Every year, winter gear makers and the people who love them flock to Denver for the SnowSports Industries America (SIA) Snow Show. Along with the networking and partying, it’s a great chance to check out gnarly new gear. Here are a few items that caught our attention over the weekend. Keep an eye out for them later this year…

 

The latest Shred Optics Half-Brain D-Lux Slopeside helmet, the perfect blend of protection, comfort and style.

 

Helly Hansen’s new jackets, featuring H2Flow, an innovative venting system that keeps you dry and comfy no matter the conditions.

 


Outdoor Technology’s Big Turtle Shell Bluetooth Speaker, which is shockproof, water-resistant and primed to blow your mind with burly bass.

 

The Smith Optics I/O 7 goggle. Wide field of vision plus easy-to-interchange lenses plus fantastic style equals snow sports awesomeness.

 

The Apex MC-X boot, which can be used for both skiing and boarding. Talk about a multi-tasker!

 

UVEX’s Apache 2 Variotronic Goggle. Change the tint with the click of a button, adapt to any condition and tell Mother Nature to stick it.

 

Quiksilver’s new jackets featuring Thinsulate Featherless Insulation. All the ups and none of the downs of, um, down.

 

DC’s humorously apocalyptic new PBJ (Park Board for Jibbing) line of shred sticks.

 

This Dakine backpack, which separates your laptop out for easy flying. Easier than normal, anyway.

 

The latest edition of the Zeal Optics HD Camera Goggle. Lower-profile and simpler-to-use than it’s predecessor. We can’t wait to take it on the slopes.

 


K2 Snowboarding’s Lien binding, featuring power pods for greater pop and smoother landings.

 


Ride’s asymmetrical Akomplice board. The looks alone make it stand out from the pack.

 

This Thule messenger bag. The simple innovation of making the laptop accessible without having to unsnap everything could be a game changer.

 


Higher, the new Jeremy Jones film, due out in the fall. If it’s anything like the first two in the trilogy, Deeper and Further, it’s going to be epic.

 


Von Zipper’s new sweaters and hats, which pretty much speak for themselves.

 

This CHAR ski pole, with a built-in bottle opener. Also speaks for itself.

 


Burton’s “alternative” yoga mat sleeves, which perfectly accommodate your six-pack… of beer cans.

 

The Shotzski, which is just like a regular shot ski, except it features actual detachable ski boots.

 

The new GoPro Hero3+. Because every new GoPro is somehow a huge improvement over the previous one.

 

This adidas “Samba” snowboard boot. So retro cool, it’s just unfair.

 

GoPro and adidas photos by John Herr. All others by author.