Last season we highlighted the best ski jackets available for $299 and less in the October Style department. Though much of the response was excellent, there were quite a few readers who felt that $299 was still too much to pay for a ski jacket. "I could outfit myself and three daughters for less than the price of one parka reviewed in your magazine," wrote a dismayed father from California.
So we went hunting for even greater values and found some fantastic options for as low as $100. Here are six of our picks, ranging from lightweight shells to fully insulated jackets, all affordably priced at $199 or less.
Contrary to popular perception, you don't have to wear a $1,000 ski ensemble to belong in Aspen, Colo., as proven here with his Fila jacket and her Obermeyer shell (shown at left). In fact, Fila dramatically dropped prices this season, particularly in its Freeride collection. While his new F3 Tech Jacket ($100) has a simple design, it covers all the necessary basics, including a drawcord waist, adjustable cuffs, a fleece chinguard, a Velcro storm placket and a zip-away, adjustable hood. On her, Obermeyer's Alt 3 Dynamic women's shell ($185) combines a feminine silhouette with technical performance. The HydroBlock ripstop fabric and critically sealed seams keep water from leaking in, while the drawcord waist and underarm ventilation zippers help manage body temperature. Additional technical features include a removable, adjustable hood, a fleece-lined collar, an exterior pocket with goggle chamois and adjustable cuffs.
Fila (888) 345-2638; www.fila.com Sport Obermeyer (800) 525-4203; www.obermeyer.com