Good morning. GoPro announced yesterday that it is significantly scaling back its business and abandoning its campaign to become a media company. They’ve had a rough couple years — worse-than-expected growth, an embarrassing product recall, a botched product launch. Moving forward, they intend to return their focus to action cameras. Here’s what’s good in gear: a wireless cube speaker, a ski and snowboard helmet, vodka made from cow’s milk and much more.
In more positive news, the next episode of The Grand Tour is slated to be much better than the last. Our Motoring team will be watching from our NYC HQ; join our online watching party and Tweet along with us here.
And here are some fresh stories to start the day.
Alps & Meters Alpine Guide Sweater
Ski sweaters are as old as the sport itself. Go back nearly a century to the earliest hill-bombers in Norway, and you’d see what they wore: toasty lambswool, hard-wearing canvas, pockets that seal out sprays of powder and ice. The Alpine Guide Sweater returns the modern-day ski sweater to its high-alpine roots. Its lambswool/nylon blend hugs your body while allowing for maximum movement, reinforced canvas shoulders resist wear and tear, and sealed pockets on the waist and chest keep your gloves and/or electronics safe. Wear it around the chalet, or wear it as a mid-layer while you fly down double-blacks — it’ll look and feel great all the same.
Definitive Tech W7 Wireless Speaker
Those clunky rectangles and pill-shaped thingies are out. Cube speakers, like this one, are in. Under its aesthetically pleasing shell, 1-inch aluminum tweeters emit audiophile-grade sound from all four sides, while bass radiators add rich, deep resonance. Pair it with your phone or another Bluetooth-enabled device to play wireless sound from anywhere in your house.
Eva Solo Nordic Kitchen
Eva Solo’s new collection of kitchenware showcases that uniquely Nordic flavor of human-centric design. The non-stick, lightweight aluminum is made to look like cast iron, while the oak handles add a nice homey touch. They are pots and pans for displaying in the heart of your home, the kitchen — not for hanging above some greasy industrial fryer.
RNI Colibri Photo Editing App
There are a gazillion photo-editing apps. Many of them do the exact same thing, but with different names and logos and interfaces. But how many make creating beautiful photos as simple as pressing a button? That’s what sets Colibri apart from the rest: film-quality filters and color boosts applied using advanced algorithms to determine the perfect balance for each photo.
Black Cow Pure Milk Vodka
Vodka distilled from cow’s milk. Pour it in your White Russians, Dude.
Smith Quantum Mountain Sports Helmet
Smith’s new helmet, dubbed the Quantum, combines all of the company’s high end protection tech into one burly package. Aerocore with Koroyd is similar to the material used to ventilate your local grocery’s produce section but in this application it’s light, incredibly strong and provides good airflow to the head. The shell itself is made with an Exoskeleton design to provide targeted protection for the zones most likely to receive impact — and it has a brim for a bit of additional style. The helmet also comes equipped with MIPS for protection in severe crashes and a magnetic strap clasp that doesn’t require you to take off your gloves to use. — Tanner Bowden
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