Skiing and Snowboarding Togs

Adventures in the snow require specialised equipment, and skiing and snowboarding gear should be chosen with care. From your head to your feet, the right skiing and snowboarding gear will be roomy enough for movement, and keep you dry, warm and safe from the damaging effects both of low temperatures and of sun.

Snowboarding Boots

Snowboarding boots need to be perfectly fitted to ensure your feet don’t slip inside them, or equally that neither your ankles nor your toes are crushed or squeezed. Make sure the boots' fastenings are securely and tightly done up, so that your toes don't quite touch the end and your heels remain flat when in a bent knee position. Degrees of stiffness and roominess vary from boot to boot, so it is worth trying on different brands before purchasing.

Choosing Top and Mid Layers

Layering your skiing and snowboarding clothing is the best way to keep warm when you hit the snow. You’ll need a garment that doesn’t retain sweat. Purpose-designed ski wear made from high-quality merino wool is a great option because it wicks away moisture and has natural antibacterial properties. The next layer should be your mid layer, worn over the base, but under your jacket. A lightweight, bodysculpting jumper is your best option.

Your Jacket and Trousers

Ski jackets and trousers' basic role is to be waterproof. The garments either have two layers: an inner insulated layer and waterproof outer, or simply themselves consist of a waterproof exterior, so you can wear another insulating layer, such as thermal leggings. Waterproofing is measured in millimetres, and in ski clothing varies between 5,000 and 30,000; the higher the number, the greater the dryness. Breathability is another consideration and is measured in grams per centimetre per 24 hours. You should purchase ski-wear which falls within within the 5,000 to 20,000 range.

Other Snowboarding Equipment

Waterproof gloves or mittens are de rigueur. Gloves give your fingers greater freedom, but mittens are generally a bit warmer. Helmets and goggles are also essential equipment to protect head and eyes. Goggles need to fit well and afford maximum user visibility. Protecting your hands, head and eyes is not negotiable when you hit the slopes.