T3 reader Jason Stewart wrecked his board last year and wants something fun for carving up the slopes. He’s got the boots and thermals, but wants to update his outfit with cool, high-tech outerwear. Here are our choices…
Arc’teryx Quintic 27 Backpack
The Quintic 27 is designed for day-long backcountry, ski and snowboarding trips. Made from high-tenacity nylon, it’s suitably rugged. A teardrop design keeps you well balanced regardless of pack weight. As well as goggle- and hydration-compatible pockets, large side zips enable easy access to sizeable ‘Wingman’ pockets without you having to take the pack off. External padding protects your kit when you eat snow.
Yes 20/20 snowboard
The new, game-changing Yes 20/20 board is designed for bombing through the deep white stuff, catching air as you go. The standard swallow-tail design has been totally rethought, with a pronounced, deep concave added on both ends, meaning the 20/20 always wants to be nose-up and tail-down – making it a genuine twin-power board. Riding it feels light and joyful.
Nike Command Goggles
Offering complete UV protection, Nike’s ace new Command Goggles are designed with Transitions Lenses. As well as sporting anti-fog treatment and frameless technology, the lenses have a self-adjusting tint, which means they automatically darken in sunlight and fade back on darker days. The six-base injected-polycarbonate spherical lens enables a wide field of view, too.
Arc’teryx Lithic Gloves
Made from N333p-X 3L hydrophobic Gore-Tex with fully taped seams, these frigid-digit combatants are designed for skiing and boarding. Well insulated with PrimaLoft thermal insulation, they’re rugged and durable, with top-of-the-range grip and dexterity (a big ask with this much insulation). So you’ll be able to flick the Vs at your mates at -10ËC.
Arc’teryx Fissile Jacket
This may cost close to £700, but it’ll make you feel like a million dollars. Breathable N70p 3L Gore-Tex, plus tricot technology, keeps the wet stuff and the wind out. Inside, 750-fill power goose down and panels of Coreloft synthetic insulation (in areas where moisture may occur) keep you warm, using Down Composite Mapping to improve efficiency. The insulated helmet-compatible hood offers protection and warmth without hindering visibility.
Burton Cargo Pants
Made from tough, two-layer twill, with breathable mesh linings made from 100 per cent polyester, this leg armour offers surefire waterproof and breathable protection that looks as good as it feels. The ‘sig fit’ means the trousers should be neither too baggy nor too tight. Bellowed cargo pockets are big enough to stick all sorts in.