Our favourite bits of kit for Skiing and Boarding.
It’s that time of year and the mountains are definitely calling for some epic skiing and boarding. Gaby from the Taunton Shop gives our top picks to get you prepared for those fresh powder days, chucking in her top tips for the newbies as a bonus.
- Icebreaker 200 Oasis Ls Crewe = During a lift stop or ride, your going to be exposed to some extreme cold and your body staying still can allow you to get cold very quickly, the merino wool made oasis Ls Crewe is a fantastic thermo regulator and wont get too hot during serious skiing and boarding, the anti-microbial properties of wool will make this a garment you can wear for many days in the mountains without it getting too smelly.
- Rab Power stretch Pro Leggings = a super cozy and warm Polartec fleece inner makes these leggings a fantastic pick. The Elastic waist band is soft, moisture wicking and flexible to allow optimal movement and performance.
- Smartwool PHD ski sock = An epic Merino Wool based sock with reinforced padding on the shin, heel and toe it creates a really comfy fit in any ski boot, reducing impact and pressure. Smartwool's "indestructiwool" blend makes for an ultra durable construction and with virtually no seam contact this sock does a great job of helping prevent those nasty blisters.
- R1 Patagonia pull over = A great offering from California brand, Patagonia. Their Power-grid construction makes for a wonderfully breathable piece while fleece packs in a really generous amount of warmth. The odour control treatment is good and the functional chest pocket makes a great place to stash your ski pass.
- Rab Flux Pull On = A wonderfully minimal and lightweight performance piece. Thumb loops prevent drafts in the gap between gloves, the brushed fleece inner helps with moisture management and the high neck helps prevent chill, its polygiene treatment also does a great job of eradicating odour.
- The North Face Mountain Light Tri Climate = This versatile jacket has three wearable options with a Gore pac lite outer and a 550 fill power goose down that can be separated individually or together, side zip vents for temperature regulation, adjustable cuffs to help layer up gloves.
- Mountain Equipment Lightline = A light 40 denier polymide outer fabric being windproof, breathable and highly water resistant offer goods protection in this smashing outer down jacket. A high-quality 700 goose down fill is certain to keeps you snug. This jacket has an internal pocket for a lift pass and makes an ideal option for extremely cold conditions.
- Both have an elasticised hem to mimic a snow skirt and adjustable cuffs to aid glove fittings.
- Mountain Equipment Mission Pant = Utilizing Gore windstopper technology, these trousers are windproof, ultra-tough and water-resistant. A slight stretch in the fabric allows really good, comfortable movement while the air vents help to regulate temperature during sweaty descent. The main construction of the trouser also features reinforced kick-strips on the sides of the ankle, a common snag point for skis, crampons and snowshoes, this adds real durability.
- Mountain Equipment Karakoram Mountain Pant = A great pair of all-round, water proof over trousers which set the benchmark for mountain pants for use in extreme conditions. The Dri-lite membrane performs well against the wet and is tough enough to take fall after fall whilst offering fantastic breathability. The reinforced kick-strips protect around the ankle from sharp edges such as the edge of your skis. The articulated knees, fully adjustable braces and drop rear seat also provide great freedom of movement and comfort.
- Mountain Equipment Mountain Mitt = Mittens can often be overlooked for their lack of dexterity but in truth, when only having to hold a pair of poles they are much more efficient at keeping your fingers warm. The Mountain mitt is a cracking glove with reinforcement on the palm for pole use offering higher durability. Waterproof lining keeps the cold away and the elasticated cuff keeps snow out. It's a great minimal option for downhill days.
- Bloc Fifty Five = Nice, easy allround goggles with quick release lenses. Including a darker cat 3 mirror lense for those perfectly clear bluebird days and a cat 1 powder lens for darker conditions such as whiteouts. The 8 earth magnets integrated within the frame make swapping out lenses quick and super-easy. Duel venting integrated within the main construction of the goggles prevent fogging. Plenty of cool factor included, you'll have the trendiest mug on the mountain.
Gaby's Helpful Hints
- A three-layer system works best – base, mid and outer.
- If your toes and fingers are cold, your core may not be warm enough (add a layer!).
- Don’t be fooled and forget to apply sun cream to your face…you will probably get that panda eyes look.
- The mountains are constantly changing so always be prepared for the extremes.
- Please wear a helmet, you may be able to control your skiing but not everyone else’s.
- Apres also adds to the fun!
This gear list was curated by Gaby who works in our Taunton Shop. She is our resident skiing expert and has instructed all over the world. When not skiing or thinking about skiing back home, she likes walking, climbing and road trips in her kitted out adventure van.