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Although the snowy season is almost at an end in Australia, you can always start preparing for next year’s fun or the better conditions in the Northern Hemisphere. Preparation is key to a good time so we’ve picked out our top 10 picks of the best gear to keep you warm on the slopes.
1. The North Face Surge II Charged
If you plan to stay outdoors most of the time but still need to be connected, the North Face Surge II Charged got you covered. This 32-litre urban daypack comes with a Joey battery pack and a dedicated lay-flat laptop pocket. The battery pack gives 2.5 full phone charges or days of partial charges. Storage and organisation is configured intuitively for electronics with main and secondary compartments with zippered padded sleeves compatible with a 17-inch laptop.
Features: 32 liter volume; fabric: 420D nylon, 1680D ballistics nylon, 600D polyester; 17-inch laptop neoprene sleeve; air mesh back panel
Price: from US$219.93
2. The North Face Mens Zermatt Full Zip Hoodie
Whether you are trekking, travelling or exploring the urban landscape, the North Face Mens’ Zermatt full zip hoodie is a smart hooded jacket to keep you warm. It is made from a warm robust polyester and wool blended fabric with a flees backing and the adjustable hem and hood eliminates draught and keeps the heat in.
Features: full zip hoodie; fleece backing; polyester and wool fabric
Price: from £160
3. GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition Camera
Share your adventure with the world with the GoPro Hero3+ Black edition. It is 20% smaller and lighter than its predecessor and 30% longer battery life. This edition can capture ultra-wide footage at 1440p at 48 fps, 1080p at 60 fps and 720p at 120 fps. It can also take 12 MP photos at an astonishing rate of 30 photos per second.
Features: 131 feet/40 meter – waterproof; built-in Wi-Fi; Super View video mode
Price: from US$179.99
4. The North Face Mens Nuptse 2 Vest
The Mens Nuptse 2 Vest has been updated offering a more streamlined fit with less bulk. The goose down insulation will ensure that this iconic classic is extremely warm, lightweight and highly packable. The sewn-through construction keeps down shifting and in turn eliminates cold spots. The vest can be used as a stand-alone layer or a layer underneath a waterproof shell during showers or storms.
Price: from US$199
5. CamelBak Antidote Reservoir 3L
Keep hydrated with the CamelBak Antidote reservoir. Features of this ingenious design include a quick seal cap that is easy to open and wide enough for your hand to fit in for easy cleaning. The wider design takes up less space and the centre baffling spreads the weight evenly. The reservoir holds 3 litres of liquid.
Features: 3 liter liquid capacity; wide mouth opening, Polyurethane material; 6.5 ounce weight
Price: from AU$65
6. Rab Mens Microlight Alpine Jacket
For the extreme cold weather, the Men’s Microlight Alpine Jacket offers maximum warmth for minimal weight due to the 750 fill goose down insulation. Superior quality wrapped up in durable, weather resistant Pertex outwear fabric. The hood and even the zip baffle are down-filled for all-over protection from cold and windchill.
Features: Pertex Quantum outwear fabric
Price: from £190
7. Aquapac Mini Phone/GPS Case
If your adventure today is going to be a wet one and you need to take your phone with, give it the ultimate protection with the Aquapac Mini-phone/GPS case. It is made from a thin malleable material which allows you to operate your phone as normal keeping it safe and dry in this waterproof case.
Features: waterproof; keeps dust and sand out; TPU material
Price: from US$30
8. Gerber Suspension & Mini Suspension Combo
For the DIY handyman in you, a multi-tool saves space and time with a lot of gadgets in one handy tool. This Gerber model is built around a pair of sprung pliers and includes cutters, a lockable assortment of cutting tools, openers and drivers. This deal includes a pocket-sized tool to add to your keychain.
Features: 314-grade stainless steel; 15 tools
Price: from US$34.99
9. Jack Wolfskin Mens Exhalation Flyweight Jacket
The Exhalation Flyweight Jacket is extremely lightweight coming in at only 130 grams. Made from Flex Shield Softshell Airlite fabric, it is breathable and stretchy as well as wind resistant and water repellent. A mesh material on the inside of the collar allows warm air to escape more quickly for increasing climate control.
Features: only 130 grams; lightweight; breathable
Price: from £39.50
10. Garmin Fenix 2 Performer GPS Watch
Save some space by leaving the maps and GPS at home and only take the Garmin Fenix 2 Performer GPS watch. When you are at home training the watch lets you easily switch between optimised at-a-glance feature sets. When outdoors the navigation aids include a built-in barometric altimeter, a 3 axis compass, and not only tracks where you have been but it can also guide you around the wilderness.
Features: heart rate, distance, pace tracking; HRM-Run™ monitor; GPS positioning; 3-axis compass; altimeter; barometer
Price: from US$399.99
With four decades of experience in outdoor retail, Cotswold Outdoor offer one of the most extensive and comprehensive ranges of outdoor clothing, products and equipment. Selecting from over 250 internationally recognised brands allows Cotswold Outdoor to bring you the latest in outdoor technology and styles. Not only this, but each product is carefully selected and tested to ensure a high level of quality and value for money for its customers.