Top Five - Snow Wear

It was -14ºC in Scotland yesterday morning. Minus fourteen degrees centigrade. That’s colder than Moscow or Svalbard. With that in mind, it’s high time we start taking our winter wear more seriously, and with ski season well and truly upon us, it’s more prevelant than ever.

The last few years have seen manufacturers move from heavy all-in-ones to neatly cut, two piece suits, designed to make your old winter gear look like fancy dress. Now that slick visual design has become the norm, brands are doing their best to introduce the next big technologies to functional fashion, so here’s how to dress for winter. Properly

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1 Columbia have introduced a list of patent technologies over the years but their latest makes big claims. This year it’s the turn of ‘Omni-Heat’ Technology, which is designed to keep you 20 percent warmer than any other jacket of the same weight. It’s made from the same type of thermal reflective technology used in space suits and doesn’t look dissimilar. At just £100 the “Shimmer Me Timbers” jacket (above) is the one to go for this winter.
£100 www.columbia.com

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2 Probably one saved exclusively for the slopes, Anon Optics have long been known for pushing the boundaries in goggle technology. The Hawkeye couples a refreshingly low profile frame with a spherical lens to enhance panoramic vision when you’re bombing down a black run.
$99.95 www.anonoptics.com

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3 At £200 you’d expect this pair of gloves to allow you to climb walls. Though Arc’teryx aren’t quite there yet, they’re Alpha Project gloves offer simple three-way support, allowing your fingers plenty of freedom while maintaining rigidity. Equipped with technologies designed above all to keep your fingers warm, a pair of these might just be worth the price.
£200 www.arcteryx.com

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4 The Narvik pant by Norrona features something simple and brilliant - forward facing zipped pockets (a benefit you’ll understand if you’re into winter sports). Pretty good looking, the slim cut pants from Scandinavia are ideal for the slopes this winter.
www.norrona.com

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5 We’re considering wearing these under our jeans. Haglofs’ “Actives” long johns stretch to a lovely fit and even feature off-seam stitching to reduce chafe. Good stuff.

www.haglofs.com