Patagonia PowSlayer from 10 Best Ski Jackets 2013-2014
10 Best Ski Jackets 2013-2014
Using Gore-Tex Pro Shell membrane, the rugged PowSlayer has maximum breathability, but still protects against the harshest winter conditions for everyday use. Pocket arrangements—including two cargo stashes, the adjustable hood, and media port—are low profile, as is the powder skirt, reducing overall bulk for a fully featured all-mountain machine.
Built to excel in demanding winter environments, the highly breathable/weatherproof Verbier is a Gore-Tex soft shell jacket that houses a removable snow skirt, goggle pocket with micro-wipe cloth, wrist pass pocket, audio port, pit zips, chest pockets, and a helmet-compatible hood for a complete all-mountain package.
Outdoor Research Vanguard
Fully seam-taped and waterproof, the 3-layer Gore-Tex, fleece lined soft shell body give the Vanguard extra warmth for colder environments. Additional venting, pockets, accessible media port, stand up collar and adjustable, detachable hood are just some of the Vanguard’s best attributes.
With jackets that are ever light, sleek and weather repellant, Arc’teryx has a knack for constructing all-too-comfortable technical pieces that excel in the harshest environments. Built with Gore’s new Pro Shell membrane, the Caden is no exception, intended for high output/rest cycles inherent to skiing and riding.
Flylow Lab Coat
Made with Polartec’s newest NeoShell waterproof/breathable fabric, Flylow’s simple-styled lab coat is to be worn when there’s work to be done. The articulated but relaxed cut is designed for maximum versatility when in the “lab,” and the helmet-compatible hood, large pit zips, and removable powder skirt help it adjust to the vagaries of field testing.
Stio Environ Jacket
The bomber Environ is designed to be a worthy one-and-done hard shell go-to. Equally applicable for lift riding, backcountry skiing and alpine climbing, it uses Brio 3-layer stretch waterproof/breathable membrane, and features helmet-compatible hood, interior stash pocket, adjustable hem, and is fully seam-sealed for maximum protection against the elements.
Mountain Hardwear SnowZilla II
The modern styling doesn’t betray the SnowZilla’s on-hill prowess. Fully lined with a Dry.Q waterproof/breathable membrane, SnowZilla has pit zips, pockets, adjustable hem and helmet-compatible hood for everyday cold-weather practicality on the ski hill and elsewhere.