Winter Gear Guide 2014/15
Here at Protectivity we love the winter season. It means skiing, snowboarding, Nordic walking, ice hockey…and lots more where snow, ice, and a decent jacket are involved. Aware of the importance of kit, we’ve spent some time trawling through pairs of skis and more in order to compile a gear guide for you this winter. We now offer up to £5,600 of equipment cover on our travel insurance so you can invest in excellent kit worry-free knowing that it will be protected under our policy on your trips.
Our Choice of Ski
Black Crows Atris £580 169-189cm/108mm/18m
Given that Fall-Line ski magazine awarded Black Crows Ski Brand of the Year, we knew that the Atris would be good. Classed as an ‘expert ski’ we reckon you need to be competent to really enjoy the Atris. With a rocker at both ends, thinned to reduce weight, the manoeuvrability of this ski is unparalleled. The poplar core make for a light ski but the potent camber underfoot provides all the power enabling you to enjoy both speed and responsiveness. The sensitivity of this ski is perfect when it comes to trees but it also excels in powder; with a 138mm tip, 128mm tail and 108 underfoot, it has enough lift glide through deep powder and is relatively lightweight.
Our Choice of Snowboard
Lib Tech Travis Rice £350 150-164.5cm/True twin/C2 BTX
This pro model is consistently one of their best-selling boards, year after year. This season’s model is more powerful than ever and we reckon it will continue that trend! The powerful C2 Banana contours make for an effortless ride and this model slides in and out of any situation, excelling in all conditions. It’s solid tip and tail pressure combine power with precision and stability…we can see why it won the ‘Platinum Pick’ award at Snowboard Magazine and the ‘Best of Test’ at Snowboarder Magazine.
Our Choice of Boot
Atomic Hawx 2.0 £250
The go-to boot for a while now, the story is no different with the Hawx this season. Forget unhappy toes thanks to the flexible forefoot, and though not considered for performance, the Hawks are versatile enough for the more serious among you to consider. Overall, this great all-mountain boot has adjustable forward-lean, grip pads underfoot for hiking and a fully customised outer shell. We want a boot that will make us love skiing even more and this is it. And it can be fitted in less than 15 minutes….
Our Choice of Clothing
It’s expensive, yes. Jackets come in around $600USD, sallopettes around $300USD but if you choose to invest, we can guarantee you won’t look back. Visit any ski resort in Canada and the pistes are a sea of Arc’teryx jackets. The quality in their design goes beyond style – their clothing is intended for a specific task and they perform that task very well, with minimal weight and bulk. Integrated clever features may be missed at a first glance and often show up on other manufacturers’ products. If you’re an Arc’teryx wearer, you can know they originated on your jacket first! The materials are chosen for performance – weight, durability, insulation, breathability, waterproofing – not cost, and so if you’re serious about your winter kit, you won’t need to look further than this Canadian brand.
Our Choices of Accessory
North Face Base Camp Duffel Bag £25-£120, Volumes: XS: 25 litres; S: 42 litres; M: 72 litres; L: 90 litres; XL: 155 litres
Available in a variety of sizes and eye-catching colours, this bag has become an essential for explorers, savvy travellers and skiers alike. It’s alpine cut shoulder straps means it doubles up as a rucksack and there are plenty of other desirable features; locking zips, rugged construction with extra bartacks and double stitching, compression straps, and a virtually indestructible outer fabric.
K2 Route Helmet £110
Once avoided because they would ruin your hair and make you look like a spaceman, helmets are evolving with technology to become both an essential (and cool!) accessory. These days you will stand out on the pistes if you choose to not wear one, so what better to invest in than this impressive K2 helmet. At 320g it’s the lightest alpine certified helmet out there with an improved shape and profile, venting holes and a washable liner. Ticks all the boxes.
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