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Snow+Rock's Top Ski and Snowboard Gear for 2023

10 January 2023

To help you get the most from your gear this ski season, we’ve teamed up with our partners and the experts from Snow+Rock to discover their best value picks. From quality brands you know you can trust and gear that will perform season after season, they’ve got everything you need to make the most of your time on the slopes.


Men’s Gear

Jacket – The North Face Chakal Jacket
The Chakal from The North Face will quickly become your go-to all-mountain jacket. With lightweight Primaloft® Black insulation and The North Face’s seam-sealed DryVent™ fabric technology, it’s wind and waterproof yet breathable, perfect for changeable mountain conditions. Plus, you get all the little extras you’d expect from a quality ski jacket, including zippered underarm vents, an internal phone pocket with headphone compatibility and a fully adjustable zip-off ski helmet-compatible hood – what’s not to love?

Pants – The North Face Chakal Ski Pant
Keeping you warm and dry whatever the mountains throw your way, The North Face’s Chakal ski pant features Heatseeker™ Eco insulation and breathable seam-sealed DryVent™ 2L fabric. With a stylish fit and engineered stretch, they look and feel great, so you have the confidence to push your boundaries on the slopes.  

Skis - Rossignol    SET Experience 82 Basalt
Carve the resort your way in these lightweight, predictable skis and user-friendly NX 12 Knet binding system. At 82mm underfoot, they blur the lines between frontside and all-mountain, giving you the confidence to take on varied conditions. With a lightweight Paulownia core and Basalt laminates, they’re more stable, more responsive and offer greater vibration damping when hitting the white stuff. Plus, Rossignol’s All Trail Profile shape and Drive Tip Solution construction gives you better edge control, grip, and reduced chatter as you power through turns.

Ski Boots – Atomic Hawx Prime 100 GW
A great value all-rounder ski boot built with comfort in mind, the Hawk Prime 100 GW features Atomic’s revolutionary Prolite construction for reinforcement without unnecessary weight. Plus, thanks to a 100mm last and pre-shaped 3D Gold liner, these boots hug your feet, providing stability and support from the first wear. And, with the option of thermoforming Memory Fit customisation of the shell, cuff and liner, you can get a fully tailored fit.

Snowboard – Nidecker Merc
With a playful feel, Nidecker’s Merc board inspires you to take your riding to the next level, whatever the terrain. A standard Camrock profile with a classic camber beneath your feet and an extended rocker to the tip and tail, it provides great edge control with smooth turn initiation and useful float in powder. Teamed with a mellow flex pattern and Pop Carbon inlays at each end, you generate a ton of ollie power without needing superhuman strength. We challenge you to find a better value quiver killer.

Snowboard Bindings – Union Flite Pro Snowboard Bindings
Having undergone a total revamp, the Union Flite Pro bindings are made for powering your ride. The all-new Stage 8 Duraflex baseplate is combined with a Falcor-inspired highback to deliver Union’s lightest yet binding series. Compatible with all existing mounting patterns right out of the box, not only are they incredibly easy to use, but they're great value for money to boot.

Snowboard Boots – Vans Invado OG Snowboard Boots
An easy choice for riders looking for style, performance and value, Vans have merged traditional lacing with the power of a Boa closure at the instep and Custom Slide Guide technology for targeted and customisable heel hold in any terrain. In addition, they benefit from an UltraCush liner, POPCUSH footbed and Waffle Lug outsole for dynamic support and an unfiltered board feel so you can max out in the mountains.

Snowsports Goggles – Dirty Dog Mutant 2.0 Goggles
Featuring an easy magnetic lens change system and two interchangeable colour lenses, you can confidently tear up the mountains in these goggles. The frames are made from Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for strength and durability, while anti-UV colour eliminates fading, and Custom Venting Air Flow Technology (CVAFT) provides protection from lens fog, so nothing holds you back.

Helmet – Oakley Mod1 Pro MIPS®
Oakley’s Mod1 Pro MIPS® helmet offers better protection than ever before. With enhanced Dur-Matter construction, you get increased all-around durability yet a familiar low-profile design. With sleek, skater style, you can look good and feel good knowing you’ve got the protection you need whether carving the piste or breaking into backcountry. Plus, with multiple sizes and fits available, you’re sure to find the right choice for your epic adventures.

Ski Gloves –Level Hero Ski Gloves
For all-day comfort keeping your hands warm and dry is a must, which is why finding the right pair of gloves is essential. With Primaloft® padding for warmth and a fully-waterproof and breathable membrane, these gloves won’t let you down on the slopes.

Base Layers – Odlo Performance Light Long Sleeve Base Layer & Performance Light Base Layer Pants
When tackling deep winter powder, you need performance layers that can adapt and handle it all. That’s where Odlo’s Performance Light base layers come into their own. Engineered with seamless ventilation zones, they help maximise moisture management, rapidly transporting moisture from hotspots to keep you cool, no matter how hard you’re pushing. Plus, with incredible stretch you get enhanced freedom of movement wherever the slopes take you.

Women’s Gear

Jacket – Picture Women’s Fresya Jacket
Style and substance, Picture’s Fresya Jacket features a Dryplay membrane for all-terrain waterproof-breathability, so you’re free to take on the mountains. Eco-engineered with a recycled and bio-sourced polyester shell and Teflon EcoElite™ PFC-free durable water-repellent finish, it offers protection you can feel good about. All this is finished with Picture’s signature style and fit that allows you to go hard all day, every day.

Jacket – Picture Exa Pants
Push your limits and look great doing so in Picture’s Exa Pants. Styled to follow your every move, they deliver protection where you need it most. A Dryplay membrane, Thermal STD insulation, and a Teflon EcoElite™ PFC-Free durable water-repellent treatment protect you from the elements. But, you also get fully-taped seams to keep moisture out as well as vents in the thighs to enable you to let off steam when the going gets tough.

Skis – Salomon Set S/Max No8
The ultimate choice for women looking to get the most out of every day on the slopes, Salomon’s S/MAX N°8 Skis offer confidence through every turn. With stability, good ski-to-snow contact and Edge Amplifier technology, you get precision with less effort.

Ski Boots – Lange RX 80 W Low Volume GW
Performance will take you so far, but for a full day of fun on the slopes, comfort is a priority too. That’s where Lange’s RX 80 W Low Volume ski boots come into their own. Combining Lange’s innovative Dual Core shell technology with a women-specific fit, you get tailored performance with unparalleled rebound and flex control for total confidence powering through your lines. 

Snowboard – Nidecker Ora
A versatile women’s board with all the tech you need to take it to the next level. Featuring a full wood core and playful mid-soft flex, it’s perfect for mastering turns or popping your first tricks in the park. Plus, with a standard Camrock profile, you get camber between your feet for a spring-loaded response, with an extended rocker towards the nose and tail for better float in deep snow. 

Snowboard Bindings – Burton Scribe Re:Flex Bindings
A multi-talented package for all-terrain fun, these bindings remain soft, flexible and responsive no matter what your riding style. Hitting the sweet spot between power and playfulness, a canted Living Hinge hi-back dials in response while the Reactstrap and cushioned baseplate ensure smooth and surefooted performance all day, every day. 

Snowboard Boots – Burton Mint
More women choose the Burton Mint than any other snowboard boot, and for good reason! Whether you’re riding a few times a week or a few times a year, these boots keep you warm and comfortable whilst inspiring confidence. Burton’s exclusive Total Comfort gives you a fit that feels good from first wear, while the Sleeping Bag reflective foil ups the comfort and defies the cold by capturing and radiating your own body heat back to you.

Gloves – Level Women’s Hero Gloves
The best days in the mountains begin and end with warm, dry hands, so getting the right pair of gloves is essential. With a classic look, great fit and incredible value, Level’s women’s Hero gloves feature Primaloft® padding for warmth and a fully-waterproof and breathable membrane to protect moisture from getting into your gloves or sweat building up inside.

Goggles – Dirty Dog Mutant 0.5 Goggles
Creators of performance sports eyewear, Dirty Dog, are leading the way when it comes to delivering crystal clear vision on the slopes. Their Mutant 0.5 goggles are made from strong and durable Thermoplastic polyurethane and feature soft open cell technical to provide additional comfort when keeping pace with your adventures. Their innovative Custom Venting Air Flow Technology system helps keep your field of vision clear, while their magnetic lens change system allows you to adapt quickly to changing conditions. 

Helmet – Giro Avera MIPS® Helmet
Taking your safety seriously, the Giro Avera MIPS® helmet is designed to provide the protection you need when tearing it up. With a lightweight in-mould construction, it offers protection without weighing you down. The Thermostat Control™ Adjustable Venting combined with the fog-free Stack Vent ensures you stay comfortable whatever the conditions. But, perhaps more impressive is the In Form™ Fit System Vertical Tuning , which allows you to tailor the sizing to ensure you get the best possible fit.  

Base Layers – Eivy Venture Top & Icecold Tights
Designed for active adventurers, Eivy’s Venture top and Icecold tights are multi-functional base layers you can take with you anywhere. The top features a stylish oversized fit, extended back and ribbed detailing, while the tights are designed to be worn on their own or fit seamlessly under your ski pants. With stand-out prints a signature of the brand, you can showcase your wild style when kicking back around the resort. Plus, whether you’re packing for shredding, yoga, working out or exploring, both fold away compactly in their own recyclable travel bag that’s a doddle to pack.

Hopefully, this gear guide has got you stoked for the season to come, and you’re feeling more clued-up on the gear you need to make the most of your time in the mountains. Don’t forget, show your lift pass in-store and get 10% off or as member of The Snow Centre and Chill Factore, you get 15% discount at Snow+Rock, meaning their best-value picks offer even better value for money! What are you waiting for? Head to snowandrock.com and get geared up for the ski season.

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