Looks are one thing, but when it comes to choosing a jacket it's ?more about substance than style. Here's 10 men's jacket that combine the best of both worlds
1. THE NORTH FACE
FURANO JACKET £360?
Warm, comfortable and packed with on-mountain must-haves, this jacket benefits from HyVent fabric for first-rate breathability. The insulation comes from Primaloft ECO, which uses 50% recycled materials for a green way to stay toasty. It also features a powder skirt, underarm vents, lycra cuffs, plus media and goggle pockets.
LINE UP JACKET £150
This offering from O’Neill is made with freestyle in mind, from the long, thigh-brushing fit to the impressive venting. O’Neill’s Firewall offers lightweight insulation that’ll wick away moisture in a flash, while critical-taped seams and a storm placket will keep melting snow at bay.
CADEN JACKET £520
The Caden is top-of-the-line Arc’teryx. It is a shell equipped with new New N80p-X Gore-Tex Pro, which is more breathable (by 22%) and waterproof than previous editions. The fit is Arc’teryx’s Expedition-style, which means it has room for layers underneath. The hood accommodates a helmet well, and there’s a big interior mesh pocket, waterproof zipped pockets and a powder skirt.
COULOIR PRO JACKET £550
Bagging a 2013 ISPO award, the Couloir Pro Jacket is one of the most advanced freeski jackets available. It combines a rare four-way-stretch Gore-Tex soft shell for maximum
freedom-of-movement, warmth and weather protection. Additional features include the helmet-compatible hood with a high, protective c
ollar, full-stretch snow skirt, ventilation zippers and padded shoulders for extra comfort when carrying a backpack.
UNTRACKED JACKET £420
New for winter 2013, the Untracked Jacket is for skiers who want to hike fast and ski hard. It’s made with lightweight three-layer Gore-Tex nylon fabric with a brushed tricot backer, to ensure it’s warm without the bulk. A styley Anorak version is available for women.
ALPINIST JACKET £450
This is Marmot’s ski-anywhere, do-anything jacket, and it has an ace up its well-articulated sleeves. Made with Gore-Tex Pro fabric, it’s not only one of the most waterproof and breathable jackets on the market, but its top-notch durability also means it will outlive the spring snow melt, season after season.
EXPLORAIR NG JACKET £350
Scott’s toughest jacket for the toughest backcountry exploits. Made with three-layer Gore-Tex Pro Shell, it is super-durable, with fully taped seams and thermally-bonded, water-resistant zippers. It has pack-friendly seamless shoulders, a riveted cord lock for easy one-hand adjustment on hem and hood, and a full interior wind flap. Plus venting and pockets in all the right places.
LANIN JACKET £350
A light, technical and well-priced classic jacket from Mammut. This year’s model offers three-layer Gore-Tex for excellent breathability/waterproofing properties. With an emphasis on weight, it has a light, adjustable and removable snow skirt, plus a tailored, helmet-compatible hood. It has no unnecessary pockets, just two large front ones, and incorporates anatomically-designed arms and elbows for good range-of-movement.
EGO JACKET £160?
Don’t want to be left cowering on a chairlift when the bitterness of winter bites? Fear not, this hoody-style jacket is packed with 60g of body insulation. And if the temperature picks up, the fast-wicking mesh lining and pit zips will keep you suitably aired. Extra features include a music pocket, inner lycra cuffs to keep unwanted snow out and a powder skirt. Take that, winter.
MANHATTEN JACKET £250
An über-versatile jacket that holds its own on the mountain. The membrane in the two-layer, twill-crossed fabric gives this jacket oodles of insulation and waterproofing, while a plethora of pockets means plenty of places to stash your lift pass, goggles, etc. Women’s version also available.