|Courtesy of Sun Peaks Resort|
Time to put the cold weather wearables to the terrible-temperature test! Although the hot tub is winning over skiing at the moment, we had to get out on the Sun Peaks slopes this week if only to try out our new gear gadgets. A whole week of minus 25 - minus 35 C in the Christmas Day forecast!
For the first time ever, Simon skied in a heated baselayer made by Volt Heat:
"It kept me cosy from the minute I put it on in the house. It warmed up my whole back instantly. Then outside it was like having my own private heated chairlift all the time. It made a big difference as I would normally have been focusing on my frozen extremities but I think that because my torso kept so warm my hands and feet didn't lose circulation even though it was minus 22."
|Simon wearing the Volt Heat Tactical 7-V Heated Baselayer|
"It's idiot-proof, too, as I managed to switch it on and off without trouble. And I didn't even need it on full, just the third level, so it didn't run out of charge. It's really comfortable - you wouldn't even know you had a battery in your pocket. And it's simple to re-charge when you get home. One thing I would point out is that I had to stretch the neck a bit to get it over my head but maybe it's purposely snug to keep the heat in!"
|Winter warmer weapon - Heat Holders Packaway Puffer Jacket - thin enough to wear underneath any ski jacket|
"They're really cosy, I no longer have a cold butt on the chairlifts. It's like wearing another pair of ski pants underneath but without the volume. They are thick but not bulky and very stretchy and soft. The sort of pants you would like to lounge around the house in, too."
|Rupert lounging around in his Heat Holders Alberto ORIGINAL Thermal Top and Pants and quintessentially cosy Heat Holders socks|
Decidedly unenthused when initially unwrapping his thermal pants and longsleeved top on Christmas morning, our son Rupert soon changed his tune when he tried them on:
|Heat Holders His and Hers spa robes paired with vibrant ski socks|
and the cable-knit roll up pom pom hat lined with supersoft fleece
|Volt's new Radiant 5-V Heated Vest for women with Bluetooth controller - I know I've posted this image before but I have seen a lot of heated vests lately and this is definitely the prettiest one out there!! I have their older model - just plain black (below) - which is wonderfully warm but I want this silver one next!|
|Cranking up the heat on my Volt heated scarf paired with the slimline black Volt Heat heated vest|
over my cosy Kari Traa hoodie
My hands were toasty in my Volt Avalanche X heated mitts which I highly recommend as the fingers are able to transmit body heat too as there's no separation between them and, unusually for heated handwear, the thumbs are heated too. At under $250, these are definitely the best heated gloves on the market for price and for warmth.
|Transpack's Heated Boot Pro|
|Almost ready for action - cranking up the Volt Avalanche X heated mitts, attached my Helmet Hugger to my Giro Helmet with Glade magnetic goggles - these are great in the cold as they pop off easily so you can clear the lenses of steam or snow without taking off your gloves. And of course wearing The Sky The Sky Alchemy of RIDE ski suit - the easiest way for friends to find you on the slopes!|
|Volt heated scarf tucks in easily inside suit. I tested the battery by wearing it on the lowest setting all day and then continued wearing it at home. It lasted around 8 hours!|