Before hitting the slopes, discover which factors to consider when choosing a new ski jacket.
But don’t forget to think about your outfit. That can start with having the right ski jacket. Your ski jacket should keep you dry, warm and comfortable.
Ski jackets can be a perfect choice for a long weekend on the slopes or keeping you warm through the bone-chilling winter months. Pro Tips is here with all the info to help you choose your next ski jacket.
Be aware there are differences between a ski jacket and a winter jacket.
A ski jacket comes designed for, well, skiing. This style can also be a good choice for snowboarding. A ski jacket will be lighter and may be more useful when layering. It will also have a good amount of breathability. Most ski jackets tend to be weather-resistant or fully waterproof due to contact with snow and the elements.
“Winter jacket” is a general loose term to cover many types of jackets. However, these jackets share one common feature: insulation. Winter jackets are made to keep you warm. Some will have levels of breathability and weather resistance.
One of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make when choosing a ski jacket is which type of jacket is best for you. Each style has its own benefits, and your choice can come down to personal preference and how you’ll use it.
Two popular styles of insulation you may choose from are natural down and synthetic fill. Each has its own unique benefits.
Are you going with a jacket without insulation? Make sure to layer. Check out this guide to layering for a full day on the slopes.
You can tell how well a ski jacket will stand up to moisture by its waterproof rating. Many ski jackets feature a waterproof rating somewhere between 5,000 and 20,000. The higher the number, the more water-resistant a jacket will be.
Also be aware of the seams of your jacket.
There are a variety of lengths and shapes of ski jackets. This choice comes down to personal preferences. Some skiers prefer a jacket that is trim and short-cropped. Others will opt for a baggier cut similar to a snowboard jacket.
It is important to find the right size. A ski jacket that is too large can create drafts. But a jacket that is too small can restrict your movement and leave portions of your body exposed. One way to determine the right fit for you is how you handle the cold. If you tend to get cold easily, it can be better to get a jacket with a little more room so you can layer.
Each jacket will have a wide range of features to consider. Depending on your wants and needs, this can make a certain ski jacket more enticing than others.
By finding the right ski jacket, the brisk conditions won’t be a bother as you zip down the slopes.
Ready to complete your ski outfit? Check out this Pro Tips guide on how to choose ski pants.
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