It’s winter, and you’re burned out – by the dreary weather, the grind of work, the dull day-to-day rat race of living. You want to get away with your family and have some fun! So, you plan a fantastic trip to a family-oriented ski resort, and off you all go.
If you didn’t think about your wardrobe before you left, you’re going to spend a fair amount of time wet, cold, and miserable out on the mountain, because your skiing jacket isn’t up to the challenge of the winter cold, snow, and the icy north winds cutting through the fabric.
Before you turn what should be a wonderful and happy experience into just a different kind of misery, look into purchasing a ski jacket able to brave whatever weather you find, keep you dry when you fall into the snow, and look stunning throughout the process. You want a jacket to fit well, look good, and do its job when you’re out on the slopes, so check out these ten jackets reviewed below, and choose one to keep your winter getaway off the charts, as opposed to spending the days wet and miserable.
10. Wantdo Men’s Waterproof Mountain Jacket Fleece Windproof Ski Jacket
This ski jacket from Wantdo is an all-round good choice. It features a detachable, adjustable hood, three outer pockets and one inner pocket, to store all the things you need when you’re out on the slopes – the inner pocket fastens with a zipper, so you can keep your wallet, your passport, your phone and your keys in a secure place while skiing. Your gloves, ski mask, Chap Stick and other sundries fit into the outer pockets for easy access. The jacket has an earphone line fastening with a supporting fixture on the inside.
The jacket is made of breathable, quick-dry material. The seams are sealed, and the jacket is windproof. The lining is 1200g of cotton, to promote heat retention. The cuffs are adjustable Velcro, and there is an attached glove, made of a pliable, light material to provide insulation under your ski gloves. There is a set of buttons, hidden on the inside bottom, to fasten the bottom and prevent wind exposure. An excellent buy for the price.
09. The North Face Men’s Resolve Jacket
This imported jacket is made from nylon and is very light weight. It is waterproof, and seam-sealed, and it breathes well. The detachable hood stores in the collar, so if you don’t need it, it’s not flapping around and annoying you. The front zipper is YKK, and is covered by a Velcro-closure flap, to keep out the wind.
There is a zippered pocket on the inside of the left lapel, to store your valuable while you are out on the slopes. The jacket has a drawstring to tighten the jacket around the bottom.
This is not a heavy-duty jacket, but if worn with an insulating layer underneath, it will keep you dry and warm in snow or rain. A good jacket to take backpacking, it stores in your pack without taking up much room at all.
08. Men’s The North Face Thermoball Full Zip Jacket
This quilted, padded jacket from North Face is made from nylon and features Thermoball synthetic loft insulation. Thermoball retains its loft and warmth, even when wet. This insulation provides the main benefits of down insulation – warmth and compressibility – with the performance of synthetics.
The jacket features zippered hand pockets, and has internal elastic cuffs, to keep the wind and water at bay.
A bit on the expensive side, it does have The North Face’s quality behind it, so you do get what you pay for.
07. Ubon Men’s Waterproof Windproof Outdoor Snow Jacket Ski Fleece Jacket
The Ubon men’s jacket is an inexpensive way to stay warm and dry when you’re outdoors this winter. Made from 100% polyester, the jacket is both wind and waterproof. Padded with one kilo of cotton, with a soft fleece lining, the jacket will keep you warm on the coldest of days on the slopes.
The jacket has four big pockets: two on the outside with zippers, two on the inside with Velcro closures for your valuables.
The jacket features a stand collar with a detachable hood, and an earphone line fastening fixture.
A great way to stay warm and dry for a great price.
06. Wantdo Men’s Mountain Outdoorwear Fleece Windproof Ski Jacket
Another offering from Wantdo, this jacket is very similar to the first jacket in our list. However, this jacket’s primary function is for mountaineering, not necessarily for skiing. It is lightweight, wind and waterproof. It has all the same design features as the Wantdo’s ski jacket – three outer pockets, one inner, adjustable Velcro cuffs and the attached gloves, sealed seams, and a fleece lining. It’s not as heavy as the ski jacket, but it will keep you warm and dry outdoors in the winter mountain weather.
05. Columbia Men’s Eager Air Interchange 3-in-1 Jacket
This lightweight, three-in-one jacket is perfect for all types of weather: wear the lightweight jacket without the fleece liner for rainy days, wear the liner itself without the jacket on dry, cool, or cold days, or wear the two zipped together to brave the hardiest winter weather.
100% nylon shell, 100% polyester microfleece liner, windproof; waterproof; detachable, adjustable hood; inner security pocket; zippered outside hand pockets; adjustable draw hem; adjustable cuff tabs; machine washable.
This jacket is on the high side in price, but Columbia’s name and quality guarantee you won’t be wasting your money.
04. Columbia Men’s Rural Mountain 3 in 1 Interchange Omni Heat Jacket
Another offering from Columbia. This jacket is another three-in-one design; however, the lining is not fleece, but Microtex heat reflective polyester. Wear the jacket without the liner, the liner without the jacket, or both together. The shell has a removable storm hood for rain or snow. The hood is not lined – for warmth you’ll need a wool cap underneath.
This jacket has exterior zippered pockets and one inner security pocket, adjustable cuffs, and a drawstring hem.
This jacket is good for low temperatures, but not for extended stays in them; short periods of three to four hours at most if the temperature is twenty degrees or less.
03. Columbia Men’s Alpine Action Jacket
A third offering from Columbia, this jacket is geared for outdoor snow sports. Made from 100% polyester, the jacket features the heat reflective Microtex lining, and superior synthetic insulation. Waterproof and breathable, and seam-sealed, this jacket keeps you warm and dry when out in the snow.
Zippered chest pocket, zippered hand pockets, inner security pocket and a goggles pocket give you plenty of storage space for the things you need while out and about. Adjustable cuffs, and a drawstring hem let you fit the jacket to your specifications.
A detachable storm hood and a snap-back powder skirt make this jacket ready for skis or snowboards, so you can choose how you want to play.
02. Arc’teryx Men’s Beta AR Jacket
The Arc’teryx Beta AR Jacket is the go-to jacket for all-around outdoor use. Made from Gore-Tex, the jacket delivers the maximum waterproof, breathable performance available. The jacket is lightweight and compactable, taking up the minimum of space in your backpack.
The jacket has zippered pockets on the outside, and a laminated zipper pocket on the inside. It has adjustable, Velcro-closure cuffs, for blocking the elements.
The AR jacket is hip length; this prevents exposing your lower back or cumbersome bunching under a backpack or climbing harness.
The AR features a Drop Hood with a separate collar to prevent drafts. The hood is compatible with a helmet, should you need to wear one with the jacket.
The jacket has two pit zippers, located under the arms for ventilation.
This jacket is the most expensive one on the list, but Gore-Tex is the best material for lightweight, waterproof, windproof, breathable jacket, and for the serious skier, snowboarder, or mountaineer it’s worth the price.
01. Marmot Men’s Minimalist Jacket
The name of this jacket pretty much says it all – this is a basic jacket, with pit zippers for ventilation, one outside pocket and an adjustable hood. The hood is permanently attached to the jacket. The cuffs have an adjustable closure. What makes the jacket worth the money is the material: Gore-Tex, with Paclite technology.
Gore-Tex is the most durable material for windproof and waterproof clothing, and it’s lightweight as well. This jacket has less storage than the others on the list, and fewer features; it’s truly the jacket for the serious winter outdoors person who just wants a jacket.
This jacket is less expensive than the Arc’teryx, but higher than some of the others covered in this article.
So, there you have it: ten of the best men’s skiing jackets available on the market in 2016. When choosing the jacket best for you, consider how much use you expect to get out of it, whether you can wear it as a winter jacket as well as a ski jacket, how long it will last, and your budget. You will find a jacket on this list to meet all of your criteria, and you’ll look sharp when you wear it too!