Here’s the thing about ski jackets: What makes them great for barreling down a snow-covered mountain while you kinda regret (?) the fact that you’re barreling down a snow-covered mountain is exactly what makes them great for any old wintertime activity. So if you’re not a day-pass kind of guy but you’re in the market for some sweet new outerwear, there are few better places to look for inspiration than the expansive world of alpine sports.
With their high-performing, tech-y credentials you could, in fact, argue that the ski jacket paved—or, ah, shredded—the way for the type of tricked-out outerwear stylish dudes are going wild for today. (I’ve never been skiing in my life—deadass, b—and I want every single one of these.) And if you do fancy yourself a double-black diamond skier (??) any of the below should be a no-brainer for your next trip to Aspen (???)—whenever that actually happens. Besides, if shivering your ass off directly across from a creepily flickering patio heater while you wait for your entree to arrive doesn’t count as some sort of extreme sport, what does?
Either way, you’re going to need a layer that’ll stave off the wind and keep out the cold while simultaneously ensuring you don’t overheat while you’re slaloming down the slopes and/or once that patio heater gets going in earnest. Opt for a super-sleek, streamlined number or lean all the way into the look and cop yourself the luridly colored ski jacket of your childhood dreams.
See you on the slopes. Or, like, waiting in line six feet apart at the bougie brunch spot on your block.
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Whirlibird IV Interchange 3-in-1 Jacket
Columbia has a real knack for executing well-built outerwear that’ll do its job without leaving you in debt. Case in point: the Whirlibird 3-in-1 jacket.
Fall Line Insulated Jacket
Shell-and-liner systems are great, but if you’re in the market for a purpose-built, insulated ski jacket, The North Face has you covered. Its Fall Line jacket has 100g PrimaLoft insulation in the body, a waterproof shell, and plenty of ventilation throughout to help you cool off as needed.
If skiing or snowboarding is a “sometimes” pursuit, a 3-in-1 jacket—built for day-to-day life but capable of taking more than a couple of runs down the mountain—is just about the toughest value proposition to beat.
Storm Compass-Pocket Hooded Jacket
A mid-weight technical shell and a drawstring, storm-flap hood keep the elements out while a built-in compass ensures you never lose your way, on the slopes or on the streets.
Snowshot 3-in-1 Jacket
The outer shell of this Patagonia number is made from 70 percent recycled polyester—think of it as the easy-on-the-environment, hyper-functional solution to all your cold weather woes.
AK Gore-Tex Cyclic Jacket
Burton’s Cyclic style is made out of Gore-Tex, so you don’t have to worry one bit about, rain, wind, or anything else sullying its pristine camo shell. Hell, even a glass of red wine in the lodge after your last run would probably slip right off this thing.
Corpus Padded Hooded Ski Jacket
Details like a built-in snow skirt and PrimaLoft insulation are proof that this bad boy was made for the slopes, but its low-key look would elevate a winter fit anywhere you go.
Sands Color-Block Hooded Ski Jacket
Though the list of this style’s futuristic, ski-ready bona fides is almost comically long—it features a DuPont Sorona softshell exterior with Perfortex lamination, plus a whole lot of proprietary details to keep you warm and dry—its look offers a heavy dose of 100 percent old-school charm.
Leeward Hooded Ski Jacket
Swedish label Houdini’s Leeward ski jacket is made from Loop Hardshell that’s waterproof and windproof, but breathable enough to ensure you won’t overheat wherever you’re headed. In a typically attentive manner, its hood is also designed to accommodate a helmet via an internal drawstring for adjustable coverage.
Beta AR Jacket
Arc’tyrex’s lightweight Beta AR style—it’s only one pound!—uses a three-layer Gore-Tex shell to keep you shielded from the elements. And, yes, the hood is compatible with a ski helmet. Safety first, kids!
Gravity Color-Block Gore-Tex Ski Jacket
Because even the most technically advanced feats of highly-functional wearable engineering are made better by a few heady shots of fire-engine red.
Wing Color-Block Hooded Ski Jacket
Though Japanese ski brand Phenix might fly a bit under the radar compared to some of its big-name competitors, the label delivers so much technical expertise it’s been kitting out the Japan National Ski Team since 2006. As if you needed another reason to cop this jacket.
Villair Shell Ski Jacket
Moncler made a name for itself defining the look of contemporary ski style on and off the slopes. Its Grenoble line offers a return to the brand’s roots, delivering luxury skiwear with an emphasis on performance textiles, like this sleek Gore-Tex shell.
Felian Quilted Down Hooded Ski Jacket
Bogner didn’t turn itself into a bona fide powerhouse in the world of high-flying alpine sports by skimping on the details. The brand’s Felian ski style features all the tech-y specs you’ve come to expect from a label of its caliber—including a drawcord hem for added flexibility—all done up in an eye-grabbing, color-blocked design.
Logo-Print Ski Puffer Jacket
Virgil Abloh’s take on a not-so classic ski jacket style boasts a hardy down lining wrapped in a sleek black shell with just the right amount of sheen—along with subtle (relatively speaking, of course) branding on the back.
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Source : Esquire