Every year the Snow + Rock staff get more and more excited about the latest jackets arriving in stores. Yes, it’s that time when we get see the new range, waltz around the store trying them on and of course, do some personal shopping. Oh what a time preseason is. Some may question why we get so excited about jackets; a jacket is just a jacket right? Well, you will be surprised how fit and functionality of a jacket can affect your skiing experience.
Our buyers have sourced through this year’s jackets, to make sure that we can offer you the very best in ski jackets. They will keep you dry and warm, yet breathable. They will shield you from the wind and allow you to layer beneath them. All you need to do, is choose the jacket that best suits you. To make this decision easier, we have picked out our favourite jackets within three categories, Tech, Style and Price, that we think you should look at.
With so many companies in the market, all striding to offer the latest and most innovative product, it is not wonder why ski jacket technology has advance so much in the past decade. With the addition of third part technology, such as Gore-Tex, jackets have become more and more complex in their offerings. We believe that our top two tech jackets have some of the best and most relevant technology in them to meet some of the harshest conditions on the mountain.
The Acr’teryx Nadina is a versatile woman’s ski and snowboard jacket that provides comfort across a range of conditions. Thanks to its Gore-Tex Therium and Coreloft synthetic insulation, the Nadina is the perfect choice for both those cold, clear days and the stormy powder days. The Nadina jacket is made up of a robust three-layer shell throughout the body and a breathable two-layer shell under the arms. This construction allows a better resistance to wind and snow, without sacrificing the breathability of the jacket. The Nadina jacket that comes in a vibrant blue, orange and black, has a stylish trim fit and hand warmer pockets, that looks just as good off the mountain than it does on the mountain.
The Norrona Lofoten Jacket, just like the Lofoten ski area, is made for skiers who seek out the adventure. The most versatile waterproof jacket in the Norrona range, it uses the new Gore-Tex Pro to make sure that you are protected from the elements, whilst keeping the jacket light and breathable. Filled with all the features and details that are imperative when facing the tough conditions in the backcountry, such as a wired brim storm hood that fits around your helmet and underarm zip vents for maximum breathability when hiking, the Norrona Lofoten is the ultimate backcountry jacket. In the trademark Norrona style, the jacket comes in both a vibrate red and blue with contrast zippers to stand out in the backcountry.
A jacket can be so much more than a garment to keep you dry and warm. It can be a statement, an extension of yourself. For some, style is everything, whether it’s around town or the manner of their skiing, you can be sure they will have a jacket to match it. Selected for their look and fit, our top style jackets also offer some highest protection from the elements, meaning you look great for longer, no matter what the conditions are.
Toni Sailer is known for their style, so it is no surprise that one of their jackets has made our top pick for style. The Emily jacket, upholds the traditional sleek and elegant look associated with Toni Sailer. Head will turn when you are in the Emily Jacket, with its colour contrasting, quilted Colorado Ciré and tapered fit. However, this jacket is not just for après, it guarantees to keep you waterproof with a rating of 20,000mm. The jacket is highly breathable and has 250g of Toni Sailer Loft Fireballs to keep you warm on the coldest of days.
As you would expect from a Scandinavian fashion power house, the J.Lindeberg range if full of jackets that just shout style. Our favourite, the Prindle Jacket, comes in two colourways. The sleek jacket with its colour block design, has a fitted cut to accentuate the body and maximise movement, making you look equally as good on and off the mountain. With the introduction of Gore-Tex to the J.Lindeberg range, this jacket won’t just keep you looking fresh on the slopes, but also dry, breathable and warm with a Gore-Tex shell and PrimaLoft Gold insulation.
It is no secret that the Pound is struggling against the Euro, the current exchange rate is less than desirable but that is no excuse to not treat yourself to a fantastic ski jacket this year. At Snow + Rock we have some excellent accessible priced jackets that gives you some premium features.
The Roxy Jet Ski jacket offers an accessible price point, with features and quality that you would expect from a more premium jacket. The jacket has a 15,000 mm waterproof rating that will keep you dry in any condition. By using 3M Thinsulate, Roxy has been able to insulate the Jet Ski jacket with minimal bulk to ensure that you are kept warm on those cold days. A multitude of pockets, powder skirt and a jacket-to-pant attachment system can all be found within this jacket, not to mention the fur hood and lively print of the jacket.
PEAK PERFORMANCE, MAROON 2
Peak Performance is a brand known for their fusion of functionality and style, so you might be surprised to find one of their jackets in our price category. The Maroon 2 jacket is one of our best priced jackets for 2016 for price vs features. The regular fitting jacket has a simplistic look that is embellished with contrast zippers and three elegant colourways. The jacket is constructed of a 2-way stretch HiPe core fabric, making it 100% windproof and a waterproof rating of 10,000mm more than enough to keep you dry on the mountains. The jacket comes with Peak Performance’s Thermocool technology that is designed to manage your temperature to keep you in your comfort zone across a range of different activities.