Awesome Winter

Why Winter Tires Matter

Why Winter Tires Matter

We recently spent a day with the fine folks from Michelin and TireRack.com to see why winter tires are critical in colder climates. Those all-seasons your car came are okay down to about 44º F, but below that, you’ll be much safer and better controlled with true winter tires.

The First Snow 3

The First Snow 3

A truly insane man in Kodal, Norway demonstrates his love for winter by frolicking in the snow with nothing more than his boxers on, and a bottle of booze to warm his cockles. Hypothermia be damned.

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Nissan Winter Warrior Concepts

Nissan Winter Warrior Concepts

To combat this winter’s snowiest conditions, Nissan has kitted out a series of SUVs riding on 48-inch Dominator snow tracks instead of tires. The Winter Warrior Murano, Pathfinder, and Rogue can be seen at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, but not at dealerships any time soon.

Miata Ice Drifting

Miata Ice Drifting

Mazda sent us to Colorado to test their latest all-wheel drive tech (and we’ll cover that on 95octane soon enough.) But they also gave us a special treat – time behind the wheel of new MX-5s shod in Bridgestone Blizzak tires, then set us loose on the ice and snow.

Regina’s Timeless Knits

Regina’s Timeless Knits
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Are you a classy guy who wants to keep your hands toasty and your digits free to tap on your phone? Then head over to Regina Moran’s Etsy shop. We are as enamored of the high quality cashmere and silk she uses to hand craft her fingerless gloves and beanies as she is.

How Not to Plow a Highway

How Not to Plow a Highway

Snow removal trucks are supposed to angle plows away from cars and oncoming traffic. But that’s not what happened here, as a driver who was on a perfectly clear stretch of road is suddenly blanketed in snow by an idiotic plow operator.

Winter Wingsuit

Winter Wingsuit

In this awesome footage from Epic TV’s new series A Straight Shot, pilot Dan Vicary flies over the powdery Swiss Alps, while tailed just eight feet behind by cameraman Brian Drake in his own squirrel suit.

Nike Sneakerboot Collection 2013

Nike Sneakerboot Collection 2013

A stylish and rugged collection of shoes which take the shape of some of Nike’s most popular sneaks, transforming them into boots ready to take on the worst winter can throw at them. Coming to Nike Stores 10/2013.

Extreme Winter Drifting

Extreme Winter Drifting

Check out the Porsche GT3RS and Mitsubishi Evo 9 versus a Yamaha R1 and WRF 450 in -25° Lapland, with speeds of 160 mph on ice on a replica of Le Castellet; winners tbd on 3/27. (Thanks Gile!)

Bobsled Freak Out

Bobsled Freak Out

We’ve never ridden on a bobsled, but it’s always looked fun to us. But this particular rider takes a trip on the La Plagne Olympic bobsled run, and experiences nothing less than sheer terror.

Yaktrax Walker

Yaktrax Walker

Quick Spikes for the green, YakTrax for snow and ice. This easy to wear traction device fits on most types of shoes. It’s made of an elastic material with hand-wound rust-resistant coils.

Beardski

Beardski
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The other skiers will swoon and be jealous as you swoosh down the slopes in the Beardski, a fleece and neoprene ski mask offered with a variety of attached, foot long beards. (Thanks Ben!)

Extremely Dangerous Tubing

Extremely Dangerous Tubing

We’ll start out by saying we think the guys doing this stunt are idiots. But that doesn’t make the visual of a guy tubing behind a car at highway speeds isn’t cool to watch. Never, ever try this.

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Attack of La Niña (Teaser)

Attack of La Niña (Teaser)

Most of us dread the words “snowstorm” – extreme skiers live for seasons when the snow won’t end. Matchstick Productions shares the beauty of nature and drama of the sport in their new documentary.

Carbon Fiber Sled

Carbon Fiber Sled

Hublot’s luxurious and superfast Sledge utilizes carbon fiber for its handles, steel for the runners, hand-sewn leather for the seat and ash wood for stability. It puts our plastic crazy carpet to shame.

(Doggie) Grand Theft Sled

(Doggie) Grand Theft Sled

We’ve always wondered if the tables were turned, would the animals be wearing us as coats? We still don’t know the answer to that one but thanks to this video we know who would be riding our sleds.

150 Ft. Slinging Snowball Hurler

150 Ft. Slinging Snowball Hurler
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Shaped like the xistera used in jai alai, Hammacher Schlemmer’s set of two snowball slingers provide an unexpected tactical advantage on the winter battlefield; they can hurl snowballs up to 150′.

Harbin International Ice Festival

Harbin International Ice Festival

The 2011 Ice and Snow Festival is coming soon to China’s Heilongjiang province, and so far it looks pretty darn spectacular. Events will include snow splashing, skating and skiing races. Ok; sign us up.

Idiot with a Tripod

Idiot with a Tripod

Roger Ebert thinks this short film from Jamie Stuart, documenting the Blizzard of 2010 in New York, deserves to win the Academy Award for best live-action short subject. What do you think?

Defrosty the Snowman

Defrosty the Snowman
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Planning a winter vacation on a tropical beach somewhere? Drop these ice cubes in your glass in tribute to the suckers back at home. Set comes with 6 eyes made out of coal and 3 carrot noses.

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Manitoba Down Jacket

Manitoba Down Jacket
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No matter how hard we try to deny it, Winter is gradually making its way into our lives once again. Stay warm and dry this season with this stylish 625-fill duck down jacket from Canada Goose.

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