3 Essential Ski Accessories
By Ren Orin
, last updated December 24, 2011
The top three accessories for skiing are your helmet, your goggles and your gloves. You’ve got to be fully equipped if you’re planning to hit the slopes. Even if you’ve picked out the perfect pair of skis, you’re only half of the way to being completely decked out. You still have to round out your ensemble with the perfect accessories. Read on for information on how to select the perfect pair of each.
Your ski helmet, goggles and gloves will not only round out your skiing ensemble; they’re also key players in your safety. When you’re preparing to go skiing, it’s important to keep your safety in mind. The proper helmet, goggles and gloves will definitely make your skiing experience fun. They’ll also ensure that your body is protected as you hurtle down the slopes.
Make sure you have a properly fitting helmet to wear when you go skiing. You might feel a little dorky with a helmet on at first, but fashion is no excuse not to wear one. Besides, the helmets available for skiers these days are incredibly trendy and fun to wear. Simple black helmets are always in style. You can also add a dash of color to an otherwise plain ski ensemble by choosing a bright helmet. Whatever color helmet you choose, make sure it fits you well. Your helmet should feel secure on your head; you shouldn’t be able to push it backward in a way that exposes your forehead. When it’s on, your helmet should feel light and secured. If your chin is feeling pinched, your strap is too tight.
Once you’ve picked out the perfect helmet, make sure you have the perfect pair of goggles to go with it. As you speed down a mountain, a proper pair of goggles will protect your eyes from glare and ultra violet rays, as well as from the wind, bits of debris and fast moving particles of snow and ice. Goggles can range from under $50 to more than $100 depending on the features included in the goggles. The most basic goggles will have flat lenses, which curve horizontally across your face, but are flat vertically. Higher-end goggles are spherical in shape, which means they provide better peripheral visibility and less distortion. Higher end lenses might also be mirrored, photo chromatic or polarized. The most important feature of your goggles, however, is that they fit you properly. When you’re wearing well-fitting goggles, you won’t feel pinched, but there will be a seal around your eyes that doesn’t let in any air. Make sure to try your goggles on with your helmet to make sure they’re compatible.
Finally, make sure you have the proper ski gloves to round out your outfit. Ski gloves will protect the skin of your hands from the wind and the cold, while still allowing mobility. The best way to pick out ski gloves that work for you is to try on multiple pairs. Make sure your ski gloves are well insulated and water proof.