Our team round up the best women’s ski jackets to keep you warm and comfortable on the slopes next winter. From seriously stylish designs to high-performance jackets with top sustainability credentials, take a look at our top picks below.
This super-warm, puffer-style women’s ski jacket provides the ultimate winter jacket versatility. If you’re looking for that one great jacket that can handle any conditions on the slopes while still looking great in town, we’d definitely recommend the Imperial. Warm, versatile and sleek, it also features Helly Hansen’s trusted HELLY TECH® Performance waterproof/breathable design, for the best protection against the elements. Made with the environment in mind, the DWR treatment is PFC-free, and the jacket was responsibly made with the certified bluesign® textile manufacturing process.
Picture U16 Jacket | picture-organic-clothing.com
100% of the Utility line features bio-sourced materials, refined details and high tech features. The new U16 Jkt offers performance and attention to detail for freeride and ski touring enthusiasts. With monochrome styling, the jacket includes Picture’s technology based on bio-sourced fibers, made from sugar cane waste that is then converted into bio-sourced polyester. The U16 jacket also features a 20K/20K Dryplay membrane with a Teflon EcoElite™ PFC-free durable water repellent treatment for unparalleled waterproof-breathability, and its waterproof zippers ensure full protection. The body-mapping construction incorporates Picture’s Thermal Dry System that wicks away sweat where you need it most, and a Coremax lining that eliminates cold spots.
Dope Blizzard PO W Jacket | dopesnow.com
The Blizzard jacket is probably a little unlike any other ski jacket you’ve got your hands on. It has all the right credentials but takes a novel approach to design, which is a real breath of fresh air.
The Dope Snow lineup of jackets is extensive to say the least. With everything from do-it-all coats to arctic-temperature-proof puffers, from spring-ready softshells to backcountry prepped anoraks, there’s really no niche or rider not catered for. So where does the Blizzard fit into things then? Because looking at it, it’s a pullover — and Dope has four of them in the line already.
The Blizzard is a curious number, and one that’s easy to overlook because it’s missing a few ‘ski jacket’ type features. But honestly, that would be a mistake. Because the things it ditches feel all at once superfluous once you ride without them, and the things it does deliver feel necessary and essential. It’s a stripped back experience that isn’t bashful about what it can’t do, and is upfront about what it can — and that’s pretty much anything except waist-deep powder.
The Blizzard benefits from Dope’s own 2-layer shell fabric, which comes with a hefty 15,000mm of waterproofing, matching breathability, and a top-notch DWR coating from the same people who make the famous Teflon EcoElite DWRs. All of which adds up to reliable day in, day out performance without breaking the bank. And on that subject, let’s talk about why Dope is cheaper than its rivals. A simple DTC or ‘direct to consumer’ model means their gear goes from the factory to their warehouse to your front door. No middlemen, no shops, no MSRPs or markups. Just solid valid across the range.
The SCOTT Explorair 3L jacket is part of one of their best selling ski jackets part of their Re-Source line (15.000mm/10.000g/m2/24h). Whether you are going for an afterwork ski tour or skiing on and off piste in the resort, this jacket is the one. It is our most versatile and affordable shell jacket.
Wether you are a chilly person or live in a place where winter can be really harsh, the SCOTT Ultimate GTX Infinium Down jacket must be your next pick. With its clean and casual design, you can wear it for any occasion while staying warm. It is the face of the Scott Re-Source line and one of their most versatile winter jackets.
Straight from the ’90s archives, via the future, Planks’ Overstoke Anorak combines streetwear looks with outdoorsy features. Plenty waterproof and breathable enough for any skiing mission, the Overstoke will prove its worth wherever your skis take you. Stash your Mitts and an iPhone in its oversize kangaroo pouch… or a compass and OS map like it’s ‘93.
Home to bold styles and essential features, the Shred Series puts the “fun” into functional. Created for the daily shredder, every piece of outerwear features Planks’ recycled RIDEdry10 fabric and taped seams to keep you dry and comfortable for a full day’s riding. There are zip-close stash pockets for your phone, Rizlas, car keys and cold fingers, in every jacket, pant and riding hoodie. Fit, venting features and insulation weights vary by style, so first choose the look, then check the specs. The Shred Series works better the more upside down you go.
When big mountain sport demands a big mountain ski jacket, the Women’s Khroma GTX is the answer. Engineered from recycled 70D GORE-TEX Pro fabrics, it is the new benchmark for ultra-tough off-piste ski shells. The Khroma range is for those who dream big and ski hard. Engineered for self-propelled backcountry skiers and dedicated ski mountaineers, Khroma is equipped for steep ascents and exposed faces. We love the fully adjustable cuffs and internal gasket, the removable powder skirt and inner snow cuffs and the venting zips.
Ortovox 3L Deep Shell Jacket | £590
You will be ready for hitting the powder in this lightweight, weatherproof free riding jacket. We love how lightweight and supple this jacket is but its merino wool inserts make sure we stay warm in the backcountry.
Lightweight and supple for full freedom of movement when freeriding: The 3L DEEP SHELL JACKET for women offers full protection and high comfort combined with low weight.
The wind- and waterproof DERMIZAX®EV high-performance membrane from Toray is lined with merino wool in areas of the body that are particularly sensitive to the cold, guaranteeing optimum heat retention and a comfortable fit. In stormy conditions, the two-way adjustable storm hood and adjustable waistband and cuffs provide additional protection. But when the going gets tough, the ergonomic underarm ventilation zippers provide additional ventilation.
This is The North Face’s lightest, most breathable FUTURELIGHT™ jacket, the Freethinker and is built for touring. The back is lighter and more breathable than the front, for greater comfort when wearing a backpack. The internal mesh pockets can be used for storing goggles or skins and the venting is positioned out of the way of backpack straps. This jacket can be integrated into TNF Freethinker Trousers for seamless snow protection.
Storm-ready and crafted for adventure, the Dune anorak has got everything you could ever need for a long day on the mountain. With a unique asymmetrical gusseted zipper construction, the Dune works seamlessly with neckwarmers, making it ideal for heading out in tough conditions. Add in the amazing technical specifications, and the sort of forward-thinking design that means you’re never going to get caught unzipping in the middle of a blizzard again, and the Dune may just be the ultimate all-mountain anorak. A tried and true staple in our lineup, this jacket has earned its pedigree a thousand times over. Purpose-built for skiing and snowboarding, and packed with the features and tech you’ll need for a day on the mountain. This jacket comes with two insulation choices depending on your riding style. The ‘Insulated’ option comes with a versatile 60/40g insulation split for an excellent warmth to weight ratio, while our ‘Lined Shell’ option is insulation-free to keep you light on your feet, and the layering power in your hands.
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