Top 5 Must-Have Ski Products this Season

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Top 5 Must Have Ski Products This Season

With the ski season just around the corner it’s time to start scoping out the hottest new gear for all of your trips to the slopes. But what new gear is out there? With thousands of new products available on the market we decided to collate this list of our top 5 favourite products that will be perfect for your trips to the mountains this winter.

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MySlim Protect Base Layer

If you’re looking for a high quality base layer to keep you warm this ski season, the MySlim Protect does that and a lot more. Consisting of multi zone knitted synthetic fabric, the MySlim provides warmth in crucial areas of the body through the use of thicker and thinner density yarn whilst cleverly integrating breathable jacquard zones in the main areas of the body that sweat. This provides a garment which regulates body temperature perfectly keeping you warm and dry no matter what the weather. The MySlim Protect also provides internal shock absorbing foam that helps prevent micro trauma in the muscles, should you happen to take a small fall during a breathtaking ski run down the mountain. The MySlim Protect provides warmth, breathability and protection for anyone pushing their limits out on the mountain, available in men’s and women’s models, why not style a set of tops and bottoms during your ski trips this season.

DreamScape Gloves

A good pair of gloves should always be on the agenda when heading to the mountains, having cold wet hands is never the nicest experience whilst stuck high in alpine territory; it makes sense then to invest in a top notch pair that will last you many ski seasons to come. New for this season and certainly one of our in house favourites is the super cosy Wed’ze Dreamscape, coming full of funky features and with masses of technicality. The glove comes complete with a mammoth 150 g/sqm of synthetic wadding, keeping your hands warm and snug even in the harshest of snow storms. Combine this with a technical Novadry waterproof membrane and you really do have a glove designed for the extremes. The 3D pre-formed fingers provide a secure fit and the brushed liner fitted within gives a silk like feel to your hands keeping them cosy whilst you tackle some classic ski runs. Aside from its vast amount of warmth, waterproofing and comfort, the Dreamscape also comes with a variety of other features that are useful whilst hitting the slopes. It has a handy goggle wipe located on the right thumb allowing you to have clear vision to take in the views for the whole day.  Also included within the Dreamscape, are snow cuffs that prevent snow entering the glove should you happen to take a fall or enter some deep powder. With reinforced palms, you can also be sure this glove will be a piece of gear that will never let you down. The Dreamscape glove is designed for the extreme skiing enthusiast, whether you’re hitting the pistes or floating through backcountry tree runs we’re sure it won’t let you down even if the weather turns sour. Available in Men’s and Women’s models it would be rude not to add this to your gear list this season.

Maxtrip Jacket

A good jacket is the signature piece of many peoples’ skiing attire and is something to be chosen wisely before your trip. The must have jacket this season is the Wed’ze Maxtrip, providing the user with a full 3 in 1 system, this jacket gives all of the features you’d expect from a high end ski jacket and a lot more. With a 15,000mm Novadry membrane you can be rest assured you’ll be dry even if a snowstorm happens to arrive on the horizon. Containing a snow skirt and adjustable cuffs, the Maxtrip will also keep out any snow whilst you’re skiing through pristine backcountry powder. The Maxtrip also contains a zipped in insulated jacket which can be worn on its own during an après ski session or as a part of the full system for when you are out on the slopes. This creates a multifunctional jacket that can cope with all of your ski trips needs. With zipped underarm vents, the Maxtrip allows you to vent the heat away if you get too hot during an intense mogul field which allows your body temperature to regulate effectively and therefore keeping you comfortable throughout the day. With mountains of features and technicalities, the Maxtrip is a serious piece of kit for any skier, available in men’s and women’s models and even designed with matching salopetes, this really is a must have for the season to come.

Max Land Photochromic Goggles

Goggles are crucial for anyone’s ski trip providing you with protection from harmful UV rays and giving you high visibility whilst speeding down the slopes. New for this season is the Wed’ze Max-Land Photochromic, this pair of goggles will not only protect your eyes and give you good vision, they will protect you from the cold too! Coming complete with an ergonomic detachable face mask, the goggles provide your lower face with protection from powder and wind chill keeping you comfortable and warm throughout the day. The wide spherical 3D lens gives you a huge panoramic field of view allowing you to see fellow skiers and also any bumps that may be on the pistes. Integrating a double lens construction with anti-fog treatment, the Max-Land also ensures you don’t have  steamy vision during the day. The technical photochromic lens within this pair of goggles will handily change tint as the weather changes on the slopes meaning that if you happen to hit a patch of overcast weather the lens will ensure you can still see the piste in full detail, instead of only partially as if you were wearing a set full tint lens. The Max-Land Photochromic is a high quality pair of goggles designed for the technical day skier, they are definitely a must have for anyone’s kit list this winter.

X-Lander 8.0 Skis

If you’re a skier that likes exploring the whole of the mountain, you’ll need a ski that can easily negotiate all of the different terrains you will encounter. This is the mission statement of the Wed’ze X-Lander 8.0 and is why this ski is high on our list of must-haves this season. Coming with a wood/metal core sandwich construction, the X-Lander provides stability and power whilst hitting sharp turns on the piste. Combine this with a diagonal sidewall and you have a precise ski with masses of grip allowing you to push your limits, no matter how hard the pistes are. The 2 titanium reinforcements sandwiched in the core increase the propulsion and traction of the ski on piste and distribute forces off piste giving the ski greater buoyancy in deep powder. Rubber pulse pads placed in the core absorb vibrations and prevent tip chatter when skiing at high speeds down the mountain, which provides a comfortable, precise and smooth ride allowing you to enjoy each moment of the day. The high density base of the ski is also stone ground for a perfect glide on or off the piste. The Wed’ze X-Lander is an all terrain ski for an expert skier. If you want a ski that can ski any terrain, make sure you grab a pair for one of your trips this season.

For more information and expert advice why not head over to www.decathlon.co.uk to discover our full winter skiing product ranges and to find many other products that will help you pursue your passions.

(Notes on the author – Joe Broadhead is an avid climber, hiker, skier and snowboarder from our Sheffield Decathlon branch. He currently serves as our UK mountain sports expert product trainer and ensures that each of our mountain sports teams are fully trained to advise our customers professionally with sound expert knowledge. Are you interested in a job that lets you pursue your passion? Why not scoot over to our careers site and discover the many positions available – http://www.decathlon-jobs.co.uk/ )

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