The right primary gear and clothing will get you most of the way toward a great winter, but you’ll need a few accessories to finish the job.
New for this season, the Dragon APX has got to be the most seamless rimless design that I’ve seen. Look at those puppies head on, and they appear like a lens strapped to your face. Frameless goggles are more than just a unique look– they’re great at funneling out the fog. I’ve been using Smith I/O goggles for about two seasons, and they are excellent at leaving the fog in the sky. On a deep powder day, they occasionally let in some face-shot snow, but overall, they’re the best pair of goggles I’ve used. I assume the Dragons should offer equal fog protection with an even more stylish look.
We’ll leave the debate on the merits of ski helmets to the forums. Suffice it to say that a significant faction of skiers and riders are finding solace in the protection of a helmet. It’s hard to beat the Giro Bad Lieutenant in in price and style. The Bad Lieu’ is a combat-style helmet that sells for a solid 60 bucks. You won’t find much in the way of features or ventilation, but you’ll protect your head, look good and save big money for apres beers–what features beat that?
Point-of-view footage has gotten to be all the rage over the past few seasons. Be sure you’re ready to spread the stoke this winter by getting your own action cam. There are a number of models on the market, but it’s hard to beat the size, shape and feature package of the under $300 Contour GPS. Not only does this cam deliver 1080p filming, it tracks your speed, location and vertical via GPS, letting you know how you did. When you get home, you can view a Google Maps vertical profile alongside your video footage. The GoPro and GoPro2 are other awesome POV cameras to consider. The Contour is a bit easier on the eyes, but some like the GoPro more so both are great options.
Many helmets and hats are equipped with headphones these days, but if you want to go light and cool, consider the new Midland Subzero Headband. The Subzero muffs engulf your ears in sound and warmth, and the controls on the outside make it easy to skip a track or take a phone call. New to market this fall, the Subzero retails for around $40.
Nothing puts the literal damper on a mountain morning like soggy, smelly boots and gloves. But if you’re an avid ski bum or tripper, you’ll likely follow up a late-evening ride with a first-chair day more than once this season. To prevent carrying yesterday’s slop around with you, get the DryGuy Wide Body Dryer. Even when I forget to dry my gloves out at night, it only takes about 30 or 40 minutes, so I get it done while sipping my morning coffee. My hands and feet are dry and toasty all the way until I dig into that first deep stash. With four chambers, you can dry both boots and both gloves at once.
The Wide-Body is too big for travel, but DryGuy does make smaller travel models.Best Accessories For Skiing and Snowboarding 2012,