Best Women’s Ski Jackets 2017

November 23rd, 2016

Picking out what to wear is a daily struggle for women and that’s why we are here to help. This list of women’s ski jackets will assist in putting that perfect parka in your closet. From sturdy and strong GoreTex shells for big mountain and backcountry, puffy down with waterproofness, to style and warmth on and off the slopes, we’ve got you covered for all your winter recreational needs.

 

Sweet Protection Voodoo Jacket  ($$$)

Sweet Protection Voodoo Jacket

Sweet Protection Voodoo Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: May the harshest, cold, wet days beware when you’re wearing this burly GoreTex shell jacket. Sweet Protection is from Norway and got their start in white water kayaking, so you can rest assured that their outerwear can stand up to wet conditions. The Voodoo jacket is streamlined and comes in rich jewel toned colors, best suited for long days in the resort with a backpack or out in the backcountry. Highly recommended for backcountry as it only has big chest pockets, no lower waist pockets, which are easily accessible while wearing a pack.

Description: This women-specific, 3-layer GORE-TEX® Pro jacket is pure function for high alpine activities. Its fit and shape is all about coverage, ventilation and a full range of movement.

What Skiers Say:

  • I have averaged around 100 days on skis the last couple of years and this jacket beats any of my previous ones. It’s genius! The front pockets are big enough to fit a GoPro with a chest mount (which few jackets can without a struggle), and that is huge for me. One pocket has a little pocket for my phone, which makes it really easy to figure out where to put my phone. On cold days I have my phone in one of the two inside pockets, and then my phone lasts all day. All the pockets are big enough so there is no hassle to get things out with your gloves on.
    The one thing that I truly love is the length! This jacket fits over my butt. This makes it impossible to let snow in and it is super comfortable. During storm days I always wear the hood over my helmet, which works perfectly. There is no loss of visibility at all, and it keeps me nice and warm. I’d highly recommend this jacket to anyone who likes to ski and wants a durable and comfortable jacket.
  • I love this jacket. It fits nicely and is really comfortable. It has kept me totally dry in seriously wet conditions and has just enough room to add layers underneath when it gets chilly outside. I love that it has wrist gaiters to keep all the snow out and keep you perfectly dry. I’m typically not one for powder skirts but this one doesn’t bother me or ride up. The pit vents have two-way zippers so you can chose if you’re a zipper up or zipper down type person when it warms up or you’re hiking to the next line. This jacket is fantastic and when you add the Voodoo pants you’re going to be unstoppable because you’ll be right in the goldilocks temperature zone and totally dry. Plus the color is awesome!

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Columbia Flash Forward Hybrid Jacket  ($)

Columbia Flash Forward Hybrid Jacket

Columbia Flash Forward Hybrid Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: We found this layering piece to be similar to our men’s listing, the Scott Insuloft Explorair hybrid hoody. It’s a cross between a down sweater and a stretchy soft shell, which is so handy for chilly winter days. Whether worn underneath a technical shell or even insulated jacket for extra warmth, or stand alone for après or when you warm up on a ski tour ascent, this jacket is a great value and serves many purposes.

Description: Designed for dynamic activities in cool-to-cold temps, this versatile, water-resistant jacket features a 650-fill down-insulated core and lightweight stretch panels on the sides and sleeves.

 

 

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Arc’teryx Nadina Jacket ($$$)

Arc'teryx Nadina Jacket

Arc’teryx Nadina Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Arc’teryx is simply a super high quality brand and this jacket is no exception. The Nadina is a tremendous all-in-one jacket that includes insulation with hardcore GoreTex shell material. What’s unique about this jacket is Arcteryx’s patented waterproof zipper technology. They’ve created their own seam taped zipper that can zip all the way up with no gap at the top of a pocket or pit vent, which eliminates the need for extra material to cover the top of the zipper. The attention to detail and thought that goes into each of their jackets is why they are worth the price.

Description: Lightly insulated GORE® THERMIUM™ jacket for freeride skiing and boarding.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The design is truly women’s specific and reflects the Arc’teryx commitment to delivering optimal fit and freedom of movement. The insulated StormHood is helmet compatible and its single adjuster is easy to use, even with gloves on. Overall this package is surprisingly light for the features it has.

Find it on sale at Backcountry, REI

 

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket ($$$)

Patagonia Powslayer

Patagonia Powslayer

SkiGenie Recommendation: You really can’t go wrong with a Patagonia women’s ski jacket. The updated Powslayer is a higher end selection, built specifically for skiing, and is best put to use in a big mountain environment or in the backcountry. Its burly GoreTex material provides an excellent barrier between you and the elements, but you can tell it’s burly because it sounds a bit krinkly when you move. Yet the audible concerns are outweighed by its well thought out design for skiers. The parka has plenty of pockets, especially on the inside with big mesh pouches for goggles or gloves and seam taped inner pockets for the important stuff like your phone, keys or music player. We also love the color choices with contrasting zipper colors for a sharp look.

Description: Updated with the Cohaesive™ embedded cord-lock system, the PowSlayer Jacket is lightweight and packable protection for backcountry pursuits.

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

686 Parklan Mystique Insulated Jacket ($$)

686 Parklan Mystique

686 Parklan Mystique

SkiGenie Recommendation: Warm, cozy and long enough to cover your assets, yet stylish enough to wear around town. If looking good is high on your priority list when you ski or when you’re bundled up, then the 686 Mystique is right up your ally. The demure color choices lend themselves to its versatility for non-skiing activities while the feminine cut maintains your shape.  The non-bulky attributes allow for plenty of layering room. Plus, waterproof breathable coating and pit zip vents give it the technical details you demand.

Description: Born at the intersection of the mountains and the streets, Parklan’s inspired designs and complex fabrications are as at home in the city as they are on the hill.

What Skiers Say:

  • This jacket is awesome! I have the maroon, which is a really nice color, it’s longer than other jackets, it’s warm and has a fuzzy/fleecy hood that I’m a total fan of. It also runs true to size. One downfall, however, is the lack of a pass pocket. There’s some clips in two of the pockets, so i have to find something that will work for easy access of my pass while riding for the day. Otherwise, I’d definitely recommend this jacket
  • I’ve used the jacket for about a month now, wears well, is very comfortable and the color is a great orange. The jacket could be a bit fit, it’s a big large around the chest and waste, but I ordered a Large to make sure I could layer underneath. It doesn’t actually have the neat fold or rib detail by the rib cage.
    The hood is amazingly comfortable and warm, issue is it holds a lot of moisture on those powder days… but that can be dealt with.
    I love the button up feature at the front of the jacket and how long it is. I wish the powder skirt had some more buttons and the zipper to detach is pretty loose and can come undone. Keeps me very warm, but I typically wear good layers underneath. The vent’s are always a good thing for those days when the sun comes out. Overall a great jacket, good color, nice and long – could be a bit more waterproof.
  • This jacket combines the best of both worlds! It’s stylish with its fiery orange-red color yet soft with its sherpa-lined hood. I love the cinching at the back and cuffs lending it a feminine feel. Even though I only tried this piece on at the store, I suspect it would keep me very warm during all-day play in the snow. I don’t usually wear this brand but I fell in love with this coat!

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, The House

 

Duckworth Woolcloud FZ Hoody ($$$)

Duckworth Woolcloud FZ Hoody

Duckworth Woolcloud FZ Hoody

SkiGenie Recommendation: When it comes to insulation there are so many options, most of which are synthetic and can absorb some unique odors when you’re working hard. However, wool keeps you warm, dry and doesn’t absorb the stink. Duckworth is making wool cool again. This jacket is so unique because it’s a down-looking piece, yet they use wool as the insulator in the baffles. Its super lightweight yet can definitely be worn as the outer layer on milder days or with their other super warm, soft, cozy layering pieces underneath. It could also work extremely well as a mid-layer beneath a technical shell because of its low profile. This is another jacket option that can be taken from the slopes to the streets no problem. It’s a simple, clean look with a sustainable, made in the USA background.

Description: The WoolCloud Full Zip Hoody is filled with lightweight Duckworth Woolcloud insulation inside a shell of 40 denier rip-stop Polyester. A paneled hood, two large hand pockets and a full zip front make this jacket a versatile layering piece that’s light in weight and warm enough.

Find it on sale at Duckworth

 

Berghaus Island Peak 3-in-1 Jacket ($$$)

Berghaus Island Peak 3-in-1

Berghaus Island Peak 3-in-1

SkiGenie Recommendation: Three in one jackets make us feel like we’re getting away with something because its comes with so many ways to wear it. This option from Berghaus is unique because its inner layer is recycled fleece, not down or synthetic down like a lot of other versions.  It still has a GoreTex outer shell that’s fully waterproof and breathable and includes an eco-friendly fabric that will stay bright and looking like new all season long.

Description: The Berghaus Womens Island Peak 3 in 1 Jacket is an essential winter jacket, combining a flattering waterproof Gore-Tex COLOURKIND shell and a cozy recycled fleece inner for a great layering system that is perfect for year-round use on the hill in all weather conditions.

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

The North Face Sickline Insulated Jacket ($$$)

TNF Sickline Insulated Jacket

TNF Sickline Insulated Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This one of our top go-to women’s ski jackets for long cold days lapping the resort. It’s an incredible value for what you get, which is bomber waterproofness, stretch for mobility and warm insulation without weighing you down. It’s got a super streamlined look with cool color choices that will withstand a season of hard charging. With all the choices and gimmicks offered in women’s outerwear, this one will outshine the rest in its value, design and technical features.

Description: This is a go-to jacket for long cold days lapping the resort. It’s an incredible value for what you get, which is bomber waterproofness, stretch for mobility and warm insulation without weighing you down. It’s got a super streamlined look with cool color choices that will withstand a season of hard charging. With all the choices and gimmicks offered in women’s outerwear, this one will outshine the rest in its value, design and technical features.

What Skiers Say:

  • The jacket is lightweight, so I was skeptical about how warm it would be. Turns out to be pretty warm, not too warm where you feel like you are going to overheat though.
  • Beautiful and nicely shaped jacket- the radiant orange is exactly that, radiant.
  • This jacket is perfect! Super warm, was cold inside and headed outdoors and it actually heated me up just standing there. The fit is great, have enough room for an extra sweatshirt but it somehow still looked cut and svelte. Love it, buy it.

Find it on sale at Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo

 

Outdoor Research Floodlight Down Jacket ($$$)

OR Floodlight Down

OR Floodlight Down

SkiGenie Recommendation: It’s rare to find a traditional down ski jacket so waterproof, yet OR’s Floodlight Down does the job. Not surprisingly as OR was founded in Seattle, no stranger to wet weather, they’ve had over 30 years of experience developing gear for outdoor pursuits. You’re going to want to grab this jacket for those cold mid-winter days in the resort when snow is in the forecast.

Description: Completely windproof and seam-taped with bonded down channels protected by Pertex® Shield+ 2L, the Floodlight is a better take on waterproof insulation. This season, we’ve added 20 percent more down, so the beloved wet-weather insulator is even warmer.

What Skiers Say:

  • I love this jacket. It is super warm and keeps me dry in bad weather. I have worn it in upper single digits and it has kept me warm (properly bundled with hat, mitts, snow pants, and heavy boots) which is great since I get cold easily. The only fault is that the material is loud. You can hear it rubbing on itself when you move. Some people won’t like that. For me however, the good very much outweighs the bad and I went out and bought another to have as a back up when I eventually ruin this one. I am hard on my jackets and this one is holding up very well.
  • My down jacket is now a dry jacket! The Floodlight does trap my own body heat and I stay toasty warm. I use this jacket primarily for ice climbing and wear it while I am belaying. I have even worn it while climbing because the temps have been that low, (my record with this jacket is -22F.) The jacket sheds water and keeps me warm. The bonus? The Floodlight is a beautiful down jacket. I wear mine out on the town and I get compliments all of the time. I purchased the Flame (red) and the white piping/zippers/accents look awesome. I think the cut is flattering… especially since it is meant to be worn over additional layers. I would recommend the Floodlight Jacket to anyone looking to stay warm and dry, (not just ice climbers.)

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Mountain Gear, REI

 



Best Men’s Ski Jackets 2017 Reviews

October 11th, 2016

From cold, wind and snow to sunny sweaty days, choosing ski jackets is all about managing and adapting to the ever-changing conditions on the mountain. For each activity comes a jacket for that specific use. Yet the all-in-one jackets can stand on their own. Mainly, you must stay warm enough and dry in order to be comfortable in those changing conditions. The list we’ve compiled includes a selection of jackets for varying mountain environments, but we’ll leave it up to you to choose your personal style.

 

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell ($$$) 

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation: This jacket meets our criteria as one of the best for 2017 because of its high tech new H2 Flow paneled fabric on the back for superior breathability and waterproofness. It is heavy duty without being too boxy with its longer, relaxed tailored fit and thoughtfully placed pockets to access with a backpack on. This is a high-end jacket for hard charging, day in, day out skiing across the resort, into the backcountry and on a dream heli or cat-skiing trip.

 

Description: This freeride ski jacket takes protection, performance, and comfort to a new level for endless backcountry adventures.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • “This burly shell takes its inspiration from the company’s marine history. Starting with Helly’s proprietary Helly Tech 3L face fabric, the Elevation sports a longer length and a relaxed tailored fit designed to work with backpacks. A high-visibility contrast hood, snap-away powder skirt, wrist gaitors with thumb holes, and a helmet-compatible hood make the Elevation a bomber jacket for the hardest-charging of skiers in the most inhospitable of conditions.” Skinet.com
  • I’ve skied this jacket for a year now and put it through the ringer, from NW powder days (as well as the occasional sub part wet days too), to hiking laps in Aspen this jacket put up with all of it. The burly face fabric wears in nicely like denim and put up perfectly with my close calls with trees. The shining star in this piece really is the new version of H2 Flow in the back, I constantly run really hot and wear a pack every day that I ski. This is the only jacket I have ever used where you actually get active airflow across your back with the pillows of insulation providing space for air to circulate, a big time game changer for this sweaty guy.

Find it on sale here at Helly Hansen

 

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate Jacket ($$) 

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate

The North Face Thermoball Triclimate

SkiGenie Recommendation: This two -piece jacket system that offers three ways to wear the combination is truly a great value. The fully waterproof and breathable outer shell protects you from the majority of conditions found at the resort. The synthetic down insulating inner jacket keeps you warm and dry and can be worn independently while knocking around town. The high quality of this jacket proves its mid-level cost since it’s not full GoreTex or true goose.  A choice that sets you at ease and can be put through the wringer.

Description: 3-in-1 layering system with a waterproof stretch shell featuring a dry-touch coating that eliminates the need for a liner. For versatile warmth, zip in the ultralight jacket that’s insulated with our ThermoBall™ powered by PrimaLoft® clusters at the core and PrimaLoft® sleeves.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • You typically turn to a 3-in-1 jacket as a means to save a little cash, so $299 price of The North Face ThermoBall Triclimate may come as a bit of a surprise. Most 3-in-1 options are excessively bulky and lack any real shaping, but the North Face is nicely fitted even if you decide to leave the insulating jacket at home. The real savings, however, is in the Thermoball synthetic insulating piece, which we’ve found does a pretty good impression of a lofty down jacket—all while continuing to insulate when wet. If you can spring it, I do think the Thermoball is worth it. But for those on a strict budget or just getting into the sport, the Columbia Alpine Action below sure has a compelling calling card: a sub-$200 price.  – SwitchbackTravel.com
  • Good cold weather / wet item. Nice air gap for additional ventilation between the inside and outside pieces.
  • Well made and just the right jacket for most occasions. If I were skiing etc, I would opt for something that has a exterior fabric that is a little thicker just in case you tend to fall as much as I do! Great color and perfect zipper locations.

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, REI

 

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket ($$$)

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket

Bergans of Norway Fonna Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Cozy, warm and technical all in one beautifully simple yet unique down jacket. Bergans of Norway is known for the highest quality products, especially their down jackets. The Fonna is no exception. If you ski in frigid temperatures, this jacket is for you. Yet if you work up some extra warmth after a top to bottom run, you can quickly dump heat with its pit zip vents before you get back on the chair.

 

Description: Technical down jacket developed for skiing. An extremely high down quality combined with long zip vents, a detachable snowskirt and a ski pass pocket.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • A solid technical down jacket for the coldest ski days, the Fonna appealed to me with its funky assymetrical front zipper, water-repellent down, detachable snow skirt, extended back, and poppy contrast zips.

Find it on sale here at MooseJaw.

 

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket ($$$)

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: There’s a reason why the Patagonia Powslayer Jacket continues to make our list year after year. Patagonia simply makes some of the best outerwear, period. The updated Powslayer for 2017 has tailored its fit to be a little less boxy and a little more fitted, yet relaxed for movement. Burly three-layer GoreTex creates a superior barrier from weather along with chunky zippers add a fashionable and sporty touch. The biggest appeal is the super soft material on the inside of the collar where you zip up to cover your face. No more chin-chap for the dedicated resort and big mountain/backcountry skier!

Description: Updated this season with a refined fit and a new adjustable powder skirt. Built with innovative zero-bulk construction for freedom of movement and GORE-TEX® Pro fabric for the highest level of durably waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.

What Skiers Say:

  • You have to love the PowSlayer’s name (and what it conjures up). You’ll also love that this jacket feels like it can survive any weather without feeling bulky or heavy. A plethora of pockets greets those who tend to carry too many items on the ski slopes. We counted nine, some of which are integrated into larger pockets (for example, the phone pocket inside the exterior chest pocket). For those who use them, the cord adjustments in the hood and waist are cleverly designed, integrating the release into the seam inside a rubbery pouch. Patagonia calls this its Touch Point system. – OntheSnow.com
  • The Powslayer is meant to be very light, breathable and weatherproof, yet have all the bells and whistles. It succeeds wonderfully on that score thanks to the new Gore-Tex Pro shell fabric and some careful engineering. The material may actually be overkill for most riders, who could save some cash going with a less premium material.

Find it on sale here at Evo, REI

 

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus ($) 

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus

Scott Insuloft Explorair Hybrid Plus


SkiGenie Recommendation:
 We love this mid-layer jacket because of its combination of down insulation and stretchiness. It’s built to be worn as a layer and not shed the moment you start to get warm. The body mapped down, intelligently placed around your core keeps your temperature regulated while the stretchy “Active” material on the arms and back allows for complete freedom of movement. Insulation only where you need it, but overall less bulk underneath a technical shell.

 

Description: Good for any time of year, featuring on-mountain, technical high-performance traits via VX™ Active, a breathable, stretchy insulation. VX™ Active gets rid of the need to drop layers during fluctuating temperatures throughout the day.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • This is the only midlayer you’ll need, no matter the conditions, thanks to its VX Active stretchy, breathable insulation, which is remarkably adept at responding to what your body needs to keep cool, warm, or somewhere in between.

Find it on sale here at Scott

 

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody ($) 

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody

Under Armour Cold Gear Reactor Down Hoody

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another smart mid-layer designed to be worn underneath a shell and regulate temperature extremely well. The Down Hoody is a simple, streamlined, loose fit jacket that could be worn alone on mild days or around town.

 

Description: Arm yourself against the cold in this premium, insulated jacket from Under Armour. Water-resistant technology keeps you dry and warm.  Synthetic “V-Lap construction” achieves a higher loft and allows a higher air transport due to its vertical setup.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • UA touts its active insulation, called Reactor, as “intelligent” enough to know when you need to heat up, cool down, or hold steady. Packed with a synthetic filament that uses its springy nature to form vertical walls of waves throughout the garment, the Reactor is designed to do the work of a midlayer beneath a shell or be worn alone on dry days.
  • Great jacket. Incredibly comfortable, warm and packable. Makes for the perfect piece of equipment for camping, hunting or skiing. So comfy I sleep in it.
  • I’ve had this for 2 days now and I love it! Perfect lightweight, but very warm, packable jacket. I’m 5’8 and 170 pounds and the medium fits great. It’s been around 30 degrees here and all I wear under the jacket is a long sleeve shirt and I’m perfectly comfortable.

Find it on sale here at The House

 

Eider Shaper Jacket ($$$) 

Eider Shaper Jacket

Eider Shaper Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: We truly appreciate that ski companies are starting to take into account the interface between the high collar and zipper of the jacket and how it feels against your face. Eider has spent years developing this unique technology solely for comfort’s sake. This jacket is a backcountry skier’s dream with “Defender” fabric that makes it both durable and abrasion resistant on exposed areas, with a unique, modern style.  

Description: Thanks to the unique teeth of the Fix A Zipper, the zipper creates a convex and then concave curve that follows the shape of your chin, protecting your face from exposure to harsh weather without compromising comfort or mobility.

What Skiers Say:

  • Stop zipping your chin. For real. With the Shaper Jacket, Eider raises the bar by overahauling the zipper on its newest jacket to finally make room to comfortably zip up around your chin—with room to spare. The Shaper’s ergonomic zipper, exclusive to Eider for now, is athlete approved, and its solid three-layer shell construction keeps skiers dry and comfortable.

Find it at Eider

 

Black Diamond Mission Shell ($$$) 

Black Diamond Mission Shell

Black Diamond Mission Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation: At first glace this jacket looks incredibly sleek, stylish and simple. The two large chest pockets can easily hold skins and super long arm pit vents can dump heat in seconds. Although it’s a shell jacket, that’s usually bare bones, this one has a brushed liner that feels soft to the skin.  Wearing this jacket will make you look like a seasoned veteran who knows what they’re doing, especially in the backcountry.

Description: A fully featured, do-it-all ski jacket featuring waterproof and breathable GoreTex fabric, the versatile Mission Shell has the mobility, protection and comfort needed for any day of the season, in- or out-of-bounds

 

What Skiers Say:

  • The Black Diamond Mission jacket provides great wind and waterproof protection, is highly breathable, and steezy despite its low-key looks. It has amazing range of motion while maintaining a quiet (almost soft shell) feel, and the hood easily swallows a ski helmet. Plus, its pockets were well placed and inconspicuously cavernous—I was hoarding four days worth of trail maps and beef jerky without showing any exterior bulk. But while I’m not a big guy, the fit seemed a bit narrow around the waist/hips. As a skier who heats up fast, this durable shell allowed me to dump heat and remain dry and comfortable up and down the mountain.
  • Zip up, pull on the hood, and laugh in the face of foul weather. The Foresight 3L is a big-mountain, technical coat that is not only flush with clever appointments and well-placed pockets, but it’s impervious to snow and wind. Between the thumb loops, removable powder skirt, taped seams, and robust face fabric, I have yet to encounter a day where I’m at all hesitant about putting it on. Not to mention the subtle, yet dapper panel design that fetches longing eyes both on the mountain and across the bar.

Find it on sale here at Backcountry, Evo, Mountain Gear, Tahoe Mtn Sports

 



Women’s Top Ski Jackets for 2016

November 20th, 2015

A new ski jacket must meet some high demands. It’s outer shell must keep you dry and the inner workings must keep you warm.  But skiing is a strenuous sport and working up a sweat in frigid conditions can be dangerous, so these jackets simultaneously offer high quality ventilation.  It should be easy to zip in and out of and protect you from all the elements winter may throw at you. But, above all, for the modern day skier it needs to look good…unless you are trying to impress the guy in the starter jacket.

We’ve compiled a selection of the 2015-2016 winter season’s best women’s ski jackets that we think fit the bill. Feel free to add your own reviews of these products in the comments section below and let us know if you have any questions.

 

North Face Thermoball Snow Triclimate Parka ($$$)

A three layer jacket system provides warmth and versatility in a longer cut to cover your assets on cold chairlifts

North Face Thermoball Snow Triclimate Parka

SkiGenie Recommendation: North Face has created a truly all-in-one jacket with this 2 layer zip-in system. The exterior shell jacket is long enough to cover your bum for comfort on icy chairlifts, its completely waterproof, stretchy for ease of motion, has a removable hood, tons of pockets for extra gear and includes an interior puffy down jacket that can be worn separately or together as a system for the ultimate in insulation on cold winter days.

Description: No matter what the snow report calls for, bring this perfectly paired zip-in system to the hill for reliable weather protection and unmatched versatility. The waterproof parka has alpine-specific features and is crafted with a longer 29-inch length for additional coverage.

What Skiers Say:

  • It’s a good coat. Great zippers, great quality, and nice length. I’m 5’10” and 150lbs and i have a large. I thought the sleeves could be longer, but I’m used to that feeling. Also, it is a little roomy in the chest area so it’s not very form fitting, but I doubt I could go down a size because then it would be too short or too tight. The inside feels very nice though, almost like wearing a cloud.
  • I wear this jacket to teach Ice Skating. If I’m not moving around this jacket keeps me warm and I can remove layers if needed. I like that the sleeves are long so when I stretch my arms, my gloves stay tucked in. It is slightly fitted, and not bulky

Find it on sale at BackcountryEvo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline .

 

Kuhl Spyfire Hoody ($$)

A light down filled layering piece or stand alone jacket with intelligent "body mapping" insulation.

Kuhl Spyfire Hoody

SkiGenie Recommendation: The all-new Spyfire line of women’s ski jackets from Kuhl has created a new benchmark for down outerwear technology. The 800 fill “certified non force fed / not “live plucked” goose down is body mapped to keep you warm where you need it most and reduces bulk for layering. The soft shell reinforced fabric on the shoulders allows you to shoulder skis with sharp edges that would shred any ordinary down sweater. Plenty of pockets, lighter weight material in the underarms, large, 5-panel hood and water-resistant, wind-proof coating round out this jacket’s design for one of the best layering pieces of the 2015/2016 winter season. Wear this jacket on its own around town or layered under a shell for any day on the hill.

Description: One look at KÜHL’s exclusive new Women’s Spyfire™ Hoody ultralight Down Jacket and you realize it is different by design, construction, and features than any down sweater that has come before it.

What Skiers Say:

  • You almost forget you have it on, it’s such a natural, comfortable fit.
  • Awarded the eKomi Silver Seal of Approval in customer feedback
  • Product Video Review

Find it on sale at KUHLBackcountryBerg’s, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Descente Kensie Jacket ($$$)

Three layered shell jacket that moves with you in an athletic cut and helmet compatible hood.

Descente Kensie Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Kensie jacket is an all-around everyday shell with an athletic cut and stretch to move as you move around the mountain. Its designed with simple, clean lines, and lots of great color options with an extra pop of color on the zippers. Tons of pockets including interior media pocket, removable powder skirt, stretchy wrist cuffs, pit zips and 20,000mm rated waterproofing create the perfect jacket no matter the conditions.

Description: The Kensie is the perfect go to jacket, a 3-layer shell designed to optimize performance and breathability. Fully seam sealed and finished with a 20K waterproof finish to keep you dry in all conditions.

What Skier’s Say:

  • The Kensie jacket is functional, warm (has a three shell layering and a great hood which fits over your helmet for cold charilift rides), and ​stylish. I’ve been complimented on mine several times in lift lines! –Keely Kelleher, Descente International Athlete and former US Alpine Ski Team Member.
  • OntheSnow.com buyer’s guide review

Find it on sale at US Outdoor Store

 

Bergans Myrkdalen Lady Jacket

A super stylish yet incredibly well made, durable jacket with big pockets, adjustable hood and powder skirt connectable with the matching pants.

Bergans Myrkdalen Lady Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Bergans is a known and trusted Norwegian outerwear and outdoor gear brand offering sleek, clean lines and superior quality. This shell includes all the specifications of a technical shell like stretchy, waterproof, windproof breathability. It has a unique pit zip design that runs diagonally so it can easily be reached while wearing a backpack. The intuitive features of this jacket are clearly designed with the alpine ski tourer or mountaineer in mind. Yet this jacket made our list primarily for its great color options and stylish look. 

Description: Long, technical jacket developed for alpine and freeride. Myrkdalen is made from waterproof, windproof, and breathable 3-layer Dermizax® fabric. The jacket features a ski pass pocket and detachable snowskirt, and connects to several of our ski pants to create a complete suit.

 

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale at Moosejaw.com

 

Marmot Mountain Down

Super warm, wind & resistant goose down jacket for very cold days.

Marmot Mountain Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you want to stay warm while skiing in frigid temperatures, this is your go-to mid-winter jacket on the coldest of days. Best for resort skiers in colder climates or high alpine pursuits in severe conditions.

Description: Lightweight and incredibly warm for all-day comfort, the Mountain Down Jacket’s 650+ fill goose down is stuffed in waterproof and breathable ripstop fabric. Enhanced with a zip-off powder skirt and adjustable cuffs to keep snow out and fixed hood with peripheral cord adjustment for unrestricted movement.

What Skiers Say:

  • I purchased this jacket after an extensive search for a wind resistant warm down coat for hiking and cross-country skiing. Local temps were predicted to be -10 to 25 degrees F, and this jacket kept me toasty warm even in significant wind chills. The goggle pocket was convenient and the large side zip pockets were perfect for extra gloves and hats. The wrap around hood and neck cover worked well for the especially cold days, although I would have liked the inner lining near my face to be softer- sometimes the zipper was scratchy. It also comes with a pretty matching stuff sack and removable powder skirt. Because the outer shell fabric is stiff, the coat does not compress significantly for packing. Overall I was SO GLAD to have this heavy down jacket instead of the lighter puffies others were shivering in.
  • It’s amazing! Warm, windproof and light, really good fit.
  • Product video review

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Helly Hansen Motion Stretch Jacket

An intuitively designed jacket thats waterproof and warm

Helly Hansen Motion Stretch Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This jacket has all the stretch, versatility and extreme waterproofing of a shell with the extra warmth, comfort and intuition of body mapped Primaloft insulation. What we really love about this jacket is that even though its insulated, its designed with a slimming look in mind that’s articulated for movement. It includes all the pockets you need, wrist gaitors, fully taped seams, removable powder skirt and a Recco avalanche reflector. The Motion Stretch is a total package for those bitter mid-winter days that can dump heat with Helly Hansen’s signature ventilation system when the temps start to rise.

Description: Altitude and speed inspire this performance insulated ski jacket. Waterproof breathable Helly Tech® Performance stretch fabric is combined with PrimaLoft® insulation, and our innovative H2Flow system for turbo-charged mechanical venting provide ultimate temperature regulation.

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Black Diamond Convergent Down Women’s Hooded Jacket ($$$)

purple ski jacket worn on backcountry expeditions

Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Best for the technical-minded skier out there bagging summits, no matter the weather. This jacket is made for alpine endeavors on cold winter days.

Description: Windproof, highly water-resistant and insulated, the Convergent Down Hoody stops bitter cold, biting wind and all other forms of weather. This form-fitting jacket offers protection and warmth in fierce winter conditions.  Featuring DWR-treated PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Down Blend, taped-seam shell, and helmet-compatible adjustable hood.

What Skiers Say:

  • This is a sweet jacket, no doubt. The day I received it I was so stoked to check out the waterproofing that I ran a sleeve under the faucet and little beads of water repelled off without saturating the fabric, and I thought to myself “yes, this is what I have been looking for!” I love that there is a primaloft/down blend, but it gets HOT! This is the jacket you throw on for your descent, but don’t expect to exercise in it, or else it’ll make you sweat. This jackets best uses are for belaying in the brisk mornings, hanging out in cold weather, mountain descents, and walking the dogs out on freezing cold days. The fit is a little strange, I bought a medium after reading other reviews and the hips are still tight, and I am not a “hippy” kinda gal, but roomy in the chest area (but I experienced that I don’t need to layer with this jacket). I’m generally a small in outerwear. I also went with black, and am not dissapointed, it was very true to color which was “black as midnight on a moonless night”. Overall it’s a great jacket for a great price!
  • Product Video Review

Find it on sale at Backcountry & Eastern Mountain Sports

 

Columbia Alpine Action Jacket ($$)

Warm, waterproof, and texturized material with a low price make this jacket a great value

Columbia Alpine Action Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Columbia never fails to create great alpine outerwear that’s warm and waterproof with active pursuits in mind. We love this jacket for all of its incredible insulation and brushed texture, but most of all, its price point. This is a great jacket for everyday on the hill that leaves enough in the bank for a proper après ski afternoon or day trip to a mountain you’ve never skied before.

Description: A warm winter coat with a sophisticated air—the waterproof Alpine Action Jacket is crafted with our patented thermal-reflective technology and 100g of synthetic insulation for all-day warmth.

What Skiers Say:

  • Granted this is my first Columbia jacket, I am completely satisfied with my purchase. Extremely high quality. Only complaint would be breathe-ability. Could use air ventilation under arms.
  • If you’re short then this coat would work. I’m tall and thin and its too short in the arms and body.
  • True to size… Super warm! Lots of pockets, and the powder skirt is great.

Find it on sale at Backcountry, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline, The House

 

Patagonia Untracked Jacket ($$$)

An all-in-one weatherproof and warm jacket with plenty of pockets and high quality design from Patagonia

Patagonia Untracked Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Highly technical, low bulk shell for backcountry ascents in deep powder and hard-charging bell-to-bell days in the resort. Best used without layers on warmer days or while working up a sweat (colder days will necessitate extra layers).  A perennial classic.

Description: With a highly articulated women’s specific fit, the Untracked is a warm low-bulk freeride jacket for hiking or powdery descent. Built with a 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric for durable waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.  Also includes underarm vents, internal pockets and a soft brushed tricot backer for extra warmth.

What Skiers Say:

  • Love this jacket. Kept me warm and dry in Japan pow. The high zip on the collar is the best.
  • Finally, a ski jacket that fits well, isn’t super bulky, in a durable and completely weatherproof Gore-tex package in sweet colors!
  • Product Video Review

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Spyder Aimie Down Jacket ($$$)

Stylish and warm synthetic down jacket with real fox fur collar.

Spyder Aimie Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: The Aimie Down jacket is definitely one of the most stylish pieces on our list for 2015/2016. We believe it’ll be your go-to jacket for those cold clear January days on the slopes and even colder winter evenings out on the town. If you’re looking for a seamless transition from the slopes to the streets, this one’s for you.

Description: Spyder’s Aimie Jacket is made of incredibly soft, yet water-repellent fabric, with a subtle crosshatch texture. Insulated with 700 Fill Power Down, it’s topped off with a real fox fur accent, which is removable so you can wash it with ease.

What Skiers Say:

  • The most comfortable, sexy style going by Spyder. Once you put it on you won’t want to take it off. Nicely fitted and real fur that removes for washing. True to size. I am a Medium to small and i wear a 6 if I want to wear a sweater underneath it.
  • The Aimie Down is my favorite all around women’s ski jackets. It’s stylish and warm to wear at night, very packable for all the travelling I do, and I love the classy fit and feel. The fur collar is a great addition that feels sporty and chic. -Julia Mancuso, Olympian and US Alpine Ski Team member

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Skis.com, & SummitOnline

 

 



Best Ski Jackets for Men 2015-2016

October 28th, 2015

The top ski jackets and parkas for Men for the 2015-2016 cover all the bases with durable, technical materials that keep you warm, dry, mobile, and above all, looking good. We’ve compiled a list of our favorites for this season from some of the top respected brands in the industry. Depending on where you ski the features you love will vary but will consistently include good pockets, an adjustable hood to stay warm and dry and good insulation / waterproofing to keep your core protected.  A good ski jacket is worth the investment and will withstand the elements for a number of winters. Send us a note if you have any questions and as always, feel free to add your own comments and reviews below.

 

Eider Spencer C Knit Jacket ($$$)

technical shell – Gore-Tex – venting for temperature regulation

Gore-Tex material provides weatherproof protection with excellent venting to regulate heat.

Eider Spencer C Knit

SkiGenie Recommendation: New for 2016, Eider has utilized an even lighter, more breathable iteration of the long trusted Gore-Tex material that is incredibly durable. This is a highly technical jacket with a relaxed, cool look to provide all the features you could want for mountaineering while looking good in resort.

 

Description: The Spencer Jacket is designed for the skier who needs a technical, mountaineering level of protection with a freeski look. GORE-TEX Pro membrane provides maximum weatherproofing and durability, while its relaxed fit allows for freedom of movement and space for layering.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Named “Skiing’s Hot Gear” for 2016 on Skinet.com “Give a big ol’ welcome to the new fabric in town, Gore-Tex C-Knit, 15 percent more breathable and 10 percent lighter than Gore Pro. When used in the Spencer all-mountain kit, it amounts to a supremely lightweight and versatile yet fully featured shell.”
  • SkiNet.com Review

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Columbia A Basin Ripper Shell ($$)

technical shell – Gore-Tex – venting for temperature regulation

Stretchy, breathable titanium shell for all mountain.

Columbia A Basin Ripper Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation: Columbia is a known and trusted brand for good quality, high value outdoor gear, and the new A Basin Ripper Shell is no exception. The cut and design of this jacket allows for plenty of movement whether bootpacking just beyond the rope line or hot lapping the resort all day. The hood fits well over a helmet and well-placed venting dumps heat when you need it. Overall, a great value for a jacket that will stand the test of multiple seasons.

 

Description: With its 4-way stretch ability, chest venting and a pocket for your lift ticket, this waterproof, breathable and fully seam-sealed Titanium shell is perfect for anyone who truly rips it up on the mountain.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • This shell is awesome. Wore it for a week skiing in Chile, and it’s the right jacket for every condition. It’s thin, stretchy, and waterproof. Has vents on the front which allow air to actually zoom in while you’re moving, so it cools you off immediately.Comfy, well thought out piece that I’d totally recommend. Fits like a new-age piece of ski gear should, with the new-school style and loose fit that works well, but looks good.
  • SkiNet.com 2016 Best Jacket review

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Flylow Genius  Ski Jacket ($$$)

 Technical shell – supreme ventilation – lightweight/touring specific 

shell jacket made of light material and superior venting to regulate temperature.

Flylow Genius

SkiGenie Recommendation: Going along with the Backcountry and Side-Country trends in skiing these days, Flylow has evolved to create this brand new jacket for the ski touring enthusiast in mind. However, as it is a shell, this jacket will also thrive in resort on warmer days or with layers underneath. It is guaranteed waterproof and super breathable with smartly designed venting/pockets placed out of the way of backpack straps. This jacket is light enough to pack on a multi-day ski touring adventure yet durable enough for day to day in bounds use. 

 

Description: Skiers have been asking for a super lightweight touring shell and Flylow has delivered. The Genius Jacket is their lightest, all-season jacket yet, made with Polartec NeoShell and high-tech features.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Skiing Magazine’s “Hot Gear” for 2016 “This super-light touring shell is made with Polartec Neoshell is among the lightest in the category. With forgiving four-way stretch and articulated sleeves and shoulders, the genius of this jacket is its backcountry versatility.”

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Black Diamond Zone ($$$)

 Burly insulation – technical shell exterior – easy adjustable features

Incredibly insulated with hardcore exterior shell.

Black Diamond Zone Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Sometimes you want to look tough on the outside while feeling warm and cozy on the inside, and  Black Diamond has created a jacket for just that. Incredibly warm and insulated on the interior for those bone-chilling January days, yet waterproof, breathable and highly durable Gore-Tex on the exterior, this jacket suits multiple needs whether you’re in resort, ski mountaineering or touring.

Description: Black Diamond’s warmest GORE-TEX® ski jacket. Featuring easily adjustable hood, high collar and removable powder skirt. A range of zippered pockets stash your small must-haves, and extended two-way zippered armpit vents make for quick temperature regulation.

What Skiers Say:

  • Skinet.com Best Ski Jacket 2016 “Designed for lift riding on cold days, the Zone takes advantage of PrimaLoft Silver insulation, which is high-loft and very warm yet still compressible. Extended pit zips let you cool down as needed, while a stowable powder skirt offers options in the deep.”

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

Millet Men’s Cosmic Couloir  ($$$)

Freeride style – mountaineering performance

Freeride style in a technical mountaineering jacket.

Millet Cosmic Couloir Jacket


SkiGenie Recommendation:
 This freeride style jacket is built with all the techy and protective features you look for like incredibly durable Gore-Tex material that’s 100% waterproof and breathable yet lightweight for moving around the mountain. Plenty of pockets, pit vents and adjustable hood make this an all around high performance jacket, yet what sets it apart is its mountaineering look yet more freeride fit and feel.

 

Description: This jacket is built for freeride and it will not let you down. It delivers a good durability-to-weight ratio with its longwearing Gore-Tex abrasion resistance that does not sacrifice lightweight performance. Sealed seams and water repellent zips makes this jacket 100% waterproof and an integrated powder skirt is joined to a stretched fabric band to create a barrier against snow without losing mobility.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • This three-layer Gore-Tex duo is a streamlined freeride option. Seam-sealed and with reinforced shoulders, elbows, and hemline for more durability, the Cosmic Couloir shell has a fixed, helmet- compatible hood with visor.

Find it on sale at Backcountry.

 

Scott Ultimate GTX  ($$)

High style – ergonomic insulation – durable Gore-Tex

Super stylish jacket that includes all the durability and waterproofness of a technical jacket

Scott Ultimate GTX Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: If, above all else, style is a priority in your ski attire, then the Scott Ultimate jacket is your go-to. As with most jackets on Ski Genie’s list, it includes Gore-Tex durability, insulation, good venting, plenty of pockets, adjustability and a helmet compatible hood, yet the color and design of this jacket is what caught our eye. With six different color choices and relaxed, freeride cut, this jacket will make you look like a boss at the top of any line. 

 

Description: Utilizing a partial Thinsulate™ interior and GORE-TEX® 2L exterior, the Scott Ultimate GTX Jacket is an all-in-one, design-specific jacket for the all mountain skier looking for the most technical jacket in the “Ultimate” Line.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • SkiNet.com Best Ski Jackets 2016,“The Ultimate is an all- mountain jacket for the resort skier who wants performance and style. Insulated with strategically placed Thinsulate where you’re likely to get cold (chest and arms) and lined with Scott’s performance mesh in the back, then sealed in a two-layer Gore-Tex shell, the Ultimate kit provides the thermal regulation you need before you know you need it.”

Find it on sale at Backcountry

 

NorthFace FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket  ($$$)

Big Mountain performance – extremely durable 

This jacket has it all - technical features in design, freeride style, big mountain performance.

North Face FuseForm Brigandine 3L Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This jacket is technical in design with a freeride fit for comfort with NorthFace professional athletes charging big mountains in mind. The list goes on with technical features included like light yet strong fibers in construction, fully seam sealed, abrasion zones with more durable fabric, adjustable, helmet compatible hood, pit zips, hand warmer pockets, and internal waterproof phone pocket.  This jacket is a great investment for a dedicated skier that values technical design and desires an all-in-one piece that will withstand many seasons of abuse. 

  

Description: Battle the elements while skinning uphill from base camp, or drop in high above the tree line with the protection of our most technically advanced waterproof jacket that integrates four-way stretch with targeted abrasion resistance using our new FuseForm™ construction technique.

What Skiers Say:

  • What I like about this jacket is its fit, simplicity and its durability. Brigandine is literately chain mail and this jacket lives up to the name, Its deflected sticks, and can handle brushes with rocks and normal wear and tear is nothing. TNF has used Fuse Form Tech to make this jacket super strong and abrasion resistant in high use areas, without seams. One downside to the super durable fabric is that in really cold temps it stiffens up a bit making it possible to miss align the zipper and it can bind up. With extra care and alignment during extreme cold this can be avoided. As far as fit, I am 5’10’ and like a baggy fit, the large is big but not too over the top. XL is BIG… -Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, TNF Athlete

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Evo, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Tahoe Mountain Sports

 

Arc’teryx Thorium SV Hoodie ($$$)

 Super warm down – water repellant – lightweight & packable

best ski jacket for 2015

Arcteryx Thorium SV Hoodie

SkiGenie Recommendation: Super warm and light makes this a cozy, yet packable down jacket. Arcteryx even includes a stuff sack for easy travel. This is a great down option that includes a water-repellant finish, adjustable hem, and plenty of pockets. Though Arcteryx is known for their highly technical outerwear, the clean lines of this jacket make it versatile for off-mountain use.

 

Description: Perfect as a mid-layer or outer layer, depending on what you’re using it for and in which temperatures. This jacket features Down Composite Mapping™—synthetic insulation goes into areas prone to moisture, while 100% goose down goes where warmth is most necessary. The 100% nylon Colibri™ face fabric is lightweight, durable and wind resistant.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Its lightweight, water repellent, and warm. The goose down is still super compressible and really light. I recommend buying 1 size up if you want to layer underneath.
  • Of all the ultra-light down options I considered, this one seems to get toasty the fastest. The non-adjustable hood is great because it’s snug. If you want a jacket for standing at the bus stop in 0 degree weather, throw a shell over it and feel the heat, just remember it doesn’t really cut wind on its own.

Find it on sale for $398 or less at BackcountryBerg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Mountain Gear, Tahoe Mtn. Sports, US Outdoor

 

Marmot Great Scott Ski Jacket ($)

 All-around multi-condition use – classic styling – hood compatible – great value

Classic styling with all the tech features you need to stay warm, dry and looking good.

Marmot Great Scott Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is an excellent all-around jacket that can be worn on cold mid-winter days, un-zipped when it gets warmer, and chic for après when the day is done. The classic clean lines and high quality construction create a valuable piece of gear that will withstand multiple seasons of use.

 

Description: The Great Scott Jacket is a 100 percent seam-taped, two-layer construction of Marmot MemBrain® waterproof/breathable shell. Additional features include a soft-brushed collar lining, zip-off storm hood with laminated brim, under arm venting, powder skirt, adjustable hem and cuffs and ample pockets. 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • The Great Scott is one of my favorite jackets I’ve owned. It has all the technical features you need, from efficient ventilation, awesome waterproofing, and cuffs that are easy to get over the top of your gloves. The hood is also spacious enough to fit over your helmet.
  • I’ve used the Great Scott in all conditions. It has kept me warm during deep powder days and doesn’t overheat when out for a tour. I Love how it fits too, it has a looser free ride fit, which allows full mobility in the air. The unique texture also keeps it classy so I feel comfortable heading out to dinner in this jacket. 

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports

 

Patagonia Pow Slayer Ski Parka ($$$)

 Highest quality – durable – water/wind proof & warm

Durable material keeps you warm and dry on deep days

Patagonia Powslayer Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-around high performance jacket that serves the hardest charging athletes or the resort skier looking for a quality, long-lasting piece. Although the price-tag is on the high end, you will get what you pay for with the kind of well-made, extremely durable and ethically sourced materials Patagonia is known for. In addition to its high quality, it comes in cool color combinations that won’t go out of style.

 

Description: Ambassador driven and tested on every level, this fully dialed jacket gives you the best available stormproof performance for every imaginable condition. It’s made with extremely light yet highly durable, 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for the pinnacle of waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.

What Skiers Say:

  • The pow slayer jacket is incredible. The fit is new school, but not excessive. The fabric is incredibly durable, but also light and performs well in storms. There’s enough pocket space for anything you need.
  • The cut moves really well, whether hiking or skiing.
  • I’ve put this jacket through the wringer, and it’s hands down the best performing ski gear I’ve ever used. I believe it will last a lifetime of hard use.
  • Product Video

 

Find it on sale at Backcountry, Evo, REI

 

 



Top Ski Jacket for Men 2014-2015

October 24th, 2014

Check out our latest 2016 Edition here.

From technical to stylish, down insulated to synthetic, waterproofed or warm, the top ski jacket for Men in 2014-2015 will always keep you cozy and dry.  We’ve compiled a list of our favorites for this season from some of the top brands in the industry.  If you are going to enjoy yourself this winter, you will want to find a jacket with a look you like. Depending on where you ski the features you love will vary but will invariably include good pockets, a hood to stay warm and dry and insulation / waterproofing to keep your core protected.  Expect to pay a bit more than you thought.  But a good ski jacket will last multiple seasons and will be well worth the investment.  Our researched selections will keep you on the slopes longer and allow you to stylishly transition to après. Let us know if you have any questions. Feel free to add your own comments and reviews below.

 

Marmot Tuner Down Ski Jacket ($)

button-up shirt style – mid-layer or après jacket – quality down fill

grey quilted men's ski jacket with breast pockets

Marmot Turner Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is a great around-town, après, or mid-layer under a shell jacket. The fashionable style with button front and collar creates the look of a down button-up shirt. It would also work well as a paired down jacket for skiing if you wear a backpack or have extra pockets in your pants for any necessities.

 

Description: The Tuner is a modern take on an old-school classic with a 100-percent recycled polyester face and a vintage down “shirt” styling. Water-resistant and super warm with 700-fill power down, the jacket works as outerwear, or can be worn as a mid-layer for colder days.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • It is a nice jacket – light, warm and looks good. However, if worn as an outer layer you may be wishing for hand pockets.
  • I was surprised firstly at how light it was, and secondly by its ability to break the wind. I really dig the button up front, making it easy to rip off at the end of the day. Good style, good fit, good quality. Hand zippers would be nice but not a deal breaker.
  • This is a very warm and one of the lightest ski jackets that stands out from other typical down jackets. It’s very stylish with its buttons on the sleeves and front. I like how it fits; the length is perfect and there’s room to wear a base layer or a sweater under it.

Find it on sale for $164 or less at Backcountry.

 

Marmot Great Scott Ski Jacket ($)

 All-around multi-condition use – classic styling – hood compatible – great value

orange elegant and simple men's ski jacket

Marmot Great Scott Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is an excellent all-around jacket that can be worn on cold mid-winter days, un-zipped when it gets warmer, and chic for après when the day is done. The classic clean lines and high quality construction create a valuable piece of gear that will withstand multiple seasons of use.

 

Description: The Great Scott Jacket is a 100 percent seam-taped, two-layer construction of Marmot MemBrain® waterproof/breathable shell. Additional features include a soft-brushed collar lining, zip-off storm hood with laminated brim, under arm venting, powder skirt, adjustable hem and cuffs and ample pockets.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • The Great Scott is one of my favorite jackets I’ve owned. It has all the technical features you need, from efficient ventilation, awesome waterproofing, and cuffs that are easy to get over the top of your gloves. The hood is also spacious enough to fit over your helmet.
  • I’ve used the Great Scott in all conditions. It has kept me warm during deep powder days and doesn’t overheat when out for a tour. I Love how it fits too, it has a looser free ride fit, which allows full mobility in the air. The unique texture also keeps it classy so I feel comfortable heading out to dinner in this jacket.

Find it on sale from $153 – $265 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, REI, The House, & U.S. Outdoor Store.

 

Oakley Nighthawk Biozone Ski Jacket ($$)

 High-tech features – quality insulation – progressive cut and color

bad ass ski jacket with dark faded with camo pattern

Oakley Nighthawk Biozone Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: This jacket is crammed with high-tech features that make it a contender as one of the best ski and snowboard pieces out there. And yet it’s most defining feature may be its fashion-forward camo fade print. It has a longer and leaner fit but still ensures that you have enough room to move. If you demand function and style in your ski gear then this is the jacket for you.

 

Description: The Nighthawk BioZone™ Jacket features a magnetic hood secure system, breathable protection from the elements, and underarm zip vents with mesh insets. The fleece lining delivers moisture management, insulation and comfort while multiple pockets offer ample storage. Finished with critically taped seams and a removable storm skirt that allows for easy integration with snow pants, this jacket is a functional and protective layer for any extreme activity.

What Skiers Say:

  • Pro rider inspired – the Oakley Nighthawk Biozone is a pretty sharp looking number, and it’s packing some equally snazzy features.
  • Product Video

Find it on sale for $299 or less at Evo, Skis.com, & SummitOnline.

 

Under Armour Enyo Shell ($$)

 Streamlined cut – highly waterproof – insulation without bulkiness

high performance ski parka for men

Under Armour Enyo Shell

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is one of the sleeker looking ski jackets that’s highly waterproof and sports a streamlined look. Without the typical bulky insulation this jacket traps your own body heat with infrared technology. Its long, tailored fit keeps things covered and allows for layering. An excellent option with handy features and a trim cut that keeps you super dry and warm all day long.

 

Description: The Enyo Shell is the most waterproof jacket we have. Boasting 20k/20k Armour storm Waterproof Breathable, ColdGear Infrared printed interior, Recco, fully taped and waterproof exposed zippers, three-piece helmet-compatible hood, and mesh-backed core vents.

 

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale for $179 – $300 or less at Backcountry.

 

Eider Manhattan Ski Jacket ($$)

 Unique fashionable fabric – warm – versatile on hill/off hill

warm mid winter eider men's ski jacket with warm hoodie

Eider Manhattan Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another stylish, functional jacket built with all the technical aspects: waterproof breathability, warmth, pit zips and a powder skirt. And the unique brushed twill-looking outer fabric also looks sharp off the slopes. A great option for the resort skier looking for all-day comfort and style.

 

Description: This is a multi-purpose and accessible jacket for everyone, whether in town or in the mountains. Thanks to the Defender membrane’s warmth, this jacket traps the heat and keeps cold and moisture out.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • This is a super versatile jacket with an awesome fabric. It feels like a twill/denim but is actually 100% waterproof, breathable, and seam sealed with 2 way stretch. Inside you have a removable powder skirt, cell phone pocket, big mesh pocket… everything you’ve come to expect from a ski jacket.
  • Since it has waterproof metallic zippers and leather pullers you get a lifestyle look that isn’t out of place in the office or at the bar.

Find it on sale for $349 or less at Backcountry.

 

Salomon Super Halo Hoodie ($$$)

Lightweight down insulation – warm & packable

super warm puffy full zip ski jacket

Salomon Super Halo Hoodie

SkiGenie Recommendation: Salomon keeps it simple with this lightweight, warm, packable down jacket. A great layering piece or wear it on its own on chilly dry days with color options to go bold or understated.

  

Description: Super Halo uses down with DWR, so it won’t hold water from sweat or humidity. Super light, with a Pertex lining and face, it’s the ultimate down insulation piece.

What Skiers Say:

  • A nicely designed down jacket that will keep you warm in the backcountry on a cold bluebird day or while you’re out on the deck sipping beers after a long day running laps. It’s got an active fit, which makes it less bulky and perfect under a shell. It’s also super lightweight so it won’t weigh you down.

 

 

Find it on sale for $374 or less at Evo & Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Arc’teryx Thorium SV Hoodie ($$$)

 Super warm down – water repellant – lightweight & packable

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Arcteryx Thorium SV Hoodie

SkiGenie Recommendation: Super warm and light makes this a cozy, yet packable down jacket. Arcteryx even includes a stuff sack for easy travel. This is a great down option that includes a water-repellant finish, adjustable hem, and plenty of pockets. Though Arcteryx is known for their highly technical outerwear, the clean lines of this jacket make it versatile for off-mountain use.

 

Description: Perfect as a mid-layer or outer layer, depending on what you’re using it for and in which temperatures. This jacket features Down Composite Mapping™—synthetic insulation goes into areas prone to moisture, while 100% goose down goes where warmth is most necessary. The 100% nylon Colibri™ face fabric is lightweight, durable and wind resistant.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Its lightweight, water repellent, and warm. The goose down is still super compressible and really light. I recommend buying 1 size up if you want to layer underneath.
  • Of all the ultra-light down options I considered, this one seems to get toasty the fastest. The non-adjustable hood is great because it’s snug. If you want a jacket for standing at the bus stop in 0 degree weather, throw a shell over it and feel the heat, just remember it doesn’t really cut wind on its own.

Find it on sale for $398 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Mountain Gear, Tahoe Mtn Sports & US Outdoor Store.

 

Atomic 3L Ridgeline Ski Jacket ($$$)

Technical shell – intuitive design – highly waterproof

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Atomic 3L Ridgeline Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Intuition is the key factor in the design and fit of this jacket so it can move and stretch while keeping you dry on storm days. This is a high quality technical shell built for the dedicated skier looking for a jacket that can keep up. Its durable three-layer shell keeps out all elements, yet lacks insulation. You’ll need to layer up on the coldest days.

 

Description: Specifically designed for the skier, this jacket features an ultra-durable, lightweight waterproof breathable Pertex laminate that keeps you dry all day. Atomic‘s Ski Fit gives you room where you need it but isn’t overly baggy either. There is enough room for layering and extra flex over the knees and around the shoulders. It features an assortment of pockets and zip vents for dumping heat.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Atomic was striving for a comfort level that was on par with the highest performance capacity. It is light and soft yet has all the technical features you would expect being fully seam sealed, 20K/20K, 3L construction and of course properly placed pockets.
  • Product Video

 

Find it on sale for $400 or less at Evo.

 

Flylow Gear Lab Ski Coat 2.0 ($$$)

Lightweight technical shell – venting – removable powder skirt

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Fly Low Lab Coat 2.0

SkiGenie Recommendation: Flylow makes some of the best shell jackets and pants on the market, and has won a Polartec Apex Award for this jacket. This jacket could be the best for a backcountry skier in need of lightweight waterproof material that can dump heat through its venting or be used in the resort on sunny days.

 

Description: Designed by a top mountaineering apparel designer for the Flylow team to make it the ultimate shell for skiing, the Lab Coat is made with truly waterproof and breathable Polartec Neoshell fabric.

 

What Skiers Say:

  • Product Video
  • The polartec Neoshell fabric was lightweight and extremely waterproof. I’m not a fan of powder skirts, so I liked that it was removable. I’m 6’0″ and a Large fits perfectly.
  • Check out another comprehensive review here

 

Find it on sale for $479 or less at Backcountry, Evo & REI.

 

 

Patagonia Pow Slayer Ski Jacket ($$$)

 Highest quality – durable – water/wind proof & warm

top of the line men's ski jacket from the top outdoor retailer patagonia

Patagonia Pow Slayer Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-around high performance jacket that serves the hardest charging athletes or the resort skier looking for a quality, long-lasting piece. Although the price-tag is on the high end, you will get what you pay for with the kind of well-made, extremely durable and ethically sourced materials Patagonia is known for. In addition to its high quality, it comes in cool color combinations that won’t go out of style.

 

Description: Ambassador driven and tested on every level, this fully dialed jacket gives you the best available stormproof performance for every imaginable condition. It’s made with extremely light yet highly durable, 3-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric for the pinnacle of waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.

 

 

What Skiers Say:

  • The pow slayer jacket is incredible. The fit is new school, but not excessive. The fabric is incredibly durable, but also light and performs well in storms. There’s enough pocket space for anything you need.
  • The cut moves really well, whether hiking or skiing.
  • I’ve put this jacket through the wringer, and it’s hands down the best performing ski gear I’ve ever used. I believe it will last a lifetime of hard use.
  • Product Video

Find it on sale for $679 – $699 or less at PatagoniaEvo.

 

Spyder Rocket Down Mens Insulated ($$$)

Undisputed warmth – waterproof and down – killer jacket

waterproof down mens jacket

Spyder Rocket Down Ski Jacket

Recommendation: Fully waterproof and adjustable compression at speed make the Rocket a viable choice for those who work up a sweat and ski in the fast lane, as long as the added weight and hood incompatibility are not deal breakers.

What Skiers Say:
• Pros: Stretchy face fabric reduces insulation compression at speed, high weight to warmth ratio. Lots of pockets, bells, whistles, wrist gaiters and powder skirt seal out snowdrift.
• Cons: Pit zips too small for effective venting, but you likely will not be using a large down jacket in temperate weather. If you wear a helmet check to make sure the hood fits once you buy, but you can always zip it off if you don’t want it.

Find it on sale for $449 or less at Backcountry.

 

 

 



Best Women’s Ski Jacket of 2014-2015

October 15th, 2014

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A new ski jacket must fulfill and avalanche of expectations. It’s outer shell must keep you dry and warm, while paradoxically offering ventilation when you’re working hard.  It should be easy to zip in and out of yet sport a high collar to cover your face from the blistering wind. But let’s be honest—bottom line—it needs to look good…

 

We’ve compiled a selection of the 2014-2015 winter season’s best women’s ski jackets that we think fit the bill. Feel free to add your own reviews of these products in the comments section below and let us know if you have any questions.

 

  1. Volcom Scope Pullover Hooded Jacket – high style – warm & waterproof – unique cut & colors ($).

  2. Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket – shell with light insulation – sleek fabric in jewel-toned colors ($).

  3. Mountain Hardwear Barnsie Jacket – well-insulated & waterproofed – plenty of pockets – venting – fun striped colors ($).

  4. Mammut Alpette Insulated Jacket – clean lines, classic look – warm & waterproof – hi-tech features ($$).

  5. Marmot Mountain Down Jacket – super warm – lightweight – mid-winter cold weather jacket ($$$).

  6. Trew Stella Jacket – stylish cut & colors – versatile in and out of bounds ($$$).

  7. Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket – highly weather-resistant & hybrid down insulated – cold weather, backcountry or high alpine use ($$$).

  8. Patagonia Untracked Jacket – highly technical shell – superior venting – helmet compatible ($$$).

  9. The North Face Free Thinker Jacket – high end, technical – suitable for top athletes to everyday skiers – hardcore Goretex ($$$).

 

Volcom Scope Pullover Hooded

pullover waterproof women's ski jacket

Volcom Scope Pullover

SkiGenie Recommendation: This is a great jacket for the discerning skier or snowboarder who demands high style while on the slopes. This is one of the more stylish women’s ski jackets out there today with its sleek pullover cut, hoody style kangaroo pockets and double zipper for comfort around your chin. It maintains all of the features you look for to stay warm and ultra dry while keeping you the best-dressed shredder out there. 

Description: The Scope Pullover is a great stay-warm style. Features Volcom’s unique V-science 2-way stretch fabric to keep you warm while letting you move freely, plus their V-science breathable lining system prevents overheating. Also offers critical taped seams to keep the cold out. This high-tech top offers plenty of extras like a cozy super suede chin guard, an adjustable powder skirt, zip-in to Volcom pants, a media player pocket and a whistle zipper pull. 15K waterproof rating.

What Skiers Say:

 

Find them on sale for $230 or less at Backcountry, Evo, & The House.

 

Flylow Gear Phoebe

blue Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket for women

Flylow Gear Phoebe Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-around jacket that’s at home on the city streets as well as the slopes. Lots of style with its shiny, sleek outer fabric liner and jewel-toned colors. It may require a few more layers on the coldest days of the winter, but will always keep you dry on storm days.

Description: The new Phoebe Jacket is a lightweight, two-layer shell with 40 grams of synthetic down insulation featuring a helmet-compatible hood, internal cuffs with thumbholes, and a removable powder skirt for casual use. YKK waterproof zippers give the Phoebe extra protection that most ski jackets don’t have.

What Skiers Say:

  • It’s a great jacket, but I’d like to see more venting.
  • Product Video Review

 

Find it on sale for $250 or less at Backcountry, REI & Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie

Mountain Hardwear stripped women's ski jackets

Mountain Hardwear Barnsie Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Style meets function with this jacket. It is highly insulated to keep you warm throughout the day while side vents dump heat when temperatures rise. Great for the resort skier who needs a warm, waterproof jacket in fun striped colors, outfitted with all the pockets you need – hand, internal and media player.

Description: Dry.Q Core shell provides reliable waterproof breathable protection, and Thermal.Q Elite down feels light and heavenly even though it’s a protective synthetic insulation. Also includes an insulated hood for extra coziness, and a zippered chest pocket protects your valuables from wet weather.

What Skier’s Say:

 

 

Find it on sale from $275 or less at Backcountry, REI and Sun & Ski.

 

Mammut Alpette Insulated

warm grey ski jacket

Mammut Alpette Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Great all-around insulated women’s ski jacket with waterproof exterior. Clean lines make this a classic,stylish enough to be worn season after season. High tech features like wrist gaitors, two-way arm-pit vent zips, removable powder skirt and pockets galore make this a great buy.

Description: The Alpette Insulated Jacket looks snazzy out on the hill, and high-performance functionality keeps you comfortable. Breathable, waterproof DryTech fabric works with low-bulk synthetic insulation to keep you dry and warm. The powder skirt seals out snow and Lycra hand gaiters give a protective fit. Underarm vents allow you to cool off. An internal goggle pocket with built in cloth wipe and additional small phone or ipod pockets keep all your necessities at hand.

What Skiers Say:

  • Mammut jackets tend to fit trim with plenty of length in torso and arms.
  • Very good price and quality.

 

 

Find it on sale from $160-$399 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, Tahoe Mtn Sports.

 

Marmot Mountain Down Women’s

super warm down women's ski parka

Marmot Mountain Down Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you want to stay warm while skiing in frigid temperatures, this is your go-to mid-winter jacket on the coldest of days. Best for resort skiers in colder climates or high alpine pursuits in severe conditions.

Description: Lightweight and incredibly warm for all-day comfort, the Mountain Down Jacket’s 650+ fill goose down is stuffed in waterproof and breathable ripstop fabric. Enhanced with a zip-off powder skirt and adjustable cuffs to keep snow out and fixed hood with peripheral cord adjustment for unrestricted movement.

What Skiers Say:

  • I recently purchased the Mountain Down Jacket and it’s amazing, extremely warm and well-made. I will highly recommend Marmot products.
  • It’s amazing! Warm, windproof and light, really good fit.
  • Product video review

 

 

Find it on sale for $374 or less at Backcountry.

 

Trew Stella Women’s Ski Jacket

tri-tone colored women's ski jacket the trew stella

Trew Stella Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Super stylish in its cut and color design and highly technical in its materials. Best for the dedicated skier who rips snow at the resort and out of bounds as well.

Description: The technical women’s ski shell has a refined fit with contouring in the arms and a redesigned waist profile. Lightweight, durable Private Reserve 3L construction, thoughtful storage options, and attention to detail set this flattering, functional alpine shell apart.

What Skiers Say:

  • Lightweight, durable, packable, anatomical, smart pockets, and so style-y are just a few of the adjectives I would use to describe this jacket. I have toured in it, worn it in sunshine and snow and can tell you that the functionality of this coat is best in class. The articulated elbows really make a difference as well as the articulated hem.
  • This jacket fits great up top, but it’s tight in the hips.

Find it on sale from $167-$420 or less at Backcountry, Evo & US Outdoor Store.

 

Black Diamond Convergent Down Women’s Hooded Jacket

purple ski jacket worn on backcountry expeditions

Black Diamond Convergent Down Hooded Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Best for the technical-minded skier out there bagging summits, no matter the weather. This jacket is made for alpine endeavors on cold winter days.

Description: Windproof, highly water-resistant and insulated, the Convergent Down Hoody stops bitter cold, biting wind and all other forms of weather. This form-fitting jacket offers protection and warmth in fierce winter conditions.  Featuring DWR-treated PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Down Blend, taped-seam shell, and helmet-compatible adjustable hood.

What Skiers Say:

 

 

 

 

 

Find it on sale for $499 or less at Backcountry.

 

Patagonia Untracked

classic and stylish women's ski jacket

Patagonia Untracked Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Highly technical, low bulk shell for backcountry ascents in deep powder and hard-charging bell-to-bell days in the resort. Best used without layers on warmer days or while working up a sweat (colder days will necessitate extra layers).  A perennial classic.

Description: With a highly articulated women’s specific fit, the Untracked is a warm low-bulk freeride jacket for hiking or powdery descent. Built with a 3-layer GORE-TEX® fabric for durable waterproof/breathable and windproof protection.  Also includes underarm vents, internal pockets and a soft brushed tricot backer for extra warmth.

What Skiers Say:

  • Love this jacket. Kept me warm and dry in Japan pow. The high zip on the collar is the best.
  • Finally, a ski jacket that fits well, isn’t super bulky, in a durable and completely weatherproof Gore-tex package in sweet colors!
  • Product Video Review

 

Find it on sale for $599 or less at Backcountry and Evo.

 

The North Face Free Thinker

warm ski parka with waterproof shell and zippers

TNF Free Thinker Jacket

SkiGenie Recommendation: Top of the line all-in-one jacket. It includes high tech features like conveniently placed front pockets to facilitate wearing a pack, helmet compatibility and user-friendly internal pockets. Top athletes and everyday skiers alike love this jacket. Great for storm days, in resort or out of bounds.

Description: Nearly indestructible 70D Gore-Tex® Pro 3L offers premier waterproofing and windproofing, with exceptional breathability, that allows you to perform longer in remote mountain zones.  The stretch powder skirt features clip-in integration to seal out the elements. Comes with a standard, embedded RECCO® transponder in case of emergency.

What Skiers Say:

  • I love this jacket women’s ski jacket. For one reason it is lightweight yet warm. Another reason is I love the style of it and all the pockets. I would highly recommend it to anyone.
  • Product Video Review

 

 

 

Find it on sale from $479-599 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

 

 



Mens Best Ski Jackets Reviews 2013-2014

January 21st, 2014

A selection of the top Men’s Best Ski Jackets for this year, a combination of technical outerwear, warmth, comfort, style and price.  When selecting the best ski jacket make sure you consider where you ski most.  Everyone like to be warm, so if you live on the east coast something with extra insulation is recommended while if you live on the west coast you can see massive temperature swings during the day so a jacket that you can combine with layers could be more appropriate.

In order to best organize our ski jacket recommendations, we have split this post into three categories, (i) Down Ski Jackets, (ii) Shells and (iii) Insulated Shells, so scroll down and check out the goods.  Keep in mind the down jackets are much more expensive.   As always, let us know if you have any questions.

Looking for the latest?  Check out our new 2015 Men’s best ski jackets gear guide.

 

I: Down Men’s Best Ski Jacket Reviews

#1) Spyder – Rocket Down Mens Insulated

waterproof down mens jacket

Spyder Rocket; Waterproof down a killer combo

Recommendation: Fully waterproof and adjustable compression at speed make the Rocket a viable choice for those who work up a sweat and ski in the fast lane, as long as the added weight and hood incompatibility are not deal breakers.

What Skiers Say:
• Pros: Stretchy face fabric reduces insulation compression at speed, high weight to warmth ratio. Lots of pockets, bells, whistles, wrist gaiters and powder skirt seal out snowdrift.
• Cons: Pit zips too small for effective venting, but you likely will not be using a large down jacket in temperate weather. If you wear a helmet check to make sure the hood fits once you buy, but you can always zip it off if you don’t want it.

Find it on sale here

 

 

 

#2) Canada Goose – Hybridge Lite Hoody

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Canada Goose; Serious down and helmet friendly hoody

Recommendation: It’s made with the highest quality down, has a helmet-compatible hood, and comes with two hand-warmers. If it fits your body type, the Hybridge Lite Hoody has a lot going for it and is worth the price.

What Skiers Say:
• Pros: Very light and packable, good breathability, warm hood, lots of pockets, stretches to fit over layers.
• Cons: Runs a bit small, priced higher than similar products.

Find it on sale here at Backcountry

OR here at sunandski

 

 

 

#3) Moncler – Gaston Mens

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Moncler Gaston; High end insulation that will get the ladies

Recommendation: While we do not doubt the quality of this jacket, its waterproof down to the zippers. Practical yet stylish goose down-filled essential = super warm. This jacket features a stand collar for a structured twist on the classic design.

What Skiers Say: Oh Moncler. The mecca of puffy jackets. Unlike the ones you’ll find at normal stores, Moncler loads their jackets with premium down feathers, but for a premium price. That said, being an Italian designer named after a French town, they specialize in highly stylized, fashionable, unique and extremely well made clothing.

Find it on sale here

 

 

 

 

 

II: Shell Mens Best Ski Jacket Reviews

#1) Mammut – Nordwand Pro

warm dry mens ski jacket

Mammut Nordwand Pro; Warm, dry and comfortable

Recommendation: Pricey, but high performance and almost 100 percent rave reviews make the Mammut Nordwant a perfect choice for active winter sport enthusiasts.

What Skiers Say: Active Gear review Notes: “The Mammut Nordwand Jacket is exemplary of Mammut’s commitment to performance. The Nordwand is a hard shell featuring GORE-TEX’s top-of-the-line Pro Shell 3-Layer fabric. Clearly designed for the demanding user, the Nordwand is very durable, functional, and offers year-round use as a rain/snow/wind outer layer. At 550 grams, the Mammut Nordwand Jacket is, in relative terms, medium-weight for a hard shell; even as a fan of lightweight gear, I find it perfectly acceptable given this level of durability and features. When you’re on top of a mountain in an extreme environment, a few extra grams is not as big a deal as a ripped shell. A key aspect of the fit is the fully-mobile arms that allow you to reach overhead (in ice climbing, for instance) without any pulling or lifting of the hem.

Find it on sale here at Skis.com

OR here at Backcountry

 

 

#2) Patagonia – Powder Bowl Mens Freeride

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Patagonia Powder Bowl; A staple worth the price

Recommendation: With a Lifetime guarantee, functional underarm vents and a removable, helmet-compatible, two-way-adjustable fixed hood has a laminated visor for optimal visibility in bad conditions, the Patagonia Powder Bowl provides excellent value.

What Skiers Say: “The powder skirt works great and I love its compatibility with Patagonia pants. There’s plenty of pockets and the progressive (loose) fit looks good and works well for me. Consider me a happy camper with yet another great product from Patagonia.”

Find it on sale here

OR here MasseysOutfitters.com regularly $399.00 on sale $319.20

#3) Norrona – Lofoten Gore-Tex Active Jacket

all weather mens ski jacket

Noronna Lofoten; Brave all the elements

Recommendation: is a technical jacket with loads of great features and if you care for it, it will treat you well. Norrona has burst onto the scene with their exceptionally high quality gear.

What Skiers Say: The gearheads at Epicski.com say: “Awesome jacket. The chest pocket setup is utterly perfect for wearing a pack – everything else I’ve tried since has simply been irritating in comparison. Great manufacturing quality. Super waterproof. They run a little snug if you have large shoulders &/or a big chest. But since I also have a long torso as well, I just size up and the fit is perfect. Also, the brighter colors make for enhanced visibility in trees. Handy for keeping an eye on one another. The only little bit of a negative is that the material is relatively lightweight. This is a huge plus in terms of shoving it in a pack when skinning or boot packing.” One or two negative comments about the hood fitting a bit too snug over a helmet. Other skiers have reported durability issues when the skis rub against the jacket.

Find it on sale here

 

#4) Arcteryx – Rush Shell

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Arcteryx Rush; A favorite for big mountain skiers

Recommendation: An excellent choice for a well-made product, but you will need extra layers for insulation during extremely cold ski days. Fortunately, the loose fit lets you bundle up underneath.

What Skiers Say: Very durable, comfortable to wear, looks good and exceptionally functional. Medium to slim fit (not baggy).

Find it on sale here at Backcountry

OR here at REI regularly $599.00 on sale $478.93

OR here at Evo $388.99

 

 

 

III: Insulated Shell Best Mens Jackets Reviews

#1) Spyder – Vyper

best mens shell ski jacket

Spyder Vyper; Original design with relaxed freeride fit

Recommendation: Lots of useful features here, especially the brushed metal overlay film, which provides superior abrasion resistance

What People say: “I am just overwhelmed with the quality and construction of this jacket. Anyone who needs this sort of apparel should consider this one. I have many other much more expensive jackets that do no more. Get this one and you won’t be sorry!!!

Find it on sale here at skis.com

 

 

 

 

 

#2) Descente – Swiss Mens

technical mens ski jacket

Descente Swiss; Top end functionality from the Swiss

Recommendation: The Descente Swiss men’s jacket is a classic loaded with some nice little extras, like the separate phone and coin pockets. If you like Descente ski clothing this is a great choice, but check that it fits over your helmet before you cut the tags off.

What Skiers Say: “I’ve had this coat for 2 seasons and have worn in in all conditions – wind, rain, snow, sleet, and cold. It is the best ski coat I’ve ever owned. The only improvement would be to make the hood large enough to fit over my helmet. Otherwise, It’s excellent.”

Find it on sale here at skis.com

OR here at PeterGlenn for 31 percent off

 

 

#3) Spyder – Chambers Mens

best mens freeride jacket

Spyder Chambers; Freeride progression

Recommendation: Like most Spyder products, a cohesive blend of excellent fit and functionality makes the Chambers a viable choice.

What Skiers Say: “Bought for my husband. it is fantastic! better than we expected. great color. nice features. Spyder is a brand that never disappoints. love this jacket!!”

Find it on sale here

OR here at PeterGlenn for 31 percent off
 

 

#4) North Face – Free Thinker

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North Face Free Thinker; Cool newage style and technically advanced

Recommendation: If you need the extra high tech features, the North Face provides consistent quality. If you don’t, choose a more affordable jacket with fewer features.

What Skiers Say: “About 20 days so far in this jacket, encompassing resort, backcountry and sidecountry. 3L Gore is great, have had zero issues with waterproofing, even in rain. Fairly light. Breathes well on the way up, too. Good venting. Integration with Summit Series pants is nice to keep snow out, but means it’s tough to take the jacket off when zipped into the pants. I give 4 stars for a few reasons: 1) overpriced. 2) TNF went overboard on the tech features in my opinion. Internal goggle pocket is great, but does it also need dedicated internal cell phone, ipod, radio, AND miscellaneous pockets? Combine a couple of those and save some weight. 3) Overly stiff zipper which can be tough to use with gloves on. Probably because of water sealing. “

Find it on sale here

OR here at KLMountainShop $319.95

#5) Spyder – Monterosa Insulated

spyder insulated top mens ski parka

Spyder Monterosa Insulated; Simple design that exudes quality

Recommendation: Taking its inspiration from Olympic skier Tommy Moe, the Monterosa combines high-level functionality with mega-doses of sex appeal. Particularly useful is its Recco Technology avalanche system. Always be prepared.

What Skiers Say: “When I first unpacked it I thought it felt a little thin and light for the money. However having skied in it for 10 days in a wide variety of weather conditions I have to say that it is brilliant in terms of its design and construction. It has all the right pockets in all the right places. The hood fits over my helmet without reducing visibility to keep out a blizzard and in the sunshine the vents and breath-ability work. Water just beads and rolls off it. Fabulous jacket!”  

Find it on sale here

OR here at PeterGlenn for 30 percent off



Best Womens Ski Jackets Reviews Buyers Guide 2013 – 2014

November 27th, 2013

In a world filled with too many options and difficult choices we have scoured the shop shelves to bring you the best women’ ski jackets this season.  While there is no one best womens ski jacket that sits at the top of the proverbial mountain so to speak, we have found some very versatile options that will help you fight the cold and focus on enjoying each and every ski day.  And to make our job more difficult, it seems that each outdoor enthusiast is looking for something different, whether it be technical features to goose down.  So in an attempt to help you narrow your search, we have broken our top picks out into three categories: 1) All-around ski shells that can be worn with or without layers, 2) Down for extreme warmth and 3) Insulated parkas to keep it simple.  Happy skiing!

Looking for the latest?  Check out our new 2015 Women’s best ski jacket reviews.

 

Section One: Ski shells to battle the wind cold and rain

 

#1) Norrona – Lofoten Gore-Tex Pro Shell Jacket

norrona best womens ski jacketRecommendation: Perfect for backcountry babes, this jacket keeps you feeling warm while looking hot.

 

What People Say: This might easily be one of the best products not only Norrona’s, but on the entire gear market. Fits great, colors are very noticeable in the backcountry, which is not only pretty, but safe as well. Material is bombproof, yet light, by far my favorite jacket!!! I am 5’11” 155 lbs and got it in XL and have plenty of room for layering, as they run a little large, which is the case for most Norrona gear. I cannot say enough great things about it. Another happy customer says: “This is a wicked ski jacket!! There is enough room to move in it, it is breathable and keeps you dry, awesome colours (can’t go wrong with Norrona), and the chin zip is just the right size with or without the hood (I usually don’t use the hood unless it’s storming). I returned the insulated version because I found it too warm – the shell is perfect because I can layer a fleece underneath if I need it. zippers are in the front – nicely accessible when skiing with a pack on in the backcountry. The powder skirt easily zips on and off. I have also used this in a pinch for rainy weather – with the beautiful blue colour, you can’t go wrong and get tonnes of compliments!!”

FIND IT ON SALE HERE (10% off)

 

#2) Kjus – Formula Women’s Jacket

kjus warm ski jacketRecommendation: Feminine yet functional. Expensive, but if can afford $1000, it´s well worth the price.  This jacket comes with a RECCO avalanche reflector built into it. Although, by no means,  a substitute for an avalanche beacon, it might provide a little bit of added protection.

 

What People Say: “When Kjus first came out you mostly saw it worn by women (has anyone seen a woman who didnt look amazing in a Kjus outfit?) and status seekers… but this past season I saw more real skiers wearing the brand than ever before…The biggest praise is that you dont even notice you are wearing a ski jacket when you are skiing in a Kjus piece… you have total flexibility and range of motion… hard to believe how far superior the line is until you try it yourself… “I’m another big fan of the Formula jacket and its by far the warmest, most wind-resistant, most comfortable and lightest jacket I have in a collection of good Spyder, Descente and Salomon pieces… its been amazing to me how this light, slim jacket without any bulk at all is almost like armor against wind and cold… it is the only upper end skiwear I have tried that is worth paying full price for.”

 

FIND IT ON SALE HERE

 

#3) Arc’teryx – Sentinel Jacket

warmest womens ski jacketRecommendation: On the other hand, it’s not really made for sub-zero temperatures, and at $350, you might want to consider a warmer alternative.

 

What People Say: Some skiers praised its powder skirt, helmet friendly hood and wide cuffs, which fit perfectly over the bulkiest pair of ski gloves. Others waxed poetic about the sensuality of its “soft, soft, soft”  Gortex fabric.  Hip length avoids wet butt syndrome on the lifts. Waterproof, breathable and not too bulky, so no, this jacket will not make your butt look big.

 

FIND IT ON SALE HERE

 

#4) Patagonia – Powder Bowl Jacket

top womens ski jacketRecommendation: Well, let´s see. A 2-layer construction pairs a comfortable, moisture-wicking mesh lining with a sturdy Gore-Tex® performance shell to ensure you stay dry in heavy storms. Removable, 2-way adjustable hood big enough to fit a helmet and tall enough to protect your neck and face, even when hood is down. Coated zippers and wrist cuffs that fit over big bulky gloves, it´s hard to miss with Patagonia. Since it has been around for awhile, some stores are selling it for well under $300. You can´t beat that!

 

What People Say: This lightweight jacket provides warmth and water resistance. Loved the fit, which offered plenty of room for base layering.  The soft, large fleece-lined collar is a comfortable, itch-free alternative to other types of face covering. Strategically placed pockets, including padded one for phone/electronic devices. Loved the stylish color options, and overall attention to detail.  Just add a warm sweater for those sub-zero days.

FIND IT ON SALE HERE (45% off)

 

#5) Mammut – Robella Shell Ski Jacket

purple ski jacketRecommendation: Reasonably priced, stylish and functional make this an attractive product. The hood issue could cause problems if you ski in very cold environments. Solve the problem by removing the detachable hood, and wearing a helmet liner. not ride up when you lift your arms. That in itself is a good thing.

 

What People Say: “I got the deep purple color and it is beautiful,”  exclaims one reviewer. “Everything about this jacket is awesome. It’s so comfortable, fits great, long enough to fall under the belt line, zips up with chin padding so it doesn’t rub on the chin and it’s high enough so you can dip into the neck warmer if it’s cold, the hood seems to be non helmet compatible but it fits over the head really nicely, nice large pockets for hands which are warm (Mammut does a great job with this, they put extra padding on the outside so that when you slide your hands into the pockets they are actually warm), inside zip pocket large enough to fit stuff but not a skin pocket, it has the super soft comfy wrist/thumb guards.” Another viewer notes: “The only complaint I have about this jacket is that although the hood fits over my ski helmet, it just barely does so and restricts my movement too much to leave it there while I’m skiing.”

 

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#6) North Face – Bansko Jackets

waterproof ski jacketRecommendation: North Face is always synonymous with high quality, but in this case, quality comes at a price. At $350, it might not be your choice for an all-winter ski jacket, but it will provide a fashionable apres ski and spring skiing jacket.

 

What People Say: Skiers sang the praises of the soft, high quality feel of the fabric, and the overall fit and appearance of the Bansko North Face jacket. They loved the big, detachable hood,  effective waterproofing and the fleece-lined neck.   The plastic pulls on the zipper pockets are easy to open, even with ski gloves. A powder skirt, along with an adequate length met enthusiastic approval. There were a few complaints about the user-friendliness of the main zipper, but nothing was a deal breaker.  As for overall warmth, this jacket is only a shell, so it might not suit those who ski in extremely cold climates.

 

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#7) Mountain Hardware – Snowtastic 3L Jacket

 

windproof ski jacketRecommendation: An option for those who do not wear helmets but we agree that at $450, it should be perfect, including in its hood size. On the other hand, if you find it at a good price, it is  a well-made ski jacket.  Just wear a helmet liner to keep your head warm.

 

What People Say: “In almost all regards, this is a fantastic jacket. This jacket had everything I was looking for: chamois cuffs to keep snow off my wrists; a zip out powder skirt so that it would be comfy on and off mountain; a welded soft shell so no annoying mesh liners or weird stiff fabric; and pit zips and plenty of room for movement (I telemark, so I prefer a little more room in the pits). But this does not have a ski helmet compatible hood, despite assurances from the Backcountry.com rep that I spoke with and MH reps in the store that I visited. MH’s description conspicuously omits compatibility from its description, even though you see it on other jackets. At $450 — and because it’s supposedly snowtastic — this thing should have a compatible hood.  At full price, it falls short.”   Others were more enthusiastic: “This has been my jacket for the past two years. I cannot say enough good things about the DryQ Elite waterproof technology. When hiking in the mountains I’ve noticed that I am the only one out of my friends that can hike and keep this crucial layer on while doing so because it breaths so well. I layer this shell with the Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Jacket. When I’m in the mountains for a long day of touring it’s super important for me to keep my down layer dry and warm. I stuff the puffy in my pack and hike with my shell keeping my first layers protected as well. I almost never use the pit zips because of the breathability too…I am yet to find another technology that performs as well as DryQ Elite and it’s been super fun to share DryQ Elite with friends because it works and has changed my world in the mountains! I love the simplicity of this jacket as well.”

 

FIND IT ON SALE HERE (15% off)

 

#8) Patagonia – Piolet Jacket

top ski jacket reviewRecommendation: An all-purpose shell from Patagonia will go a long way to staying comfortable and warm (they’ve thought of everything) but this isn’t the most stylish jacket on the market.  It fits well with helmets which is a big plus as a number of the other shells have failed this test.

 

What People Say: Versatile is the word most commonly used to describe the Patagonia Piolet Women´s Jacket. Although waterproof and windproof, the inside mesh layer provides breathability,  thereby avoiding the apres ski smelly pit syndrome.  Nice, long armpit zippers help with ventilation.  And yay, the hood fits over the helmet! Recommendation: Goretex and Patagonia offers a classic win-win scenario. Wear a sweater underneath for extreme cold, but lose the sweater for spring skiing or use it for hiking. Did we mention, it’s backpack-compatible design? Comes with a choice of three pretty colors – blue butterfly, jeweled berry or tidal teal. Perfect for the female athlete who is not afraid to show her inner girly girl.

 

FIND IT ON SALE HERE

 

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Section Two: Down for extreme warmth

 

#1) North Face – Heavenly Down Jacket

puffy womens ski jacketRecommendation: Boasting a favorable warmth to weight ratio, this jacket is heaven for skiers who want to stay warm, dry and fashionable.  A powder skirt protects the girly parts from freezing up on deep snow days. Priced for value at about $265.

 

What People Say: “I bought this coat for the tough Utah winter that is coming up. It keeps me warm and I like the white color I bought. The fabric is such that the white doesn’t get dirty very easy.” “I usually hate wearing down jackets because they make me look like the Michelin Tire Man. The diagonal baffles and the fitted waist on the North Face Heavenly Down Jacket flatter the figure. And yeah, it’s a very warm jacket.

 

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#2) Marmot – Mountain Down Jacket

best down womens ski jacketRecommendation: With its patented Angel Wing Movement Sleeves, this is a jacket that will not ride up and make you look like a gaper when you lift your arms. Goose down for warmth, a zip-off powder skirt, the quality that characterizes all Marmut products, and priced well under $300, we definitely give this one the green light.

 

What People Say: “Very warm, no longer afraid of the winter chill! Design is very intimate! I will recommend to my friends!” We are assuming she means form fitting and stylish. It´s nice to see that she is no longer afraid of winter.  Another happy customer writes “I was looking for something that I can use when visiting my in-laws that live 100 miles North of the Arctic Circle, but I didn’t have to carry a bulky heavy jacket on the 20 hour series of planes, trains and automobiles. I also wanted to use this same coat for backpacking so it needed to smash down into a 65ltr backpack along with my other gear. I’m 6’1″ and wanted it to reach past my cold bum, which is a tough thing when you think about the fact that I’m only 150lbs and a GIRL so I wanted it to be somewhat flattering (I know, I ask too much….but I GOT IT!)”

 

FIND IT ON SALE HERE (25% off)

 

#3) Canada Goose – Burnett Parka

canada goose womens ski jacketRecommendation: Cool feature alert: This jacket has shoulder straps that let you carry it like a backpack, once you are out of the element. The slim fit and military style might be more suitable  for women with more androgynous body types, and those who prefer a less girly-girl look. Expensive at $650, but, as its name implies, made in Canada, where people understand the true meaning of the word “cold.”

 

What People Say: “It’s called a parka here on Amazon but any other parka that I’ve ever owned tended to be bulky and big. The Canada Goose website calls this a jacket. It’s slim fitting and not “puffy” as you’d expect downfill to be but still very warm. It’s filled with 625 fill power of duck down. For me, it’s perfect for those chilly late autumn and winter days. I purchased it for wearing during cross-country skiing in the arctic. I have a feeling it may be too warm of a coat for that! The removable hood is nice, as are all the pockets – there’s plenty on the interior. It would have been nice to have a fur ruff on the hood since I intend to use this jacket in snowy areas…or at least have the option for it. Overall, it’s a great jacket.”

 

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#4) Bogner Fire & Ice – Tamy DP Womens Jacket

extreme warmth womens ski jacketRecommendation: A bit too long for a ski jacket, but not quite as ostentatious as many Bogner jackets. At $400, much cheaper, too. It will definitely work for apres ski, but the real raccoon fur trim around the hood might draw some well-deserved raised eyebrows.

 

What People Say: “I absolutely love this jacket. It is beautiful in look and in style! It is well made, keeps you toasty warm and is not that bulky at all. It actually comes in at the waistline to give it a sexier and edgier look. It is not cumbersome at all. The price was very reasonable as well. I am a size 6 and ordered an 8 and it fits perfect. Please note that the zipper is a little tricky at first and hard to zip up, but once you keep using it the process is much easier. I believe that the teeth of the zipper need some breaking in so don’t let it discourage you.”

 

FIND IT ON SALE HERE (53% off)

 

 

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Section Three: Insulated for all-around use

 

#1) Spyder – Aphrodite Women’s Insulated Jacket

insulated womens ski jacketRecommendation: Expensive at $549, but high quality specs make it worth the money.

 

What People Say: “This All Down jacket is the BOMB. Super warm, super stylish and completely rideable. Meaning if you are in the elements you are going to be toasty and dry!!! Stretch fabric. You need one of these. I love it.” The Skiing Guide for About.com, whose wife is also an avid skier says; “The Spyder’s women’s Aphrodite Jacket has a cool clean look that will be as popular in the apres-ski tour around town as it is on the mountain. You may not know the technical part about the 10k/10k Laminate and Spylon+™ DWR and the 650 Fill Power Goose Down but trust that it’s the combination that with the drawcord adjustable hem, waterproof two-way center front and hand pocket zippers will keep you warm and dry so you won’t hardly know it’s snowing and blowing.”

 

FIND IT ON SALE HERE (30% off)

 

 

#2) Spyder – Power Womens Jacket

sexy womens ski jacketRecommendation: Dirt resistant, waterproof, offering warmth without bulk, and even better, price well under $300 the Spyder Power offers great value.

 

What People Say:  Serious skier chics praised the Power’s Xt.L laminate’s 20,000mm waterproofing/breathability rating and 3M Thinsulate , along with the special electronics pocket. They loved the curvy, female- specific cut, the detachable powder skirt, and of course, the internal mesh goggle pocket, and a chamois lens wipe. All these extras, without extra bulk.

 

FIND IT ON SALE HERE (34% off)

 

 

 

 

 

#3) Bogner – Nina D Jacket

classy womens ski jacketRecommendation: Bring the warmth of the tropics to the slopes.  It’s no wonder the most sought after ski jackets of the season with the eye-catching multi-color stripe design and sassy short silhouette. The decorative details from the “Culcha Carribee” ski theme like the sleeve pocket in the shape of a surf board warm the spirit up. The high quality ripstop fabric that is extremely waterproof, breathable and filled with warm down.  If you are planning that week long ski trip to the Alps, Aspen or anywhere in between it may be worth splurging on this warm jacket fit for the cover of Vogue.

 

What People Say: “The Bogner Nina D Down Ski Jacket screams fun fashion from the moment you step onto the snow.”  “Extremely Waterproof and Windproof.”  “Bogner on a woman says money and class.”

 

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Mens Best Ski Jackets 2012 – 2013 Review

December 12th, 2012

A selection of the Mens Best Ski Jackets for this year, a combination of technical outerwear, warmth, comfort, style and price:

1. Arc’teryx Rush Jacket – best of the best – technical top quality materials that will withstand the test of time ($$$)

2. Patagonia Primo Jacket – worth every penny – waterproof, burly and elegant, they thought of everything ($$$)

3. The North Face Makahawk Down Insulated Ski Jacket – classic and simple – comfort for all conditions ($$)

4. Mammut Mansfield Jacket – great value for high-tech – bright and durable ($$)

5. Patagonia Rubicon Rider Jacket – extreme warmth at a great price – freeride look ($)

6. FlyLow Gear Higgins Jacket – new to the scene – comfortable, proportional and FLY ($)

 

Can’t find your jacket match here?  Check out our newer 2014 or 2015 men’s best ski jacket reviews.

1. Arc’teryx Rush Jacket ($$$)

Description: Durability without the tarp effect. You want a high-performance, durable jacket that’ll stand up to years of snow slaying, but you’d also like a jacket that doesn’t feel like a crinkly tarp. The Arc’teryx Men’s Rush Jacket uses two different Gore-Tex Pro Shell 3L fabrics to provide durability in high-abrasion areas and comfort in lower-wear areas.

What People Say: I own a few other Arcteryx hard shells. And out of the ones I own this one is my favorite. “What makes this one better?” you might say. Here are the reasons: 1. Improved fit. While I still really love the other Arc shells, this year’s version has a different fit. It seems more form fitting and less boxy, while still allowing room underneath to add layers. 2.The fabrics and colors are awesome. I bought the sultan’s palace and the color scheme makes the jacket look absolutely great. 3. I really like the feature set as well. It has a great powder skirt, hood, pockets, internal Recco reflector, the whole nine yards. 4. The quality is outstanding. If you’re thinking about buying an Arcteryx shell, look on the inside of the jacket at the seams and the taping. It looks absolutely flawless, and attests to the quality Arcteryx puts into every one of their jackets. If you’re in the market for a new shell this year, consider giving the Rush jacket a try, you’ll love it.

Recommendation: For the technical skiers among us, if you’re looking for a jacket that will provide everything you need, and stand the test of time, this is it. It’s expensive, but that’s because Arcteryx uses the best materials to make their products last for years. This jacket is a combination of years of innovation, and top quality materials. You won’t regret it. Sizes: M-XXL

ON SALE HERE

2. Patagonia Primo Jacket ($$$)

Description: Prime time. The three-layer Gore-Tex construction of the Patagonia Men’s Primo Jacket gives you guaranteed waterproof and breathable protection for the deepest, sickest days of winter. This streamlined shell features clean looks and essential winter features like a two-way adjustable with a laminated visor that ensures you can see your lines in the harshest of conditions.

What People Say: I love the Primo Jacket – burly Gore Tex shell, killer fit, and nice clean styling. The fit might be a bit different than what people are used to from Patagonia in the past. A little looser for sure I’d say, and some people might want to size down. I’m 6′ 170 pounds and love how the large fits. Good length in the body, and nice and roomy for layering, and not too tight anywhere. Not really too concerned if the arms are a little long since you can synch it down at the wrist. 2 thumbs up for sure!

Recommendation: Each year we’ve selected the top jackets on the market, and each year the Patagonia Primo Jacket has ranked at the top.  Patagonia continues to make the some of the finest quality outwear around. This jacket is comfortable, durable, waterproof and warm. It is expensive, but worth every penny. Sizes: S-XL

ON SALE HERE

3. The North Face Makahawk Down Insulated Ski Jacket ($$)

Description: Designed for big turns on the biggest mountains the North Face Makahawk Down Jacket features a clean pared down design that will keep you warm and dry in the coldest conditions. This jacket is made with Gore Windstopper 2L fabric that features fully sealed seams to keep you completely dry and the 700 fill down insulation will keep you toasty warm in the coldest of conditions. If things should get too warm have no fear the Makahawk Down Jacket has core vents that allows you to unzip a little to keep your body temperature regulated. There are plenty of pockets throughout this jacket to keep your belongings stored and secure and a helmet compatible hood makes it work with your helmet for extra weather protection.

What People Say: I love this jacket and have always been a big fan of North Face.  It is a great fit and breathable for comfort in all conditions.  The only issue is that it is not waterproof.  It uses Gore WindStopper which is water resistant—great for snow but has its downfalls in heavy rain.  Just something to keep in mind.

Recommendation: Definitely one of the best jackets on the market today. It’s stylish, warm and durable. The one drawback is that it is not waterproof. Sizes: S-XL

ON SALE HERE

4. Mammut Mansfield Jacket ($$)

Description: Be the man of the hour every day you ride. When the order of the day is fresh powder fields, suit up like a real man in the insulated DRYtech Mammut Mansfield Jacket. The stretchy powder skirt keeps the fluff from chilling your manly six-pack while the Lycra wrist gaiters do the same for your Popeye-esque forearms. The asymmetrical front zip prevents uncomfortable zipper rubbing on your masculine jawline and week-old stubble. Plus, the trendy cut and high-contrast zips of the Mansfield will demonstrate your fashion know-how, further impressing the ladies.

What People Say: I ski east coast primarily and this jacket is excellent in the variable weather conditions.  Great ventilation and all the features to keep me warm and comfortable in the rain, snow and wind.

Recommendation: Whether your skiing under the sun or weathering the storm, this jacket does it all. Mammut’s durable materials and superior design come at a great price point. Highly recommended no matter where you ski and how fast you are. Sizes: S-XXL

ON SALE HERE

5. Patagonia Rubicon Rider Jacket ($)

Description: Ride into the storm with comfortable confidence. While you’re waiting for first chair, the Patagonia Rubicon Rider Jacket’s environmentally friendly insulation helps keep your teeth from chattering, and while you’re blowing down the slopes, the Deluge DWR coating and reinforced panels help keep flurries from soaking in.

What People Say: For cold, sunny days nothing beats this coat. The only problem I have is on reasonable cold days actually overheating if I am side country hiking as I am a burly dude (235lbs) . Great jacket for hitting the town and bar hopping when its freezing. Good storage for anything you might need for the day.

Recommendation: Commonly referred to as the Resort Puffy killer machine, the Rubicon is the best jacket out of Patagonia in the last decade.  It is reasonably priced, warm, stylish.  It has all the basic features one could ask for. Sizes: S-XL

ON SALE HERE

6. FlyLow Gear Higgins Jacket ($)

Description: What can Higgins do for you? Get storm protection, light insulation, and a comfortable fit with FlyLow Gear’s Higgins Jacket. The Higgins blends softshell and hardshell technologies to arrive at technical shell that can handle a day of backcountry steeps just as well as in-bounds charging.

What People Say: Holy moly, this thing is sick. Took it up Rainier and Adams, flawless layer. Beefy outer layer is super wind and water proof, and the pit zips are nice to dump heat. It’s a little big, but it isn’t one of those baggy tall things, it’s just great to stack layers underneath, very proportional. The hood fits over my helmet super easily too. There are two big mesh pockets on the inside that are nice to stick your skins into when you’re making laps. Overall a sick jacket.

Recommendation: This jacket has been a FlyLow staple for years.  Each year the engineers listen to the public and tweak it to be that much better. If you’re looking for a durable, warm and stylish jacket for your weekends up north, this is a great option at nice price. Sizes: S-XXL

ON SALE HERE

 

 



Womens Best Ski Jackets 2012 – 2013 Review

December 12th, 2012

A selection of the top Women’s Ski Jackets for this year, a combination of technical outerwear, warmth, comfort, style and price:

 

1. Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket – the best of the best – lightweight and functional ($$$)
2. Mammut Robella Jacket – stay warm and look good – hooded and insulated shell ($$)
3. Spyder Amp Jacket – elegant – good value for a quality and multi-functional parka ($$)
4. Columbia Snowcalypse Jacket – great value – insulated, waterproof and with heat trapping technology ($)

 

Looking for the latest women’s jacket style guide?  Check out the 2014 or new 2015 reviews.

 

1. Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket ($$$)

Description: Wake at 4 a.m., put on Powder Bowl Jacket, go skiing, repeat. Let the Gore-Tex Patagonia Women’s Powder Bowl Jacket comfort you when the alarm goes off long before the sun comes up. This waterproof breathable ski shell gives you full weather protection on early dawn patrols and lift-accessed skiing alike. Patagonia sandwiched a waterproof breathable Gore-Tex layer between a recycled polyester shell and a mesh lining, so you stay dry and comfortable, no matter the conditions or terrain. A variety of pockets hold your ski pass, camera, and goggles. When the sun’s blazin’, zip off the adjustable hood and open up the pit-zips for max air flow. When you’ve beaten the jacket to tatters, send it back to Patagonia’s Common Threads Recycling Program.

 

What People Say: If you are looking for a light-weight and functional jacket look no further. The Goretex will protect you from getting wet but also won’t suffocate you in sweat! Also the jacket fits smaller (like all things Patagonia) if you like things a little more loose or longer I would suggest going a size up. Storage on this jacket is more than adequate and the cut is not boxy but very feminine.

 

Recommendation: You can never go wrong with a Patagonia.  Combine fashion with function in this year’s Powder Bowl Jacket.  Guys, a great gift idea for the misses.  She’ll look like she knows what she’s doing on the slopes.

 

Sizes: XS-XL

 

ON SALE HERE ($479 or less)

 

2. Mammut Robella Jacket ($$)

Description: The Robella has the weather by its throat, instead of the other way around. The sharp Mammut Women’s Robella Jacket is a tough-as-nails jacket packed with features that’ll draw plenty of compliments in the lift line. You won’t even have to worry about the wind nipping through when you race down the slopes, thanks to its windproof fabric.

 

What People Say: I got the deep purple color and it is beautiful! Everything about this jacket is awesome. It’s so comfortable, fits great, long enough to fall under the belt line, zips up with chin padding so it doesn’t rub on the chin and it’s high enough so you can dip into the neck warmer if it’s cold, the hood seems to be non helmet compatible but it fits over the head really nicely, and nice large pockets for hands which are warm. In Boston chilly 30 degree weather with wind all I wore underneath was a tee shirt and I was perfectly happy. The fit is flattering. It’s not too snug anywhere but is fitted enough to make you feel like a chick, not a dude 🙂 I highly recommend this jacket.

 

Recommendation: This jacket seems to have all the right things going for it.  Ladies, if you want to stay warm but also look good on the slopes this winter, this is your choice.

 

Sizes: XS-XL

 

ON SALE HERE ($279 or 20 percent off)

 

3. Spyder Amp Jacket ($$)

Description: Bring energy and stoke to the mountains. It’s a bluebird day. Pull on the Spyder Women’s Amp Jacket and hoot and holler as you find small powder stashes in the trees. Thanks to the 10K-rated Xt.L laminate, Spylon DWR coating, and low-bulk toasty Thinsulate insulation, you stay warm, dry, and comfortable while you take on action-packed bump runs.

 

What People Say: I really love the insulation on this jacket.  It is incredibly warm but I can also move easily and do not get overheated when it’s too hot because it has great venting.  I got the black and it is very slimming!

 

Recommendation: Built for all climates, the amp jacket is a must for women who love the outdoors. With uncompromising quality, comfort and style, this jacket has it all.

 

Sizes: 4-14

 

ON SALE HERE ($275 at Outlet)

 

4. Columbia Snowcalypse Jacket ($)

Description: Bring on the snow. The Columbia Women’s Snowcalypse Jacket uses weather-stopping Omni-Tech and heat-holding Omni-Heat to keep you dry and warm so you can ski big lines in heavy weather without being slowed down by the snow or the cold. Plus, clean styling and high-fashion touches like wrap-around accents keep you looking good.

 

What People Say: This jacket provides everything I’m looking for this winter.  It’s insulated, waterproof and comfortable.  I ski a handful of times a year so I don’t necessarily need anything too high-tech, like Arcteryx and Patagonia.

 

Recommendation: One of Columbia’s best jackets in years.  It provides warmth, comfort and style at an affordable price.  Not to mention some great color choices this year.  This is a great idea for those weekend warriors looking to hit the slopes a few times this winter.

 

Sizes: XS-XL

 

ON SALE HERE ($129 or 35 percent off)

 

Didn’t find the perfect jacket here?  Check out our 2013 – 2014 women’s jacket buyers guide.



 

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