MORE ESSENTIAL GEAR FOR THE SLOPES
From clothing to GPS, kit yourself out with the latest and greatest skiing tech
GARMIN INSTINCT If you don’t track your skiing, it didn’t happen. Armed with a skiing mode and GPS, GLONASS and Galileo system compatibility, Garmin’s Instinct watch is built to military standards for thermal, shock and water resistance and can track every turn to keep you updated with vital info like your location, the distance you’ve covered, maximum speed and your heart rate. It even recognises when you’re on a ski lift and pauses recording. Plus, with text and email
risk losing your phone while you’re going up. £269, garmin.com
ABOM HEET Ever ripped off your goggles in the hope of getting a clearer view and discovered that the fog is actually on the inside? Yeah, this happens
all the time in the mountains. Cue Abom’s Heet googles. They’re heated goggles with on-board
electric heater and keep fog at bay when it’s imminent. And if you need it, a quick tap on the side puts the Heet into On Demand mode for a few minutes to drive off the fog. Just pick the lens tint you want and head to the mountains without the fear of annoying, foggy goggles. $299 (£227), abom.com VALLERRET SKADO ZIPPER MITT Let’s face it, the mountains are Instagram Central. But thick ski gloves are a non-starter (literally) for a phone or camera. Thanks to Primaloft insulation and a Merino wool lining, these two-in- one mitts have the warmth of mittens yet allow the dexterity you need for shooting photos. All you need to do is open the water-resistant zip to reveal the inner gloves and you’re set to take all the snowy pictures you desire. There’s even a press-stud to keep the mitten out go the way while you use the
£109, photographygloves.com THERMIC POWERSOCK SET HEAT MULTI + S-PACK 700 If your feet feel warm, you can keep skiing until the last lift closes and still be smiling. If they’re cold, you’re going to be miserable the entire time. So say hello to the snappily titled Powersock combo, which melds X-Socks material with a heating element and enough battery power for up to eight hours of toasty toes. The USB- charging batteries snap on at the top of the socks above your boot line and can be removed again so the socks can be washed at up to 30°C. Warm and fresh! £150, therm-ic.com GOPRO HERO7 BLACK The best action cam around just got a whole lot better with the introduction of HyperSmooth in the HERO7 Black. It’s the next generation of electronic image stabilisation and it transforms your jittery, nauseating footage into epic movies. What’s more, it works in 4K mode at 50/60fps, so whether you’re using a helmet, chest or ski mount, you’ll capture all your best moves in glorious detail. The HERO7 Black is also waterproof without the need for a case, has a two-inch touchscreen and has helmetmount-friendly voice control.
MAMMUT AVALANCHE AIRBAG BACKPACK 3.0 & FLIP REMOVABLE AIRBAG 3.0 If you love the powder and hate crowded pistes then a backpack with an avalanche airbag is a sensible addition to your ski gear. Add a gas cartridge to this kit and if the worst happens,
you stay at the surface. The Flip Removable Airbag 3.0 sits in the dedicated front pocket and takes up 2L of the backpack’s 22L capacity so you’ve got plenty of room to stow an extra layer and other essentials.