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✅ TOP 5: Best Ski Jacket 2020

February 8, 2020

Are you looking for the best ski jacket? In this video, we will top ski jackets on
the market. Before we get started with our video detailing
the best ski jacket, we have included links in the description for each product mentioned,
so make sure you check those out to see which is in your budget range. Starting off at number 1 we have the Arc’teryx
Sabre AR. Arc’teryx dominates the high-end jacket
market, and their men’s Sabre (and women’s Sentinel) is an all-time favorite shell for
those who ski both the resort and backcountry. Lightly updated for this season, the AR (for
“all round”) has a slightly longer and modernized fit, but the rest of the proven
design remains the same. Its premium 3-layer Gore-Tex construction
is burly and offers phenomenal weather protection, while a soft flannel backer adds a little
extra warmth and comfort. Arc’teryx also nailed the features with
easy-to-use pit zips, a highly adjustable and helmet-compatible hood, and five smartly
designed pockets. All told, the Sabre AR is an extraordinarily
well-rounded ski jacket that’s ready to handle anything from Arctic blasts of wind
and snow on the lift to quick tours. Where the Sabre AR comes up short is for extended
backcountry use. At about 1.5 pounds, it’s fairly heavy and
bulky to throw in a pack, and the liner inhibits breathability even with the pit zips opened
up. Those who tour exclusively likely will want
a more backcountry-specific piece like Arc’teryx’s Alpha SV or Outdoor Research’s Skyward II,
but you won’t find a better all-rounder than the Sabre. It delivers an unbeatable combination of comfort,
build quality, weather resistance, and mobility. It’s worth noting that Arc’teryx also
makes the trimmed-down men’s Sabre LT (and women’s Sentinel LT), which has a longer
cut but saves a little weight by replacing the flannel backer with Gore’s smooth C-Knit
lining. At number 2 we have the Columbia Alpine Action
jacket. Ski jackets can get very expensive—the Arc’teryx
Macai is pushing $1,000, for example—but that doesn’t mean you need to spend big
to get a quality product. For resort skiers looking for a warm and well-built
jacket, the Columbia Alpine Action is a great choice. For $170, you get a waterproof build with
100-gram synthetic insulation, an Omni-Heat reflective liner on the inside, and useful
features like a storm hood and powder skirt. We even like the sleek design and lack of
bulk—which isn’t always the case with Columbia gear—and it can be worn for both
skiing and everyday winter use. What are the shortcomings of the Columbia
Alpine Action? Unlike a shell jacket or 3-in-1, the built-in
insulation means that you don’t have the option of stripping down for spring skiing
and warmer days (and it’s worth noting that it lacks pit zips). And with any jacket at this price point, Columbia’s
proprietary waterproofing tech isn’t up to Gore-Tex standards, nor should you expect
Patagonia or Arc’teryx build quality. That said, we can’t help but love the value
here: the Alpine Action is everything most people need in a resort jacket and nothing
they don’t. At number 3 we have the Helly Hansen Alpha
3.0. Helly Hansen’s Alpha 3.0 has all the features
we look for in a capable resort-ready design. First, you get a moderate level of PrimaLoft
Black insulation in the body and sleeves for a big boost in warmth compared with a non-insulated
hardshell. It’s enough to take the sting out of a chilly
ride up the chairlift but won’t overwhelm you on the way down. Second, the jacket offers really nice movement
with four-way stretch fabric and a no-nonsense athletic fit. Rather than incorporating a few stretch panels
into the jacket, Helly Hansen uses the four-way design throughout. Finally, we love the styling of the Alpha
3.0, which is super clean, works well for people of all ages, and is offered in a variety
of colorways. What are the shortcomings of the Alpha 3.0? Breathability lags behind the backcountry-focused
shells on this list as a result of the 2-layer build and emphasis on warmth (the pit zips
do help, however). The jacket does have a snap-out powder skirt
and Recco reflector, not to mention the stretch mentioned, but it’s definitely most at home
inside the ropes. Lastly, we like the price of the jacket for
what you get. It’s less than half the cost of the Arc’teryx
Macai for example, but still covers all the bases for resort skiers. At number 4 we have the Outdoor Research Skyward
II. In-house fabric technologies often fall short,
but Outdoor Research’s AscentShell is an exception. The Skyward is the third model we’ve tested
with AscentShell—the first two being the excellent Realm and follow-up Interstellar
rain jackets—and it performed flawlessly through a full season of backcountry and occasional
resort use. The fabric stretches like a softshell (it’s
even more flexible for the current model), is extremely breathable with an air-permeable
design, and is fully waterproof. To top it off, the Skyward has plenty of interior
and exterior pockets along with a unique side zip that opens poncho-like from the hem to
bicep. You simply won’t find a better-tuned jacket
for staying cool and comfortable on the mountain. What are you giving up at the Skyward’s
$350 price point? Build quality is a step down from the ridiculously
high attention to detail that you get from the Arc’teryx Sabre and Patagonia PowSlayer,
and the OR jacket has a couple small annoyances like the main zipper sometimes catching along
the hem. In addition, the AscentShell fabric doesn’t
have the batten-down-the-hatches feel of the Gore-Tex options, but it didn’t let us down
even in high winds and heavy snow. And at number 5 we have The North Face ThermoBall
Eco Snow Triclimate. You typically turn to a 3-in-1 jacket as a
means to save a little cash, so the $349 price of The North Face ThermoBall Eco Snow Triclimate
may come as a bit of a surprise. But it’s a classic case of getting what
you pay for. Most 3-in-1 options are excessively bulky
and lack any real shape, but The North Face is nicely fitted even if you decide to leave
the insulating layer at home. And the jacket comes with premium features
like pit zips for regulating your temperature. The real savings, however, is in the ThermoBall
Eco synthetic insulating piece, which we’ve found does a pretty good impression of a lofty
down jacket—all while continuing to insulate when wet. If you’re set on the 3-in-1 design, the
ThermoBall Snow Triclimate is our favorite option on the market, but we typically prefer
the versatility of separating our jackets and midlayers. The extra zippers and heft that come with
this kind of outer layer make them not as comfortable and they provide less freedom
of movement. Further, you have to stick within The North
Face ecosystem if you want to use a different insulating layer for more or less warmth (non-TNF
products likely won’t zip into the shell). But the ThermoBall Snow Triclimate provides
two quality jackets with relatively few compromises, making it a solid value for resort skiers. So that sums up the top ski jackets. We hope you enjoyed. If you did please leave a like on the video
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