1. Touchscreen Gloves/Mittens
Smartphones and other touchscreen devices are heavily used to stay in touch with the group, listen to music, snap photos and track runs. Why expose bare hands to the cold to operate these devices if you don't have to? Waterproof touchscreen gloves and mittens, such as Gordini's Supreme Gloves and Mountain Hardwear's Plasmic Outdry Dry.Q® Evap Mittens, are great alternatives to frozen fingers.
2. Audio-Compatible Helmet
When skiing or snowboarding, a helmet is a must. But a helmet that can serenade you as you carve down the mountain? That's a luxury. Some helmets, such as Pret's Shaman ski helmet, include ear pads or bluetooth functionality so you can comfortably listen to music while you ride. The ear pads on this helmet from Pret are removeable for the days when you'd rather enjoy the natural sounds of the mountain (and your friends).
3. Neck Protection
This tech-free, no-thrills accessory is one you'll be glad you packed on those cold days. When you pick up speed on the hill, that brisk winter air becomes more noticeable. Protect one of your most vulnerable areas with the right piece of outerwear. Sometimes scarves are too bulky to properly fit under a jacket, so choose the sleeker (but just as warm!) protection of a fleece neck gaiter instead. The Chaos Durante fleece neck gaiter is one soft, lightweight and incredibly affordable option at just $5.50. You could also look into getting a Buff or balaclava to protect your neck and face, depending on your style.
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