1. Oakley Aircraft 3L Gore Tex Jacket
A good ski jacket needs a few to boast a few key features, namely it has to be warm, keep you dry and last for a long time. This Gore-Tex constructed coat from Oakley ticks all the boxes and goes even further with a neat system of vents that keep the air flowing around your body on those warmer days on piste. It’s waterproof, windproof and packs a triple-layer membrane for increased durability. We’re also big fans of the included RECCO reflector, which is a system used worldwide to help when an avalanche hits.
£530 | Oakley
2. Atomic Cliffline Stormfold
Skiing conditions can change almost instantaneously, especially if you’re hitting the slopes in the early part of the season. So, it can often be a good shout to pick up a jacket that can be altered depending on the weather. The Cliffline has a waterproof outer-shell, a lightweight shell for warmer days and a weatherproof, PrimaLoft midlayer. A Pertex storm shell is also tucked into the back pocket, offering the highest amount of protection when the wind whips up and the temperature drops.
3. Therm-ic Powersock
While many ski socks claim to keep your toes toasty through clever material, Thermic’s PowerSock features a special heat transfer system that actually moves heat around the sock, ensuring every part of your foot is warm at all times. The battery pack fits discreetly to the side, lasts for 16-hours and doesn’t become a distraction.
£160 | Therm-ic
4. Obermeyer Charger
Obviously, we love tech. We love tech so much that even when we’re hitting the slopes we can’t help ourselves but to bring some along for the ride. That’s not a problem for the Charger, as it features a clever integrated fleece lined pocket solely designed to keep your gear safe. The entire collar is fleeced, 3D mesh covers the shoulders for added comfort and a series of vents ensure air can flow freely around your body.
$399 | Obermeyer
5. Falke ESS Air Insulation
A fantastic baselayer can be the difference between an uncomfortable, cold ski and a toasty warm one and one of our favourites for the 2015 season is this complete body cover from Falke. What really sets it apart from the crowd are the specially knitted ventilation holes that grow in size when you move, increasing the space for air to pass through. Polyamide fibres have crystal attached to them, which turns body heat into infrared rays and improves circulation.
£310 | Falke
6. KJUS BT Touch Screen gloves
Another Bluetooth packing glove, this time though it packs a built-in headset so you can literally make and recieve phone calls from your hand. Touchskin tech means you don’t have to remove the gloves to use your touchscreen smartphone and an insulated membrane keeps your hands warm.
$279 | KJUS
7. Bogner Snow Shade
Snow Shade may just be fancy name for skiing goggles, but this pair is deserving of a special title. The design is almost completely free of bezel, with the shatterproof double-glazing of polycarbonate covering the entire front. A nifty Light Mirror coating reflects harsh rays away from your retinas and the double pane construction keeps the mountain visible even in poor conditions.
159 euro | Bogner
8. BearTek Snow Sport gloves
The techiest skiing accessory on the market. These gloves not only feature a Primaloft inner to keep your digits toasty warm, but they pack a Bluetooth module that takes them beyond any other glove. Once connected to your smartphone, you can just touch the fingers together to change the track that’s playing, or answer a phone call, all without taking your eyes off the moutain. There’s also integration for GoPro action cams, letting you easily start recording, again by just touching your fingers together.
$120 | Beartrek
9. Bogner Helmet Bamboo
Boasting a classy European look, part of this helmet is constructed from actual oiled bamboo combined with a tough and protective polycarbonate middle. It definitely stands out from the crowd, which can often be tough on a crowded slope.
590 euro | Bogner
10. Wed’ze Midtrip
Buying a decent ski jacket can often be a costly endeavour, but there are bargains to be had. This one for example boasts some of the hallmarks of a great jacket, but at a fraction of the cost. There’s a Novadry membrane for increased breathability, 100% watertight seems and a raised collar to keep warmth in, along with a few useful additions like dedicated pockets for your ski pass, glasses and phone.
£109 | Decathlon
11. GoPro Hero / Hero 4 Black Edition and mounts
Head onto any ski slope in the world and you’ll be met with a crowd of people recording their exploits on an action cam. Even though the market for these video cameras is now pretty crowded, the king is still the GoPro. For 2015 there are two new models, one sitting at the budget end of the market and the other at the top-end. The £99 Hero is the most affordable GoPro ever, yet it still offers 1080p video at 30fps and 720p at 60fps, alongside support for the fantastic ecosystem of mounts and accessories. The more expensive Hero 4 Black Edition packs a load more shooting options, including 4K support and improved optics. Both are really durable and able to take a beating on the slopes.
GoPro Hero: £99, GoPro Hero 4 Black Edition: £359.99 | GoPro
12. Drift Ghost S
If you want something different to a GoPro, the Drift Ghost S features a display for watching back your clips and a handy remote that can be strapped to your wrist. Footage recorded at 1080p looks great, while 60fps at 720p lets you slow things down for some truly impressive video. Photos are captured at 11 megapixels, while it’s waterproof down to 3m.
£249 | Drift
13. OverBoard Pro-Vis backpack
This backpack is 100% waterproof ensuring all your gear is kept safe even if you take a tumble into some wet snow. It’s also constructed from high-vis material, keeping you visible at all times.
£79.99 | OverBoard
14. North Face Free Thinker
We’re big fans of The North Face’s ski gear and our favourite item from the 2015 collection is this Free Thinker Jacket. Aside from looking sleek enough to grace even the classiest of resorts, its Gore-Tex construction, RECCO reflector, fully sealed seem and array of vents combine to make it a very worthwhile purchase.
£450 | North Face
15. KJUS Splitter
If you like your jackets on the warmer side, this is the one for you. Offering top-end protection from the elements, the Black Magic fabric used here has been designed by KJUS to keep in the warmth without sacrificing breathability. It’s definitely not the lightest, or the cheapest, jacket we’ve seen, but the top drawer insulation makes this a great pick if you’re heading to a particularly cold resort.
£855 | KJUS
16. Sweet Protection Salvation
Another jacket for the coldest of ski sessions, the Salvation manages to keep you warm thanks to an extra tall collar and Gore-Tex construction. Durability is key too, as is breathability, which is taken care of with a selection of zippered vents.
£380 | Snow and Rock
17. Helly Hansen Supreme
No bright, luminous colours on show here, just a simple design and hat full of clever features. A Primaloft Gold Blend material provides awesome insulation, while H2Flow tech has been employed in two laser cut vents on the rear to offer maximum ventilation. A custom, super stretchy fabric not only keeps you dry should the weather turn, but it also keeps up with your movements and never feels restrictive.
£650 | Helly Hansen
18. AvaTech SP1
Tech that makes any sport safer gets a thumbs-up from us and that’s exactly the point of AvaTech’s brand-new SP1. Stick this into the snow and it’ll read the structure, angle and aspect, geo-tagging it in the process and sharing it with a community of users. It can capture 5,000 measurements per second and through the Avanet app, your results are beamed back to your smartphone. All this data is created to help you determine whether the slope is safe enough, with others benefitting too.
$2,249 | Avatech
19. Oakley Airwave 1.5
If you’re a tech loving snowman, then these clever goggles should be top of your wish-list for the upcoming 2015 season. Along with protecting your ever so precious retinas, ensuring your route down the piste is clear and keeping those pesky flakes out of your eyes, these goggles can also measure your jumps, track your speed, and pinpoint your location. Smartphone pairing is also a nice bonus, as is quick access to music playback. Plus, they look pretty rad, if we do say so ourselves.
20. Arc’teryx Cassiar Jacket
Helmets often diminish the need for a hooded ski jacket, but the specially designed DropHood actually works with it, offering an insulated collar too. As with many jackets in our round-up, Gore-Tex fabric is utilised to aid breathability, add top notch waterproofing and ensure the weight is kept to a comfy minimum. A polyester back provides more warmth, helping to wick away excess moisture at the same time and the integrated powder skirt keeps the snow out even if you take an unfortunate tumble.
£475 | Arc’teryx
21. Bergens Osen
Some say the mid-layer is the most important part of the whole clothing operation, so this stylish and lightweight wool and down combo from Bergans is a great choice. It’ll keep your core warm, but it’s also breathable in all the right places. Perfect attire to sit beneath your shell jacket.
22. Smartwool PHD Racer
Along with offering protection from the elements and a leaky boot, ski socks have to offer a good hit of protection and keep your foot sturdy. The Racer from Smartwool features multi-density cushioning, engineered for the best fit, while ReliaWool ensure tip top comfort.
23. Mammut Verbier
Get some Gore-Tex into your gear! Available in imperial blue or graphite inferno, these soft-shell pants are built for freestyling. There’s roomy cargo pockets on the thighs as well as an added layer of durability so your boots don’t do undue damage.
24. Smith Vaporator I/O Recon
A heads-up display, equipped with GPS and Bluetooth, in your ski goggles? Why not. Wearers can see their speed stats (current, max, average) and also see descent details and jump and airtime analytics. It’s also easy to track your buddies also wearing the I/O Recon as it pulls in fellow skiers GPS co-ordinates. Thanks to Bluetooth, it’ll also hook up to your smartphone and you’ll see messages delivered directly to the display. There’s also a wrist-mounted remote to allow you alter the view.
25. Sky Optics Doom
Interchangeable lenses are the in-thing on the piste at the moment, and the Spy Optics Doom goggles offer a quick and simple release system (no fingerprints here) that allows you to be prepared for differing weather conditions. Renowned for a fog-free experience each pair comes a bonus mirrored lens for good measure. There are 15 lenses to choose from in total.
26. Von Zipper El Kabong
With its frameless design, the El Kabong is a highly attractive and affordable interchangeable lens solution. Although less simple than the Spy Optics Doom mechanism, wearers can easily open hinges to switch out lenses and clip new ones into place. They’re also comfy thanks to the flexible frame.
27. Marmot Flatspin Jacket
“Ah nice marmot,” we hear you Big Lebowski fans utter. This all-mountain jacket looks game cosy with its yarn-dyed plaid Marmot Membrane, but it’s also breathable and waterproof. The insulation tech means you’ll stay warm even when you get wet and there’s even PitZips that allow you to ‘dump heat’ when you get too warm.
Price: £180 | Marmot
28. Black Diamond Revolt Headlamp
We raised an eyebrow when BlackDiamond described a headlamp as ‘revolutionary,’ but we figured we’d hear them out. Firstly it’s rechargeable via USB and, when that’s not an option, it’ll take AAA batteries. Not bad. There are three modes: “Distance mode is powered by one TriplePower LED, two SinglePower LEDs power proximity mode and two SinglePower red LEDs power night vision mode,” the company claims.
29. Black Diamond Legend Glove
With a name like Black Diamond Legend, it’s hard to imagine those hand accoutrement being anything but awesome. This under-the-cuff glove is warm, waterproof and built to handle any conditions. It’s got a goat leather shell and a neoprene cuff, with a fixed, breathable Gore-Tex insert.
30. SportViz ATS Core
The Sportviz ski goggles are Iridium-lensed goggles like any other you'll clock on the slopes, with a key difference - they've got Sportviz's lens system in them. Far cheaper than normal prescription lenses, the insert can be swapped out into a range of facewear, including dive masks and swim goggles. At a mere £45 (excluding lens insert) the ski goggles are a bargain, although the strap itself lets the side down, looking somewhat 80s.
Price: £45 | SportViz
31. Schoffel Curtis
With a style that’s somewhere between biker and skier, the Curtis jacket wins out in the looks department, but that doesn’t mean it lacks the tech between the layers. The four way stretch fabric is really lightweight, but insulated to a high standard and the Primaloft coating ensures strong weather protection. There’s a dedicated pocket for your smartphone of choice, plus a removable hood.
Price: £590 | Schoffel
32. Ortovox Merino Guardian shell
What sets this jacket apart from the myriad of competition is its innovative way of weaving Merino wool through the outer layers, ensuring your body is comfortable and mostly sweat free. Ventilation is taken care of thanks to exterior zips, plus there’s plenty of space for your essentials.
33. Eider Fernuy II pant
Lined with fleece and featuring adjustable, removable suspenders, these trousers will definitely ensure you’re clearly visible when you’re speeding down the piste. Waterproof protection is a given, as is the breathability – you don’t want those pins laced with sweat now do you.
34. North Face Furano
When it comes to finding the ultimate ski jacket, it’s all about looking for the best tech. You’ll want to keep warm, dry, but also comfy, and this jacket ticks all those boxes. The HyVent, three layered, coating is waterproof, but it also keeps the jacket light and breathable, while RECCO reflectors should make you a bit more visible in the event of an accident.
35. Norrona falketind Gore-Tex Pro Shell Jacket
Another super light jacket here, this time though it uses Gore-Tex tech and a three layer system, making is breathable. If it’s not quite breathable enough, there are vents on the side, to little a tad of mountain air in. This definitely isn’t the most insulated jacket on our list, so probably best for warmer days of skiing.
36. Killy Vulcain
For 50 quid shy of a grand, this jacket must offer some serious tech to make it worth it. Does it? Well it does pack a lot into that good looking shell. Weather protection is top notch, plus it does away with any unnecessary bulk, making it as light as possible. Movement is key to any snow sport, so the four way stretch system means you’ll be able stretch freely and with comfort. Still, it’s pretty pricey.
37. Bolle Ouray
Goggles are not for everyone, and certainly not for all times of the season. But it’s still great to have some eye protection, so your best bet is a sporty pair of shades. These offer Bolle’s bLenses, a dirt and water repelling coating and Thermogrip tech ensures they’re light, yet sturdy.
38. Scott LCG Goggle
Possibly one of the best looking pairs of goggles we’ve ever laid our eyes upon, the LCG utilises a nifty lens switching system, letting you easily change up your lens depending upon the ever changing nature of alpine skiing. They’re designed to work with helmets, a thin layer of fleece adds a touch of comfort and condensation is a thing of the past thanks to the No Fog lens treatment.
39. Montane Prism gloves
Keep your fingers warm with these light, yet comfy gloves. A brushed micro-fleece lining provides a soft inside, while the Pertex exterior should keep the wind and swirling snow at bay.
40. Terra Nova Inferno glove
These gloves have a 10oz PrimaLoft filling, which is apparently double the average filling for a Terra Nova glove – so your hand should be twice as toasty. The lining is Hipora, which is handy as that’ll make sure your hands stay dry, as well as warm.
41. Zeal Optics HD Camera goggles
Housed inside this fairly innocuous pair of goggles is a video camera capable of capturing your down hill exploits in full 1080p. The lens itself shoots at a 170 degree angle and you can keep an eye on your footage thanks to an in-built viewfinder which is housed right inside the eye section.
42. Jockey thermals
Even if you have the finest jacket going, you’ll still need a stellar pair of thermals to add a touch more insulation. This combo from Jockey is crafted from 100% Merino wool ensuring they are super comfy, but won’t fill up with sweat after the first slope.
43. Rab Xenon
While some items on this list focus on ensuring your skin can breathe, this Rab Xenon is purely aimed at keeping you warm on the slopes. Insulation is provided by PrimaLoft, while there’s a Lycra edged hood and it can all be stuffed into a neat little package. Handy for popping in your bag.
44. Uvex Apache 2
While they may not feature any snazzy video capture tools or geo-location tech, don’t get the impression these goggles don’t have a few tricks up there sleeves, because they do. Instead of having just a regular lens that sticks to the same colour, these beauties utilise a variotronic LCD that changes tint depending on the conditions. This, paired with the anti-fog coating, should keep you that bit safer on the slopes.
45. Thorlo ski socks S1TOU
So, we’ve covered your fingers, now it’s time to keep those toes warm. There’s nothing worse than getting some trapped water inside your ski boots, soaking through to your socks. These socks from Thorlo aim to keep your tootsies dry and warm, through Thor-Wick tech. Other techy treats include an expanded spandex ankle and reinforced knit for extra protection.
Price: $21 | Thorlo
46. Quiksilver Pro Chamonix Backpack
You might not want to think it, but there’s always a chance you could come face to face with an avalanche during one of your exploits, so it’s best to be safe and chuck on this Chamonix backpack. Inside the bag is an ABS system, which activates when a leaver is pulled and deploys two integrated airbags. Cocooning you in shell like contraption that seriously reminds of a certain gadget used by Mr. Bond himself in The World Is Not Enough.
Price: £130 | Quiksilver