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New Touring Device Will Tell You all the Backcountry Data You Want to Know

This Kickstarter is for all of you ski tourers who care about the numbers: the slope angle, amount of kick turns, the temperature, distance, speed, and time of your backcountry trip. Called the Pomocup, it's the Fitbit of the backcountry world, and it's made by Swiss ski enthusiasts who have been studying human movement for the past 15 years. "A simple and practical tool to measure the data that matters, providing realtime feedback during ascent," CEO Benoit Mariani said. 

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Attaching to the front of your ski, it displays the current information much like a treadmill does. The screen also uses an OLED display that's easy to see in snow or sun. This little device also has the capacity to store 800 hours of ski touring information.

The app accompanying the Pomocup can allow users to see their daily stats. Picture taken from video above. 

Mountain guide Denis Trento said the Pomocup helps him guide his guests in the backcountry by being able to keep better tabs on the cadence and security of his trips. "With Pomocup, it's easier for me to teach my guests how slope and temperature can increase the risk of avalanches," Trento said. 

By bringing metrics to the judgment calls made in the backcountry, it is believed a device such as this one can help people make smarter decisions in terms of the risks they take.  

The first Pomocup prototype was also used in 2015 by the Swiss Ski Team preparing for the World Race Championship.

The kickstarter ends on February 29 and shipping of the Pomocups will happen in September and October of 2016, according to their. 

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