Shooting down a mountain is all about being lost in the moment, away from the meetings, the city, the phone: just being. Then Instagramming the hell out it because it’s a long way to go to have everything lost in the passage of time.
You want a companion to “catch” you in a dramatic turn, you want the people back home, slumped in front of their desks, to know you are someone who doesn’t wait for adventure, you book adventure months in advance. Of course, for all this to really land max likes, you’re going to need gear; new, shiny and often brightly coloured. Clearly, like all serious athletes, you are focussed on technical performance above all, however, *coughs* you may as well buy something that looks awesome in the sun against white powder. We asked two retailers to recommend the hottest items they have for this season.
The next-to-the-snowboard thumbs-up shot will never look as good again.
The North Face Purist Futurelight Jacket, £490
A technical shell for deep-powder skiing & snowboarding, with Futurelight membrane, made with a unique laminating process, taking lightweight waterproof breathability to a new level.
Sweet Protection Interstellar BLI Goggle, £229.95
What makes these goggles special is the revolutionary ExcenterLock lens interchange system, which allows you to quickly swap without touching the lens. They feature Sweet Protection’s proprietary lens-technology ‘RIG’ meaning these goggles will ensure enhanced contrast in low light conditions.
Tested under extreme conditions, their winter ’19 collection delivers and then some. The MOD1 is a brand-new, super lightweight, in-mould, low-profile helmet that fits perfectly with your goggles.
Burton Family Tree Mystery Landlord Camber Snowboard, £1,200
This snowboard is literally the best of the best; super light and super-fast, hand-built using secret materials. The Landlord is the flag bearer for the precise stomp and surfy float.8
Helly Hansen Men’s Powjumper Snowsport Jacket, £150
Great lightweight waterproof insulation piece. Most people believe the heavier and warmer the better for your outer layer. However, it’s actually about layering. This jacket comes with Recco location technology in case of an avalanche.
Fully waterproof and insulated, the 4-way stretch jacket will provide comfort and protection. The detachable hood and snow skirt mean you can always use this back home.
Affordable, with adjustable venting and size, also compatible with audio system for long lift rides.
Helly Hansen Men’s Velocity Insulated Pant, £87
Primaloft stretch salopettes means you will be dry, and they come with mechanical venting so you can cool down quickly. Articulated knees and boot gaiters with silicone for a great fit over your boots.