Choosing the perfect Christmas gift for an avid skier is simple – just follow the right advice. There are many essential accessories for this sport as well as lots of choice. Here’s the Dainese guide to getting your bearings and making the right choice for the special occasion that will soon be with us.
Ski helmets are a must-have protector for everyone – as well as being mandatory until the age of 16 in Italy – making them the ideal gift for any ski enthusiast.
Nucleo is the ideal Dainese helmet that’s practical for general use on the slopes, a perfect gift for any skier. Coming in three versions,
Nucleo combines safety, comfort and lightness.
For those dedicated to racing, on the other hand, the solution is R001 Carbon, the same helmet used by Dainese athletes in the Ski World Cup. The shell is made of pure carbon fiber. The R001 Carbon is the helmet for those seeking ultimate performance, with no compromise.
R001 Fiber replicates the characteristics of R001 Carbon but in a less extreme version, with shell made of composite fibers, able to offer lightness and protection to skiers who are sporty by nature.
Ski protectors are a must and increasingly popular among enthusiasts. There are protectors for every part of the body, from the knees to the back. The Dainese back protector, used by all athletes in competitions, offers essential safety that can make all the difference.
There are several types:
If your giftee doesn’t use one yet, it will be a perfect ski-themed gift idea.
Ski jackets are very versatile and lend themselves to different performance levels, largely depending on the type of insulating material they incorporate. In short, there’s a ski jacket for every skier – you just have to choose. You can choose between natural materials, such as goose down or merino wool, or synthetic fibers.
For those who favor intense physical activity, ski jackets made using insulation with synthetic fibers 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.
Natural materials, down being the most common, stand out for their excellent insulating capacity-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; in any case, a great gift idea for winter even off the slopes.
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 glove 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 ski racing 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.
If you don’t want size to be an issue when choosing a gift for a skier, it’s ski masks to the rescue. 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.
For once, why not gift an experience instead of an object? Alpine skiing is a really spectacular discipline, with all its specialties. The season is already underway – one look at the calendar and you’ll know where to head for a different outing than usual! It’s a perfect gift for true ski enthusiasts.
With a little good advice, it will be easy to choose the perfect gift from among 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.