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

 



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.
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Find it on sale at Backcountry, Evo, REI

 

 



Men’s Ski Helmets for Safety and Cool Factor 2015

November 5th, 2014

Wearing a helmet while skiing is an absolute necessity. Gone are the days of rocking a flimsy beanie while sending lines or ripping groomers. Our desire to ski steeper and deeper terrain and charge down slopes packed full of skiers and riders results in our need to wear a protective helmet for our noggins. In this article, we’ve assembled a selection of new men’s helmets for the coming ski season that are sure to suit your needs for protection and safety while still looking good, providing warmth and even playing your favorite tunes. Please feel free to leave questions, comments and your own reviews below.

For safety certifications see each helmet review.  The “ASTM” denotes it meets U.S. industry standards and “EN” it meets European standards.  The specific Class A vs. B designation is related to head coverage and impact protection.  Class B has to protect the top and rear of the head but doesn’t have to cover the ears and must be able to withstand an impact from a drop height equivalent to 375mm (37.5cm) .  Class A has to protect the top and rear of the head and also the ears/side of the head and must be able to withstand an impact from a drop height equivalent to 750mm (75cm).  As a follow up to this article, we will compile a list of Class A helmets, however, these are generally full “racing” style helmets that cover the ears and aren’t as popular with recreational skiers, for example the POC Skull Orbic Comp.

 

Pret Helmets Cynic  

Pret Helmets Cynic – simple, understated – light – soft ear material ($)

green half bucket helmet with flare

Pret Helmets Cynic

SkiGenie Recommendation: Deemed one of the lightest helmets on the market, this helmet lets you forget it’s on your head as you rip around all day. When we care most about our new skis and fresh outerwear, we want a discreet helmet that can be a necessary part of the kit. The Pret Cynic will be there to complement your gear and keep you safe without stealing the show.

Description: Deceptively simple, clean, and capable with a skate-inspired design. All conditions. All areas. Featuring a removable audio-ready sound curtain and ecoSmart recycled liner.

What Skiers Say:

  • I personally love this helmet for its lightness, comfortable fit and great venting. It’s also set apart from the rest in its clean, simple design, which makes me feel unique.
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Find it on sale for $100 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Skis.com, & SummitOnline.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

Anon Talan Helmet  

Anon Talan Helmet – park style – goggles fit underneath – magnetic closure ($)

warm ski helmet with soft chin strap

Anon Talan Helmet

SkiGenie Recommendation: If you like wearing your goggles under your helmet then this is the one for you. Winner of the 2015 “Editor’s Pick” in Freeskier Magazine, this helmet is specifically designed for the park skier, integrating park style with safety. In addition to the comfortable fit, it includes a magnetic snap buckle, that makes it easy to take on and off.

 Description: The Anon Talan helmet is integrated with passive ventilation channels to draw in fresh air through the front vents and pull moisture out the back, cooling you down without chilling you out. A Boa fit system ensures optimal comfort, and Strap Stash, a recess in the customized EPS foam liner, allows you to comfortably sport your goggles under the helmet.

What Skiers Say:

  • I got this helmet mainly for the BOA system because I like a snug fit. The helmet is very large, not the actual fit, but the helmet itself is quite big, making it difficult to fit my hood over it.

Find it on sale for $110 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, Skis.com, SummitOnline, The House & US Outdoor Store.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

Marker Ampire Helmet  

Marker Ampire Helmet – all-around great helmet – comfortable – light – audio compatible – unique color options ($$)

safe ski helmet with good venting

Marker Ampire

SkiGenie Recommendation: An excellent all-in-one helmet that’s stylish, safe, ventilated and audio compatible. This helmet is fit with a small visor that helps keep goggles in place and minimizes any gap between goggle and helmet. Constructed with ultra-lightweight material and adjustable open or closed ventilation, the Marker Ampire  comes in classic black or white or in fun, colorful options.

Description: Thanks to premium quality hybrid shell construction this helmet is light, comfortable and rugged. The RTS fit system means that it adjusts to your head’s shape in one simple step.  Paired with new Marker goggles, the Ampire forms a superlative unit that reduces any goggle fogging. The ear pads are compatible with audio systems so that your tunes will be with you wherever you are.

What Skiers Say:

  • Comfortable, seems secure, seems to work based on a few impacts. Can add speaker system to earpads, which is a plus. The buckle is unique and really cool, it uses a magnetic system to make it easy to unlock with a single gloved hand.
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Find it on sale for $129 or less at Backcountry, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

Salomon Prophet Custom Air Helmet

Salomon Prophet Custom Air Helmet – big-mountain performance – snug, custom fit – removable padding ($$)

helmet for men's freeride skiing

Salomon Prophet

SkiGenie Recommendation: This helmet is built for the hard charging skier ready to push his or her limits. The customizable fit eliminates any movement between the head and helmet creating a snug, comfortable and safe interface. It even has ear pads for warm, spring days and a completely removable lining to wash out after epic adventures.

Description: Top of the line big mountain helmet with Custom Air fit system and built in visor. Light, protective, ready for big descents in big conditions.

What Skiers Say:

  • The Salomon Prophet Air fits nicely all around and has performed well in the park and out of bounds.
  • This helmet fits very comfortably, plus the solid build and the “air” inflation system are great. I also liked the addition of the mesh over the air vents, which prevents snow from coming into the helmet.

Find it on sale from $160-175 or less at Backcountry, Skis.com, SummitOnline & US Outdoor Store.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

POC Receptor+ Helmet

 POC Receptor+ Helmet – multi-sport versatility – advanced safety – snug fit ($$)

classic and cheap ski helmet for men

POC Receptor+

SkiGenie Recommendation: Versatility is the name of the game with the POC Receptor+. If you pursue multiple sports throughout the year then this is your one-helmet quiver. Built to be knocked around, this helmet is as safe as it gets and is suitable for taking hard falls on the slopes.

Description: Receptor+ is developed for multi-disciplinary activities and is the only helmet in the world that has the appropriate safety certifications for skiing, snowboarding, biking, skateboarding and water sports. The helmet is equipped with the patented VDSAP system with double overlapping shells and has an Aramid Penetration Barrier and a multi-impact EPP liner.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve had it for two seasons now and love the way it fits and how durable it is. It’s taken some serious hits and still holds up. I have POC goggles, and it’s a seamless fit. Really impressed.
  • I love this helmet, yet be aware of the fit. POC helmets fit a little smaller than giro and smith. Otherwise, it is a great helmet.
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Find it on sale from $150-$220 or less at Backcountry, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

Smith Vantage Helmet

Smith Vantage – all-around performance & comfort – superior venting – audio compatible ($$$)

best selling ski helmet made by smith

Smith Vantage

SkiGenie Recommendation: Another great all-around helmet option from Smith. The fit, comfortable padding, customizable ear pads and sleek design create a top contender in the 2015 helmet lineup. It comes in understated yet cool color options and has perhaps the most vents of any helmet out there to create a climate- controlled environment.

Description: The Vantage was built for the hard-core, demanding the ultimate in everything. Using AEROCORE™ construction that features Koroyd® simultaneously maximizes full coverage protection and increased airflow. For the most custom fit, the Vantage offers the Boa® fit system. Combine all this with the Smith pioneered AirEvac technology for goggle integration, and the Vantage delivers the perfect blend of technology, venting and style.

What Skiers Say:

  • I’ve been really happy with the Smith Vantage. The BOA system makes it easy to adjust for just the right fit. The Vents are easy to open or close while skiing, and it keeps my head safe and warm.
  •  This is the best helmet I’ve ever owned. It vents super well, I haven’t had a single problem with fog. Smith stepped the game up over my old Variant helmet with a protective mesh on the vents and it’s quieter, with less wind noise.
  • The BOA system is great and will give you a snug fit even on the strangest head shapes. Also the earpads are removable and have a zippered pocket so you can add speakers.

Find it on sale from $143-$220 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Eastern Mountain Sports, Evo, REI, Skis.com & SummitOnline.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS Helmet

POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS Helmet – advanced safety design – super lightweight – streamlined look ($$$)

the safest ski helmet technology for serious skiers

POC Fornix Backcountry MIPS

SkiGenie Recommendation: POC has designed one of the safest helmets out there with the MIPS system, that both protects your head on initial impact and as you continue to tumble. Its streamlined design is a lightweight, no-frills answer for the dedicated skier out there pushing the limits either in the backcountry or in bounds.

Description: The Fornix Backcountry MIPS is known for its award winning lightweight and aramid reinforced shell. The helmet is equipped with the patented MIPS system to reduce the rotational forces to the brain in case of an oblique impact. The Fornix is generously ventilated and the size adjustment system makes it possible to customize the fit of the helmet to make sure it stays safe and comfortable in place.

What Skiers Say:

  • I like the look, it’s reminiscent of helmets past like the round Boeri helmet. It doesn’t have a visor, which makes flipping your goggles up easier.
  • The helmet is really comfortable. There are no pressure points, the harness doesn’t dig in anywhere, and it fits the shape of my head nicely. It has generously cut and soft ear pockets that are comfortable all day long.
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Find it on sale from $200-$219 at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, Skis.com, SummitOnline, Tahoe Mtn Sports & US Outdoor Store.

Safety Certification: ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B

 

*Check out additional men’s ski helmets reviews from Freeskier and Active Life Store

 

 



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.
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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

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 Backcountry, Evo, Mountain Gear, Tahoe Mtn Sports & US Outdoor Store.

 

Atomic 3L Ridgeline Ski Jacket ($$$)

Technical shell – intuitive design – highly waterproof

ridgeline two tone stylish men's ski jacket

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

new ski jacket for this season top rated in red

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.

 

 

 



2015 Trends in Women’s Skis

September 17th, 2014

 

Every year trends in the ski industry seem to point in the same direction, toward

women. Women are undoubtedly a focus for many ski and outdoor gear companies as

they make up nearly half of the participants in alpine skiing according to Snowsports

Industries of America.

 

Women, more specifically, moms, usually decide on a family’s vacation plans, book the

trips, and spend the money on ski equipment. A look at the great new merchandise for

women lets slip just how eager the companies are to please the women’s skis market

this coming season.

 

atomic ski factory making century 102

Copyright: Atomic Austria GmbH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2014/2015 season brings an avalanche of marketing introducing exciting advances

and new products for women’s skis. Although general trends for women’s gear lean

toward lighter equipment, and more versatility in ski widths, there is a danger in the

fashion to invent the ever-lighter ski. A lighter ski isn’t necessarily the best ski if it

becomes squirrely and unpredictable at high speeds.

 

Brands like Head, Rossignol, Atomic and K2 have all released lines of women’s

skis with engineering changes that lighten the ski but do not compromise ski stability.

The heavier metal that sandwiched the wood core in the ski construction of yesteryear

has been replaced with lighter synthetic materials and new concepts in fabrication.

 

Most notably, Head Skis has unleashed an entirely new line of women’s skis for 2015

entitled “Joy” which borrows the superlight construction technology from their lightest

tennis racquets to create an incredibly strong, yet light in weight ski.

Head Women's great joy

Head Women’s Great Joy

Rossignol has also accounted for the hazards of the lightweight ski by bringing their

unique “honey-comb” latticed material in the tips and tails of their powder skis into the

construction of their women’s all-mountain freeride “Savory 7.” By pairing the ultra light

tip and tail, Rossignol has designed the Savory 7 with the stability to utilize it’s reduced

swing weight.

Rossignol Savory 7

Rossignol Savory 7

 

Atomic’s contribution this year is a new version of their classic women’s “Century” in

102 and 109mm widths. These skis use a technology Atomic calls “Lite Woodcore” which

integrates carbon in their wood core construction. To pair with the lightness of the ski

structure, Atomic has also developed “Sprocket Power Booster” technology for the

plates of the binding mount system. This pairing adds stability to the lightness of the ski

and gives the skier a fun, playful ski that holds up on hard pack as well as powder.

Atomic Century 109

Atomic Century 109

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

K2’s newest version of the women’s “Remedy” in 102 and 112mm underfoot follows

the same trend of creating a lighter ski, yet K2 takes a slightly different path to get

there. Instead of sandwiching or layering materials, they blend two different kinds of

wood along the length of the ski between the tip, middle and tail. In the tips and tails

K2 sandwiches the lighter Paulownia spruce and underfoot it packs the stronger aspen

wood. This combination of lightness and strength where you need it translates into a

versatile ski fit for powder, hard-pack and the conditions in between.

 

All in all, women could have an exciting season this year with the many excellent

options in ski technologies to test and buy. It seems the ski companies have finally read

the tea leaves—women want light, stable, strong and versatile skis.

K2 Remedy 102

K2 Remedy 102

Top Picks:

Head “Great Joy” 141-98-124@168cm

Rossignol “Savory 7” 136-106-126mm @178

Atomic “Century 109” 130-102-121 @172

K2 “Remedy 102” 131-102-125 @170



 

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