TomTom Adventurer Sports Watch | £270
TomTom's GPS sports watch navigates, tracks and records your journeys and monitors vital statistics in modes such as cycling, trail running and skiing, by combining different sensors. Tough and water resistant to 40m, it also has smartphone connectivity, is easy to use, comfortable to wear and excellent value compared to its GPS watch rivals.
Dakine Super Tune Kit | £117
This kit has everything you need to service and repair your ski and snowboard base and edges. Inside, you get a couple of sticks of P-tex for filling dings and gouges, an edge tuning file with standard 90- degrees plus 88-degree for aggressive carving, a bar of wax, plastic wax scraper and a nice temperature controlled iron. You also get a file, a metal scraper, wire brush, pocket stone, and scuff pad – all well made and in a padded carry bag.
Nikwax Tech Wash and TX Direct | £9
Nikwax’s Tech Wash and TX Direct are designed to restore the performance characteristics of your technical clothing that wear, dirt and 'normal' machine washing destroy. Tech Wash cleans, revitalises breathability, and restores water repellency to most areas, then TX Direct finishes the job on worn areas – all without recourse to harmful PFCs.
Leatherman Skeletool SX | £100
The Skeletool is a stripped-down, lightweight multi-tool with a well-thought-out selection of useful tools specifically aimed at snowboarders. The main event is its locking razor sharp 6.2cm 420HC stainless steel blade, plus pliers, reversible bit driver, bottle opener with karabiner and a diamond coated file – all at a weight of 142g. It's just as useful for camping too.
Smith Maze Helmet | £95
The Maze is the lightest certified snowsports helmet on the market at 270g and feels feather-light in the hand, and on the head. You can choose to style the helmet up as either minimalist smooth, or more fully featured, using Snapfit ear pads and the removable rear goggle lock. There are nine vents, including goggle vents that work well. The fit system is a simple but effective elasticated webbing and the Maze is available with or without MIPS, in no less than nine different colour combinations.
Airhole Facemask | £23
The Airhole covers your face, ears and neck from icy wind while still allowing you to breath properly (without wetting and then icing), attaching with Velcro at the back to make complete neck and face weather protection that doesn’t fall. Admittedly a bit weird but it works. The Airhole also has a DWR coating, is moisture wicking, and comes in two versions – one with a 10,000mm water resistant layer, and one without – and it's decent value too.
Arc'teryx Sabre | £135
The Sabre gloves were designed for big mountain freeride skiing and snowboarding, but will appeal to everyone. The outer material is a mixture of stretchy nylon, with leather on the palm and fingers for extra durability. Internally the gloves have a mix of Primaloft silver and Primaloft Gold Eco insulation mapped for the optimal warmth versus dexterity balance. In use they are comfortable, warm and breathable, with decent finger dexterity.
Dragon MountaineerX Sunglasses | £136
These MountaineerX sunglasses feature trick lenses and serious mountaineering touches like side shields and head strap but underneath that all is a cool, understated look that doesn't look out of place on the swankiest terraces of the Alps. The lenses are high quality items, with an injected polar film, to help prevent surface glare, and both hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings, which simply put means they shed water and don’t get grubby too easily. The removable leather side shields attach with refreshing simplicity, as does the removable, adjustable lanyard. Take both off and you're left with a stylish, high-performance pair of sunglasses for summer cafes and driving.
GoPro Hero 5 Session | £300
Stepping up their game in the face of competition, the Hero 5 Session is perfect for amature film-makers. Functions include 4k filming, 10MP stills, video stabilisation, simultaneous video and still capture, voice control, wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, advanced wind noise reduction via 2 microphones and waterproofing to 10 metres without any additional external housing! All in a tiny cube shape, with smartphone control!
Osprey Meridian 75 | £270
Osprey brings its backpack expertise to this versatile travel bag with both a detachable backpack system, and roller-bag retractable handle and wheels. It rolls and carries well, with the 16 litre backpack sporting Osprey's Airspeed mesh backpanel and a sternum strap with whistle. It's perfect for low intensity day trips and piste cruising and has well-designed storage including laptop protection and a goggles pocket.