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

 

Best Men’s Ski Jackets 2017 Reviews was last modified: October 11th, 2016 by Lyndsay Strange



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