Disclosure: This is a paid collaboration with Unigear.
I learned the hard way how important it is to pick the right gear for winter adventures. When you’re comfortable, you can stay out longer and you’ll probably even ski better. I’m always cold, and when I started skiing without the right gear, my fingers and toes got painfully cold to the point that I had to go inside and rock back and forth in pain for 20 minutes as the throbbing gradually subsided. I’ve also worn goggles that were wrong for the light, and quickly fogged up.
I got much better about planning and using the right gear this season. I actually check the weather and pick my gear accordingly. When it’s really cold, I use heated boots and heated mittens. When it’s warmer, I use winter gloves by Unigear. And I remember to choose my goggles based on the light and visibility.
So if you’re looking to buy new ski gear, here’s what I recommend:
- Do your research and choose good brands with high quality products (Unigear makes some great products so I recommend trying them out).
- Know what makes you uncomfortable and try to address that. For me, it’s being too hot or too cold. So I got heaters for my boots and heated mittens for when it’s cold. When it’s warm, I don’t use the heaters and I go for my Unigear gloves.
- Pick the right goggles. I’ve tried skiing in a snow storm with goggles for a bluebird day. Needless to say, that didn’t go well. Checking the weather takes a minute and could save you a lot of trouble. And you can always bring extra goggles just in case!
- Be safe. Wear a helmet.