The five best winter sports accessories
After putting in plenty of hours on the slopes, skiing and snowboarding becomes less about mastering general technique and more about pushing your abilities and getting maximum enjoyment out of your time on the piste.
If you’re anything like us though, a week in the mountains always flies by way too quickly and you certainly don’t need things like cold hands or foggy goggles getting in the way of your precious slope-time.
With this in mind the Flexicover team has come up with some smart gadgets and accessories that will not only help you in your quest to make the most of your winter sports break, but may also bring the added bonus of making you the envy of your ski and snowboard buddies.
Regular skiers will know that fingers and toes catch the cold first. For maximum comfort on the slopes, try a pair of Volt’s Rechargeable Heated Ski Gloves, costing around £100, which will keep hands warm for hours. If staying connected is more your concern, there’s BearTek’s Bluetooth Snow Gloves, also costing around £100. These link to GoPros and smartphones and a mere tap between finger and thumb can skip music tracks or answer a call. There’s also a three-second lock mechanism, meaning you won’t press something accidentally.
In this Instagram age, sometimes it can feel like our holidays didn’t happen unless we have the evidence to prove it. Happily, it’s now easier than ever to capture our memories via GoPro. In 2015, the company launched its GoPro Hero Session, its lightest and smallest camera yet, which is designed to suit the most difficult of terrains and be more affordable, retailing at around the £160 mark. While GoPros do come with helmet-mount accessories, GIRO offer a range of helmets designed with GoPro in mind for around £135, meaning it’s easier than ever to watch action replays of your holiday at home.
This winter season will be the second for Abom's Anti-Fog Goggles. Unlike other goggles which rely on an internal fan to combat fog, often causing the wearer to hear an annoying whine in their ears, these have applied the principles from the defroster technology used in car rear-windows. An invisible (and silent) heat-conductive film, placed between a two-part lens, keeps them from fogging up in cold weather. Available in four colours for $250 (£220) the battery life is around seven hours, and there’s also a quick 10-minute anti-fog blast for extra efficiency.
One of the best aspects of getting out on the slopes is hearing nothing but the wind and the swish of skis over fresh snow. But sometimes you might just hanker after a different soundtrack. If that’s the case then there’s a range of headphones designed specifically with skiers in mind. POC Fornix’s Communication helmets (£220) come with integrated Beats by Dr. Dre headphones. Or for a removable pair, try Outdoor Technology’s wireless Bluetooth headphones (£100) which are connected by a thin wire that snakes underneath your helmet, and comes with ten hours of battery life.
With all this technology on your person, the new inconvenience is finding your equipment dies halfway up a mountain. My Charge All Terrain provides a solution. Their military-grade, external battery charger is described as ‘water-proof, temperature-proof, dirt-proof and shock-proof’ - so covers all the bases. Compatible with smartphones and USB devices, its compact size means it can be easily packed into a light backpack. My Charge sell various types of these products, so get online and see which one is best suited for you, it’s a small investment for a fully-charged future.
Whether you’re heading to the slopes or to warmer climes this winter, it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away. |
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