THE BEST MEN’S SKI JACKETS: BUYING GUIDE
The Best Men’s Ski Jackets
Keeping both the types as well as the features which are most dominantly required in a ski jacket, we have found 6 of the best men’s ski jackets.
3-in-1 Ski Jacket: 3-in-1 North Face Thermoball Triclimate Men’s Ski Jacket
The 3-in-1 North Face Thermoball Triclimate Men’s Ski Jacket ($300) has an exterior waterproof shell coupled with an interior PrimaLoft insulated liner jacket. As with most 3-in-1 designs, the hood is attached to the exterior jacket and adjusted by drawstrings. As such, those wearing the interior PrimaLoft insulated liner jacket will need to consider additional head protection when not using the exterior shell. Adding to the exterior shell design are two lower side pockets and one upper access pocket. The design of the jacket allows for the outer shell to be worn without a lining due to the dry-touch coating on the waterproof stretch shell. Cuffs are adjustable to fit over or under gloves. The interior jacket’s cuffs are non-adjustable. Both the interior as well as the exterior jacket are compatible with zip-in garments from North Face. All main components of the North Face Thermoball Triclimate Jacket are zipper connected.
Ski Hard Shell Jacket: Arcteryx Macai Men’s Ski Jacket
The Arcteryx Macai Men’s Ski Jacket ($740) is one of the hard shell jackets on the list. Like many ski jackets, it is composed of 100% polyester with waterproofing Gore-Tex fabric. In terms of features, the jacket has adjustable cuffs by means of Velcro on the exterior, a drop hood which can fit over your helmet, as well as a powder shirt and mesh lined powder-guard. Waterproof zippers are found throughout the design. Pockets on the Arcteryx Macai Jacket are located on the upper pectoral region to allow for easy access when strapped down with gear.
Insulated Ski Jacket: Helly Hansen Enigma Men’s Ski Jacket
The Helly Hansen Enigma Men’s Ski Jacket ($800) is a technical professional jacket designed with 2 ply fabrics and 4 way full stretched fabric. This means that the wearer has maximized movement within the jacket, increased ventilation, and heightened moisture protection. The design of the Helly Hansen includes a drawstring hood, sleeve, and lower arm pockets. Both the hood and the pockets are designed to allow for use with other gear such as a helmet or a backpack while at the same time, the jacket can work independently from such. All zippers on the jacket are YKK water resilient.
Technical Shell Ski Jacket: Arcteryx Alpha LT Men’s Ski Jacket
While the Arcteryx Alpha LT Men’s Ski Jacket ($540) is technically a shell jacket, it does not have the look or the feel of a hard shell but more of a technical shell jacket. The ski jacket is lightweight and has the spaciousness for layering when it is worn. Additionally, the flexibility of the nylon and the ability to accommodate a helmet under the StormHood gives it greater functionality than the traditional shell. In addition to the standardized pockets on the exterior, the Arcteryx Alpha LT jacket has an interior pocket. Hem drawstrings are a key feature of the design, minimizing the slipping of the jacket from under a harness.
Technical Shell Ski Jacket: Patagonia Men’s Triolet Gortex Men’s Ski Jacket
If you are a skier who needs pockets, quick accessibility, and a practical design, then the Patagonia Men’s Triolet Gortex Men’s Ski Jacket ($399) may be the ski jacket for you. Designed with deep side pockets as well as upper pocket access, the jacket is suitable for wearing with or without gear. The fabric has a tough exterior which resists abrasion. An ideal jacket for those seeking something lightweight, windproof, and durable. Sizing of the Patagonia Triolet Gortex jacket tends to lean on the larger side, especially in the arm region. However, this is not a bad thing as, typically, it is around the cuffs which people find the most problems in length and coverage protection.
Soft Shell Ski Jacket: Patagonia Men’s Reconnaissance Men’s Ski Jacket
A soft shell jacket with multiple color and design features available, the Patagonia Men’s Reconnaissance Men’s Ski Jacket ($399) should be a consideration for anyone looking to purchase a great jacket at a great price. Arms shoulders and the hood are waterproof which are ideal for the backcountry use it was specifically designed for. Flex fabrics on the design give the jacket breathability while the DWR finish keeps the material dry and limits snow and water from penetrating the jacket. Taped Seams add to the moisture barrier in the design. Pockets are in abundance on the Patagonia Men’s Reconnaissance Jacket with one upper arm, two lower side pockets, two upper pockets (one with a smaller pocket for music complete with earbud access from the interior of the jacket) and one drop-in pocket on the interior of the jacket.