It doesn’t matter if you plan on spending a week or a whole season skiing, owning the right equipment should be the highest priority in order to make the most out of this sport.
It’s true, skiing gear does not come cheaply, but it’s definitely worth the price, so don’t make any rash decisions when it comes to picking the best gear. Finding the best option for you is a very important step, since you’re probably going to use your ski gear for years, it’s not like you need to renew the equipment once a year.
For those of you who are planning on investing in several bits of kit, a layering system will definitely keep your warm during this season, and it also means you can easily add or take away a few layers, depending on the weather. I’m talking about a thermal base layer, an insulated mid-layer and a completely waterproof outer shell that will stop snow from getting anywhere it shouldn’t.
For those who would rather go for a simpler approach, an all-round more insulated jacket could be the perfect fit, since it can provide almost the same features as an outer and mid-layer combined. The main difference is that this kind of jacket does not offer the same adaptability when the temperature changes.
However, an all-in-one style insulated jacket is an excellent choice for someone who’s new to this sport and doesn’t want to make any big investing mistake.
From all the different types and brands of ski jackets out there, we’ve chosen our top 5 favorites in order to make sure you will find exactly what you’re looking for. Some of those jackets are perfect to wear for other activities as well, not only for skiing.
Our first pick is the Arc’teryx Macai jacket. Arc’teryx is well known for the high quality products they deliver. It’s worth mentioning that this jacket is also the most expensive on our list.
The Arc’teryx Macai jacket is the lightest piece you will ever test and it’s definitely the best choice for anyone who can afford it.
Arc’Teryx is well known for the well-fitting clothes and we can assure you that the Macai jacket does not disappoint its customers. You can easily move around without pulling on the rest of the jacket, and yes, I’m talking in particular about bending over and exposing your back to the cold.
The best feature of this jacket is the ability to keep your warm. Down Composite Mapping uses synthetic insulation in areas prone to moisture and down in areas where you need the most warmth.
With fully taped seams, waterproof zippers and a huge storm hood that fits over your helmet, this jacket is the perfect weapon for a stormy weather.
Stylishly designed, at first glance, the Spyder Leader seems to be one of the most sophisticated jacket you can wear on a piste and not only, and it surely doesn’t disappoint.
While the down insulation that the Arc’teryx Macai provides and while Arc’teryx is lighter and warmer, and might last much longer, the one advantage of the synthetic insulation that Spyder Leader provides is that this jacket dries out so much faster than down insulation. We consider this a very important feature and it’s definitely a plus.
For those of you who are looking for a one-piece insulated jacket, the Leader is our best pick for someone who rides frequently and hard in wet conditions.
The North Face Carto Triclimate Jacket
Our third option is The North Face Carto Triclimate Jacket. Well, everyone knows you can’t go wrong with The North Face. While usually the general rule is to order one size up, especially when you’re shopping with The North Face, however, I recommend that with this one, keep with your regular size.
This is considered one of the most comfy and best priced good looking jacket on the market right now. You can count on it to keep your warm, the hood fits perfectly to cover the head, making sure to provide the protection you need and keeping your ears from being exposed to the cold wind. It is, of course, waterproof and it has an inner jacket that can be unzipped, if preferred.
The North Face Carto Triclimate Jacket is not only perfect for skiing, but for rain, snow and fall weather as well, as the name itself says.
Columbia Whirlibird Interchange Jacket
The Columbia WhirliBird Interchange is the most affordable option to the occasional skier or snowboarder, or for someone who just gotten into this sport. Its versatility and affordable price puts this jacket on our top 5.
For its price, the Columbia Whirlibird jacket is a hit! It will keep you dry, and most important, warm during this season. It comes in a lot of colors so you will definitely find a model that will fit your style just right.
Roxy is well known for its fancy and modern designs. If you’re looking for something chic, colorful and classy, Roxy is definitely the brand you should be checking out. ( check out this model, for example)