Winter is here!
Gear & Gadgets
The latest Vollebak fashion release utilises Dyneema, the world’s strongest fibre, making it the outerwear equivalent of a Sherman tank wrapped in a missile proof duvet. Up to 15x stronger than steel – we’ve seen Stanley knives bounce off this thing – Dyneema was initially used in body and anti-ballistic vehicle armour. This quilted jacket is designed to keep you toasty to -40 °C. conditions.
Would you like to be able to see clearly on the slopes when the light goes flat? Thanks to the now legendary Prizm Lens technology, used in these Oakley’s, you can. The lenses suck in light, enhance contrast and basically make you see better in all conditions. Combined with the old-school side shields and full-bridge, your eyes remain protected from snow, wind and glare.
Heat Bank 6
Zippo (yes, the guys from the famous lighter) has reinvented the battery pack for the winter, giving you the chance to charge your tech via USB or, if your digits are feeling the chill, switch modes and use the battery charger as a hand warmer (50°C max).
H1 Pro Seamless
Insulate to the max
With the bottoms weighing just 138g (top 207g) these base layers have no right being as good as they are, but the combination of seamless construction, thermal mapping and a mix of merino wool and Helly Hansen’s own Lifa fabric tech you’ve got the ultimate in performance without the bulk.
Replace your mountain boots
These babes grip well on ice, and thanks to the Gore-tex membrane remains impervious to the wet. As comfortable as a trainer, they hug your foot while the big and bouncy Boost sole with Torsion bar helps push you up the mountains. Oh, and unlike a traditional walking boot, they crush down small for easy packing.
Cirque 22 Vest
All-round spacy backpack
The ultimate backpack, although Black Diamond calls it a vest, for the slopes and beyond. Not sure why they call it a vest, it packs more utility than you might believe: it can carry skis, climbing skins (in a separate compartment), a helmet, avalanche safety tools and more.