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The 9 Best Ski Jackets for Men to Stay Warm This Season

Best Value Ski Jacket

Patagonia Men’s Powder Town Jacket

Men's Powder Town Jacket

Best Value Ski Jacket

Patagonia Men’s Powder Town Jacket

Pros
  • Pairs perfect with Patagonia Powder Town Pant
  • RECCO avalanche safety system built-in
  • Long lifespan
  • Ample pocket space
  • Underarm zippers for cooling
  • Adjustable hood that fits over a helmet
  • Handwarmer front pockets
Cons
  • Only black color available at the moment
  • Popular sizes can sell out fast

Designed to pair with the Patagonia Powder Town Pant, a pant we named our “Best Value Ski Pant”, the Powder Town Jacket is made with the same premium two-layer 100% recycled polyester construction. The Power Town Jacket has a PWC-free water-resistant finish and a smooth liner that’s comfortable and easy to layer.

As far as design notes go, the jacket comes with an adjustable helmet-compatible hood, easy-access underarm zippers for cooling, and a powder skirt that sits low (but not too low) to help keep out snow. We like how the Powder Town Jacket comes with the same avalanche safety RECCO reflector as the Powder Town Pants do, and the additional brushed lining on the jacket’s front pockets are a nice warming feature to have.

The fact you can pair this jacket ($349) with the matching pants ($249) and get away with spending under $600 on a ski apparel setup that will last years is awesome. For the money, quality, and timeless style, there’s no better value than the Powder Town Jacket with the matching pant.

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Fabric H2No® Performance Standard 2-layer 100% postconsumer recycled polyester
Weight 700 g (24.69 oz)

Best Ski Jacket Deal

Columbia Whirlibird IV Insulated Interchange Jacket

Whirlibird IV Insulated Interchange Jacket

Best Ski Jacket Deal

Columbia Whirlibird IV Insulated Interchange Jacket

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Pros
  • Wide array of colors available
  • Waterproof outer shell
  • Warm nylon insulation
  • Goes on sale often
  • Great for picking up before a ski vacation
Cons
  • Popular colors will sometimes sell out

The Columbia Whirlibird IV Insulated Interchange Jacket may be a mouthful, but its name says everything you need to know. It’s great to last all trip long, featuring a water-proof polyester outer shell and warm, 100% nylon insulation. It has countless pockets for all your essentials—including your ski pass, goggles, interior, and chest—and an adjustable hood, not sacrificing performance regardless of its affordable price.

It’s worth pointing out that the insulated Whirlibird IV is a bit on the heavier side. The materials used in the jacket are also not the most advanced. But in terms of finding a ski jacket for under $250 that hits its marks on waterproofing, warmth, comfort, and style, this ski jacket takes the top pick as our best deal.

Fabric Omni-Tech Generation Dobby 100% nylon, Omni-Heat Reflective lining 100% polyester, Thermarator 100% polyester
Weight 2 lbs 15.4 oz

Most Stylish Ski Jacket

adidas TERREX Techrock 3-Layer RAIN.RDY Jaccket

TERREX Techrock 3-Layer RAIN.RDY Jaccket

Most Stylish Ski Jacket

adidas TERREX Techrock 3-Layer RAIN.RDY Jaccket

Pros
  • Pairs well with TERREX Xperior 2L
  • RAIN.RDY waterproof tech
  • Sleeves have inner cuffs with thumbholes
  • Sleek style that’s lightweight
  • Thin design is easy to pack away
  • Streamlined pockets
Cons
  • Not a ton of colors available at the moment
  • Expensive

You might catch how some of our best ski jackets also pair with some of our best ski pants. The TERREX Techrock is an eco-friendly jacket that pairs well with the TERREX Xperior 2L Pant to create one of the most stylish ski outfits that won’t break the bank. It’s true the Xperior pants are more affordable than the Techrock jacket here, but when you add the two together you can still get away with a matching set for under $700.

The Techrock is no barebones jacket either, but rather an advanced garment that can hang with the big ski brands. For starters, the jacket is made of 100% recycled nylon plain weave and outfitted with Adidas’ top-rated RAIN.RDY tech. The Techrock sports a three-layer construction to help repel all types of moisture, while also keeping a thin design that’s easy to layer and pack away in a duffel bag or piece of luggage.

One detail we love about Techrock is its hidden features. At the end of the sleeves are inner cuffs with thumbholes to help keep hands warm and add another defense to keeping away snow. As for pocket space, the jacket has space for storage all over; including the sleeves, front, and inside of the jacket.

Combining such a sleek blend of style while maintaining performance and function is difficult, but Techrock makes it happen. Donning this jacket will be sure to turn some heads going down the piste.

Fabric 100% recycled nylon plain weave
Weight Unspecified

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Best Ski Jacket for the Resort

The North Face Men’s Freedom Insulated Jacket

Men’s Freedom Insulated Jacket

Best Ski Jacket for the Resort

The North Face Men’s Freedom Insulated Jacket

Pros
  • Stylish and functional design
  • Long lifespan
  • Pairs perfect with The North Face Freedom Pant
  • Several colors available
Cons
  • Sizes sell out fast in popular colors

The North Face is royalty among the best ski jacket brands, and this one was designed especially for skiing, coming in seven distinct colorways for statement-making ski style. Importantly, it’s made from recycled material, keeping “your body warm and your conscience clean.”

But it packs plenty of features for long trips on the mountain, including a removable hood, protected media pocket, and waterproof, wind-resistant construction.

Fabric DryVent™ 2L—100% recycled nylon with non-PFC durable water-repellent (non-PFC DWR) finish
Weight 895 g (1 lb 15.57 oz)

Best High Performance Ski Jacket

Arc’teryx Sabre Jacket

Sabre Jacket

Best High Performance Ski Jacket

Arc’teryx Sabre Jacket

Pros
  • Super long lifespan
  • Smart design that’s simple and comfortable
  • Great for all types of skiing
  • Ample pocket space
Cons
  • Sizes can sell out in popular colors
  • Expensive

While its price is no cakewalk, the Sabre Jacket means serious business. It was originally designed with alpine performance flexibility and breathability in mind, and skiers of intermediate to expert levels gravitate towards it year after year. The Sabre Jacket is made with a GORE-TEX three-layer construction that completely seals off moisture and cuts through wind. The jacket is cut in a regular fit, making it spacious enough to layer as much as you please underneath.

There isn’t usually anything super unique in terms of how Arc’teryx jackets are designed, and the Sabre is the same way. The difference in buying such an expensive ski jacket here compared to all the others though, is Arc’teryx is exceptionally great at doing the simple things better than anyone else. The Sabre will provide you with the perfect fit and help keep you out in even the harshest weather conditions—all while ensuring you have enough pocket space to store your lift pass and other goodies.

If you’re looking for an investment ski jacket, this is one that’s likely to last you up to a decade—and perhaps even longer.

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Fabric N80p-X GORE-TEX Fabric with 3L lo-loft soft shell construction – bluesign Approved Material
Weight 705 g (1 lb 8.9 oz)

Most Versatile Ski Jacket

L.L. Bean Men’s Wildcat Waterproof Ski Jacket Insulated

Men's Wildcat Waterproof Ski Jacket Insulated

Most Versatile Ski Jacket

L.L. Bean Men’s Wildcat Waterproof Ski Jacket Insulated

Pros
  • PrimaLoft insulation is warm and thin
  • Jacket wears well as an everyday piece
  • Several colors available
  • Great price point
Cons
  • Best suited for vacations and basic skiing

Don’t be fooled by L.L. Bean’s Wildcat Ski Jacket; it packs a punch. We love how the Wildcat promises some level of insulation (133-gram PrimaLoft) while still staying thin and lightweight. Even the adjustable hood is insulated (100-gram PrimaLoft), making this jacket ideal for regular wear as much as for skiing.

The Wildcat has plenty of specs that are ideal for skiing: ample pocket space, underarm zips for cooling, and an adjustable helmet-compatible hood are just a few. You do get a certain level of warmth and waterproofing with the Wildcat, but it is worth noting that there are more advanced ski jackets on this list that will do a much better job.

What you have to take into account though with this jacket is the price point. It’s $250—an awesome price for an insulated ski jacket. If you’re looking for a ski jacket suitable for the occasional trip to the resort, but also want it to be stylish and capable for everyday wear, then the Wildcat is a worthy pick.

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Fabric 100% recycled polyester
Weight 975 g (2.11 pounds)

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Best 2-in-1 Ski Jacket

Eddie Bauer Men’s Powder Search 2.0 3-In-1 Jacket

Men's Powder Search 2.0 3-In-1 Jacket

Best 2-in-1 Ski Jacket

Eddie Bauer Men’s Powder Search 2.0 3-In-1 Jacket

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Pros
  • Excellent level of waterproofing
  • Comfortable detachable puffer coat inside
  • Jacket wears well as an everyday piece
  • Several colors available
Cons
  • Best suited for vacations and basic skiing

The Powder Search 2.0 combines some of the best-looking materials and coloring with modern tech: a fully seam-sealed, two-layer polyester shell on the outside, and a zip-in down liner inside that you can take or leave, depending on the temperature outside.

You get a detachable helmet-compatible hood and powder skirt for when you’re skiing—but even traversing around the city, you can leave those at home and still look pretty sharp with the detachable puffer. Adjustable cuffs, hem, and several secure pockets round out this great all-around jacker for beginner to intermediate skiiers.

Fabric WeatherEdge® Pro 10k/10k waterproof shell
Weight Unspecified

Best Backcountry ski Jacket

Outdoor Research Carbide Jacket Men’s

Carbide Jacket Men's

Best Backcountry ski Jacket

Outdoor Research Carbide Jacket Men’s

Pros
  • Ample pocket space
  • Several colors available
  • Built well for backcountry skiing
  • Easy to layer underneath
  • Underarm vents
Cons
  • Sizes sell out in popular colors

This sturdy, 100% nylon ski jacket from Outdoor Research is hefty, but still plenty waterproof and breathable with included underarm vents, and its fully sealed seams help prevent any moisture from getting in. A lot of skiers find the Carbide Jacket a good starter to intermediate jacket for backcountry skiing, thanks to its durable material and roomy fit that allows for layering.

The Carbide has plenty of pockets for all your ski essentials, from phone to first aid, and it even comes with a wire-brimmed Halo Hood that’s helmet-compatible.

Fabric Pertex Shield (3-layer), [face fabric] 100% 40D nylon
Weight 609 g (1 lb. 5.5 oz.)

Best Windproof Ski Jacket

Helly Hansen Sogn Shell 2.0 Ski Shell Jacket

Sogn Shell 2.0 Ski Shell Jacket

Best Windproof Ski Jacket

Helly Hansen Sogn Shell 2.0 Ski Shell Jacket

Pros
  • Sleek style
  • Pairs well with Helly Hansen Sogn Cargo
  • RECCO avalanche safety system built-in
  • Material does exceptionally well at breaking through wind
Cons
  • Fit might be a bit roomy for some
  • Expensive

The Sogn Shell 2.0 from Helly Hansen paired with the Sogn Cargo Ski Pants creates an affable duo. Just like the Sogn Cargo, the Sogn Shell 2.0 has a roomy cut that’s comfortable. This space allows for multiple layers to pile on underneath the jacket, so you can shred pow even when the temps dip way low. The 100% polyamide material gains high praise from skiers for its ability to cut through the wind, and the added HELLY TECH makes for supreme waterproofing capability.

You get a good amount of pocket space on the Sogn Shell 2.0, including a ski pass pocket and handwarmer pockets. There’s a powder skirt added for keeping out snow and a RECCO system for avalanche safety.

Adding the Sogn Shell 2.0 with the Sogn Cargo Ski Pant will set you at just under $600, and you can pick and choose several different colors outside of black between both garments. Look to this pick if you want a ski jacket that cuts through wind in style.

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Fabric 100% Polyamide
Weight Unspecified

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Is An Expensive Ski Jacket Worth It?

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Unless you find a ski jacket on a great sale (which is possible!), expect to pay at least $200 for a quality piece. We say $200 is our ballpark number because ski jackets have to be made to combat moisture while also keeping you cool. Brands have made it a point over the years to develop premium fabric blends that are functional, yet affordable. But like most quality goods, the bigger the investment the better the jacket will perform.

Waterproofing: Waterproofing is a key factor that can dictate the price of a ski jacket. If you think about ski jackets that incorporate GORE-TEX, wearers usually find them to be some of the best waterproof garments on the slope. GORE-TEX is going to cost more than a jacket made from polyester and nylon, but you’re also going to pay up to get better weather resistance. So is a GORE-TEX jacket worth a more significant investment? That’s up to you to decide, but we recommend buying a jacket that’s going to last you for years to come. Most of the time, a GORE-TEX jacket will do just that.

Insulation: Another factor that can impact the price of a ski jacket is insulation. Brands are continuously trying to find ways to keep insulation warm while also staying lightweight and breathable, which can cause some blends to cost significantly more than others. One type of insulation you should avoid when skiing is down. When down gets wet, it’s not as effective; and rolling around in the snow provides a lot of opportunity for down insulation to get wet.

Which Ski Jackets Are the Warmest?

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If you’re heading into lower temperatures than you’re used to, then an insulated ski jacket is a smart buy to consider. Insulated ski jackets are a lot more technical in how they store warmth and will sometimes feature thin insulation types like Primaloft or Thinsulate.

Sometimes the warmest ski jackets are the ones where you have room to layer properly underneath. Layers will allow you to peel down too if you start getting too hot while skiing. So don’t count out a non-insulated ski jacket just because it’s not the warmest garment on the rack.

How We Selected

best ski and snowboard jackets for men

For the past two years, Men’s Health editors and writers have been trying and testing and reviewing tons of men’s ski jackets. To narrow down our favorites, we evaluated ski jackets based on their performance, durability, comfort, and value. We also considered ski jackets that had at least 100 five-star ratings on e-commerce sites we trust.

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Christian Gollayan

Deputy Editor, Commerce

Christian Gollayan oversees e-commerce content for Men’s Health and Women’s Health. Previously, he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian’s work has also been featured in Food & Wine, InStyle, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia.

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Gear and Commerce Editor

John Thompson is the Gear and Commerce Editor at Men’s Health, where he covers fashion, grooming, gear, and technology. He was previously the Style & Gear Editor at BroBible.com, and a commerce writer for TheManual.com. His interests include attending concerts, spending time outside, and following his favorite baseball team, the Kansas City Royals. 

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