Features and Descriptions of Ski Equipment
of Alpine Gear
The bindings secure your boots to the skis.
Bindings should be installed by a professional, but
are adjustable once they are installed. The newer bindings
have some increased flex and leverage.
Ski boots should have the proper stiffness
and fit for better control of your skis, especially
if you are a beginner. Beginner skiers should get boots
that are softer and more flexible, while more experienced
skiers should get a stiffer boot for performance while
Ski poles help to assist in turns and going
up inclines. They should also be light and flexible
so they don't break in a fall or tire your arms out.
To find the right pole size, hold your elbow at a 90-degree
angle, making a fist with your hand and measure the
distance from your thumb to the floor in centimeters.
If you are usually skiing in powder, get a pole with
a larger basket. If you're skiing on groomed slopes,
or hard-pack, get a pole with a smaller basket for better
Some technologies to look for are outer
shell features like a HyVent™ coating for waterproof,
breathable protection. Dual linings like the Columbia
Omni-Tech waterproof, breathable, seam sealed fabrics,
or Goretex to take away moisture. Interactive cell phone
and portable music technology or iPod controls in snowboarding
jackets. Fabrics made from 100% nylon Omni-Tech®
Mini Faille HP™ with 100% polyester Ultra-Wick™