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The Must-Have ski gear in 2020

Winter is still on and I do share my personal ski gear suggestions in 2020 and relevant insights. When I am out in the mountain safety, style and comfort are key words I follow in terms of equipment. 

I am out in the snow almost everyday and sometimes its sunny, snowy or rainy and I need to be prepared for every weather condition. Same when it comes to my ski equipment. Sometimes it can be crusty, super icy, powdery or simply all in one. 🙂 So therefore I am sharing my personal ski equipment suggestions in 2020. 

EQUIPMENT IS KEY TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY PERFORMANCE. Therefore I am happy to share the MUST-HAVE SKI GEAR IN 2020. 

Check out this blogpost, as I got so much request about gear I trust, I thought its relevant to provide you with insights why I use the products I ski on. If you do have further questions don’t hesitate to contact me through Social Media or via Mail

FREERIDE EQUIPMENT

SKI: Rossignol Blackops Rallybird TI

 

Rossignol Blackops Rallybird Ti is a super sportive Freeride Ski from next season. I do really like it as its a quite technical ski and skills are needed to have fun with the ski. I ski on 178 cm length and waist 103. Find further details here

Photocredits: Sepp Mallaun 

BINDING: Atomic Shift MCN 13

 

No more Binding issues anymore.

The binding provides great opportunities. When I am ski guiding I sometimes have to tour up for couple of meters to actually get the best powder for my clients. This binding is great for powder skiing but also for touring. I use the MCN 13 as I like it sporty but I am not too heavy body weight wise.  Find more details here

Photocredits: Sepp Mallaun 

BOOTS: Rossignol Alltrack II old elite WMN

 

Great Freeride boot for Women. Coming next season. I have been testing this boot the last days and I think its a great boot for WMN who look for a Freeride boot with option to use also for ski touring. I can highly recommend it. This boot hast 110 Flex and size 23.5.  Find here the current collection of the Alltrack series. 

Photocredits: Sepp Mallaun

POLES: Komperdell Vario Bamboo

 

I do like the bamboo pole as its made out of bamboo but also its super light. The handle is covered with leather which makes it comfortable to use. The option to vary the length of the pole make it a great option when free riding and ski touring. I usually ski on 115 cm pole length. Find out more here. 

Photocredits: Sepp Mallaun

SKIN: Kohla Touring Skin

 

I trust Kohla all the time when I am ski touring. Kohla is a brand from Tirol, which I really appreciate as I do like working with local brands. Check them out their products are insane. 

Photocredits: Andre Schönherr

SAEFTY EQUIPMENT

HELMET: Sweet Protection Switcher Mips

 

I have been skiing on Sweet since ages. I do love the helmets they produce and I do really like the style and function. It keeps me safe and I do really like that the helmet is super light. Wearing a helmet almost every day more than 4 hours can get very exhausting and it also would affect my shoulders and neck. 

Photocredits: Sepp Mallaun 

GOGGLE: Oakley Flight Deck XM

 

I have been skiing on the Oakley Flight Deck since 3 years and its a google to use for every day. Especially for bad visibility the goggle is great. Definitely a must have in every skier closet. 

https://www.jakubsedivy.comPhotocredits: Jakub Sedivy 

GOGGLE: YNIQ Four White

 

YNIQ is a brand from Sweden and I simply like the style and the functionality. They do have a patent to get a better view while wearing the goggle. Definitely a must have for all who go with the trend and like new products. I do like the minimalistic style. Check out the products here. 

Photocredits: Sepp Mallaun 

GLOVES: Hestra Leather Fall Line

 

I am a long time customer at Hestra as I do believe in those products and will do in the future. The products are worth the money to spend, especially when you treat the gloves like they wanted to be treated. I have been using the Alpine Pro Leather Fall line and the Women’s Fall Line since years. I also use the classic gloves for daily outfits. Check out the newest styles here. 

Photocredits: Nina Gigele 

BACKPACK: Douchebag Explorer

 

Douchebag explorer bag is good for a daily basis. I like the style and it provides all what I need. 

Photocredits: Sepp Mallaun 

AVALANCHE BACKPACKS: Different brands

 

OFF PISTE – SICK POWDER RUNS – SAFETY: There are lots of different avalanche backpacks on the market. On my plan is to test the new ABS Backpack which was presented during ISPO 2020. Although I think there are a view I do like and want to share with you in terms you are looking for one. 

PIEPS Jetforce Series – does provide a System which is different to the classic ones but I think it makes sense.

ABS – I do believe in the system of ABS, also Wucher Heliskiing in Georgia is using it. I am curious about the new series coming out soon. 

Photocredits: Sepp Mallaun 

FREERIDE WEAR

JACKET: State of Elevenate Bec de Roses

 

Bec de Roses is the most technical jacket of State of Elevenate and I do love it. I like fashion and colors which are earthy and natural, therefore I chose this jacket. I am wearing size M as I do like it little bit loose and I thought S is too short and on the shoulders too tight. Find the jacket here. 

Photocredits: Nina Gigele 

PANTS: State of Elevenate Bec de Roses

 

The hardshell pant is exactly what I need as a ski guide. Its perfect when freeriding and ski touring. I am wearing Size S although I could fit XS just thought it might be too short then. Check the pant out here. 

Photocredits: Sepp Mallaun

2ND LAYER: State of Elevenate

 

I am using different jackets as 2nd layer: 

State of Elevenate Fusion Jacket

State of Elevenate Fusion Pants – especially when its super cold underneath the Hardshell pants its perfect. 

State of Elevenate Motion Down Jacket – for really cold days – the jacket is super light and comfy. 

Photocredits: Nina Gigele

1ST LAYER: NORRONA + WAIPITI

 

1ST Layer are the most important things for me. 

I do like the NORRONA products the most. Check them out here. 

Furthermore I do like the collection of Snuxe. Check them out here.

Photocredits: Daniel Hug

ADDITIONALS

DRINK + FOOD: different brands

 

When out in the mountain it is super important to bring sth to drink and eat especially on long tours the body can get tired very quickly if you don’t take care of it. 

I use The North Face water bottle and usually use syrup and water when in the mountains. 

I like the self made bars of thebarefoodway, two young girls from Tirol are making them. Super delicious and covers all you need during a long day in the mountain. 

Photocredits: Nina Gigele 

SUN GOGGLE: Oakley Sutro

 

Oakley SUTRO 

This is also one the sunnies I use when ski touring. Claudia is wearing it and she loves it. 

SUN GOGGLE: Oakley Wind Jacket 2.0

 

OKALEY: Wind Jacket 2.0

So many ppl ask me about my ski touring sunnies, here we go. Its my most favourite one as the lense is insane and for me it fits perfectly. 

ON PISTE SKI EQUIPMENT

SKI: Rossignol Master Hero M19

 

As an ex racer I still love skiing on piste. I do love carving down a mountain on a perfectly groomed piste. I do ski on a Master Hero M22 in 180 cm length and the Master Hero M19 (2021 Model) in 179 cm are perfect as allrounder. Its easy to turn but still gives you the opportunity to ski proper race turns. Rossignol offers a wide range of different Master Hero skis with different length and Radius. Check the skis out here. 

Photocredits: Jakub Sedivy 

BOOT: Rossignol Unisex Racing Boot Hero Worldcup ZJ+

 

The Racing Boot Hero Worldcup ZJ+ is great for my diverse skiing experience. I use it onpiste but also off-piste, when I dont need any ski touring equipment or pins. I ski with a foamed inner boot and a customised sole. I trust my personal boot fitter MADER RACING Stefan Mader since lets say 20 years. When I got my first customised boot it 

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BINDING: Rossignol SPX15 Rockerrace

 

I do like the SPX 15 Binding as it gives me the feeling of trust and it works quite well with my set up Boot and Ski. I get the feeling that I can easily initiate the turn as quick as I want. Def a perfect combination with the ski and boot. 

Photocredits: Jakub Sedivy 

POLES: Komperdell Bamboo

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SAFETY EQUIPMENT

HELMET: Sweet Protection Switcher Mips

 

I have been skiing on Sweet since ages. I do love the helmets they produce and I do really like the style and function. It keeps me safe and I do really like that the helmet is super light. Wearing a helmet almost every day more than 4 hours can get very exhausting and it also would affect my shoulders and neck. 

Photocredits: Sepp Mallaun 

GOGGLE: Oakley Flight Deck XM

 

I have been skiing on the Oakley Flight Deck since 3 years and its a google to use for every day. Especially for bad visibility the goggle is great. Definitely a must have in every skier closet. 

https://www.jakubsedivy.comPhotocredits: Jakub Sedivy 

GOGGLE: YNIQ Four White

 

YNIQ is a brand from Sweden and I simply like the style and the functionality. They do have a patent to get a better view while wearing the goggle. Definitely a must have for all who go with the trend and like new products. I do like the minimalistic style. Check out the products here. 

Photocredits: Sepp Mallaun 

GLOVES: Hestra Leather Fall Line

 

I am a long time customer at Hestra as I do believe in those products and will do in the future. The products are worth the money to spend, especially when you treat the gloves like they wanted to be treated. I have been using the Alpine Pro Leather Fall line and the Women’s Fall Line since years. I also use the classic gloves for daily outfits. Check out the newest styles here. 

Photocredits: Nina Gigele 

SKI WEAR

JACKET: Rossignol Cadran Long

 

Comfy, padded and trendy is the my most favourite jacket for on piste skiing. I like the style a lot especially that the jacket is longer and normal jackets. Check it out here. 

Photocredits: Nina Gigele 

PANT: Rossignol Classique

 

Super stylish and comfy pants. I do like the one color style. Check the pants out here. 

Photocredits: Nina Gigele

Why I share the MUST-HAVE SKI GEAR IN 2020?

I got so many messages and questions on Instagram and other Social Media platforms about different products I use. To make you also understand why I use the products I wear or use every day, I created that blog post about my ski equipment suggestions in 2020. It took me several hours to find out what is relevant and what might not be that interesting. I am glad that I get so much feedback about the equipment I have, as I am picky when it comes to high qualitative ski gear. It shows that it pays off to spent hours and hours to find the right tools for me. Although when I then found the right products for me, I am super happy and won’t give them away when they broke or only not usable anymore.

Best Services for ski gear

My ski equipment suggestion in 2020. If you are looking for excellent service in terms of ski preparation, great products and price, then check my recommendations below out: 

Highly recommended: I suggest SPORT JENNEWEIN in St Anton am Arlberg as they provide the best service and know-how in terms of Freeride and OFF Piste skiing. The Sport Jennewein shop I trust the most and all my clients who do have any questions or are looking for new products, go there. 

Top secret tip: My most favorite Boot Fitter is Mader Sports in Landeck, Tirol.

 

Looking for a ski guide @ arlberg

Check out my latest blogpost about the FEMALE SKI GUIDES, especially when you are looking for a fully certified ski guide at the Arlberg. You won’t regret it.

TECHNICAL SKI TIPS NEEDED

Here are my ski clinic tips: Top 3 secrets to improve your skiing skills 

I am currently working on some new videos, please let me know what your questions are to improve your skiing skills, and I try to provide you with some learnings. 

Thanks for reading my blog post, I hope it was something relevant to you and stay in touch. 

xx Nina 

2 thoughts on “The Must-Have ski gear in 2020

  1. Iulia Popescu says:

    hi Nina, i am looking to buy some bdr pants and i am not sure about the fit. as i already bought some norrona`s xs, according to their chart i should have taken the s, but still, the xs is pretty long and large for me, do you think at 1,65 and 50kg, the xs from elevenate would be too small?

    • Nina Gigele says:

      Hi Julia,

      thanks for your msg. I do appreciate your thoughts and that you share it with me/us. First I am not sure about bdr pants? What do you mean exactly? Although the question is quite tough, I do ski on an S from Elevenate and don’t feel they are too short. I am 173 cm tall. Does that help you?

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