Must-Have Skiwear Essentials 2018
It’s ski season. And whether you’re about the piste or just the après-ski, you’re going to need to be prepared for snowfall. Hunting for skiwear can sometimes feel a little overwhelming – especially if you’re new to the slopes – so we’ve put together some top tips on all the gear you need to think about this ski season.
We should say from the start that purchasing all your technical skiwear isn’t ever really essentially. The likes of skis, boots and poles are virtually always available to hire and transporting them over to the ski resort is often more hassle than its worth. That said, we always like to use our own gear – especially with something as technical as skiing and snowboarding. So with that in mind, here this season’s must-have skiwear essentials!
Men’s Snowboards/Skis 2018
Snowboards/skis can always be rented fairly cheaply, and if you’re new to either sport, we’d strongly suggest you do so. Chances are they’ll take a battering early on in your stellar piste career and you won’t know what style and size you suit unless you test out all the options. But once you’ve perfected your craft and want to start getting comfortable on your own shredders, there are plenty of options out there.
We much prefer a board to skis and we’re a bit in love with Jones. Something like this Lone Wolf model for £559 will have you shredding in no time. The Lone Wolf is a new addition to the Jones range for 17/18 and finally introduces a much-awaited Swallow Tail board to the line-up. Aimed at riders who are looking for a high performance board for the backcountry, the Lone Wolf combines an extended nose profile with SPOON 3.0 base contours to deliver staggering levels of float in even the deepest snow. For skis, believe it or not Sports Direct have a good value range where something like this Head Rebel GSR 12 Ski Set will only set you back £370.
Men’s Ski Jackets 2018
Though you can probably borrow one off a family member, we think a high quality ski jacket is an essential purchase before heading out to the slopes. Not only will be keep your protected against the elements on and off the run, they can just as easily be worn when temperatures plummet at home – especially if you like your weekend treks and outdoor activities.
We love this White Horizon Hybrid Jacket from Columbia for £140. Not only is a bargain, it also performs too with features such as a reflective lining to prevent heat loss from your core and a water-resistant fabric construction that will keep you protected from damp snow conditions. There’s also underarm venting to prevent overheating and the snap back powder skirt adds extra coverage around the hip area for when you stack it down the slopes!
Men’s Ski Mid-Layers 2018
Though a performance ski jacket should be your main outlay, you should probably still think about a mid-layer between your base and your outer jacket. The idea is to build up a layering system under your jacket in case of well-below sub-zero temperatures. Remember, you can always subtract layers.
Lightweight down jackets are perfect for this and Arc’teryx have one of the best reputations on the piste – we love this Cerium Lt Hoody for £300. Streamlined in its design, and with an exceptional warmth-to-weight ratio, this hoody works as mid-layer as well as a standalone in cool, dry conditions. The premium 850 fill-power down features a nylon shell for durability, and Down Composite Mapping for insulation in moisture-prone areas. The insulated StormHood provides coverage around the face without compromising range of vision.
Men’s Ski Boots 2018
Just like skis/snowboards, you can just rent out some boots at your resort. But you can often get given the wrong size boots and this can cause more discomfort than it’s worth. Which is why we’d always recommend getting some custom boots correctly fitted.
In terms of brands, we’ve always liked Nordica. And if you need something for exploring the resort as well as heading down the slope, this all-purpose Strider 110 for £252 is perfect. Offering exceptional performance, comfort, and versatility, the Strider 110 comes with a shell and liner which can easily be customised depending on your fit. The boot’s alpine spine delivers power and response on the slope, while its hike mechanism affords a generous range of motion for comfortable trekking.
Men’s Ski Goggles 2018
Though sunglasses might be a good idea, goggles will help you when it’s snowing and windy as well as when it’s sunny. Again, getting the right fit is incredibly important. So if you’re buying, make sure you go to your nearest ski shop and try on different brands and sizes.
Oakley are always going to be our go-to for ski eyewear and these Flight Deck Snow Goggles for £175 come with unrivalled field of view and a wide range of helmet compatibility. Featuring Oakley’s Prizm technology, the lenses provide unprecedented control of light transmission resulting in colours precisely tuned to maximise contrast and enhance visibility.
Other Skiwear to Consider:
Men’s Ski Pants 2018: Orbit 4 Way Stretch Ski Pants for £69.99
Men’s Ski Gloves 2018: The North Face Montana Gore-Tex Glove for £60
Men’s Ski Base Layers 2018: Helly Hansen Lifa Stripe Crew for £30
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