Winter’s icy grip has caught us all, but that doesn’t mean that you have to just accept it and hide indoors until all the snow melts and the winds stop shredding every inch of exposed skin. No, there’s still plenty to do outdoors. You just have to be more prepared, that’s all. And thanks to these killer winter sports accessories, you can conquer winter – and the snow – with style.
These cleats are perfect for anyone who’s going to be spending a lot of time walking on icy and snowy surfaces, like say… an ice rink? Or maybe a frozen lake? You can’t ice fish if you’re falling down all the time. They slip on right over your shoes, so they’re easy to use and you don’t even have to switch footwear.
Whether you’re skiing or snowboarding or just like playing in the snow, these snow pants are designed with one thing in mind: keeping you warm. Okay, two things: keeping your warm and dry. Okay, okay, three things: keeping you warm and dry while still looking good. These are not children’s snow pants. As a bonus, they also have an attached ring for your lift ticket, or even your keys if you’re feeling brave.
Like any good helmet, this will first and foremost keep your brain safe. But unlike most helmets, it won’t make you look like a complete nerd. As an added bonus, the padding contains a hypoallergenic and antibacterial treatment to keep you from getting rashes or any nasty things like that. And since it’s vented, you can wear it all day without feeling like something died on top of your head.
This radio system is perfect for attaching to your snow suit while you’re out snowmobiling so you can talk to your bros, or, you know, radio them for help when you get lost in the woods and the only other people around to help are actually called wolves and bears. It has 121 sub-channels so you don’t have to worry about interference and it’s designed to function even if it gets wet, which it will.
These ski goggles stand apart from the rest of the competition because they’re frameless. They come with straps to attach them directly to your helmet, and the best part is that they are designed to fit over top of your regular glasses so you don’t have to careen blindly down the hill for once. The lenses are also interchangeable, with different lenses designed for different weather and different activities. These are the goggles you’ve been waiting for, bros.
Anyone who has ever tried to load their snowmobile into the back of a truck and then haul it to their snowy destination knows what a giant pain in the ass it can be. Enter this traction mat, which you just put down and then load up your snowmobile without it sliding all over the place. This is one of those simple inventions that make your life 10,000 times easier.
Whether you’re out hunting or tearing down the slopes, you’re going to need something to keep not just your head warm, but your entire face. This hat more than gets the job done for you. The faux fur inner liner keeps all the wind and cold out, while the windproof mask, ear flap and chin strap protect your face and ears and anything else that can get frostbite.
If the snowshoeing game is for you, then you might as well make sure you’re out there getting it done in a top of the line pair of snowshoes and not those old wooden things your mom found in the basement for you. These shoes are specially fit with traction bars that keep you upright and moving across even the most treacherous of snows, and as an added bonus, they’re also freeze-proof, so they won’t break on you halfway through your journey. Because that would be bad.
If you’re gonna get into that snow shoeing game, or even if you just want to enjoy the winter outdoors, these trekking poles/walking sticks are a must have. They’ll let you pick your way through even the worst of terrain, and the special sweat-free grip with wrist straps lets you do it all without having to worry about slipping.
A pair of cheap ice skates can destroy your ankles and ruin your winter faster than even the fiercest winter storm. That’s why you need something like the Bauer Supreme 140 Skate, which is built with ankle and heel support in mind, especially for those of you who need something to handle a long and powerful stride. This is a serious skate for the serious skater, or, you know, any skater who cares about their feet.
Anyone who’s ever spent all day on the slopes knows that regular gloves just don’t cut it. If the cold doesn’t seep through, then all that wet snow will, and pretty soon your hands will be a soggy, freezing mess. That’s why you need these Gore-Tex gloves, which don’t just keep your hands warm all day, they keep them dry. And the leather palm will let you keep your grip on your ski poles, or that tree you grab onto for dear life when your snowboard decides to murder you.
This boot pack is billed as offering “space for just about all your ski gear save your skis themselves.” Yeah, that could be useful. Plus, it doubles as a backpack so you can haul all that gear hands-free. It also has bungee cords so you can attach all sorts of extra gear to it, and a special pocket in front for your phone, along with a port for earphones. It’s basically the Inspector Gadget of sport bags.
Look, digging yourself out of snow – whether it’s you or your car – is practically a winter sport all itself. If you wanna play in the snow, first you gotta be able to get through the snow. And this shovel is perfect. It’s tough – it’s all aluminum – and it’s collapsible so it won’t take up a ton of room, and you can take it with you so you can clear the way while you’re out enjoying the winter weather.
This bag is perfect for strapping to the back of your snowmobile so you can carry all your extra gear with you. Or your beer. (Uh, don’t drink and snowmobile.) It’s water resistant and the half-inch thick interior foam keeps all your valuables safe. (Like your beer.)
Okay, I know what you really care about. Sledding. The only problem is that most sleds these days are made with kids in mind, and it’s kind of hard to comfortably fly down the hill in a sled or tube made for someone four foot tall. But this badass sled is made for you, with an aluminum frame and polycarbonate skis attached to it so you can rocket through the snow in maximum speed, style and fun. All the kids will be jealous and all their moms will want to jump aboard your sled and by “your sled” I mean your penis. (Results may vary.)