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.

 

I: Down Men’s Best Ski Jacket Reviews

#1) Spyder – Rocket Down Mens Insulated

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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.

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#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.

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#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.

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II: Shell Mens Best Ski Jacket Reviews

#1) Mammut – Nordwant Pro

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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.

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#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.”

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#3) Norrona – Lofoten Gore-Tex Active Jacket

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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.

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#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).

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III: Insulated Shell Best Mens Jackets Reviews

#1) Spyder – Vyper

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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!!!

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#2) Descente – Swiss Mens

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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.”

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#3) Spyder – Chambers Mens

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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!!”

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#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. “

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#5) Spyder – Monterosa Insulated

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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!”  

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