Following on from our recent review of the Berghaus 100 Mule Wheeled from Simply Hike, we were asked by their partner company Simply Piste to try some products from their extensive range of ski wear.
With the season for winter activities such as dog sledding in Sweden just around the corner, it’s an ideal time to be thinking about some new kit, and so we chose North Face Decagon Gloves and a Skullcap from Red Protection in preparation for the coming snow.
The order process from Simply Piste was extremely straightforward and delivery very prompt. We placed an order on Monday evening, received a confirmation that the goods had been dispatched on Tuesday morning and both items were duly delivered on Wednesday and were just as described – very good indeed!
Browsing the range of products at Simply Piste is perhaps not quite as straightforward as Simply Hike – some product categories appear to be empty, for example, though I assume will be populated shortly as the range expands – but a useful amount of information and good quality images are provided making the process of choosing a product easy and enjoyable. Prices also appear to be very competitive – The North Face Decagon Gloves were offered at £62, a fair saving on the RRP of £70.
Now to the products themselves:
With winter temperatures in Sweden reaching -30 or below, a good pair of gloves is essential, especially for an activity such as dog sledding where you will be holding onto the sled for extended periods. I was therefore looking for a high-quality pair of gloves to keep out the wind and keep those finger-ends warm!
The North Face Decagon gloves seem to fit the bill well. Comfortable and flexible, they are windproof and waterproof with a Gore-Tex lining and have encouragingly thick padding around the fingers without feeling stiff or inflexible. Though the mild temperatures of a Dorset autumn have not yet given me the opportunity to test them properly, they look to be solidly constructed and I’m looking forward to having the chance to try them out in Lapland this coming winter.
If ordering, do consider size carefully – I went for Large, as this is the size I normally have in gloves. The gloves fit very well, but could not be any smaller without feeling too small, so if you have large hands XL may suit you better.
Billed as intended to be worn under a ski or snowboard helmet, I actually think the Red Skullcap has much broader possibilities. With a mesh top to offer increased ventilation, it’s ideal when out running on those cool evenings, for use under a cycle helmet or as a sleeping hat when camping in the winter. I hadn’t expected a skullcap to be an especially exciting purchase, but actually it’s great and I can see this being a piece of kit that will be used in spring and autumn as well as winter, and certainly not just on the ski slopes.
Roll on winter!
Bob from the Nature Travels Team