In the modern era of over-sharing and tweeting your every move, a powder day isn't really a powder day unless all of your Facebook friends experience your face shots from your point of view. And you'll need a helmet camera to make that possible. Helmet cam technology has vastly improved in recent years, and the company leading the way is Seattle-based Contour, which recently released the first hands-free video camera that captures your location via GPS and connects wirelessly to your phone.
WHAT IT IS:
The new ContourGPS camera barely weighs more than a bar of soap (it's 5.2 ounces). But don't be fooled by its tiny size -- it packs a lot of tech features. The GPS receiver inside the camera allows you to track your location while you're shooting video. Then using Contour's StoryTeller application, you can upload footage of your backcountry pow lap and watch it on an interactive map and video player that charts your path, speed and elevation. "[The GPS] adds a dynamic element to storytelling, making location as important as the video," says Marc Barros, CEO of Contour. Contour athlete and ski mountaineer Chris Davenport agrees. "Our sport is filled with legendary runs, chutes and drop-ins," Davenport says. "This cam is the first to capture what you did along with where you did it."
WHY IT RULES:
Remember Bluetooth? That nerdy device that enables you to talk hands-free on your phone. ContourGPS has always had Bluetooth (albeit secretly), but now, they're connecting it with a mobile app so you can turn your phone into a live, hand-held screen so you can see exactly what your camera is capturing. "Helmet cams used to be a bunch of cables and wires you strapped to your head -- they've always lacked a screen. The ContourGPS is the first to offer a wireless solution," Barros says. "We've come a long way to make hands-free cameras easier than a camcorder to use, and durable enough so you can wear it while hucking yourself down the hill."