April 22, 2024

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29 Best ski jackets 2024: Arc’Teryx to The North Face

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Whether you’re a La Rosiere kind of guy, a Charlevoix regular, or are slaloming with the backcountry skiers at a top-secret slope locale, we know you’ll be bringing your best ski jacket game every single time. The hard-working sporting essential that also rounds off your flyest freestyle ‘fits, a regular skier can never have too many.

The outerwear finishing touch to go alongside your base layers, ski pants, bibs, gloves and goggles, a top tier insulated jacket is the cold weather must-have whether your next trip out to Colorado is strictly après or for taking on the black diamond.

Getting your insulated jacket right won’t only make backcountry skiing on cold days even more gnarly, it’ll have you looking the part too. Below, find our guide of highlights from labels as diverse in look and price point as Arc’Teryx and Moncler to Mountain Warehouse and Patagonia.

What are GQ’s best ski jackets for men?

You’ll find all the ski jackets worth your consideration in the gallery below, but first, here’s what our editors are stepping out in the snow in:

What is the best material for a ski jacket?

Whether you’ll be resort skiing or something more hardcore in yours, the material of your next ski jacket is the most important thing to take into account. The main consideration for keeping toasty and focused is this: soft shell jacket or hard shell jacket? The former, which generally comes in synthetic insulation or down jacket form, is a fine choice for resort skiers thanks to DWR finishes that reliably keep out wind and water. Hardshell, on the other hand, are more durable outer layers than their snuggly, stretchy cousins, and have more complete weather protection: think Gore-Tex (gtx) membranes, high denier and taped seams.

Real powder-hounds will advocate for owning both, with many regular skiers opting for a soft shell as a mid-layer and hard as an outer shell. That being said, plenty of men’s ski jackets now combine the waterproofing of the hard shell with the comfort of a down soft shell. Fair warning: while exhibiting the best of both worlds, these gems can be a little less breathable, and a little more bulky to pack in your new suitcase alongside your other ski gear.

What are the best features to look for in a ski jacket?

There’s more to skier comfort than breathable fabrics, and ventilation will play a big part in the functionality of a ski jacket. Most important of all venting areas is the underarms, so look out for features such as underarm vents or pit zips which will allow you to adjust airflow accordingly.


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