Product Reviews – April 2008

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Spring '08 gloves

These gloves have special powers to make you ride 150 percent better than your average glove. Seriously, I let a friend borrow them and he won a contest with them; so they must possess some sort of positive energy (or it could be because Sky kills it). They have a really comfortable fit, perfect for the upcoming spring riding weather and they look really high class. The whole line of new goodies they are putting out are bangin'; hats, gloves and other random accessories that will let you ride in comfort and style. I did notice that the hat started to fall apart at the seams, but that could have been due to the mop it had to hold inside. Checkout their products at all the local snowboard shops and be sure to see the top riders sporting their gear at the spot. –adam dorobiala

Kodak EasyShare V1253

Wow, I had no idea there was a camera that is not only compact and affordable, but shoots extremely high-quality digital files as well. The Kodak EasyShare V1253 is a 12-megapixel camera that is no bigger than an iPhone, so it fits easily into your front pocket and shoots full-quality HD video, too. There is a plethora of settings available to use, but unfortunately, there is no manual setting, which as a photographer I find a little troubling. Also, there is no viewfinder besides the LCD screen on the back of the camera. Call me old-fashioned, but I have found looking through a viewfinder makes that much of a difference when shooting. I guess you have to appeal to the masses, but at the same time, you would think the general population wouldn't mind fooling around with an SLR-type setting on their point and shoot. Like I mentioned earlier, the best feature is probably the fact that this little, tiny device can shoot HD video. No need to throw down a couple grand to get a gigantic camera with the same image quality when you can slip this in your pocket and shoot long-lens footage from a tripod at something that tickles your fancy. Overall, I would say that this is a great camera—it just seems like there could be a better still image capture mode besides the automatic functions included. Oh, and one more thing: Where is the time-lapse function? Maybe next time they will remember to make that an option (let's hope so). – adam dorobiala
SIGG Water Bottle
Airwalk and Cloud Hopper Lifestyle 0.6L

This water bottle is pretty much everything you could ask for as a way to keep your drinks cool. It's eco-friendly, lightweight, leak-proof and it seems unbreakable. This aluminum water bottle won't leach any of the harmful chemicals into your water that plastic water bottles may (especially after refilling multiple times), and it doesn't leave your water with that mildly plastic taste. I was most impressed by just how cool and refreshing the SIGG kept my water. I was delighted after a day of riding at Brighton to return to my car and enjoy water that was actually colder than it had been at the start of the day––something that can't be said about this water bottle's plastic counterparts. There are over a 100 different styles of SIGG bottles and 22 interchangeable lids that come in an array of styles. If you like your water cool and plastic-free, check out what they have to offer at –Jeanette Moses