|So, there's this thing I have to tell you about, but I forgot what it was. I seem to remember it was something important and that my boss said I have to tell you. Hang on while I retrace my steps around the office today.... |
So, apparently that had no affect on my remembering what I was supposed to tell you, and the music in the office today is quite loud, I can't hear myself think. I'm still actively trying to remember what I was supposed to tell you. I guess I can give you some reading on ski jackets while you wait for me to remember.
Now my biggest obstacle is to remember to remember.
|Men's Ski Jackets: So, you think you're a good skier, but you're still rocking that jacket from the 80's? Nope. Try again. Try picking up a brand new ski jacket, a jacket that's nice, comfortable, and so technologically advanced that it makes that old jacket you have totally obsolete. Let me put it to you this way, new ski jackets are the bomb diggity, like if you don't have one, it means you have to be really, really good at skiing to compensate for that ugly thing you call a ski jacket. So click those links and find a jacket that catches your eye, we've got the best from The North Face, Arc'teryx, Patagonia, and Mountain Hardwear. You no longer have a valid excuse. |
Women's Ski Jackets: Sweet Caroline, new ski jackets never fit so good, so good, so flipping good! Honest to goodness, these new ski jackets that are out now are the most technical, best fitting and coolest things to go down the hill in recent memory, like 23 years of my memory. Seriously though girl, yes, that old ski jacket does make you look bad. Check out new Women's Patagonia Ski Jackets at Moosejaw, they're better fitting, which means you look hotter. Hey girl.
Kids' Ski Jackets: I guess since you're shopping for ski jackets, if you've got a couple little juniors running around, you should spring for one for the little kid. New ski jackets are keeping kids warmer, looking cooler and skiing better. Seriously though, the insulation materials have changed since you were a kid, and the colors and designs are better. That's awesome, I mean if you buy your kid new jackets, then I guess I'm available for adoption.
Down & Insulated
|Insulated Ski Jackets: Skiing requires either layers or an insulated jacket, taking into consideration that you'll be going rather fast and in cold conditions with maybe some snow falling. You can either go with a synthetic insulator, like polyester, or nature's insulator, down. Technology these days allows polyester to be lightweight and be really insulating, and down is always a good bet for an insulator, the more feathers per square inch the warmer you are going to be. |
The Patagonia Nano Storm Jacket is a great insulated ski jacket, it uses 60-g of Primaloft insulation, that keeps the heat in, but wicks away your sweat so you stay dry.
Sometimes a little bit of the old mixed with the new makes a great combination. New technologies in fabrics coupled with a great insulator like down, and you've got a pretty rad jacket. Down has been around forever, or at least as long as geese have been around, and the more of it you add to a jacket the warmer it will be. Check out The North Face Aconcagua Jacket, it features 550 down fill, which is a great amount of insulation, add the nylon shell with DWR, and the jacket is great for skiing. Down jackets almost always feature water repellant, because when down gets wet, it looses its insulating factor.
|Waterproof Ski Jackets: If you're serious about being warm, you should be serious about waterproof materials. Your insulator is good as none when it's soaked, so features like taped seams, waterproof zippers, waterproof fabrics and advanced techniques in construction mean the most when it comes to being invisible to water. Arc'teryx knows this, that's why they used Gore-Tex XCR fabric in their Fission SV jacket. The Fission SV also uses Primaloft polyester insulation. It's insulated, waterproof, breathable, and awesome. |
Waterproof jackets also come in shells, with little insulation. They are perfect for layering, perfect for allowing you to tailor your clothing to the temperature outside. Mountain Hardwear likes to layer, so they offer a lightweight, waterproof and insulated shell called, the Alcove jacket. The Mountain Hardwear Alcove jacket features a lining that helps it glide over insulating layers, not to mention the jacket repels water 5 times longer then other jackets.
Sweet Ski Jacket Brands
|The North Face Ski Jackets: One word: Triclimate. Triclimate means 3 climate, The North Face has a whole slew of Triclimate jackets, it's a shell, with a insulator jacket, put 'em together and you've got a insulated shell. My favorite Triclimate is the Vortex. The North Face makes all of their ski jackets waterproof, windproof and really comfortable. They even have their own fabric technology, called HyVent, it keeps you dry, meaning it's waterproof, and breathable, it keeps the water out and wicks sweat away from your body.|
|Patagonia Ski Jackets: Named after arguably one of the most beautiful places on this green Earth of ours, these jackets are a beauty on their own. Patagonia makes down jackets that are crazy warm, and really unbelievably light weight. Take their down sweater full-zip hoody for instance, first off it's not a sweater, it's a jacket but the key is it probably weighs less then a sweater, hoody or sans. Nothing makes you feel better then a light jacket that keeps you warm all day long. Patagonia has it down pat and we've put them in a choker hold so they're giving us good deals, and of course, like always, Moosejaw passes on the savings. Save, save, pass. .|
|Mountain Hardwear Ski Jackets: Mountain Hardwear is known for making awesome products that are some of the most advanced on the market. Using awesome fabrics and methods, there are no games when it comes to a Mountain Hardwear jacket, you get what you pay for with this company. You get waterproof, breathable and lightweight jackets. I took my own advice and got a Mountain Hardwear Exposure II Parka, it has become my favorite, the snow skirt it has is awesome, its light and really breathable. Check out Mountain Hardwear ski jackets, they're crème de la crème in the ski jacket market.|
|Arc'teryx Ski Jackets: Arc'teryx makes sweet jackets, with really streamlined designs, and bold colors that spell awesome. We Moosejaw love awesome, so we highly recommend you check these jackets out. Arc'teryx makes it easy to find a jacket you need: it's called a naming scheme. AR - all around, mid-weight and versatile. MX - mixed weather and dynamic movement. SV - severe, full coverage garments. SK - ski touring specific, articulated, winter-focused design. Check out the alpha SV, with Gore-Tex pro shell technology, its one of the best out there.|