TUNES ON THE SLOPES: Burton has made making music on the mountain one step easier. The Burlington, Vt.-based outerwear company’s latest launch is an "analog clone MD jacket," the first snowboarding jacket with a built-in sound system.

Burton teamed up with SOFTswitch, a company that integrates electronics with fabrics, to develop a jacket with a Sony mini-disc player and recorder. SOFTswitch technology enables fabrics to serve as interfaces for electronic devices or audio equipment. Instead of having to remove ski gloves to fiddle with controls, wearers can just adjust the key pad on the jacket sleeve to change songs or volume levels.

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