Looking for a new ski jacket? Here’s 12 of the best
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1. Dare2B Mentality jacket, £150
A lot for your dough, with clever touches like a magnetic closure stormflap, articulated sleeves and technical hood. The shell is waterproof and breathable, yet has enough stretch for the odd hike. There are taped seams, a detachable snowskirt, pit venting and multiple pockets.
2. Eider Manhattan jacket, £250
Versatility is the Manhattan’s middle name: it’s technical enough for the hill, but low-key enough for town. Along with a waterproof membrane and thermal insulation it has a removable hood, stretch cuffs with thumb loops, velcro cuffs, a removable snow skirt and pockets aplenty.
This won an ISPO (industry) award for its clever dying process this year. That’s right, no water is harmed, or indeed used, in the dying of this jacket – a world first. ThermoCool padding is the other story: not only is it waterproof, breathable and durable, but it manages your body temperature.
4. Armada Carson jacket, £165
Not only does this look the part in the park, but it works all over the mountain. It’s breathable and waterproof to 10K, and features a Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment plus 40g insulation and pit vents. What else? Oh, a helmet-friendly hood, music pocket, stashable pow skirt and microfleece chin guard. Great value.
5. Dakine Wyeast jacket, £225
Part of Dakine’s 10K series: expect breathability and waterproofing. There’s free movement thanks to the stretch and contour fit, plus park-friendly features – think underarm vents, one-hand hood control, media pocket, glove hooks), Lycra powder skirt, wrist gaiters and collar venting.
6. Westbeach Bateman Overhead jacket, £180
Easy to slip on thanks to a full side-zip, this jacket is both waterproof and breathable to 10K, with a DWR finish. A powder skirt keeps snow out when you fall, and there’s a generous kangaroo-style pocket in the front. Insulation throughout.
7. Black Crows Corpus jacket, £550
It’s Black Crows’ first foray into outerwear, and they’ve done a top job. There’s three-layer Gore-Tex, efficient venting, adjustable hood and a Recco reflector. The Parka style may look laid back, but it offers brilliant protection from harsh weather, with easy adjustments in the waist and hem, plus Lycra cuffs and a powder skirt.
Here’s Helly Hansen proving they can do freeride with panache. Using their own three-layer fabric and new, very breathable Flow membrane, the Ridge Shell is built for deep days. Pockets and zippers are placed out of the way of backpack straps, and high-viz details make you easy to spot. Extras abound, such as powder skirt, wrist gaiters and helmet-friendly hood.
9. Marmot Storm King jacket, £420
If you prefer the mobility and comfort of softshells, but don’t want to compromise on waterproofing, then the Storm King is a top choice. Made with Polartec Neoshell, you can fit a helmet under the hood and there are plenty of pockets.
10. Black Diamond Mission Pro shell, £550
BD’s top-of-the-range shell is one of the most waterproof, breathable and durable membranes on sale. But it’s the finer details we love most: mesh pockets for your skins, a single pull hood adjuster and extended two-way zip pits.
11. Patagonia Reconnaissance, £540
Yes, another Gore-Tex Pro jacket. You know the drill by now: exceptionally waterproof, windproof, breathable and durable. Hurrah! It’s all part of Patagonia’s new, super slick, backcountry touring kit, with lightweight, streamlined features so you skin up without drowning in a storm of sweat. Hurrah!
12. Salomon Soulquest BC, £500
This is at the pro end of Salomon’s clothing line, featuring top-of-the-range Gore-Tex Pro to keep things breathable, waterproof and windproof. Salomon’s MotionFit cut gives more than enough mobility to reach those technical descents, and ride them like a boss, too.