Ski Jackets Buying Guide

Whether heading out to hit the slopes or going on a long winter jackets of yesteryear obsolete. Today's jackets breathe better, stay drier and warmer, and are more lightweight. They are also loaded with features to give you the most convenient and comfortable fit while supporting you during your favorite winter activities.

The Three Layer System

The new "threeJacket'>Layered jackets use a multitude of fabrics, laminates and coatings, each with their own price tag, advantages and disadvantages.

Base Layer

! * '''Absorption''': Only absorbs a small percentage of waterless than 1% is acceptable. * '''Fibers''': The fibers should be lightweight and durable. * '''Odor-Blocking''': Should be treated to decrease smell and itch due to body odor or fungi.

Insulating Layer

The second layer of clothing you wear is meant to retain body heat, and the best way to do this is to create a layer of still air around the body. This decreases the heat exchange between your body and the outside. This layer is commonly made up of Bunting''': A fleece that is napped on both sides, creating a tight, solid weave. * '''cuts, scrapes, and other outside damage. There are a few things to consider when judging the water resistance of your material. * '''Waterproof''': The water resistance of a fabric is measured in pounds per square inch (psi) of water pressure. Standard ISO 811 signifies the testing of the fabric under their actual usage conditions. For the outer shell, a score of 40 psi is ideal. * '''Seams''': Check the seams of the jacket. Like tents, this is the first place water is likely to seep through. Look for a coat with as few seams as possible and avoid seams in vulnerable places like the shoulders and upper back. * '''Zippers''': These are another weak point in defending against moisture. Look for zippers that are well-shielded and coated with plastic to resist humidity and rusting.

More Tips

* If you don't opt for the three layer system, you can buy a coat that has the outer two layers incorporated within. Often times, jackets come with a detachable fleece that works as your second layer. Make sure to keep a proper first layer to ensure optimal performance of your coat. * Your choice of an insulated piece of outerwear versus a non-insulated shell will depend on two main factors: weather conditions and what you plan to wear underneath. * Most insulation is made of polyester and comes in a variety of weights and lofts. The greater the weight of the loft, the more insulation it provides. * Radial sleeves eliminate the restrictions and tugging that occurs in the shoulders of a normal jacket or parka by using a different construction of the shoulder, armhole and underarm panels. Radial sleeves also promote easier movement. * Zip off hoods help to control body temperature, visibility and comfort. *Men's


Pro Ski Jackets

This is advanced level gear specifically designed for the competitive skier/snowboarder.



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