Gear: Boulder's ZEAL Optics gets all 21st century with new iON Goggles
This week I've been inundated with press releases from various companies headed to Denver to show off their wares at the SnowSports Industries America Snow Show, January 26-31, at the Colorado Convention Center. One actually caught my eye: The new iON Goggles from Boulder-based ZEAL Optics features an embedded camera capable of shooting both 1080p True HD video and 8-megapixel still shots.
Last season I reviewed three different ZEAL goggles (and a cool solar-powered backpack), and I'm a fan. The new iON goggles, debuting this week at the Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City and sure to be a hit at the SIA Snow Show, also feature an in-goggle viewfinder and on-camera controls, and look a lot less ridiculous than having a camera mounted on top of your head. If you're hell-bent on getting those POV pow shots, the $399 price tag should be no big deal (a comparable GoPro HD2 camera costs $299 and a Contour HD camera is $199).
Here's a sneak peek, and we'll post a full review once we get our grubby mittens on a pair: