Not sure what it’s like in your part of the country, but where I’m at, we’re expected to get hit with our first heavy snow on Friday. Whether that happens or not, it’s going to be much colder than the 60-degree high we experienced today, and when the weather starts to turn in such a manner, it’s time to prepare. There are two schools of thought when it comes to doing so:
- One: lock yourself indoors, crank up the heat, and don’t come out for four months.
- Two: decide that the cold isn’t going to ruin your life, and you’ll go out when you darn well please.
We believe in a happy medium, and to help you achieve it, here are 10 winter gadgets that should help you beat those cold weather blues.
Agloves Touchscreen Gloves
One of the worst things about being out in the cold weather is having to stave off your smartphone addiction. After all, it normally requires the removal of gloves and the freezing of fingers. Thankfully, Agloves has a workaround, which allows you to leave the gloves on while still getting your iPhone/Android device to respond. Not sure how warm they’ll keep you, but it beats a naked, frozen hand. Cost: $8 to $25. Link here.
Hammacher’s Gas Powered Snowboard
Hammacher describes this 150-pound beauty as a gas-powered vehicle “that combines the thrill of riding a snowmobile and the freedom of a snowboard, enabling you to surf effortlessly over the deepest fresh powder or on packed, granular snow.” The “board” boasts a patented rubber track that flexes in the direction you wish to go for broad, smooth turns and aggressive carving. Your choice. Cost: $2,500. Link here.
Okay, raise your hands, guys. How many of you enjoy going outside in the freezing cold and shoveling snow? Nobody? Don’t feel bad; we’re right there with you. If only there was another way! (There is, and it’s called the RoboPlow.) Just turn this helper-bot loose on the drift, and it’ll use its motor and its 50-inch blade to clear a walkable pathway from the door to your car. We don’t have a cost on this one, but we do have a video of it in action. See above!
Cold Avenger Mask
The older I get, the harder it becomes to stick with any kind of outdoor workout routine when the weather turns cold. Brittle bones, I suppose. (And before you make fun, let me remind you that you’ll get here one day.) The worst thing about running outside on a 30-degree day is the biting wind as it assaults your esophagus and cuts down into your lungs. That’s what happened before the Cold Avenger Mask anyway. Wear this, and the design will intermingle the warm air you exhale with the cold air coming in to create a temperature more comfortable on your breathing. Cost: $140. Link here.
Poseidon Patio Heater
The Poseidon Patio Heater will make sure that those starry nights on the front porch swing don’t go away with a plunge in temperature. Turn it on, turn it up, and take a nap if you want to. The built-in safety features and weatherproof design will keep you taken care of all winter long. Cost: $1,482. Link here.
These vary by style. We’ve linked to a higher quality pair at the end of this paragraph, but you can also order some minimalist tire chains that may do the trick if you don’t see a lot of snow and ice throughout the winter months. Cost: anywhere from $29 to $253 is a pretty good indication of what to expect. Broad, we know, but again, it will largely depend on the amount of tire coverage and the size of your tires. Link here.
If your car battery hasn’t been replaced in five years and you’re heading in to the winter months, then you may find yourself doing a lot of sitting around the house or apartment until you get the problem fixed. Usually batteries go out at the most inopportune times, so the best thing to do is a preemptive replacement from a place like O’Reilly Auto Parts. They’ll test the battery, help you find the right replacement, and even install it at no extra charge (in many cases). Prices vary, but tend to stay in the $100 to $140 range.
Ski-Doo Renegade Backcountry Snowmobile
With a name like that, you know this thing can go to a lot of places where most other off-road vehicles fear to tread. It has a slick and bold look, while boasting fierce tread and the acclaimed rMotion Rear Suspension for the ultimate in control and comfort. Cost: $11,249. Link here.
Thanko Wrist Strap
Frozen hands are perhaps the most annoying thing about the winter time, but this creation from Japan-based Thanko directs heat towards your fingers and keeps you in a constantly thawed state, preventing your range of motion from becoming impaired no matter how long you’re out in the cold. Cost: $21. Link here.
The 1voice Beanie was recently featured here at inStash, but in case you missed it during the holiday, it’s worth repeating now. The beanie contains Bluetooth speakers that are built in to the material and go directly over the ear, eliminating the risk of earache from wearing these too long. That means you can listen for hours without your ears freezing off. Cost: $70. Link here.
Winter’s about here, and contrary to some reports, we’re expecting a bad one. But it’ll be a lot easier to deal with as long as we can still go to all the places we usually go and relax only when we want to. These winter gadgets make it possible.
[Featured Image via Flickr Creative Commons]