Get kitted up for the slopes for as little as £60!
German supermarket Aldi is not just content with taking over the UK’s grocery market – it also wants a piece of the UK’s growing tech-wear industry.
Aldi’s collection of skiwear for men, women and children launched on Thursday, 3rd December.
The collection includes ski jackets, merino base layers, ski trousers, technical gloves, goggles, helmets, knitwear and winter boots.
Aldi said you can get completely kitted out for just £59.94! Which is ridiculously cheap, as most gloves cost more than that. The deal includes women’s ski trousers: £16.99; jackets: £19.99; standard base layer: £8.99; ski top: £4.99; socks: £3.99, and technical ski gloves: £4.99.
However, I would add goggles to the above list, which at £7.99, would take the price up £67.93, but let’s face it, that is one mega-bargain! That was roughly the price of my ski pants that I bought second hand from a store in Canada.
If you’ve got children and need to deck them out in new ski gear, because they have outgrown last year’s kit, you can get both girls and boys ski wear sets (jacket and trousers) for £16.99. Children’s ski socks come in at £1.99, and warm underwear at £3.99.
They also have a Pro range, which is for the more ‘discerning skier’, which has improved specification, including a 10,000mm waterproof rating and a fully breathable membrane. However, their ‘discerning skier’ only seems to want to pay £34.99 for a jacket and £29.99 for salopettes, which is a fraction of what you would pay for any of the known brands such as Salomon, Helly Hansen and North Face.
The main question is, are they any good? We don’t know yet, we are waiting to test them out. However, there are a few people who have got in before us.
Nina Zeitman from MPORA said:
“If I were a skier coming to the mountains for a week for the first time and I wasn’t sure whether this was the sport for me, I would genuinely consider buying Aldi ski wear. It’s cheap, warm and will do the job.”
Zeitman, however, was very negative about the goggles stating: “Oh and don’t bother with those £7.99 Aldi goggles. You’d be better off saving yourself the aggro and using that cash for a couple of pints”.
Ski journalist Alf Alderson said he was “pleasantly surprised by the Aldi Ski range” and added “at such a low cost the quality and durability is massively impressive.”
We will be testing out the jacket, base layer –which of course can be used for other outdoor sports – and the gloves.
Aldi ski wear is a ‘special buy’ and once they’re gone they’re gone.