Selfie Saver

This Handy Gadget Erases the Nagging Fear of Dropping Your Phone Off a Ski Lift

Dunno about you, but every time we take our phone out on a ski lift to respond to a text or snap a selfie with friends, we’re frozen with fear that we’re gonna sneeze and drop the thing into the snow, never to see it again. To address this concern — and many other potential phone-dropping nightmares — a company called Hangtime is currently crowdfunding the Koala, a foolproof harness that essentially turns your phone into a bungee jumper.

What we love about this solution is its utter simplicity. The camera-friendly silicone harness fits any phone and attaches to a urethane tether that can hold up to 45 pounds and stretch up to four feet. On the other end is a polycarbonate clip with grippy teeth that hold tighter the more you pull on them.

With the blessing of a number of rugged adventurers, the Koala has already raised nearly $200,000 on Indiegogo — or nearly 2,000 percent of its $10,000 its goal — with 10 days to go. Early backers can score a 2-pack for just $25, and it ships next month, just in time for ski season.

Today in Gear

The best way to catch up on the day’s most important product releases and stories. Read the Story

Steve Mazzucchi

Steve Mazzucchi is Gear Patrol’s outdoors and fitness editor. Outside the office, you can find him mountain biking, snowboarding, motorcycling or sipping a dram of Laphroaig and daydreaming about such things.

More by Steve Mazzucchi | Follow on Facebook · Instagram · Twitter · Contact via Email
Sign Up for the
Daily Dispatch
The day's best product roundups, reviews and gear news packed into one handy, daily email.

By submitting your email, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy and to receive email correspondence from us.