Most of you have probably never heard of Flaik. So I will answer your first, inevitable questions right now:
1. What in blazes does “Flaik” mean? I have no idea.
2. What on earth is it? The product itself is basically a knee-band that tracks your every move over the course of a day, collecting data on speed, mileage, elevation and location. At the end of the day, the information is downloaded to Flaik’s secure site, where users can literally see a replay and map of their entire day. Using GPS technology, this little homing device not only tells how far and fast you went, it also tells people where you are at that very second. Ski schools missing kids? Can’t find your buddy who opted for a solo run down some gnarly chutes? Problem solved.
3. Will I look cool in it? Yes, you look very cool wearing it.
Top speed of 25 mph (avg 4.9 – we spent a lot of time hiking)
11,595 vertical feet
The most impressive part, that others sadly cannot see, is the tiny “replay” of my day: a little icon that zooms (if I fast-forward) or creeps (if I watch it real time) all over the mountain. Watching that little green dot was probably way too entertaining, but I loved it. I wanted to call my Dad into the room and say, “Look! That’s me going down Palisades!” (I held back.)
The product is definitely marketed for skiers, but I think that backpackers, climbers, serious cyclists and any adventure athlete could find it very useful; basically, anyone who is either interested in tracking distance/time/elevation/speed, or has a tendency to go solo. And have a freaking blast.
For more information on the Flaik, visit their website!
[photos courtesy of Alexi Ueltzen]