One Week Away from the War of Rails 2014

You guys and gals better be getting amped for the War of Rails. It’s going down next week! Here at Outdoor Tech, we are stoked to help sponsor this event.

During the day we will be showing our latest gear and maybe even giving away some of the #stuffyouprobablywant. In the evening, we may be hanging out at some local places enjoying some adult beverages. You should really come chill with us.

Here are all the details:
Date: February 28th – March 1st 2014
Time: 8:00am – 4:00pm Pacific, Friday and Saturday
Live Stream: Saturday, March 1st 2014 11:30am-4pm Pacific
Location: Bear Mountain Ski Resort, CA
Tickets: Free to watch.
Confirmed Invited Athletes:
1. LJ Strenio
2. Kyle Smaine
3. Sandy Boville
4. Khai Krepela
5. Shay Lee
6. Hugo Pelletier
7. Tim Gage
8. Dominic Laporte
9. Brendan Trieb
10. Karl Fostvedt
11. Matt Walker
12. Charlie Owens
13. John Kutcher
14. Alex Dorszynski
15. Torin Yater-Wallace
16. Cory Vanular
17. Maxamas Hill
18. Kieran McVeigh
19. Joss Christensen
20. Steve Stepp
21. Maxmillium Smith
22. Dale Talkington
23. Pat Goodnough
24. Sean Jordan

War of Rails 2014

 

Here are a few edits of what went down last year:

Bear Mountain Edit

Monster Energy Edit

 

Here is a map so you can come hang out:

 

We will for sure be giving out free high fives. That’s pretty much worth the trip up the mountain.

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Outdoor Tech Makes Debut with Madison at iceBike* in UK

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LOS ANGELES, CA (February 20, 2014) – What better way to form a deal than over a drinking game at ISPO, which is exactly what went down between Outdoor Tech and Madison Distribution last month. Not only did ODT take the game; they ultimately won in a much bigger way in that Madison is now the official Outdoor Tech distributor for the UK and Ireland. With a firm grasp in outdoor products and established connections within the UK technology market, Madison is sure to boost Outdoor Tech’s international presence in a big way.

“Outdoor Tech is beyond stoked to have Madison be its exclusive distributor in the UK,” says VP of International Sales, Bobby Ali. “Madison is a top distributor and has helped build great brands in the UK like GoPro, Thor, Shimano and Garmin to name a few. Outdoor Tech has a very wide range of wireless audio products that sell into a wide array of distribution channels, and it is rare to find one distributor that excels in all these channels like Madison.”

Outdoor Tech and Madison ”I don’t remember much about a drinking game, but Madison is über stoked about being the exclusive Outdoor Tech distributor in the UK and we believe the brand has massive potential,” says Dominic Langan, CEO of Madison.

Madison UK Distributor

Outdoor Tech will be making its debut into the UK market at Madison’s iceBike* 2014 trade show, February 25th – 27th.  For more on this event, go to www.icebike.co.uk. To see the entire line of rugged, Bluetooth wireless audio products by Outdoor Tech, check out www.OutdoorTech.com.

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Shields Up!: Protecting Your iPhone

It has been said that the easiest way to ensure your phone stays in good condition is to avoid breaking it. Unfortunately, there are instances when you may accidentally toss or drop your stuff. This is why you should have measures for protecting your precious smartphone from the dangers of everyday living.

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Anti-glare film is a preferred protective add-on to your iPhone. Not only do you protect your screen from scratches and the innate oil in your hands, but you also shield your eyes from the screen glare. Some go the extra mile and use full-body wraps instead to avoid scratching the sleek casing of the iPhone.

Wireless gadgets

Wireless devices actually help protect the iPhone in a very practical sense. If you have a pair of earphones connected to the iPhone, you would have to take it from your pocket just to change tracks. For the clumsy owner, this poses the risk of dropping the gadget while trying to get it.

The great thing about wireless devices is that you get rid of this trouble, thus keeping your gadget safe inside your pocket or bag. Our wireless earphones, headphones, and adapters make sure that you won’t have to touch your device just to switch music tracks or take calls. Not only do you free yourself from the extra chore, but you also protect your beloved iPhone.

In the context of outdoor activities such as biking or skiing, wireless technology is definitely invaluable.

Waterproof cases

Water is the bane of all electronics, but you don’t have to avoid it if you love gadgets. Thanks to waterproof cases, it’s now easier to jump in the swimming pool without worrying that you’ll fry the wiring of your device.

We offer the Safe 5, our take on a waterproof case for the iPhone 5. We ensure that this product can protect your phone from being submerged in water for up to three feet for 30 minutes, as it has the IPX-7 rating. All buttons are completely functional and accessible – we even have a waterproof gasket to allow charging without removing the case.

At Outdoor Technology, we specialize in gadgets that help you stay connected without being tethered, and we protect phones too. Feel free to check out our products and services on our website or contact us for any inquiries.

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SIA 2014 RECAP

 

My first trade show I have ever attended was a full of laughs, screams, rumbles, grumbles, jumbles and fumbles. This was also my first time ever in the growing city of Denver, CO

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Steam always rising on these cold, cold streetzsia2014iphone-23 lil tilt-shift from my iphone view from the roomsia2014iphone-18sia2014   sia2014-40 sia2014-45This guy from Alpine Initiatives had a Yowie (Yeti) tattoo!  Secret giveaway: if you send me a photo of an ODT related tattoo you will get free sh*t from us.sia2014-39 International Sales Bobby Ali explaining his privates to some bearded fellows.sia2014-42sia2014-38   sia2014-43Zander Blackmon stopped by to show us his new hair-dewsia2014-35 The boys of Strange Brew came by for some free beers and laughssia2014-34 Free protection was always available!sia2014-33 Friend of ODT Rob De Luca ladies and gentssia2014-32 sia2014-31 sia2014-30 sia2014-29 sia2014-28 Crippled sales rep Alex Albers has one functioning knee after his incident during our visit to Dew Tour when he skied into a tree!sia2014-22 sia2014-21 sia2014-20 sia2014-19 Bern TM Lando always being weird and creepy.  He’s good at it!sia2014iphone-12Po-lice tryna roll upsia2014iphone-20Electric’s booth was killer. Stuff I probably want. sia2014iphone-21delicious refreshment at Whole Foodssia2014-18 Team rider Cole Drexler being a poster-boi at the Line Skis Boothsia2014-17 sia2014-16 sia2014-15 New colorways!sia2014-14Thumb drives!sia2014-13

The Moment Skis crew was hard at work pushing their handmade skis!sia2014-12 sia2014iphone-15sia2014-36sia2014-37sia2014-11 sia2014moresia2014more-6And then it was Saturday…The Beer Bong races commenced….sia2014more-5our COO Charlie flew out just for the day to run the Beer Bong contest
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sia2014more-8 sia2014more-7 Caro came straight back from ISPO in Germany with a terrible illness, but managed to make it out to the booth for a few hours.sia2014more-4 sia2014more-3Tara from PR was a big help!
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Bobby rockin’ the (extremely) limited edition hoodie.sia2014-9 View from the hotel!sia2014-8 sia2014-5 sia2014-4

sia2014-3Dentist?sia2014iphone-6The show ended with a BOOM (Capri-sun courtesy of Celtek’s sack lunches which included a hand-made PBJ)
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sia2014iphone-7 sia2014iphone-2Copper Mountain has some gr8 tree runs and terrain so I didn’t have to dip into the park too often.  However, it is nearly impossible to find the terrain park at first.  Colorado is cold and beautiful.

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Wireless Headphones: More than Just Listening to Music

Wireless headphones give you the freedom to do what you need to do while listening to your favorite tunes. With hundreds of products available on the market, it can be challenging to choose one that meets your requirements. At Outdoor Tech, we understand that you have unique needs. This is why we go beyond offering just headphones that produce awesome sounds. Get more than just music from your headphones. Here are some great features that will make your life easier:

Durability and Versatility

A set of headphones doesn’t have to look rugged to be durable. Whether you’re going to school, the office, or off hiking in the mountains, a pair of Privates will make the perfect companion. These lightweight and slim headphones will move with you. They also won’t look out of place around your neck while you work in the office or study in class.

Built-in Call Functionality

We’ve all had that pair of headphones that fell short on functionality. At Outdoor Tech, we understand that you also need to connect with friends and family as often as possible – even while you’re biking, hiking, or skateboarding.

Our headphones come with built-in call functionality. You won’t have to stop what you’re doing to answer or make calls. You also don’t need to worry about keeping your device in your pocket to make sure your headphones stay connected. Our Bluetooth headphones, work at a maximum distance of 30- 32 feet.

User Interface

With a simple user interface, you can easily connect any Bluetooth enabled device with our headphones. Forget about looking for the right buttons to control the volume or change tracks. With the swipe of a finger, you can skip tracks and adjust the volume on the Privates Wireless Headphones. These products also have a fuel gauge, alerting you of when it’s time to charge them.

Sound Quality

You’ll never have to sacrifice design and functionality for great sound again. Our products come with 30-40 mm drivers that deliver clear and crisp sounds. Whether you’re listening to a playlist or talking with a friend, you can be confident that every sound you’ll hear will be music to your ears.

Going wireless? Don’t settle with just a generic pair of headphones. Check out our products to find one that fits your lifestyle.

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Winter Season Audio Tech: Firing Up the Season with Wireless Audio Devices

Even though it’s cold out, it doesn’t mean your fitness routine has to stop. Snowshoeing, skiing, snowboarding, and ice-skating become new options to liven up your workouts. If trading your running shorts for winter gear is leaving you a bit in the cold, our cold-weather compatible devices might fire you up:

Wireless Audio Drop-Ins

If you like skiing and snowboarding while listening to your favorite tunes, then the Chips is the ultimate winter season wireless helmet add-on for you. Its controls include volume manipulation functionality on the left ear, and play/pause or answer/hang up functionality on the right ear. The Chips connect easily to any Bluetooth enabled device, and the Chips are compatible with pretty much any helmet with an audio liner.

With the Chips right in your ears, you’ll hear constant music as you go down the slopes. You’ll feel the beat of your favorite songs as you pass trees, rocks, and other skiers or snowboarders on your way down.

Wireless Earbuds

If you prefer listening to music with earphones or ear buds, then the Tags wireless earbuds is the perfect cold season wireless listening device for you. It features play/pause or answer/hang up functionality and raise/lower volume or track forward/back functionality. The Tags also has a rubberized finish that makes it extremely suitable for almost any situation or environment.

With the tags as your winter tech companion, you’ll constantly hear your favorite tunes while strapped in to your skis or board, or even while walking down the street in your snowshoes. You’ll get the drive you need to go to higher and higher heights, and exceed your limitations as a cold-weather adventurer.

Continue with your fitness or sports routine even with the cold weather outside. Browse our website and choose from our wireless audio lineup to fire up your motivation this winter season.

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No Strings Attached: Top Tips for Enjoying Your Wireless Speaker

For many years, wired communication systems have helped society advance in many ways. From communication lines to entertainment media, people have found great benefits in them. But while they are important in defining living standards, they too have limitations, such as limited connectivity. Fortunately, advancements in technology are starting to eliminate such hurdles. Though it seemed impossible at first, living “wireless” is a reality.

For music lovers, living wirelessly means they can enjoy listening to their favorite tunes without struggling with headphone and speaker wires. Users of our rugged Bluetooth speaker Buckshot can attest to that. They can do and achieve more things without the wires that used to hold them back.

Here are some of the ways you can enjoy your wireless speaker more:

Drive in style

Do away with your earphones if you’re driving. Use a wireless speaker instead if you want to listen to music from your Bluetooth-enabled device. The Buckshot has a range of up to 33 feet, which means it’s ideal for in-car audio listening. Put it on your dashboard or the passenger seat, and drive in style.

Explore the outdoors (with background music playing)

If you love exploring the neighborhood on your bike while listening to your music, you should get a wireless speaker. Music adds intensity and sets your mood while you bike. Buckshot has a bicycle handlebar mount accessory. Take your speaker anywhere you want. As it is dust and waterproof, you don’t have to worry about its protection. It’s just as rugged as your adventures.

Make hands-free calls while you’re at the park

Some wireless speakers like Buckshot have built-in call functionality. Use it as a mic whenever you have to place calls immediately, wherever you may be. You can call your friends, for instance, to meet you at the park. The speakerphone can last up to 16 hours of talk time, so you can chat with them as long as you want.

Don’t put limitations on what you can achieve. Use devices like wireless speakers, and do the things you’ve been meaning to do without leaving your music behind.

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Techno Get-up: Making a Fashion Statement with Modern Devices

Having a fashion statement is a huge part of the modern lifestyle. It’s how people express themselves. From colored skinny jeans to tops with asymmetrical designs, everyone has the freedom to wear what they want, how they want.

Technology takes things a notch higher. People can accessorize not just with conventional arm bands or necklaces. With the variety of consumer electronics available, it’s easy to personalize your getup by adding some tech to it.

Here at Outdoor Tech, we believe that there are creative ways to express yourself, especially with fashion and gadgets. Check out these two items to know how you can make a statement:

Wireless Audio Speakers

If you like being in the outdoors, travelling, enjoying the sights and the experience, then you must have at least one wireless audio speaker. They come in many forms. For instance, CHIPS, our universal Bluetooth helmet speakers, are compatible with helmets. This means you can wear your helmet while you’re out on a bike ride, and still listen to your favorite music.

For those who are more expressive of their music preferences, there are speakers that can be mounted on bikes, golf carts, and more, like the multi-functional Buckshot. The portable wireless speaker is dust and water-resistant, and comes with a built-in microphone. As long as it’s paired with a Bluetooth-enabled device, you can make calls and speak through the wireless speakerphones.

Smartphone Case

The growing popularity of smartphones has paved the way for another fashion staple, phone cases. It’s not hard to see the reason behind it. You can pick one particular case for your phone, and then replace it with another when you don’t want it anymore.

But to make things more interesting, choose a smartphone case that is not just aesthetically-appealing, but also functional. For example, our waterproof iPhone 5 case, the Safe 5, gives the protection your device needs. It can stay submerged for three feet up to five minutes. This only means, you can take your mobile anywhere, even on your next beach adventure.

Express yourself as creatively as you like. You can start with these modern devices made for modern living. Browse our website to learn more about our wireless audio, systems, apparel line, and more.

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GUEST POST: ODT TEAM RIDER KC DEANE

ODT team rider KC Deane checks in with a story from the trip to Japan that landed him on the cover of Skiing Magazine’s annual photo issue:

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Arriving in Japan is an interesting experience.  Groggy from the red eye flight you roll off the plane to symbols and no comprehension of what is being said. I feel it’s different than any other place that I’ve travelled to ski before. Making your way to custom, mandarin symbols grace most of the signage and some of the last english that you will hear is people about to embark on their own journeys, just as we were about to begin ours. We grabbed our bags and the crew that consisted of myself, Grant Gunderson, Adam U, Sven Brunso and Carston Oliver headed out of the airport headed by bus to catch a train from the outskirts of tokyo into the central train station.  Dragging more gear than should ever be packed by one person we navigate through hundreds of thousands of people in the subway. Within 3 hours you can be in the bustling center of Tokyo, then in the middle of the mountains in a small town.  After much pointing smiling, and a seemingly short game of charades, we are pointed in the right direction and make our first train to the Nagano Prefecture which is roughly 3 hours outside of Tokyo. As Sven Brunso put it, “The train station was a sea of humanity. I felt like a Salmon swimming upstream. Everyone seemed to be going in the opposite direction of where I needed to go. You eventually have to just walk against the flow and people eventually move at the last minute. ”

We stepped off at the small station of Myokokogen to cold clear skies, and the smile of local Bill Ross.  After years of coming to Myoko it was the first time we had showed up and not been instantly covered in snow upon our arrival.  Loading Bill’s van we pack in like sardines and make a short drive to Hotel Korakuso which would be our home for the next 9 days.  Bill gave us a quick briefing of the conditions and to our surprise they were expecting day or two of clear skies to welcome us and for Sven to get a lay of the land. He also mentioned that it hadn’t snowed in almost week, which is quite uncharacteristic for Japan. Arriving at our hotel, half a world away, we had arrived at our destination tucked in the Kubiki Alps, Myoko.

4 am, jet lag has taken full effect and everyone is beginning to rouse.  As the sun peaks over the mountains and into the Myoko Valley  we head to the lobby we find Gunderson and Brunso already suited and ready.  Sven is clearly anxious and buzzing with excitement to get out on the hill. “No need to rush. The snow isn’t going anywhere. Even the lift served terrain here never gets tracked out, so soak it up and take your time.”, reminds Adam as we pull our boots on.

The bottom of the ski hill is just a quick five minute walk through the one main street in Myoko, and you are at the base of Akakura Kanko which lays in the shadow of Mt Myoko. The resort is a small area with 4 lifts that access 2,600 vertical feet of the most amazing trees you’ve ever skied, and with a quick 30-40 minute tour you find yourself perched above Akakura and the Myoko Valley open with spotted Dakekanda trees, or in america known as Erman’s Beech.  As we ascend Sven is blown away by what he sees, and for me as well I am happy to find that even though it hasn’t’ snowed in nearly a week, the trees are nearly void of tracks and our own seemingly private ski area is just as we had left it. Dropping in I heard Sven ask, “Why there aren’t any tracks? Has it been closed? Can we ski here?.”  I just laughed and said welcome to skiing in japan as I dropped in. With the sun out we took advantage of the visibility and set a skin track from the top of the resort.  Even if the snow is not deep it is good to take advantage of seeing the sun.  In Myoko, and the Nagano prefecture they average only 8 days of sun a year, which is good for skiing deep snow but tough to do long tour missions up high above the valley, and for us shoot bluebird powder photos. Typically touring consists of smaller adventures with short 30 minutes skins to access the large amount of terrain above the ski area as well as the terrain above the small town of Tsubame which sits just to the north of the ski hill in a small valley.  Laps from the top of the ski hill drop you down 2000 feet into the town, followed by a quick 15 minutes traverse back to Akakura onsen resort. From the top lift of Akakura Kanko, or Akakan we made our way to the peak of Maecyama which is a sub peak below Mt Myoko.  As we gain elevation Mt Myoko comes into view and you can see the steep and rugged mountain, with giant sulfur gas vents protruding from it’s flanks.  With our first day coming to a close, Gunderson tucks his camera away to log some turns of his own.  Before the rest of the crew knows it, Grant is laughing and throwing plumes of snow as he disappears into the trees.  Arriving at the hotel, Gunderson is there, beard caked full of snow grinning at Sven, “Welcome to Japan buddy! Oh and did I mention that this isn’t even good yet?”

The following morning the clouds hung low in the valley as we slowly made our way through town. After 3 days of skiing our crew had hit so many of the features we were in need of a reset, usually it snows so much that it isn’t and issue. By mid day snow flurries came and the light snow had arrived.  With the faint smell of sea salt the flakes came down and began to blanket the hill. Snow flakes began to get bigger and bigger and within a few hours it looked as if white leaves were falling from the sky.  As the day came to an end there was almost half a meter of new. Sven said,” I looked at the forecast the day before we left and it showed scattered snow showers for ten days. I was pretty bummed out. The first day was totally bluebird and I was confident that there wasn’t going to be the deep powder I came to Japan in search of. Three days later clouds were socked in and by morning we had a meter.”   This went on for 4 days before we saw the sun again. Finally we awoke to the clear skies, meter upon meter of fresh snow and the mountains basking in the early morning light.  We had all pretty much lost track of time at this point.  The days melted together in a haze of deep snow and jet lag. Free from the race to the powder that you experience at home, you begin to relax an settle into a different pace and as we walked to the hill, sun shining, fresh snow, no one raced to get the first chair.  As we headed up the now familiar lifts it seemed as though you feel as if Akakan has become your second home.

4:30 am, wide awake to the drum of heavy equipment. It was only sunny the day before.  Pulling myself out of bed I peaked out the window to see it dumping yet again. A great part about Japan is with the frequent snowfall it doesn’t give much time for the snow to sit in the sun creating a very solid snowpack.  Digging a 3 meter pit to the dirt we found no hard layers.  It was as if you were brushing down the side of cement wall.  The stability is great because it gives you confidence to work into some of the more exposed lines. In Japan it is really easy to get lulled into a false sense of security when there is a ton of snow and you’re skiing hot laps in a ski resort.  Sometimes pulling off the groomer into that gully with all the rad pillows in the wrong place, even just 20 meters uphill or downhill of where you thought you were going, can be the difference between a mellow pow lap and realizing halfway down a pillow line that it doesn’t go, and then having to scratch around to find the one place that doesn’t air 50 feet into an uphill gully wall landing.  Every year it feels like with the deep snow it gives you confidence that you can jump anything, and with the stability, ski anything.  With at least 4 meters of snow that had fallen Carston Oliver and I wanted to ski some of the more rowdy lines we had looked at when it was clear.  Within the ski resort there is a narrow canyon that although it is only about 300 vertical feet is steep and has all sorts of lines with spines, mandatory cliff drops at the end.  Confident that I had our line picked out I dropped in and skied to a safe point to wait for Carston.  Ripping steep pow turns we were hooting and hollering, Carston made it down and as I took a few turns I quickly realized that we were off our lines.  Holding onto a small tree stuck into a 50 degree spine I realized that we had dropped in too early and were cliffed out on top of a 60 foot drop that Carston had hit the previous year.  Considering our position there was no way we were backing out and getting up 50 degree slope in this deep of snow.  Confident in the depth of the snow and the fact that  Carston had hit this before we both made the drop for our exit.  Although we came out unscathed it was a quick reminder of how fast you can find yourself in a serious situation.

As the trip comes to a close I find myself bathed in sunshine and skiing deep snow yet again. Seems like ages ago that we were in the hustle and bustle of the Tokyo subway as we stand over the valley watching the sun dip low in the winter sky.  As I watch the crew drop one after another I find myself standing solo contemplating my last turns here in Japan.  The air is crisp and cold as I tip into my run, my first turn I drive my skis deep into the snow and cover my face in an ice blast.  The sound of my breathing, and the rustle of my jacket is the only thing that finds my ears.  This is skiing in Japan.

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