Clockwise from top left: Dahu ski boot, Ortovox S1+ transceiver, Faction Agent 100, McNair Mountain Shirt, Marker Kingpin binding, Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody, K2 Route helmet, Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce
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Dahu ski boot

A “third way” in boot design – a soft, comfortable inner boot that can be worn on its own and then locked into a firm exoskeleton for skiing. From €590. dahusports.com

Ortovox S1+ transceiver

The clamshell design and illuminated digital display make this one of the easiest to use transceivers on the market. £349. ellis-brigham.com

McNair Mountain Shirt

A reaction against luminous space-age fabrics, these thick merino wool shirts are designed to be worn as an outer layer and are building a cult following in the French Alps. From £335. mcnairshirts.com

Marker Kingpin binding

A pioneering hybrid, combining the lightness and ease of use of a traditional “pin” touring binding with the security and power transfer of a downhill set-up. Price yet to be announced. marker.de

Patagonia Nano-Air Hoody

Patagonia claims that its new, stretchable hoody is breathable enough to be left on all day without overheating. £200. patagonia.com

Faction Agent 100

Part of Faction’s growing range of back-country skis, the new Agent 100 uses carbon and Paulownia wood to significantly lower weight. £539. Factionskis.com

K2 Route helmet

K2 claims that, at just 320g, the Route is the lightest snowsports-certified helmet ever made; it can also be worn for cycling. £110. k2skis.com

Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce

Unlike all previous avalanche airbags, which use cylinders of compressed air that can only be “fired” once, this inflates with a battery-powered fan, so can be tested and practised with. £689. ellis-brigham.com

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