Gear Box: Weather Watchers
This year's Super Bowl promises the spectacle of a big game with the drama of artic cold, biting wind and potential precipitation. The NFL is already on it with plans to give fans kits that include lip balm, earmuffs, tissues and texting gloves. Security measures (no seat warmers, umbrellas or camera cases allowed) at the open-air MetLife Stadium will be as extreme as the weather, so not much of anything can be brought in with you. If you're going to the game, here is some gear for you to outlast the elements and brave the Bowl!
Little Hotties foot warmer insoles, $1.99/pair
Stadium concrete isn't very forgiving. Fight off frozen feet with a solid winter boot, wool socks and, to seal the deal, these insoles. Typically used for skiing, ice climbing, winter hiking, snowshoeing or snowmobiling, these pads provide instant heat for up to five hours. They're air activated -- no batteries or fuels required -- to generate heat fast. Just open the package, put them in your boots and prevent those tingling toes.
Marmot Montreal coat, $285
Coat bloat -- stuffing too many sweaters or layers underneath -- is unattractive, but you can be fashionable without freezing. This outer garment features tough, water-resistant fabric and down insulation that is treated to offer an extra level of moisture protection. Stash your car keys and cash in any of the numerous cushy linings or handy pockets and save yourself the hassle of holding onto a small bag or purse.
Body Glove Mobile Shock Suit, $39.99
With the potential for a raucous crowd, not to mention jostling or bumping while in your seat or at the concession stand, phone protection will be key. This device combines durable, shock-resistant materials with a tactile hard-shell exterior (for better grip) and screen protector while maintaining a slim profile.
My Charge Amp 3000xt portable power source, $39.99
There will be plenty of power on the field, but you'll need some in your pocket, too. Keep your smartphone at the ready for texting, tweeting and posting status updates or videos throughout the game with this sturdy, compact charger. It has two built-in USB ports and is dirt-, drop- and splash-resistant.
Seirus Wind Pro X-Treme Headliner, $24.99
Stave off stinging snow, rain or ice with this soft, warm and highly breathable balaclava that is more wind resistant than regular fleece. The ultra-thin material wicks moisture for dry warmth while the thick Polartec protects your face and neck. It's ideal for the rigors of this Super Bowl, but equally useful for many other outdoor sports in nasty winter weather.