On a snowy day in winter or a soggy day in spring, your accessories can make or break your on-hill adventures. Goggles with the wrong lenses, pow gloves in the summer or a wool beanie when its 60 degrees are sure to lead to misery mania when you’re trying to get your shred on. Taking the time to learn which weather specific product should be worn is surely worth your while.
Despite the belief that goggles were only invented to further complicate matching your kit, the lenses inside actually serve a purpose. Sunny days call for darker lenses to prevent eye damage, while flat light days can be battled with a pink, rose or yellow lens. Mid-range colored lenses that appear light brown or slightly tinted are a solid bet for most days, but it’s wise to check if the pair you purchase come with extra lenses for different conditions.
If you think all gloves are created equal, you might as well wear oven mitts. Springtime days are a perfect match for pipe gloves, which are technically designed to keep hands dry and safe without the heat and bulk of a winter glove. For frigid days, a glove with fleece or synthetic based liners will keep your hands toastier than the hot chocolate in the lodge. If you’re really going deep in the backy, you’ll want to look for additional trinkets such as longer cuff areas and pull strings to keep things tight and keep snow out.
As for beanies, comfort and compatibility are key. Some wear helmets and others go bare up there, so just make sure whatever you pick covers your ears and alleviates the annoyance of a goggle strap in your hair. Common sense should be engaged when picking a beanie, so think twice about that extra wide cable knit if it’s snowing or that fleece lined head heater at hood.