They say 'go big or go home' so this year why not extend this to your ski gear. We have accepted the tough job of finding some of the blingest gear out this year so that your new ski gear can be as stand out on the slopes as you. Bragging rights are included but we accept no responsibility for your credit card bill or the muttering of 'all the gear and no idea' when you stride past. Looking to get more bang for your buck? Check out our other gear reviews
Reine Deer Skis | £7,700
Hey sensei - become at one with the slopes and channel your inner snow samurai with these beautiful Japanese skis. Handmade by craftsmen in Kyoto, Reine Deers are made using traditional methods and precious materials including gold leaf, lacquer, and urushi shells. Reine Deer, who have made skis for European World Cup teams, reckon they feel like ‘skiing on silk’. Choose a work of art from their catalogue of designs or have your skis completely custom made.
Chloé x Sorel snow boots | £335
Chloe’s shearling ski boots have long been coveted by the fashion pack and regularly sell out online, but practical they are not. The fashion house’s collaboration with winter boot experts Sorel, however, is a happy marriage of style and substance, and underneath the bells, bows and whistles these shearling boots are warm and water resistant, whether you’re striding down the streets of Zermatt or hiking on snow. Plus, they’re as comfortable to wear as slippers, not something that can be said of most designer footwear.
Carv Insoles | £300
Afternoon tea in the chalet isn’t complete without bragging about your day’s ski stats, and Carv brings a whole new dimension to logging your day on the slopes with their futuristic ski boot insoles. This wearable technology means your boots chat to you as you ski – literally. The insoles measure motion and relay personalised feedback through your earphones via your smartphone in real-time, providing detailed metrics and analysis. It’s like having Q from James Bond hidden in your socks.
Hublot x Kjus jacket | £1,484
The stealthy subtleness of posh jacket brand Kjus’ collab with luxe watchmakers Hublot might not look instantly bling, but get closer and this oozes exclusivity. Only 200 of the limited edition jacket are available, and it’s practical, too – it’s fully waterproof and insulated with PrimaLoft Silver Down. There’s a carbon-infused membrane for heat retention and zips are carbon too, the first jacket ever to sport them.
Oh, and it’s been tested in SPACE.
Oakley React Prizm Googles | £226
The future of snow goggles is now. Well, it’s soon. Expect a fight to get your hands on Oakley’s Prizm React when it hits the shelves – these goggles eliminate the need for different lenses in changing weather by allowing you to scroll through three settings. Tap a glove-friendly button on the side and the electrochromic lens changes tint from pink to black in seconds. There’s no bulky battery pack, either, just a USB slot. They look bitchin’, too.
Asmo Powder Snowboard | £850
If you tend to go for the ‘all the gear and no idea’ approach to winter kit, this might not be the snowboard for you. If, however, you’re a ride-or-die powder hound after the ultimate custom-made board and don’t mind a very expensive new toy, add an Asmo ‘noboard’ to your quiver. The pow-surfers combine elements of snowboarding, surfing and skateboarding and fuse them into a bindingless board that can tilt and dig edges in effortlessly on fresh powder. With a limited few for sale, this is the Stradivarius of snowboarding.