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How to Choose Ski Accessories for Ski Season

Ski accessories are just as important as your ski clothing and gear. Even the smallest of items should be considered, from hand warmers to ski ties and snowboard bags. They make sure that you’re fully equipped for whatever comes your way and make the world of difference when you’re out fighting against Mother Nature on the slopes. We hold a range of ski essentials including ski helmets, ski goggles, ski socks, equipment bags and ski hats. If you’re new to skiing and are unsure of what to take with you on your next ski trip, we will go through everything you need and more to make sure that you have an unforgettable experience with your family.

When it comes to evaluating a potential ski accessory purchase, remember that if you have to wear it, it’s best to focus on the fit being perfect, rather than the way it looks. Style is important, of course, and you’ll want to look your best on the slopes – but we can guarantee that you won’t be looking your best if you’re not feeling your best.

1. Ski Helmet

Health and safety should always come first. When skiing or snowboarding, protecting your head is imperative as the risk of injury is significantly higher than other sports and the need to guard it cannot be emphasised enough. If you fall and accidently knock your head on rocks or tree stumps the helmet takes the shock and reduces shake reduction to a minimum. You could also accidently collide with other skiers which again could cause head injuries. When you’re looking for your perfect ski helmet, you should try it on for size and fit. When worn it should fit snug and shouldn’t move when your head is shaken.

Trespass Top Tip – try a beanie or balaclava underneath your helmet to know how it’ll fit on the day.

Our ski helmets feature shock absorbing shells that meet European safety standards to ensure top-of-the-range performance and protection. They also have adjustable durable straps that help with flexible alteration to help you find the perfect fit on the go. A quick-release buckle fastening has also been added for emergency purposes and removable ear pads for multi-climate versatility.

2. Ski Goggles

Your eyes will need to withstand extreme weather conditions including snow and ice as well as strong winds and sun glare. You will need to be prepared for the unexpected and be on the lookout for any foreseeable dangers in your surroundings. Our ski goggles are UV protected in a variety of different styles and colourways including various lens tint colours.

A kind reminder that when you’re skiing, even when it’s cloudy, that UV rays are bouncing off of the snow and into your eyes as well as onto your skin.

Lens tints are different colours for a reason, some may be aesthetically pleasing for fashion purposes only but some actually improve your overall performance depending on the time of day and weather conditions. Lighter lenses have a higher visible light transmission (VLT) because more light passes through the lens whereas darker tints have a lower VLT because less light passes through the lens. Completely clear lenses are great for late night skiing as it offers more visibility in low light conditions.

Light lens tints – suitable for dark weather conditions

Dark lens tints – suitable for light weather conditions

Trespass Top Tip – when you’re trying on your goggles and helmet together, there shouldn’t be a gap between them. They should sit flush to keep your forehead protected. We would also recommend a pair of goggles that have extra padding at the front, which helps to cut the cold out too.

3. Ski Hats

Hats in general are an important necessity in winter as they keep your head warm and prevent hypothermia and frostbite. “A hat is designed to keep a cap on your body heat, literally” states Emergency Prep Guy. Although, did you know that the statement ‘you lose the most body heat from your head‘, is in fact false. We don’t actually lose most of our body heat through our heads. The fact is that “the head only represents about 10% of the body’s total surface area. So if the head were to lose even 75% of the body’s heat, it would have to lose about 40 times as much heat per square inch as every other part of your body” states WebMD.

With that being said, having an extra layer of warmth and protection underneath your helmet could be the difference in you staying out all day without feeling the cold. Ski helmets should be insulated with lining or fleece lining to help keep your head warm but if you feel as if you’re still cold, we would add a ski hat under your helmet for added comfort.

Trespass Top Tip – we would make sure that your helmet fits properly with the added layer before you tackle the long runs.

Beanies

Beanies are the most common style of hat for winter. For skiing, we would encourage one that has a snug but comfortable fit. We would avoid slouch beanies that will slip or move around your head a lot during the day.

Balaclavas

Balaclavas are great if you’re looking for added warmth. They cover every part of your face and are crafted with a stretchy knitted polyester which stays comfortable and dry throughout the day without any slippage. Balaclavas may be the best option for you as they’re lightweight and thin meaning that they will be a perfect pairing with your helmet’s padded insulation.

Our balaclavas have full face coverage to enhance heat retention with a cut-out eye hole for visibility purposes. They are 140g in weight and have been designed streamlined in order to prevent it from hindering your performance. They also have quick drying technology to ensure you’re fresh and dry meaning you can stay out for longer.

4. Ski Socks

Ski socks are definitely a great investment. You may think you won’t sweat while skiing as it’s a winter sport but this isn’t the case. While many people may sweat on the hill while exercising, others only find themselves sweating when they go inside for a bite to eat or at après ski. We would recommend staying away from cotton socks as cotton absorbs moisture and sweat – you don’t want that! Wet feet lead to cold feet which may lead to serious health risks including hypothermia or frost bite. You should source a material which is quick wicking and quick drying to keep your feet comfortable and dry at all times. Keeping your feet comfortable is often what makes or breaks a day powering through powder.

With years of design development, our ski socks feature quick wicking and drying technologies as well as breathability and moisture management properties with cushioning for enhanced support.

Trespass Top Tip – the fit of your socks and ski boots together are crucial and we would recommend when buying socks that you take your boots with you or vice versa to find the perfect fit.

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