Kahtoola Microspikes, strap-on mini-crampons that work a little like snow chains for shoes. You can pick up a pair for $45-60 and prance around on glaciers all you like.

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Complicated polypropylene snow shovel will doubtless offer years of service

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Perhaps you'd like to take a simple tool and add a layer of needless but enticing complexity. Perhaps that will make it easier to get the job done. Perhaps it will last until February.

Perhaps! From the product description:

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Local Hero: Cranky man on mobility scooter vs. snow, good sense

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Derek Chatwood writes, "This guy was zooming down Pike St. and then heading down 1st Ave, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision. Muttering loudly to himself the whole way."

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I love you, cranky old daredevil!…

Sno-Baller Snow Ball Maker

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The thing about snowballs is that the shape doesn't matter so much as the density. That makes this Sno-baller, a scissoring snowball scooper, a bit suspect. I can't imagine that you'd be able to pack them down as tightly as …

"Alu" Snow Sled with Shock Absorber

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This fold-up "Alu" snow sled with built-in shock absorber ain't cheap at £309, but she's a looker. Built of aluminum and polycarbonate, it's made for those who don't consider it real sledding unless you catch some air.

The only bummer? …

Scarpa Grizu Heated Electric Insoles

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The "Grizu" from Scarpa are heated show insoles that bring the temperature inside your boot up to 38° Celsius—warm enough to be comfortable, but in theory not so warm your feet will sweat. The insoles can even be submerged in …