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On- and Off-Mountain Communication at the Touch of a Button

Leave your phone in your pocket and still connect with friends thanks to Outdoor Tech's push-to-talk feature.

The POWDER staff is attending SIA in Denver this week—the snow sports industry’s biggest trade show, where we are getting a first look at the best gear for skiers. For more reviews and first looks at new gear, go here.

With Outdoor Tech's Chips 2.0, the can gloves can stay on—no small deal when it’s four degrees outside and you need to shoot a quick text. Basic functionality stays the same as the original model (tap the center of the chip to start/stop music) with the expanded functionality of a push-to-talk feature, now available in Rhinos over-ear wireless headphones. The chips or over-ear headphones connect to your phone via Bluetooth, which means the walkie talkie-like functionality works over any distance, connecting you and up to 99 of your closest friends at the (gloved) touch of a button. Phone stays in your pocket, and fingers stay warm. Chips slide into ear flaps on a helmet, or various accessories ranging from chip-compatible beanie to Exoskeleton that turns them into wearable headphones. Over-ear headphones don’t use the removable chips but are compatible with the push-to-talk feature, making off-mountain communication just as easy. Bonus: The sound quality on the over-ear headphones is bomber. You’ll be so busy jamming out you might not want to talk to your friends, anyway. Keep an eye out for Rhinos to launch mid-2017.