When it comes to skiing, you don’t want to be caught in subpar gear while schussing down the hill. Lucky for us, the ’80s are long gone, and there’s no need to sacrifice performance for style – unless, of course, you’re participating in an ’80s themed onesie day on the mountain, that is. From base layer jackets perfect for extra insulation to burly bombers ideal for the backcountry, here are our favorite jackets from some of the best brands in the industry.
1. Dynafit Vulcan Down Hoodie
When low temps demand extra insulation, the Vulcan Down Hoodie is the way to go. The lightweight down jacket features stretch inserts at the sides for unrestricted movement and a combination of Pertex Quantum face fabric and top quality European down insulation treated with water-repellant and antibacterial Downtek. This jacket keeps you warm, even in wet conditions.
2. Stio Environ Jacket
The Environ Jacket is Stio’s “workhorse” jacket, designed for the resort, side and backcountry alike. This technical jacket features a built-in powder skirt to keep you dry, pit zips to keep you cool, and is constructed with a 3-layer stretch waterproof, breathable, polyester shell with mechanical stretch.
3. Salewa Ortles Primaloft Jacket
The Ortles Primaloft Jacket is an ideal pick for mountaineers looking for extra warmth, without sacrificing breathability. Containing a windproof, water-repellent, fast-drying and insulating fabric, this lightweight jacket is great for layering or on its own.
4. Arc’Teryx Fissil Jacket
We couldn’t possibly do a winter jacket roundup without including Arc’teryx and our favorite from the ski industry giant this year? The Fissil Jacket. This heavily insulated, high end jacket features a goose down coat inside a Gore-Tex shell, offering the perfect combination of warmth and protection from anything Mother Nature throws your way. Unlike some shells, the outer layer of this jacket is not stiff and crunchy, but rather soft and mobile. This Fissil delivers not only style, but top level performance for expert skiers both in bounds and out.
5. Stio Hometown Down Hooded Jacket
It’s a well-known fact that no man’s winter coat collection is complete without a puffy. Born out of Jackson, Wyo., Stio has gotten it right with the 800-fill goose down Hometown Down Hooded Jacket. This jacket, with all its buttery goodness, retains heat, while a Pertex Microlight Minirip Nylon outer sheds the elements. The goose down is water-repellant, aiming to keep you warmer and drier for long days in the backcountry, on the slopes, or around town.
6. Berghaus Baffin Island Jacket
The Baffin Island Jacket offers an ideal combination of both protection and breathability. With a waterproof shell, the Baffin is a highly technical jacket made for high alpine adventures. The jacket combines heavy duty Hydroshell Elite Pro fabric (chest, shoulders, back, hips for backpack) with the super lightweight, yet still highly waterproof Hydroshell Air fabric (under arms) to ensure you stay dry from the inside out, as well as the outside in. Bring this shell along for a day in the backcountry or sport it on its own on warm spring days at the resort.
7. Marmot Sky Pilot Jacket
The Sky Pilot Jacket is rugged manliness at its finest. This jacket comes with all the bells and whistles one would expect and is available in bright color options for which Marmot is also well known. Never sacrificing performance and sticking to their roots of producing bomber outerwear, the Sky Pilot jacket features a MemBrain two-layer shell fabric to keep you dry and Thermal R insulation to keep you warm.