When you go on a snowsports holiday the ski jacket is one of the most important pieces of clothing that you need. Providing warmth along with breathability and flexibility your ski or snowboard jacket really needs to be versatile and high performance. Take a look at Snow Pursuits’ top 3 picks for ski and snowboard jackets in 2017. The jackets are from 3 of the top performance clothing manufacturers and have an option for both men and women. They are all insulated ski jackets (one of the most popular ski jacket choices in the UK).
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The North Face are a highly respected and well-known outdoor clothing manufacturer who produce high performance and long lasting clothing that will stand up to extreme weather conditions. Just what you need when buying a ski jacket!
The Descendit men’s jacket is one of the bestselling products for The North Face due to the high tech performance which hasn’t compromised on style. Available in a choice of three colours- fiery red, bomber blue, and black.
The fabric is 2 layer HyVent that is both breathable and waterproof keeping you warm and dry. The lightweight Heatseeker insulation will give you great warmth but won’t impact on movement when skiing. Much of the jacket is adjustable to get the best fit for you- hood, cuffs, and hem can all be cinched for a better fit. The number of well-placed pockets makes this jacket a stand-out. A forearm zipped pocket for your ski pass and an internal goggle pocket with cloth are really useful and well thought out.
The North Face Women’s Descendit Jacket comes in a really vibrant and stylish melon red print. The fitted look of the jacket makes it comfortable as well as easy to wear when not on the slopes. Using the same high quality performance materials as the men’s jacket, this jacket provides warmth, breathability and waterproofing. The jacket is fully sealed at the seams to make sure no water can penetrate the shell. Pockets are plentiful including zipped chest and hand pocket as well as a number of internal pockets. As with the men’s jacket, the ski pass arm pocket and goggle pocket with cloth are present. You can be sure that all the things you need on the slopes will be kept safe without ruining the fit and moveability of the jacket.
Salomon is a French company that has been designing outdoor clothing since the 1940’s. They have built up a big following among ski and snowboard enthusiasts and have a commitment to producing progressive gear so you can enjoy and challenge yourself in the great outdoors.
The Fantasy Jacket is built on these goals with high technical performance and features to make your snowsports adventure the best ever. The shell is made of their AdvancedSkin Dry material which is both waterproof and breathability for comfort and movement when skiing. The AdvancedSkin Warm insulation is lightweight but still able to provide great warmth in the most inhospitable of conditions.
One of the great features of the Fantasy Ski Jacket is the ability to keep you dry from the inside out. Efficient moisture wicking draws water from your body when you heat up and an air vent system with mesh backing means it can escape through the jacket. Along with a range of outer pockets, there is also an inner media pocket with pull out system for easy access to your phone/ MP3 player so you can listen to music on the slopes.
The Salomon Women’s Fantasy Ski Jacket is built around the same principles of high performance fabrics and useful features aimed at making the jacket perfect for a day on the slopes. The same AdvancedSkin Dry outer shell will keep out the snow and the wind and the AdvancedSkin Warm insulation will make sure you are warm from the start to the end of the day. The Fantasy Ski Jacket is designed to keep it’s breathable and insulated properties through all weather events and numerous wash cycles so you can be assured of comfort in years to come.
The hood is removable and adjustable so you can find the fit to suit or remove it completely when not needed reducing the bulk of the jacket. Cuffs and hem are fully adjustable to give a great fit whatever layers or gloves that you choose to wear.
Columbia is a US company that still has its HQ in Portland where is was founded. Their aim is to make outdoor clothing that will keep you warm, dry, cool and protected and they spend time and money on research and development of new fabrics and styles that will provide you with the best performing ski jackets.
The shell of the Millennium Blur Men’s Ski Jacket is made with Omni-Tech King Stretch fabric and lined with Omni-Heat Reflective Mircotex Light. This combination of fabric provides a weatherproof outer and heat capture for warmth during the coldest days on the mountain. Omni-Heat Thermal insulation will keep you warm and comfortable on the slopes but still be flexible with your body movements.
The helmet compatible hood also has peripheral adjustability maintaining great vision- crucial when skiing at high speeds. The chin guard and powder skirt protect you from any stray snow when getting inside your jacket. As with other jackets, the Millennium Blur comes with a range of handily and ergonomically placed pockets to carry all the essentials in tailored pockets.
The Women’s Millennium Blur Ski Jacket comes in a range of great colours offering something for every style- red camellia, white, and nocturnal (a dark grey blue). With a more fitted silhouette and contrasting detail, the Millennium Blur jacket will look great on the slopes and as your everyday winter jacket. The jacket has all the same fabric development as the men’s version with a waterproof, breathable outer shell and lightweight but warm insulated layer.
The jacket has stretch and flexibility so you can be comfortable and maintain a range of movement to keep up with all your demands when on the mountain. The underarm venting means you can quickly dump heat when you’ve been warming up during the day.