Reviewed: This season's best ski jackets

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Ski jackets, ski gear, best coats for skiing
Ski jackets, ski gear, best coats for skiing

It’s not just about keeping the weather out that’s a priority when shopping for a new ski jacket. They’ve also got to look good, fit well and (increasingly important) look after the planet.

We’ve trawled the world of outerwear to bring you a selection of the best for this season as skiers prepare to return to the slopes.

All are designed specifically for snowsports, whether you ski or snowboard, so no matter whether you want to be warm and cosy, watch what you spend or go super technical, there’s something for everyone and every budget.

Read our expert guide to buying a new ski jacket here.

Women

Best for classy femininity without compromise

Schöffel Paznaun, £480

A flatteringly elegant jacket with features to satisfy the most hardcore ski fan.

Schöffel Paznaun
Schöffel Paznaun

Fully waterproof and breathable four-way stretch fabric for total comfort even when skiing hard // Detachable hood that fits over a ski helmet to ward off the harshest of weather days // Primaloft Gold insulation keeps chills at bay // Lycra inner cuff gaiter with thumb slots for luxurious comfort // In-built Recco reflector helps search and rescue in an emergency
schoeffel.com

Best for clean-cut style

Patagonia Powder Bowl Gore-Tex, £380

A beautifully minimalist look with a superb feel. Classic Patagonia attention to detail combined with their deep desire to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

Patagonia Powder Bowl Gore-Tex
Patagonia Powder Bowl Gore-Tex

100 per cent recycled outer material with a soft finish that’s surprisingly durable // Cosy fleece layer behind the neck // Massive stash pocket inside is great for keeping hats and gloves warm when not in use // Zippered media pocket inside the chest pocket for double security // Recco reflector aids rescue teams
eu.patagonia.com

Best for affordable technicality

Scott Explorair 3L, £275

Incredible value that belies the features and flattering fit of this true mountain shell for everything from big-mountain charging to green run groomers.

Scott Explorair 3L
Scott Explorair 3L

Wind and waterproof shell jacket for perfect layering to match the day’s conditions // Large adjustable venting to cool down as the going gets tough // Spacious helmet compatible hood // Integrates recycled materials to minimise the environmental impact // Scott’s approach takes care of their factory workers, as well as the planet
scott-sports.com

Best for a touch of luxury

Henri Duvillard Meije Faux Fur, £420

Chic styling married with water and windproof materials in this insulated jacket means it’s not only great for skiing, but looks superb about town.

Henri Duvillard Meije Faux Fur
Henri Duvillard Meije Faux Fur

Faux fur for a toasty face, that can easily be removed. Hood can also be detached // Classic silhouette with a belt to hug the waist, complimenting a range of body shapes // Waterproof and windproof with low-bulk warmth so style doesn’t sacrifice comfort
henri-duvillard.com

Best for toasty times

Planks Huff’n’Puffa, £200

Sick of being cold on those bitter mid-winter days? This toasty number’s got it covered, with warm insulation, full weather protection and a killer look.

Planks Huff’n’Puffa
Planks Huff’n’Puffa

Synthetic insulation, including plant-based fibres, so the warmth’s not the only reason to feel good // Waterproof, breathable outer keeps all the weather out, and uses recycled materials // Longer cut for more complete coverage from chilling winds // Available in a diverse range of colours and prints to match differing styles
planksclothing.com

Men

Best for backcountry adventures

Ortovox Deep Shell, £590

Beautifully lightweight freeride jacket with excellent technical details making backcountry adventures that bit more comfortable.

Ortovox Deep Shell
Ortovox Deep Shell

Waterproof, windproof, breathable membrane keeps harsh weather at bay without overheating when working hard // Sustainable, warm and soft merino wool lines key areas where the body is particularly sensitive to the cold // Merino mesh pouch in front left pocket to keep your phone warm, so the battery’s ready to capture that next epic shot // Spacious helmet-compatible hood improves protection on those stormier days
ortovox.com

Best for changeable days

Arc’teryx Macai LT, £625

Technical blend of natural and synthetic insulation, with Gore Tex’s renowned weather proofing, for maximum comfort whether you’re skiing or out and about in resort.

Arc’teryx Macai LT
Arc’teryx Macai LT

Synthetic insulation in areas where moisture can accumulate with responsibly sourced goose down elsewhere for superb warmth // Gore-Tex breathable weatherproofing to keep the elements out and the warmth in // Built-in Recco reflector aids rescue services in an emergency // Hood fits over a helmet, further enhancing that cosy feeling
arcteryx.com

Best for budget conscious eco-aware

Picture Object, £265

Amazing value in a feature rich jacket that doesn’t cost the earth – in both senses. Sound sweet? It should do; it’s made from repurposed sugarcane waste.

Picture Object
Picture Object

Environmentally sensitive composition of biosourced polyester, from sugarcane waste, and recycled polyester // Fully weatherproof and breathable, with a cosy insulated lining that wicks moisture away // Snuggly, stretchy inner wrist gaiters with thumb loops // A plethora of pockets, including a secreted goggle wipe
picture-organic-clothing.com

Best for icy-cold carving

Salomon Arctic Down, £400

A true cold-weather shield with responsibly sourced down to keep you wrapped up snug whether riding the lifts in resort or just walking the dog at home.

Salomon Arctic Down
Salomon Arctic Down

Full weather protection from the waterproof, breathable outer // Natural down is a wonder insulator and works for the harshest conditions // Stretchy inner wrists with thumb holes to seal in the heat // Inner stash netting and security pocket, so valuables can be kept warm and safe // Zip-off powder skirt to adapt to home use
salomon.com

Best for brightening the mood

The North Face Dragline, £380

Brilliantly bright to lift dull days to something of joy. It’s not just the colour that’s stand-out with tons of features and environmentally sensitive construction.

The North Face Dragline
The North Face Dragline

Face fabric is 100 per cent recycled with a bio-based membrane to keep water and wind out, while letting your skin breathe // A host of outer-pockets for storing snacks and essentials // Two inner stash nets for warm stowage // Lens cloth hidden in the sleeve pocket // Shell design for all conditions, even in spring // Quieter colours available for the less bold
thenorthface.co.uk

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