It’s all very well researching the best mountain hardware, clothing and gadgets, but with cold extremities, life is never fun. What you wear over your hands, feet and body can make or break any good day in the mountains. Here are our five favourite snow accessories to keep you warm this winter.
Snowshepherd Leather Ski Guide Pro Mittens
Source Magazine met Mr Shepherd himself in a lift queue last winter. He’d spotted our Kinco leather gloves and told us his were better. Keen to see for ourselves, we’ve since tested both the pro mittens and the pro gloves and we’re impressed! They retail for a few quid less than their Kinco alternatives and in our experience the Snowshepherd sizing is more accurate – which is always good to know when you’re shopping online. They have reinforced palm, thumb and fingers, so they’ll definitely see out the whole season and there’s a Hipora membrane throughout to make them ultra-waterproof. Extra long cuffs are an added advantage and they’re 100% super-soft leather throughout.
RRP – £35.95
Mons Royal Pro Lite Tech Sock
You can invest hours of your life hunting down the most comfortable ski or snowboard boots in the land, but if you’re wearing the wrong socks, it’s time wasted. But beware. Once you’ve tried Mons Royal on your feet, you’ll never go back. The Pro Lite sock has minimal volume and provides just enough cushioning where you need it without any superfluous fabric to chafe your feet or legs. You (and your ski group) will be grateful for the anti-stink qualities of Merino at the end of a hard day on the mountain too.
RRP – €30
Patagonia Merino Daily T-Shirt
We love it when a piece of kit serves a dual purpose. This is clearly a t-shirt and you’ll be able to wear it as such, all year long. But its anti-wicking merino properties also make it a highly effective base layer, keeping you cool when it matters and warm when the sun goes in. Made using wool sourced from the grasslands of Patagonia, this tee ticks a very important eco box, too.
RRP – €60
McNair PlasmaDry ™ Moleskin Force Shirt
We’ve long-admired McNair’s rugged mountain shirt. It’s the perfect combination of natural fibres and high performance whilst bridging the gap between mountain and pub seamlessly. The original mountain shirt is made from merino wool and can easily replace the need for an outer layer, but the introduction of PlasmaDry ™ technology in this new McNair shirt boosts water resistance on moleskin and corduroy, whilst retaining the beautiful look and feel of the fabric. The Force Shirt has a smooth sueded finish and comes in a slim fit with three different colour-ways.
Counterfeit Clothing Trawler Hat
Whilst it’s true that you can never have too many hats, it’s also great to be able to replace an errant hat whilst in a ski resort. These 100% soft touch, ribbed knit hats are excellent value and come in a range of colours. Order online and they’ll drop them off to your accommodation in the valley for you.