With a few tips, choosing the perfect gift for an avid skier is simple. There are many essential accessories for this sport as well as lots of choice. Here’s our guide to getting your bearings and making the right choice for the special occasion that will soon be with us.
The helmet is an essential accessory for anyone, from child to expert skier. There are several types, from the modern and versatile to models specific to those who compete. Nucleo is the ideal Dainese helmet for general use on the slopes, perfect for all skiers. Available in three versions, standard, MIPS and MIPS Pro, Nucleo combines safety and comfort. The helmet is developed around a solid ring that encircles the head and protects in the areas most exposed to impacts. This means the shell can remain lighter, optimizing both safety and weight.
For those devoted to ultimate race performance, the R001 Carbon is the answer, the same helmet used by Dainese athletes in the World Cup. The extremely compact carbon fiber shell leaves no doubt as to its intended use. The R001 Carbon is the helmet for those seeking ultimate performance, with no compromise.
The R001 Fiber has the same features as its big brother the R001 Carbon, with shell made of composite fibers, able to offer lightness and protection to skiers who are sporty by nature.
Protectors are a must when skiing and increasingly popular among enthusiasts. There are protectors for every part of the body, from the knees to the back. The back protector, used by all athletes in competitions, offers essential safety that can make all the difference. There are several types: wearable as a vest or with suspenders, with certified level 1 or level 2 protection.
All Dainese models are based on natural structures, capable of following the body in every movement and offering maximum safety. The back protectors with Dainese Auxagon technology are the lightest and most ergonomic, due to their auxetics-inspired shape. They support every movement without impeding the freedom of the skier in any way.
The models with Flexagon technology obtain Level 2 certification, the highest degree of protection envisaged by European standards. Their sliding hexagonal block design achieves the perfect balance of security and flexibility.
Ski jackets are very versatile and lend themselves to different performance levels, largely depending on the type of insulating material they incorporate. You can choose between natural materials, such as goose down or merino wool, or synthetic fibers.
For those who favor intense physical activity, synthetic fibers, such as those of Primaloft®, are recommended most highly. Their primary feature is their breathability, which allows the body to expel moisture so the garment remains dry, without affecting its insulating properties. Fibers of this kind are also characterized by very quick drying once the activity or bad weather is over.
Natural materials, down being the most common, stand out for their excellent insulating strength-to-weight ratio. These materials make for a very warm but at the same time very lightweight garment. Down jackets are better suited to bitterly cold conditions, or low intensity physical activity where perspiration is limited. We remind you that down does not stand out in terms of its breathability and tends to lose its properties when wet.
There are different types of ski gloves, from the most comfortable and versatile, to the most advanced products worn by World Cup athletes. The simpler, softer models are ideal for enthusiasts of all levels, from novice to expert. Comfortable and warm, they offer everything a wearer needs. The more demanding skier may prefer gloves made with engineered materials, such as leather, Super Fabric® and with metal knuckle protectors. These models are ideal for those seeking maximum performance and safety. The materials are selected to ensure highly protective gloves, resistant to abrasion against snow and ice, and not only in the event of a fall.
A modern protective mask is not just a matter of style. Having a lens that optimizes the view in all light conditions is also, and above all, a question of safety. While there are no issues when the sun is high, a lens that can effectively define the roughness of slopes when the sky is hazy is essential for safe, enjoyable skiing.
With a little good advice, it becomes easy to navigate your way through the many garments and accessories designed for alpine skiing. Every part of the body must be adequately protected, and each has its own ideal garment.