The best ski jackets for Carving Pow and looking good

When you’re ready to hit the slopes – or just want to see as you are – the very best ski jackets on the market offer an almost perfect blend of sparkling style and top performance. After all, skiers and snowboarders face extreme conditions on the slopes, taking fresh snow, icy winds and heart-pumping adrenaline every time. That jackets What they wear must therefore be waterproof, windproof and breathable. They should come complete with big ol’ hoods (like, big enough to fit a helmet), lots of pockets, and a decent amount of insulation stuffed into their modular hard or softshells. The last crucial element? They should too see sick – otherwise, what was the point of putting himself in danger?


The best shopping guide for ski jackets


Don’t get us wrong though. You don’t actually have to snake your way down a powdery slope just to join in the fun of men’s ski jackets. When was the last time you wore a pair of Vans to do a kickflip? Yes. Thought so. It also means you don’t have to do the whole Gore-Tex getup either, because the coolest ski jackets will transcend their origins. Layer one with one thick sweater and some faded jeansor a pair of baggy-as-hell corduroy pants and clogs. Regardless of whether you touch down for fashion week as Frank Oceanilluminates the arena as Aminéor just slipping around town to do your silly little errands on a crisp February day, the best ski jackets will amp up your style all winter long.

Wherever you choose to wear yours, we have 17 of the absolute best on the market here for your shopping pleasure. Hang in there, dude.

The best overall ski jacket

Arc’teryx Rush Insulated Jacket

Long before TikTokers started wearing their jackets in the shower, Arc’teryx gained a cult-like following (and a spot on GQs Quality list) for the advanced functionality and uncompromising quality of its outdoor equipment. The Rush jacket exemplifies performance-oriented excellence, cleverly constructed with a windproof and waterproof Gore-Tex shell, taped seams, heat-sealed zips, pit zips for ventilation, a helmet-compatible hood, a powder skirt and on and on and on. Arc’teryx makes the Rush jacket in both a weatherproof shell and an insulated version that uses a toasty Primaloft material to keep you thawed through any blizzard. If you’re hoping to capture a black diamond and look good doing it, either version will serve you very, very well.

The best budget ski jacket

LLBean Trail Model waterproof 3-in-1 jacket

Let’s not kid ourselves – skiing isn’t cheap. You have skis, helmets, gloves and lift passes, not to mention all the gas it takes to drive to the slopes. And then there are all the après ski activities! So why not save the dough where you can? Penny-pinching doesn’t automatically mean sacrificing performance or style, thankfully. Enter the LLBean and it’s a smart 3-in-1 Trail Model jacket. Coming in at under $250, it’s the triple threat you’re looking for: the shell is completely waterproof and comes in a quartet of solid colors, the removable insulated jacket is reinforced with Primaloft warmth, and you can wear them separately or combine them together and become the Megazord of the mountain.

The best ski jacket with serious designer cred

Moncler Genius 6 Moncler 1017 ALYX 9SM Almondis down jacket with shell hood

Moncler makes some of the most luxurious outerwear around and you’d be out of control with any of its luxurious jackets. But for the truly flexible, its fashion-forward Moncler Genius line is the ultimate neckbreaker. The Genius brand is Moncler’s playground for collaboration, reaching out to select designers to create truly impressive pieces like this wicked puffer made with Matthew Williams’ 1017 Alyx 9SM label. The sleek, shiny black ripstop contrasts with the overstuffed down baffles and Williams’ signature slide buckle at the neck. Unless you’re a true powder pro, you probably won’t take a chance on wearing this to ski. Buuut when you have the money to splash on this grail, you might be able to afford that chance after all.

The best adaptable ski jacket

The North Face “Clement” Triclimate jacket

Given the way the environment has been trending lately, it can be difficult to know exactly how much to climb in a day on the slopes. That’s where this three-in-one jacket comes in. It consists of a weatherproof outer shell to protect you from the elements and a toasty removable insulated layer that can be worn in tandem or separately, giving you plenty of flexibility in different conditions. They also come in a vibrant range of colors to help you brighten up even the dreariest of winter days.

The best eco-conscious ski jacket

Picture Organic Clothing Goods insulated jacket

Picture Organic cares as much about sustainability as they do the slopes. Their insulated jacket hits all the requisite ski jacket marks: underarm vents, generous chest pockets, pass pocket, an attached goggle and adjustable hood, hems and cuffs. But where it gets really sweet is the hard shell itself, which uses a combination of recycled polyester and bio-sourced polyester made from recycled sugar cane waste. The material is then combined into a breathable yet waterproof two-layer fabric and then coated with an eco-friendly, PFC-free DWR coating to ensure you stay dripping all day long. On top of that, the cozy insulation is made from recycled synthetic down material. Mother Earth is proud.


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Columbia Tipton Peak Insulated Jacket

Columbia is another good option for anyone looking for serious value. Its Tipton Peak jacket features Columbia’s patented Omni-Heat reflective heating system along with its Thermarator insulation for great heat retention in cold weather conditions. It also withstands light snow and rain with ease and has plenty of pockets for all your essentials.

Descente Allterrain Mountaineer down jacket

Don’t let the super clean design fool you into thinking there isn’t much going on here. The fully waterproof fabric, an innovative dual zip system that features a storm-proof zip as well as a breathable mesh zip, a thoughtfully designed hood that prevents snow and rain from accumulating, and traceable down filling – it’s got enough technical prowess to send it out into space.

Helly-Hansen 65551 Alpha 3.0 jacket

Smart heat mapping eco-insulation, waterproof and windproof 3-layer fabric, removable hood, a toasty ‘Life Pocket’ to prevent your phone from freezing, all in a happy bright colour. As easy as nothing.

Patagonia Insulated Powder Town Ski/Snowboard Jacket

Patagonia knows a thing or two about the outdoors, including skiing. The brand’s Powder Town jacket is perfect for cutting the snow like a pro and in style. It features articulated seams for ease of movement, pit zips, built-in reflectors, insulated insulation, an adjustable helmet hood and a 2-layer shell that’s both waterproof and breathable. But don’t be afraid to rock this thing for apres-après-ski activities (aka back in town for everyday use).

18 East “Jantar” hooded parka

This is the type of jacket you’d hope to score on eBay or from a very hip Depop seller who specializes in obscure Y2K sportswear. But lucky for you, it’s brand new and ready to tackle your steepest looks yet.

Burton Pillowline Gore-Tex 2L jacket

“Become one with the mountain. Become one with the mountain. Become one with the mountain…”

Todd Snyder Italian short tech down parka

A caution-orange colorway that says “Watch out, big fits ahead.”

Goldwin Pertex Quantum down jacket

Super stretchy Pertex Quantum fabric and recycled down filling make Goldwin’s puffer jacket almost overqualified for the job. The perfectly cropped length, ski-inspired quilting and steel gray color make it perfect for your closet.

Uniqlo utility parka

Uniqlo might not be the first thing that comes to mind when ‘ski jacket’ is the prompt. But a DWR-coated shell, generous hood and ample pockets are sure to make you remember the brand the next time you even think about stepping out into inclement weather. Just make sure to layer up with an insulated mid-layer before you go.

Backcountry Cottonwoods Gore-Tex jacket

Clean, tough and completely waterproof.

And Wander down jacket with diamond stitching

Japanese cult brand And Wander is the kind of brand that makes fashion heads do a double take. You will only find it in high-end stores or stores that are on the cutting edge. But IYKYK status comes not only from its rarity, but also its quality. And Wander’s Diamond Stitch Down Jacket features breathable Pertex fabric, waterproof zippers, reflective contrast stitching and impeccable craftsmanship.

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