Outdoors rg1-x-shadow

Published on February 15th, 2015 | by Greg


Conquer Winter With Ruroc’s RG1-X Shadow

One of the best parts of the snow season is the chance to test out- and check out- new skiing and snowboarding gear. On the slopes, it’s pretty amazing what companies are doing with plastics these days, as everything becomes lighter yet stronger, and new fabrics and designs improve everything from durability to airflow. Off the slopes, there’s nothing more more satisfying than having everyone ask where you got your mask, helmet, goggles. Even if you don’t really know anything about bindings and have never even thought of waxing your skiis, you can still appreciate- and should consider getting- good safety gear. Like warm layered clothing, it’s the soft of stuff that even novice winter sportsmen and women can appreciate.

Ruroc’s RG1-X Shadow might be overkill if you’re just planning on sticking to the green circles in temperate climates but it’ll come in handy no matter what your level. This helmet is actually a trio- it part goggles, part detachable facemask- and it provides the best protection we’ve seen against not only fierce winds but also your own errors. Exposed skin is asking for trouble on the slopes, but most helmets and masks require you to find a balaclava or another way to cover your lower face, or face the certainty of spending the day with your lips chapped and your chin raw. Scarves just don’t cut it!

Plus, you’ll look like the toughest, roughest, readiest guy or gal around. Ruroc isn’t a brand that everyone knows, and you’re unlikely to find a bunch of other folks showing off this company’s items just yet. Based in the UK, the focus is on European craftsmanship, and at least one fact was very reassuring: their “patented helmet has even been modified specifically for F1 pit crew use, used by the likes of McLaren, Red Bull and more”. The HG-1 googles are pretty amazing on their own, to the point that we never really even considered using our own- Italian made, they have dual-pane lenses and full-field 180° field vision. Included are two sets of lenses, chrome and matched iridescent lenses, and probably the best feature of the entire package is the fog-proofing, paths that channel air and provide ventilation to prevent losing sight of the sites. Plus, they’re comfortable to boot.

The helmet itself offers full-coverage, feeling more like a motorcycle helmet than some other snow helmets that we’ve seen, with enough space for earbuds if you need some tunes. The AeroFlow system of unique vents on the helmet itself keep our head from getting too sweaty. The fit isn’t too adjustable, but there are two sizes available (small or medium/large). Without the face mask, it is a little bit awkward-looking- but it snaps on easily, and feels well-balanced and solid with it attached- plus it definitely helps protect against any faceplants. Disconnecting and detaching isn’t quite so simple, especially with gloves on though. The Ruroc RG1-X is aesthetically and technologically impressive,  and available now for around $300.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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