Practice and more practice are keys to succeeding in winter sports. However, besides practice, proper equipment, adequate clothes, and protection are crucial. Both professional, as well as amateurs, will never enjoy and improve their performance if they get hurt as a result of insufficient protection.
Fortunately, sports protection equipment has evolved a lot. And that is noticeable in winter sports protective gear. For instance, winter sports clothes are much more resistant to cold, wind, snow and water than ever before thanks to the combination of treated fabric and soft plastic textiles. Moreover, the increased protection is also noticed in their durability and the quality padding that beyond adding protection against accidental injuries also provides enhanced warmth and comfort. But tech advances are present in most winter sports accessories.
Head and Neck Protection
Protecting the head and neck is usually the priority. The design of the helmets usually varies depending on the demands and risks of the particular sport. However, the majority of them count on a hard plastic coat that is high-impact resistant. Additionally, a softer inner pad absorbs the impact of a fall or hit. Now, what is excellent about the applied tech is that the constant progress in the manufacturing of strong yet light weighted helmets allows major protection without adding weight and discomfort to the user.
Top brands are using plastic reinforced with carbon fibers to give more hardness to the exterior surface. People who practice high-contact or high-risk disciplines are also using security collars that essentially envelope the neck with a plastic foam, which still permits a significant range of movement.
Socks and Gloves
The intense cold requires special protection for the feet and hands. Cold feet can be real nuisance and even lead to health harm. Here comes the importance of ski socks, which are made of special fabric, being cotton among the top one material. Such socks provide a perfect fit, additional support and even anti-slip features.
Talking about latest technologies applied to sports equipment, we can now find battery operated thermal socks! Seems too good to be true, but it is now becoming a trend among outdoor sports fans.
Certainly, gloves are vital to keeping the hands from literally freezing, to protect them against external elements, and to ensure a proper grasp of any sports-related object.
Nowadays, ski gloves come in such a variety that there will always be a model matching any and-size, protection required, and even fashion preferences. Designers have come with models that can be used by women and men since they come in different sizes and also adjustable straps and elastic. There´s no longer the need of using boring gloves; sports brands realized the need for updating their production to the fashion trends; therefore we can find gloves in vivid colors, audacious color combinations and, of course, the classic colors of all times.
Another advancement in winter outdoor sports gloves is that designers are taking into consideration the joyful personality of the growing number of kids who love winter sports or simply playing in the snow. Models created to protect and keep their little hands warm are available to tailor the needs of small toddlers up to preteens. Again, cheerful colors and appealing color combinations or patterns are there to enhance the naturally joyful spirits of the little ones.
Usually, people who practice winter sports or enjoy outdoor activities face themselves with nuisance aggressions such as snow, wind, sand, and other elements that could really cause serious harm in the eyes, even damaging the cornea. Ski glasses or goggles with plastic frames come with polycarbonate lenses which protect the eyes while granting visual transparency. Plastic and stretching materials combined with layers of foam pads grant the lenses a comfortable and perfect fit, without making painful pressure on the face, head or ears. Adjustable straps favor adjusting them to different head circumferences.
Most recently, manufacturers have started to produce double lenses, adding ventilation systems and anti-fog technology. And, for those who need prescription glasses, there are also many models that can be worn over them, so having any view impairment is no longer a restriction for winter sports and utmost outdoor fun!