Merry Christmas, skiers! Winter is here, and it looks like it's going to be a snowy one (well let's hope so, at least). The 25th is marching towards us like a Stormtrooper in a Santa hat and if you haven't done your shopping yet, you might want to start considering it on some level.
Now, there's two ways you can play this whole gift-buying thing. You can go round to all the people you're buying presents for and subtly question them on what they'd like for "crimbo." Or, if they're a skier who loves riding about on planks more than they love having toes at the end of their feet...you could just look at this list of awesome gift ideas instead.
1) The North Face - FuseForm Brigandine 3L
When it comes to producing top quality winter sports clothing, The North Face don't mess about. This jacket, which is part of the men's Steep Series, has "seamlessly engineered abrasion zones that reinforce high-wear areas...and an equipment-driven design to integrate seamlessly with backpacks."
We've got up close and personal with this jacket, and can confirm that it's the absolute business. If you want to really treat the special skier in your life this Christmas, get them this and they'll cry tears of joy in front of you.
2) WhiteDot Preacher Carbonlite Skis
The wonderfully name Preacher ski has won independent ski tests, Freeride World Tour podium places and professional athlete accolades.
The positive camber and increased torsional stiffness on these skis offers increased edge hold on hard, well-packed, snow. What exactly does that mean in layman's terms? Well, in a nutshell, it means decreased fatigue which in turn means you can ski for longer. WhiteDot are masters at producing all-mountain skis, and The Preacher is no exception.
Give someone these as a wrapped-up gift this year, and you'll be handing them the merriest Christmas imaginable. Something to think about.
3) Berghaus Furnace Hooded Hydrodown
This brilliant jacket from Berghaus offers something called body mapped insulation, ensuring you always have warmth where you need it most. The simple yet stylish design, combined with the advanced features it offers, makes this potential Christmas gift a sure-fire winner for skiers.
4) Ski+ Ultra Light Over the Calf Sock
Confession time. Here at Mpora, Christmas time is the only time of year we find ourselves in possession of new socks. We're not sure what's happened in the last few years but the thought of purchasing new socks has just sort of slipped off the radar like a sock-shaped stealth bomber.
It's not that we're lazy; it's just that we're extremely forgetful when it comes to the needs of our feet. So if you thought, for whatever reason, that buying socks for us this Christmas was boring, or that nobody really wants socks for Christmas...you should know that you couldn't be more wrong. Bring on the sock-y goodness...specifically these Icebreakers.
5) IceBreaker BodyFitZone Base Layer
£70 might seem like a lot to spend a thermal base layer but when the base layer is as well-made and as technologically advanced as this, the advantages of having something like this in your armoury becomes clear. If you buy this as a Christmas gift for someone, be safe in the knowledge that this person will never be cold again.
6) Butta Ski & Snowboard Wax
A block of Butta is the perfect present for that skier in your life who likes to maintain their own gear. You might feel weird about buying someone the winter sport equivalent of Anchor (butter), but trust us when we say that this simple gift will be gratefully received.
7) Black Crows Atris
Black Crows, not to be mixed up with Counting Crows. The Atris ski is ideal for skiers who want it all. It's a modern double-rockered number that can handle the deep-pow of Japan just as easily as it can handle hard-pack on the piste. This beautifully crafted work of art is the point where high-performance meets everyday. Super fun. Super awesome.
8) Nike Transitions
These goggles are so far ahead of the curve, we're fairly certain they've travelled back through time and space to be here. The Nike Transitions feature an adaptive lens which adjusts to changing sunlight and weather conditions, ensuring that your vision is optimised at all times. Top stuff.
£240 from Ellis Brigham
9) Atomic Backland Ski Boots
This Atomic ski boot is shaking up the touring scene like a troublemaker on a ferris wheel. The Backland Carbon offers incredible movement and comfort to the skier, and with frictionless pivots and a removable tongue you might actually be able to walk around like a normal person in these (bearing in mind that walking in ski boots has been scientifically proven, by drunk guys at a ski resort, to be the most difficult thing in the entire world).
10) Black Diamond Kajia Gloves
We (g)love these gloves. Full waterproof protection, maximum dexterity, and a durable construction; a pair of these would make for a cracking ski-related gift this Christmas.
11) Line Skis Magnum Opus
*dribble, dribble, dribble, touch the screen, cry at the beauty of it all, dribble, dribble, dribble...and repeat*
Line make sexy skis, and these are extremely sexy.
12) Ski Hip Flask Stainless Steel
Because alcohol and skiing is the ultimate double-act...
13) Black Diamond Compactor Ski Pole
A ski pole that you can fold-up? What madness is this?! It's a good madness, that's for sure; a madness we can get on board with.
14) Bollé Helmet Backline
Christmas, of course, is about having fun. However, that doesn't mean you can't buy your favourite skier the gift of head safety this year. This helmet from Bollé is great. It offers high levels of protection, style, and comfort.
15) Wed'ze Evostyle Men Ski Pants
For such a low price, these are a brilliant pair of ski trousers.