The Best Tech Tools of 2016
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Make the most of your memories with these six gadgets to protect and power up your photo gear.
Brunton All Day 2.0 Power Bank
With a massive lithium battery, the All Day quintuples the energy stores of your GoPro—just leave the camera’s battery in, replace the back housing with the All Day, and lock up. You can even simultaneously recharge your phone via a side port and the included two-in-one cord (Lightning and micro USB).
Optrix by Body Glove Pro Kit
Made of clear polycarbonate, this case adventure-proofs your iPhone 6 so it can survive being submerged in 33 feet of water or suffering a 20-foot drop. On land, the four included lenses, including a 165-degree wide angle, 2x telephoto, and macro, let you capture a huge variety of shots. You can buy an additional fisheye or 4x tele for $40 each.
Map My Air, anyone? Surfers, riders, and skiers need only mount this tough, mint-patty-size puck to their boards, pair with the app, and ride. When you move, the Trace records speed, vertical, air time, and more. Store 50-plus sessions on the device (which lasts ten hours per charge) before uploading the data to a phone or computer.
Kenu Highline Leash
Fumbling with a phone, gloves, and poles while riding a chairlift is the perfect recipe for what we’ll call the ultimate dropped call. Thus the simple beauty of this 10.5-inch-long stretchy band, which locks into the provided case (via Lightning port and a securing notch) and, on the other end, attaches to your belt loop. Available for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
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Goal Zero Flip 20 Power Bank
Recharge your phone or headlamp twice with this solidly built energy-storage block. At a barely-there 4.6 ounces and no bigger than a jumbo pack of Doublemint gum, it’ll slip into your jacket so you can charge on the go—a huge bonus if you forgot to plug in the night before. Then replenish the Flip 20 from any USB port.
GoPro 3-Way Mount
With a 20-inch-long hinged selfie arm, a handheld camera grip that lets you take shots free of errant fingertips, and a clever tripod stored in the handle, this smart GoPro accessory facilitates better on-snow footie. POV is still better accomplished with a helmet or chest mount, but the 3-Way allows for more variety—especially when passed among friends. Travelers, take note: it weighs only 6.4 ounces and folds down to 7.5 inches.