The 7 Best Men's Ski Jackets to Buy in 2017

Make sure you're suited up for the slopes

Don't waste time shopping for ski jackets when you could be gearing up to get on the slopes. Men's ski jackets come in a variety of styles and forms, but all of the jackets listed below are the jackets that will keep you the warmest throughout your entire day of skiing. It's not difficult to find a ski jacket that fits you well and keeps you warm at an affordable price, and these jackets listed below will do just that. With this list of the top men's ski jackets, your search has just become a lot easier.

A brand named for the coldest, most unforgiving aspect of the mountain, The North Face gear is built for frigid temps. The North Face Arrowood Triclimate Jacket is a 3-in-1 system that provides the ultimate versatility for your ski trip. Stay dry beneath the waterproof, breathable, seam-sealed DryVent 2L shell with taffeta lining. Additional shell features include an adjustable hood, Velcro adjustable cuff tabs and hem cinch cord. Stay warm wrapped in the removable 200-weight hardface fleece. Wear both jackets together in cold, wet conditions or wear them separately as conditions change. Both jackets feature zip-in compatibility with complementing garments from The North Face (sold separately).

Spyder is the official apparel brand behind the U.S. Ski Team, but this sleek jacket is named for Japan’s northernmost island, which is revered for its snowy ski mountains. The Spyder Hokkaido Jacket is designed to keep you warm, dry and comfortable no matter how deep the snow gets. The waterproof, breathable jacket is made of Spyder’s 360º Stretch Nylon with Xt.L 20k/30k laminate and Spylon durable water repellent (DWR). It also packs 60g PrimaLoft Silver Insulation to keep your core and arms toasty. Completing the package are ski-centric touches, including waterproof zippers, a powder skirt with elastic stretch panel, Velcro adjustable cuffs with gussets and a seamless goggle pocket.

The 70-year-old ski apparel brand is built for shredding Aspen, Colorado, a four-resort powder paradise where the slopes range from mellow and scenic on Ajax to steep and deep in Highland Bowl. Check out the Obermeyer Supernova Shell for a performance-forward piece that will keep you schussing even if the weather conditions deteriorate. The 3.5L seam sealed shell employs HydroBlock Pro waterproof technology with a lifetime warranty. Inside, it’s covered in a light, soft fleece to keep the jacket flexy and warm. When the sun peeks through, adjust the Control Zone Ventilation system comprising strategically placed openings and closures. This jacket is ready to drop into the backcountry with RECCO reflector technology that assists in finding skiers buried in avalanches.

Arc’teryx has earned its credibility in the backcountry and on mountain peaks, and every piece in their lineup is the product of a unique in-house manufacturing and design process involving athletes, engineers, materials, experts and pattern makers. The Sabre Jacket is big a mountain specialist with details such as a helmet compatible StormHood, rapid ventilation system, WaterTight zips and an integrated powder skirt. With the Sabre Jacket’s Slide’n Loc attachment, you can link up with the Sabre Pants (sold separately) for an tough-as-nails snow-proof outerwear system. Of course, you can count on advanced water and wind proofing with a GORE-TEX three-layer construction, Arc’teryx DWR finish and full seam seal.

On days when you need the ultimate in lightweight warmth, add The Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer Down Hooded Jacket to your kit. This is the lightest full-featured down jacket on the mountain, constructed with Whisperer 7D x 10D ripstop fabric. It’s filled with brand’s Q.Shield DOWN 800-fill insulation, which resists moisture and maintains loft even when wet. Wear it alone on clear days or during mountaineering ascents, and layer it with a waterproof shell when the snow starts to fall. And when it comes time to pack up and head home, this jacket can be compressed into its own pocket.

Though this brand is born and raised in the French Alps, the Eider Beaver Creek Jacket honors one of North America’s premier Rocky Mountain ski resorts. This jacket is worthy of its namesake on the strength of its refined style mixing technical fabrics and performance detailing. The brand’s proprietary four-way stretch Defender membrane keeps this jacket waterproof, windproof and breathable. When the temps drop, rely on PrimaLoft Gold Down blend to keep you toasty. Mixing 30 percent PrimaLoft synthetic fibers with 70 percent goose down, the bled is the optimal warmth-to-weight ratio for moisture management. Thoughtful ski-centric details include a detachable snow skirt, built in inner cuffs and an easy-on, easy-off storm hood.

Based in the Pacific Northwest for more than 70 years, Columbia Sportswear has perfected the 3-in-1 jacket system with its flagship Bugaboo Interchange Jacket — and you can’t beat its warmth-to-dollar ratio. New for this iteration of the Bugaboo, Columbia adds their patented thermal reflective technology to the zip-in liner to make the system toastier than ever. The technical outer shell is made of tested Omni-Tech waterproof, breathable fabric with sealed seams. Additional storm-busting features include an adjustable hood, draw cord adjustable hem and adjustable cuff tabs.

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