Rough Checklist to Buying an Alpine Ski Jacket
If you're searching for an Alpine ski jacket, ask yourself what and how often you will be using it. Going to spend a lot of time outdoors or on the slopes? Avid or occasional skier? Go for quality jackets that have high performance.
At a glance, these are the features you should look for.
In technical terms, anything that is 5000 mm means that it has good waterproofing functions. The higher the number, the better it is to shield yourself from getting soaked. Outer shells should be able to prevent water from seeping through, a feature that's highly useful during snowy days.
You'll be wise to seek clothing that allows your skin to release moisture. There's nothing like skiing or snowboarding weighed down by your own perspiration. Make your moves downhill or across slopes without being sidetracked by sweat across your face and body.
You'll want to be well protected from the elements and keep your body warm. Jackets that have fleece lining or vests (detachable or not) and hoods afford this type of protection. Seams have to be sealed and cuffs adjustable including snow skirt and gaiters.
Pockets and zippers are lovely to have.
Where to purchase
Look at clothing sold by the Alpine Room Shop (alpineroom.co.uk) and pick the 52 Series Ayame Jacket by O'Neill for £100. Featuring taped seams, adjustable cuffs, hood, and waist gaiter, it will prevent any moisture from entering your jacket keeping you bone dry whilst allowing your skin to breathe. Look chic on the pistes with this lightweight jacket in black that's carefully made to keep you looking good and feeling warm.
Consider the Recon Jacket for men by Helly Hansen for £169. It is waterproof and breathable with adjustable cuffs, gaiters, venting zips, snap on pants, and so on. In short, it has all the features of an ideal jacket that is warm, lightweight, and functional.
Check Millets (millets.co.uk) for a selection of affordable outdoor wear. Slip on a Women’s Icefall Jacket that is in a lovely shade of purple. Costing only £24.99, feel like you've paid more when you test its performance on the slopes. It is water resistant and wind proof, 2 features that are critical when you're skiing or snowboarding.
Whether you're a novice or an intermediate skier, investing in a good Alpine ski jacket is well worth the money as you'll enjoy Alpine skiing for longer periods dressed in appropriate and comfy clothes.