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post #31 of 48

iphone mounted as a tipcam. Ottoerbox.

post #32 of 48

I have an iphone 3gs with an otterbox and zagg screen protector and have had no problems. I keep it in the front pocket and pretty sure I fell directly on it. I run ski tracks the entire day and battery life was fine, certainly needed to charge it when I got back to the condo.

post #33 of 48
This will be my first season skiing with a smartphone.....I can only imagine how much better I will ski this year!smile.gif
post #34 of 48

I can tell you what NOT to do.

 

 I have lost three phones while skiing, one Nokia and two Blackberries each without ever falling.  First time, I had the phone in the velcro pocket of my Woolrich parka and the phone self launched without my knowing it.  The second phone, a Blackberry, flew out of my holster in Mineral Basin (I forgot the phone was still in my holster).  The last one was in the outside zippered pocket of my brand new Columbia shell. I got to the bottom of the lift and I saw that the zipper had ripped out of my jacket and my phone was gone. I think Ullr is trying to tell me to talk less and ski more.

post #35 of 48

I think this seems like a little too muck teckie-junkie dependency. I leave all electronics in the car on purpose. The world can wait for a response from me after I have finished skiing. Don't bug me while I am. Will take only an emergency walkie talkie in case my ski buddy or I fall into a tree well

or otherwise don't make the rendezvous point.   

post #36 of 48

iPhone 4 in pocket. That's it. No biggie. Buy the insurance. 

post #37 of 48

Have for the past season. I like the bluetooth for the music and phone. 

post #38 of 48

I have a dumb phone that save me $30 a month which means I have $360 more to spend on SKIING !!!!!!!!!  Family of 4 on smartphones would be $1440 a year spent on a smartphone data plans versus $1440 spent toward a family ski/ride vacation every year.

 

Its all about priorities. 

 

BTW for you folks out there with young children texting till 3am in the morning you can call your wireless carrier to turn your kids phone off at a certain time everynight like 9:00pm so they get some sleep. Your kids are going to hate me for giving you this information.  roflmao.gif

post #39 of 48
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I have a dumb phone that save me $30 a month which means I have $360 more to spend on SKIING !!!!!!!!!  Family of 4 on smartphones would be $1440 a year spent on a smartphone data plans versus $1440 spent toward a family ski/ride vacation every year.

 

Its all about priorities. 

 

BTW for you folks out there with young children texting till 3am in the morning you can call your wireless carrier to turn your kids phone off at a certain time everynight like 9:00pm so they get some sleep. Your kids are going to hate me for giving you this information.  roflmao.gif


I have a friend who had a basket for her kids to put their phone(s) in at 9 PM.  They couldn't get it out of the basket until they headed out of the house in the morning.  Also, she didn't allow phones the dinner table, Yes, she actually still has family dinner time. 

The question is "Who's in Charge?"
 

 



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Have to carry my Droid; kids in ski lessons. Put it up high inside your parka, fully charged, on vibrate. Very unusual to fall hard on the flat of your upper chest. Face gets in the way. eek.gif If your parka's waterproof, then no need for baggies or special cases. If you deny yourself the pleasure of irritating the person next to you on the chair by pulling it out, then no chance of dropping.

 

IMO, phones get pulverized more from dropping on sidewalk while talking and walking and trying to fumble for something in pocket. 


I understand that the chance of falling hard on your chest is minimal, but a few years ago, SkiNurse posted some scary facts about patients she's treated in critical care who've had major heart attacks and complications due to cameras and cell phones being in their left chest pocket. If there is a pocket I won't carry my phone, its the one over my heart.

 

 

 

post #40 of 48

The interior of a ski jacks it is the perfect place for condensation to build up. Also once you take the cold phone out of your pocket into a warm humid ski lodge, more condensation... $.02.

post #41 of 48

Stick a toe warmer on the back side of  your phone(even if its a dumb phone), and it will help your phone to stay warm and your battery won't go dead as fast.

Just saying' 

post #42 of 48

Missed that important thread :-) I have to carry a phone: kids in the team, friends on the slopes... Back in the day we used to carry walkie-talkies, nowadays phones more or less killed them.  iPhone 4 is actually reasonably water-resistant, unless you dump it in the toilet or allow snow or water build up in you pocket.  I carry mine in whatever case I use at the moment.  If it is a big wet powder days, I do Sinecure trick with the sandwich ZipLock, with an iPhone it is more or less play through.  I don't use mine for music.  Apple should make a waterproof phone, with so few physical buttons it should be much easier that a regular phone.  

post #43 of 48

Verizon Wireless Rep. by week, skier by weekend!  This is the first smartphone that I've owned in the States (Droid), but I had a Blackberry and Iphone last year when I was living in France.  Pretty excited to use my phone for skiing as the GPS have incredible potential to show me what I did all day and feed me some stats.  That and the fact that I can get resort maps, use spotify, and keep in touch with friends means that my phone will be a must on slope.  Having said this, I have yet to come up with a way to keep my phone from getting cold and/or condensation which can both be warranty breakers.  For those of you that do use your phones while skiing MAKE SURE you don't let the watermark behind the battery go from white to red.  This will void your warranty and mean that Verizon can't cover you if you have technical issues with the phone.

post #44 of 48

No cell service where I ski, as is Right and Proper. Sat phone anyone?

 

All group communication must be done by walkie-talkie.

post #45 of 48

I carry a smartphone on the hill. My old jacket gave off lots of bad condensation and destroyed my old BlackBerry. Hopefully the pocket on this new one is a bit more absorbent. 

 

Some people here have already touched on the useful stuff you can do with smartphones on hills: Trail maps (pinpoint current location relative to other trails), performance tracking, staying in touch with your buddies... I wonder if there are any other good applications? 

post #46 of 48

Checkout the weather forecast on forecast.weather.gov and Glympse. Glympse is a "show-my-friend's-phone-my-GPS-coordinates" which is the ultimate solution for "no, I'm not there, I'm over here" cell phone calls and texts.

post #47 of 48

Yes, but it's off unless I need to meet up with someone. I can't stand having that thing ON in my pocket... 

post #48 of 48

 

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I wonder if there are any other good applications?

There is always LiveTiming so you can see exactly how the race team is doing.  I even use it at the finish line to see where my son has placed.

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