The second generation of Dean Kamen's it-was-supposed-to-be-ubiquitous SEGWAY personal transporter features new technology that allows users to steer by merely leaning. The company claims that this enhances both the stability and the agility of the 12.5-mph X2 ADVENTURE off-road model, which also comes with all-terrain tires, higher ground clearance, a wider wheelbase, and a reduced risk of shame. $5,995; segway.com
Scott's WINTER TECH ATHLETIC ski socks have all the striped, knee-high flair of the '76 Celtics on a fast break. But behind the retro look, they sport boot-specific heel and shin padding and an acrylic-nylon-spandex blend for wicking and comfort. $20; scottusa.com
When We Were Thin
Who better to take on the epidemic of overweight Americans than the most charismatic heavyweight in history? Muhammad Ali has loaned one of his better nicknames, G.O.A.T. ("Greatest of All Time"), to a line of nutritious snack foods aimed at the nation's increasingly pudgy young adults. With names like Rumble and Jabs, the vitamin-packed bars, gels, and trail mixes will contain no more than 150 calories per serving. goatfood.com
From the guns of biathlon to the sequins of figure skating, one thing remains constant in winter sports: What's good for the goose is good for the ganderexcept in ski jumping, still the only winter Olympic event without a women's division. But with the International Ski Federation adding WOMEN"S SKI JUMPING to the 2009 Nordic World Championships, the 2010 Olympics will likely follow suit, giving women just as many opportunities to toil in anonymity as the men have. In anticipation, the U.S. Ski Team has named its first women's ski-jumping squad, which will open this winter season as the overall favorite at the Continental Cup in Väler, Norway, December 13.
It's Not About the Bike
Sprint stages, distance stages, climbs in the Alps: The schedule for this ten-day race may read like the Tour de France, but it's actually the TOUR DE SKI, a first-of-its-kind World Cup stage race for cross-country skiers. The 63-mile route (39 miles for women) will take competitors through the Czech Republic and Germany before finishing with a grueling climb up Italy's Alpe Cermis. December 29January 7; fis-ski.com