The best jackets for riding hard, touring and throwing tricks in the park
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1. Atomic Ridgeline Flex jacket, £300
New this season, this is an insulated shell ideal for the coldest conditions, featuring a brushed tricot liner for extra snugness. Insulation comes from Primaloft Silver, which will still work when wet. There’s a pant-compatible snowskirt, adjustable hood and YKK Aquaguard zippers.
Made for sunny days, this softshell jacket walks the line between breathability and warmth. A fleece-lined hood and collar keep the chill away from your neck while the tricot chin guard prevents rubbing. In among the many pockets are a media port, key clip and inbuilt goggle wipe.
3. Roxy Flicker jacket, £275
Compressible, breathable and hypoallergenic thanks to down-mimicking Thinsulate featherless insulation. Critically taped seams keep water out, and there’s a three-way adjustable hood and 3D stretch snowskirt. Best of all, it comes with a free neck warmer worth £22.
4. Animal Soren jacket, £180
A well-insulated jacket for colder days on the hill, backed up by a waterproof, breathable shell and fully taped seams. Animal have used ergonomic heat zone lining and fleece-lined pockets for extra snugness, but underarm venting allows good air flow. A powder skirt and built-in cuff stop snow from sneaking in.
5. Armada Gypsum jacket. £180
The jacket for aspiring freestylers, with a long fit for extra steeze. It works well all over the mountain too, thanks to its 10K waterproof/breathable construction, fully sealed seams and DWR finish. Extra points for the mesh lining, helmet-loving hood, pit vents, goggle pocket and wrist gaiters; plus, the powder skirt is easily stashed.
6. Dakine Linton jacket, £355
This features soft two-layer medium-weight Gore-Tex and is designed to fit close to the body, yet moves as you ride so you can still nail trick after trick. Primaloft Gold insulation offers low-bulk warmth, while brushed tricot lining feels great next to the skin. Extras include collar vents, wrist gaiters, two-way pit zips and powder skirt.
7. Arc’teryx Lillooet jacket, £595
Built for ripping in cold conditions, the Lillooet uses Arc’teryx’s new Down Contour LT Technology to deliver low-bulk warmth. The pleated baffle construction keeps the down close to the body to maximise thermal efficiency. It’s backed up by a three-layer Gore-Tex shell, which is waterproof, windproof and breathable.
8. Haglöfs Skade jacket, £500
Named after the Norse goddess of skiing, the Skade was designed with the help of Scandi freeriders. The result? A slick, feminine jacket made with C-Knit Backer technology – comfier and more breathable than standard Gore-Tex – with an articulated fit and good venting.
9. Patagonia Untracked jacket, £420
Durable, comfortable and built for just about any on-hill eventuality you can imagine. The fabric of choice here is Gore-Tex Pro, one of the most waterproof, windproof and breathable fabrics in the industry, backed up by a DWR treatment so not a single drop of moisture can sneak its way through.
Arc’teryx jackets have some of the best articulation we’ve come across thanks to their Ergonomic 3D patterning, ideal when you love earning your turns. The Gore-Tex Pro fabric is as tough as boots, yet light and packable. On the ski down you’ll be grateful for the powder skirt, storm hood and jacket-pant interface.
11. Marmot Trident jacket, £500
This offers no-compromise weather-resistance, yet is still very breathable thanks to the 3L Gore-Tex Pro. The cobra-style back features clever panel shapes that maximise the range of motion while maintaining a long, athletic fit.
12. Scott Explorair Jacket, £215
An affordable backcountry shell made with three-layer Toraydelfy fabric for great weather protection and breathability. Equipped with a powder skirt and helmet-friendly hood, pair it with a midlayer for cold days or wear on its own. The shoulders are seamless, so your pack wont get caught and there’s ample venting in the armpits.