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Top 23 Ski Jackets of 2015

The best snow-stopping, wind-deflecting armor for your soft fleshy bits.


With a Gore-Tex membrane and PrimaLoft insulation, the Balkan is near-impenetrable. Its cargo structure is simple yet functional, with two pockets at…

With a Gore-Tex membrane and PrimaLoft insulation, the Balkan is near-impenetrable. Its cargo structure is simple yet functional, with two pockets at the waist, a Napoleon pocket for your tunes, and an easy-access pass pocket on the forearm. It wins serious style points for the Hawaiian-shirt-themed lining. [$395]

Stuffed with a combination of 650-fill down and synthetic insulation, the burly Stormbound is the jacket you’ll want when temps plunge and the snow…

Stuffed with a combination of 650-fill down and synthetic insulation, the burly Stormbound is the jacket you’ll want when temps plunge and the snow falls like paint. It’s waterproof, breathable, and built with generous pit zips in case you get too steamy. Clean styling allows the Stormbound to play well in city environments too. [$495]

It’s OK if your favorite part is the plaid lining of the helmet-compatible hood. The rest of the jacket quietly does its job: Toasty PrimaLoft Silver…

It’s OK if your favorite part is the plaid lining of the helmet-compatible hood. The rest of the jacket quietly does its job: Toasty PrimaLoft Silver insulation warms while Helly Hansen’s H2Flow system helps regulate temperature with airflow. The Stella also boasts a storm-battling waterproof, windproof, and breathable membrane, water- resistant zippers, and sealed seams. [$375]

The new Snowshot offers all the craftsmanship and durability of a Patagonia jacket with a much more wallet-friendly price. It’s more of a beefed- up…

The new Snowshot offers all the craftsmanship and durability of a Patagonia jacket with a much more wallet-friendly price. It’s more of a beefed- up shell than a true insulated jacket. Pit zips, ample pockets, and a removable hood make this a versatile piece for everyday resort riding, while a H2No membrane keeps you dry. [$279]

Almost like your favorite sweatshirt, the Niva is a comfy, long jacket with a soft-feeling fabric. Not soft on technical features though, the Swiss-…

Almost like your favorite sweatshirt, the Niva is a comfy, long jacket with a soft-feeling fabric. Not soft on technical features though, the Swiss- designed freeride-inspired jacket has synthetic insulation where it counts (hood, back, and arms), pit zips, a removable powder skirt, and stretchy wrist gaiters with thumb holes. Mammut’s Drytech Premium two-layer fabric provides waterproofness and breathability. [$450]

Designed by the Olympic halfpipe winner, the David Wise jacket is built for hot laps at your local resort thanks to its long, comfortable fit, warm…

Designed by the Olympic halfpipe winner, the David Wise jacket is built for hot laps at your local resort thanks to its long, comfortable fit, warm Thinsulate Firewall insulation, and 10k waterproof rating. Whether you’re young or young-at-heart, its youthful styling will turn heads. [$220]

From frigid storms to spring corn, the lightly insulated Mission Stoke keeps your temperature steady with H2Flow technology, which regulates the…

From frigid storms to spring corn, the lightly insulated Mission Stoke keeps your temperature steady with H2Flow technology, which regulates the exchange of air between you and the environment. Its two-way stretch fabric moves freely with the contours of your body. We also dig the not-too-tight, not-too-baggy fit. [$325]

A statement and a jacket, the cool, cascading design of this long-silhouetted coat may not
be your choice for mountaineering, but it’s at home at any…

A statement and a jacket, the cool, cascading design of this long-silhouetted coat may not
be your choice for mountaineering, but it’s at home at any resort’s slopes or streets. Marmot’s waterproof MemBrain fabric breathes, and the insulation provides a high warmth-to-weight ratio. Understated tech details include substantial zippers, hidden pit zips, lined hand-warmer pockets, and a removable powder skirt. [$290]

New to Chris Davenport’s White Spyder Collection of outerwear, the Pryme borrows technologies from more backcountry-driven pieces—shoulder…

New to Chris Davenport’s White Spyder Collection of outerwear, the Pryme borrows technologies from more backcountry-driven pieces—shoulder reinforcement, a Recco reflector, lightweight minimalism, and 360-degree stretch fabric—and implements them in a more resort-friendly package. [$425]

Historically a maker of shells, Trew expands into insulated jackets this season with the Hunter. Highly waterproof and breathable, the Hunter relies…

Historically a maker of shells, Trew expands into insulated jackets this season with the Hunter. Highly waterproof and breathable, the Hunter relies on PrimaLoft insulation to keep you toasty and large pit zips to dump heat if necessary. A nod to the company’s Pacific Northwest roots, perhaps, the Hunter’s styling is reminiscent of a trusty work shirt with its button-snap pockets and earth-tone color blocking. [$499]

From the pro series of Grete Eliassen, Norwegian former ski racer and X Games SuperPipe athlete, comes the Echo: an urban-styled two-layer Gore-Tex…

From the pro series of Grete Eliassen, Norwegian former ski racer and X Games SuperPipe athlete, comes the Echo: an urban-styled two-layer Gore-Tex insulated jacket. BioZone construction uses goose down to protect areas that need more warmth. Thoughtful touches include zippers with Velcro flaps, mesh-lined pit zips, a microfleece backer, and a Recco reflector. [$425]

With a Polartec NeoShell waterproof-breathable membrane and PrimaLoft insulation, the Chrome will keep you turning through any deep freeze. It’s…

With a Polartec NeoShell waterproof-breathable membrane and PrimaLoft insulation, the Chrome will keep you turning through any deep freeze. It’s light yet durable, with thicker material around the arms and shoulders. It’s the perfect jacket for the darkest depths of winter. [$550]

By using a waterproof Gore-Tex laminate in
key areas—hood, shoulders, arms, chest, and waist—and a breathable softshell in others— underarms and…

By using a waterproof Gore-Tex laminate in
key areas—hood, shoulders, arms, chest, and waist—and a breathable softshell in others— underarms and back—Arc’teryx has built a true hybrid shell in its Lithic Jacket. With touring-influenced features like climbing-skin-size chest pockets that double as vents, it’s a good option for backcountry skiers or anyone who tends to run hot. [$450]

The Brigandine is a piece of mountain armor that puts the “hard” in hardshell. A long silhouette keeps your butt warm and dry. Stash-o-holics will…

The Brigandine is a piece of mountain armor that puts the “hard” in hardshell. A long silhouette keeps your butt warm and dry. Stash-o-holics will salivate over the jacket’s nine pockets, including sleeve, chest, hip, hand, and internal. New Fuse- Form construction adds even more durability where pack straps, shouldered skis, or arm-wrestling can wear out lesser jackets. [$499]

The Balfour is the first Gore-Tex Pro jacket to in- corporate a print into the textile. The subtle camo pattern on the right arm adds just enough…

The Balfour is the first Gore-Tex Pro jacket to in- corporate a print into the textile. The subtle camo pattern on the right arm adds just enough badass to prove that not all high-performance hardshells are the same—fashionably speaking, anyway. This is one cool and techy storm shield. [$600]

Millet is the official outfitter of the officially badass Chamonix Mont-Blanc Guide Company, and this attractive lightweight shell is très résistant.…

Millet is the official outfitter of the officially badass Chamonix Mont-Blanc Guide Company, and this attractive lightweight shell is très résistant. Whether you’re touring or skiing spring corn, tear-resistant Gore-Tex Pro protects you from precipitation. Millet adds thoughtful details like glove-friendly zipper pulls, long pit zips, a reinforced brim on the hood, and a removable powder skirt. [$500]

You still get the hallmarks of Flylow’s original Lab Coat: massive pit zips, bombproof durability, helmet-compatible hood, removable powder skirt,…

You still get the hallmarks of Flylow’s original Lab Coat: massive pit zips, bombproof durability, helmet-compatible hood, removable powder skirt, and the industry-leading breathability of Polartec NeoShell fabric. But by adding a taller collar while lightening the overall package, Flylow has made it even better. Whether you’re riding lifts or squirting out some backcountry gate, this jacket’s got your back. [$480]

Part of Atomic’s inaugural outerwear collection, the Ridgeline jacket comes loaded with smart features like an incredibly lightweight Pertex fabric,…

Part of Atomic’s inaugural outerwear collection, the Ridgeline jacket comes loaded with smart features like an incredibly lightweight Pertex fabric, chest vents that work well with a pack, and built-in wrist gaiters to seal out the elements. It’s a versatile shell for everyday riding. [$400]

With its bright color blocking and loose fit, the Hodlekve is a waterproof-breathable hardshell with Scandinavian flair. The deep bucket pockets are…

With its bright color blocking and loose fit, the Hodlekve is a waterproof-breathable hardshell with Scandinavian flair. The deep bucket pockets are the perfect stashes for edibles, drinkables, or tokeables. Other features include pack-friendly pit zips, a removable powder skirt, and a helmet-compatible hood. The Hodlekve will stand out in the liftline. [$499]

The sticker may shock, but you get weatherproofness and high-end, sustainable manufacturing. New Gore-Tex Pro augments the ruggedness and…

The sticker may shock, but you get weatherproofness and high-end, sustainable manufacturing. New Gore-Tex Pro augments the ruggedness and breathability. Arc’teryx pays attention to water- tight seams and closures and technical details like a helmet-compatible hood, multiple pockets, and a stretchy powder skirt that won’t restrict your waist when you’re choking on pow. [$550]

The Minalist jacket’s simple styling belies an impressive feature set. Mountain Hardwear’s proprietary Dry.Q Elite waterproof-breathable membrane…

The Minalist jacket’s simple styling belies an impressive feature set. Mountain Hardwear’s proprietary Dry.Q Elite waterproof-breathable membrane keeps out winter, its pit zips dump heat, an offset front zipper prevents chin chafe, and the helmet-compatible hood is there for when things get real nasty. Plus, its high, ultrasoft collar is perfect for hunkering down on stormy lift rides. [$400]

Weight conscious—with your jacket, that is? Constructed with Polartec NeoShell, one of
the lightest waterproof-breathable membranes around, the Bolt…

Weight conscious—with your jacket, that is? Constructed with Polartec NeoShell, one of
the lightest waterproof-breathable membranes around, the Bolt is a versatile shell best for layering, throwing in a pack, or using as a spring jacket. Details include a burly zipper, Velcro wrist closures, a helmet-compatible hood, and a tapered back with an adjustable waist. [$480]

Part of Scott’s Mountain Collection, the Solute is intended for technical pursuits in high places. This three-layer hardshell is waterproof and…

Part of Scott’s Mountain Collection, the Solute is intended for technical pursuits in high places. This three-layer hardshell is waterproof and breathable yet soft to the touch and a tad stretchy. It offers an athletic cut with excellent mobility. Pair with the matching Solute insulated vest for a complete layering system. [$300]