Point-of-view footage shredding powder through the trees is cool. Having a big camera strapped to your helmet is not. Zeal Optics’ new HD2 Goggle comes with a built-in HD camera capable of capturing high quality 1080p 12-megapixel video without the embedded camera means you don’t have to parade around the mountain looking like a quail.
A small LCD viewfinder screen inside lets you see what the camera placed in the middle of your forehead on the goggle frame is capturing. The easy-to-find buttons make it easier to turn on and off the camera and record. The camera is also WiFi-enabled, which allows you to connect it to your smartphone and operate it from there.
There’s no fiddling around with the orientation or placement of the camera either, and it’s positioned so it maximizes the 170-degree wide-angle lens to capture our board or skis, including ultra-slow motion face shots in deep powder. If sharing the footage is a priority, the ZealHD2 app lets you do it directly from your phone, even while sipping hot cocoa back at the lodge. [$499; zealoptics.com]