Top 3 Ski and Snowboard Jackets 2013 / 2014

When venturing out into freezing conditions you’re going to need proper clothing. A thick, waterproof, breathable, and insulated jacket is essential, and we have our top 3 winter sports jackets to keep you warm in the snow this year. We cover 3 brands and feature a women’s and men’s jacket in each.

Toni Sailer Winter Sports Jackets

First off, the Toni Sailer jackets look amazing. Not only do they provide fantastic protection against the elements they also look stylish. The brand itself lends the name from a legend skier, Toni Sailer, who was carving his way to Winter Olympics gold in 1956. In fact he was the first person to win gold in all three skiing events at the 1956 Winter Olympics. The jackets in the range definitely lean towards the classic style of around this era, blending together elegant figure-hugging tailoring, beautiful materials, and luxurious detailing.

The Toni Sailer brand is exclusive to Snow+Rock in the UK. Click here to see the entire range.

Toni Sailer Arizona Down Women’s Winter Sports Jacket

Toni Sailer Women's Sports Jacket
Key Features

  • 4-way premium stretch, colorado cire finished fabric.
  • 84% Nylon, 16% Polyurethan.
  • Soft fiber balls, 150g thermolite.
  • Waterproof, 20,000mm.
  • Breathable.
  • Waterproof YKK Zippers.
  • Zipped cuffs.
  • Two front pockets.
  • Ski pass pocket.
  • Removable hood.

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who does not think that the Toni Sailer Arizona Down is a beautiful jacket. But it is definitely not style over substance. It is 100% waterproof, breathable, and it is full of fibre insulation to keep you warm. The jacket is also specially tailored to allow stretch in 4 directions, giving you total freedom of movement.

Toni Sailer Garrett Men’s Winter Sports Jacket

Toni Sailer Men's Sports Jacket
Key Features

  • 4-way premium stretch.
  • 84% nylon, 16% polyurethane.
  • 100g primaloft.
  • Waterproof, 20,000mm.
  • Breathable.
  • Water repellent YKK zipper.
  • Fully seam taped.
  • Chin guard.
  • Two chest pockets.
  • Two hand pockets.
  • Ski pass pocket.
  • Adjustable cuffs.

The Garrett winter sports jacket has a streamlined design to offer great performance on the slopes. It is developed from the highest possible quality fabrics available offering 20K/20K waterproofing, along with breathable and stretchable protection. The jacket is extremely lightweight, meaning it is perfect for physical activities when the temperature is cold.


Arc’Teryx Winter Sports Jackets

Arc’Teryx gets its name not from a famous winter sports person, but from a reptile. This reptile is special because it was the first to develop the feather for flight, and represents what Arc’Teryx is about: i.e. Freedom and exploration. Arc’teryx make products of the highest quality with original designs and the highest performing materials.

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Arc’Teryx Beta LT Women’s Winter Sports Jacket

Arc'Teryx Women's winter sports jacket
Key Features

  • Waterproof.
  • Breathable.
  • WaterTight™ Vislon centre front zipper.
  • Helmet compatible StormHood designed to rotate with your head.
  • Trim Fit.
  • Hip length.

The Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket is super lightweight, but at the same time it is very durable. One major feature of this jacket is that is it extremely breathable while being 100% waterproof, achieving this by using a multi-layered ePFTE membrane that discards the need for an oil-blocking layer, thus allowing the material breath easier. Also the multi-layers keep you warm and the lightweight construction is perfect for all outdoors sports and activities. The Arc’teryx Beta LT Jacket is made from the newest generation of GORE-TEX Pro fabric.

Arc’Teryx Beta LT Men’s Winter Sports Jacket

Arc'Teryx Mens winter sports jacket
Key Features

  • Waterproof.
  • Breathable.
  • WaterTight™ Vislon centre front zipper.
  • Helmet compatible StormHood designed to rotate with your head.
  • Trim Fit.
  • Hip length.

In terms of construction and specification the Arc’Teryx Beta LT Men’s Winter Sports Jacket is the same at the women’s version. It is made from the same new generation of GORE-TEX Pro fabric and comes with the same lightweight multi-layered design. Again, this is the perfect jacket for all outdoor activities, providing warm and manoeuvrable protection.


Columbia Winter Sports Jackets

Columbia are steeped in tradition, founded all the way back in 1938. Growing from a small family-owned company in to one of the world’s leading sports clothing companies. Using technical fabrics like Omni-Heat thermal insulation, Columbia have a range that will definitely keep you warm. Their winter sports jackets are great looking as well as being specially designed with winter sports in mind.

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Columbia Millennium Blur Stretch Women’s Winter Sports Jacket

Columbia Women's winter sports jacket
Key Features

  • Omni-Tech™ waterproof/breathable.
  • Omni-Heat™ thermal reflective/insulated.
  • Removable, adjustable storm hood.
  • Removable, snap back powder skirt.
  • Helmet compatible hood.
  • 4-way comfort stretch.
  • Underarm venting.
  • Drawcord adjustable hem.
  • Waterproof zip-closed pocket.
  • Security pocket.
  • Media and goggle pocket.
  • Ski pass pocket.
  • Adjustable outer cuff-inner comfort cuff.
  • Shell: 86% nylon/14% elastane King stretch.
  • Lining: Thermal reflective Mecrotex.
  • Insulation: 50% polyester/50% recycled polyester OH, 80g.

This is a new and updated jacket special for the 2013 / 2014 season. The Columbia Millennium jacket features Columbia’s unique Omni-Heat technology, which is basically a thermal reflective lining that helps regulate your body temperature by reflecting your bodies own heat back inwards. This results in 20% more warmth over traditional linings. So, while out on the slopes or in extreme conditions you will be warm. The Columbia Millennium Blur Stretch jacket has 4-way stretch fabric so you have freedom in your movement, and you will definitely be dry with the Omni-Tech waterproof and breathable technology as standard.

Columbia Millennium Blur Stretch Men’s Winter Sports Jacket

Columbia Men's winter sports jacket
Key Features

  • Omni-Tech™ waterproof/breathable.
  • Omni-Heat™ thermal reflective/insulated.
  • Removable, adjustable storm hood.
  • Removable, snap back powder skirt.
  • Helmet compatible hood.
  • 4-way comfort stretch.
  • Underarm venting.
  • Drawcord adjustable hem.
  • Waterproof zip-closed pocket.
  • Security pocket.
  • Media and goggle pocket.
  • Ski pass pocket.
  • Adjustable outer cuff-inner comfort cuff.
  • Shell: 86% nylon/14% elastane King stretch.
  • Lining: Thermal reflective Mecrotex.
  • Insulation: 50% polyester/50% recycled polyester OH, 80g.

This is the male version of the Columbia Millennium Blur Stretch jacket, and therefore has identical specifications and performance to the female version. It has the same Omni-Heat and Omni-Tech materials to keep you warm but dry, and the same high level of manoeuvrability due to the 4-way stretch panels. A great jacket for anyone looking for top performance while out in the cold.

Summary

3 top brands are covered here, and anyone of these winter sports jackets will be ideal when out and about in extreme conditions. All jackets have high specifications and performance criteria, so ultimately the decision will come down to personal taste and cost.

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