A selection of the top Women’s Ski Jackets for this year, a combination of technical outerwear, warmth, comfort, style and price:
4. Columbia Snowcalypse Jacket – great value – insulated, waterproof and with heat trapping technology ($)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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