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08 December 2016

The Ski Club's Kit & Equipment Reviews - Full List (UPDATED)

This winter we are bringing you more online kit and equipment reviews than ever before, with unique online reviews by our gear expert Alf Alderson to supplement those featured in Ski+board magazine.

By the end of the season, more than 100 pieces of kit will have put through Alf’s rigorous testing regime and all of these will be appearing on the Ski Club’s website.

A wide range of reviews are already up online, ranging from goggles to gloves and there are many more to come over the following days and weeks. Keep an eye on this page which will be updated on a weekly basis as the home of the Ski Club’s gear reviews!

Goggle Reviews

Goggles

Goggles are an essential piece of kit and increasingly are available with interchangeable lenses – ideal for when conditions change during the day. With this in mind, Alf has put 21 pairs of goggles from top brands through their paces, including:

Anon (M3), Bloc (Equaliser ER5), Bolle (Y6 OTG), Cebe (Feel’in), Dragon (NFX2 & X1S), Giro (Balance), Julbo (Airflux), Nike (Command & Mazot), Oakley (Airbrake & Windjacket), Panda (Funnel), POC (Lobes & Fovea), Salice (619 Flash), Salomon (XT-one), Scott (LCG), Sinner (Toxic), Smith (I/O7) and Uvex (Downhill 2000 VLM).

Helmets

As with goggles, a decent helmet is a vitally important piece of kit. Ventilation, lightweight construction and comfort are three of the key features Alf looks for - and make sure you check out the models with visors too. A total of 19 models were put through their paces by Alf this winter:

Anon (Helo 2.0), Bern (Rollins & Weston), Bolle (Backline Visor & Synergy), Cebe (Contest Visor), CP (Cuma), Giro (Union MIPS & Zone MIPS), Manbi (Park), Oakley (MOD 5), Picture (Creative), POC (Auric & Receptor Bug), Salice (Xtreme), Salomon (MTN LAB), Sinner (Gallix II & Crystal), Smith (Vantage).

Jackets & Mid-Layers

Lightweight materials are vital when it comes to modern jackets and in particular mid-layers. If you’re into ski touring or hiking for your lines then these are a must. Look out for more reviews during the season, but there are already reviews live from the likes of:

Bergans (Uranostind), Berghaus (Ramche 2.0), Black Diamond (Helio Shell), Haglofs (Spitz), Montane (Alpine Pro & Hi-Q), Odlo (Loftone), Sherpa (Lithang & Nangpala) and Snow Finel (Thermal Jumper).

General Kit & Equipment

Base Layers & Socks

A good base layer, on both your top and bottom half, and a great pair of socks help keep you warm on the coldest days and wick away sweat when things get somewhat warmer. Alf tests several base-layers and pairs of socks from the top brands:

Bergans (Soleie Merino Thermals), Falke (SK4 Sock), Hardvark (J-Plaid Merino Shirt), Helly Hansen (Dry Performance Crew) Icebreaker (Bodyfit Oasis Leggings & Descender Half Zip) and Odlo (Blackcomb Leggings).

Gloves

Another must-have for the winter, a warm, dry and comfy pair of gloves will drastically improve your day on the slopes. Look out for more glove reviews during the winter as Alf adds more to the following list:

Outdoor Research (Stormtracker) and POC (Superpalm, Wrist Glove Big & Park Mitten).

Other Equipment

From shoes to walking boots and backpacks, we aim to cover all bases when it comes to equipment that makes your ski trip just that little bit better:

Telic (Recovery Shoe), Teva (Arrowood Shoe) and Wolffepack (Summit Backpack).

Sunglasses

Not only are a good pair of sunglasses ideal for skiing on a sunny day, but they’re great during a long lunch in the sun outside a mountain restaurant – and as Alf suggests, the six pairs he tested for us during the summer can be used when the snow melts too:

Bolle (Highwood), Cebe (PROGUIDE), Dragon (MountaineerX), POC (Will), Scott (Ascend) and Sungod (Classics).

What's still to come

If this isn’t quite enough we’ll be featuring a wide range of reviews that include gloves, safety equipment, technology and even more ski clothing as the season really begins to heat up (or should we say cool down…).

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