Ski Jacket Buying Guide with Snow+Rock
Jackets are one of the first stops when it comes to kitting yourself out for a winter holiday. But what makes a good jacket? And do any of the features make a difference? Luckily our friends over at Snow+Rock are here to help you cut through the jargon and find a jacket that is right for you.
We also pick out some of our favourite jackets in the Snow+Rock range this winter. But don’t take our word for it, as with all ski gear, nothing rivals trying it for yourself so head in to a to try for yourself!
Types of ski jacket
There are three main types of ski jacket to choose from…
A hardshell jacket is the most versatile type of jacket on the market. They’re typically waterproof and windproof and don’t carry insulation, which makes them easy to pack down small and store away in a backpack. If you’re only going to own one ski jacket, make it a hardshell and carry additional layers with you on colder days.
Softshell jackets offer unrivalled breathability; making them perfect for sunny alpine days. Those at the more expensive end of the scale usually come with a durable water repellent finish, which will hold up under light rain or snow but become saturated and ineffective in bad weather. Softshells perform excellently when worn as a mid-layer with a hardshell over the top.
Insulated jackets come with either down or synthetic insulation, or with a combination of both. Natural down is warmest but more expensive, practically useless when wet and slow to dry. In the past this meant having to carry a hardshell with you in case the weather turned, but now more and more manufacturers are developing insulated jackets with a waterproof outer shell.