The Best Ski Jackets for Carving Pow, Shredding Gnar, Bumping Moguls, and Looking Good Doing It

Gearing up to hit the slopes—or just want to look like you are? These suckers offer technical prowess and rad vibes in spades.
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When you’re ready to hit the slopes—or just want to look like you are—the very best ski jackets on the market offer up a near-perfect blend of scintillating style and peak performance. After all, skiers and snowboarders face extreme conditions on the daily, taking on fresh snow, icy winds, and heart-pumping adrenaline with every turn. The jackets they wear, then, should be water-resistant, windproof, and breathable. They should come with big ol’ hoods (like, big enough to fit a helmet), plenty of pockets, and a decent amount of insulation stuffed within their modular hard- or soft-shells. The last crucial element? They also need to look sick—otherwise, what's the point of putting yourself at risk?

The Best Ski Jackets Shopping Guide

Don't get us wrong, though. You don't have to actually snake your way down a powdery slope just to partake in the fun of men’s ski jackets. (Like, when's the last time you wore a pair of Vans to do a kickflip? Thought so.) That also means you don't have to commit to a full Gore-Tex getup, either, because the dopest ski jackets transcend their origins. Layer one with a chunky sweater and some faded jeans, or a pair of baggy-as-hell corduroy pants and clogs. Whether you're touching down for fashion week like Frank Ocean, lighting up the arena like Aminé, or just zipping around town to do your silly little errands on a crisp February day, the best ski jackets will amp up your style all winter long.

Wherever you choose to wear yours, we’ve got 17 of the absolute best on the market for your shopping pleasure. Carve on, dude.

The Best Overall Ski Jacket


Arc’teryx Rush Jacket

Long before TikTokers began wearing their jackets in the shower, Arc'teryx earned a cult-like following (and a spot on GQ's Quality List) for the advanced functionality and uncompromising quality of its outdoors gear. The Rush jacket is an exemplar of that performance-minded excellence, slickly engineered with a windproof and waterproof Gore-Tex shell, taped seams, heat-sealed zippers, pit zips for ventilation, a helmet-compatible hood, a powder skirt, and on and on and on.


Arc’teryx Rush Insulated Jacket

In addition to the virtually weatherpoof shell above, Arc'teryx also makes an insulated version which uses toasty CoreLoft material to keep you thawed and thriving. It's a better jacket for the moments in-between carving powder—its shell is still windproof, but merely water-repellant—but it can certainly whizz through some lighter skiing, too. If you're hoping to conquer a black diamond and look damn good doing it, either version will serve you very well.

The Best Budget Ski Jacket


Trail Model Waterproof 3-in-1 Jacket

Let's not kid ourselves—skiing ain't cheap. You've got skis, helmets, gloves, and ski passes, not to mention all the gas it takes to drive to the slopes. And then there's all the après-ski activities! So why not save dough where you can? Penny-pinching doesn't automatically mean you're sacrificing on performance or style, thankfully. Enter L.L.Bean and it's nifty 3-in-1 Trail Model jacket. It comes in at under $250, and—unlike the unholy shampoo-conditioner-body wash trinity—it's actually the triple threat you're looking for: the shell is completely waterproof and comes in a quartet of solid colors, the removable insulated jacket is fortified with Primaloft warmth, and you can wear them separately or combine them together and become the Megazord of the mountain.

The Best Adaptable Ski Jacket

The North Face

Clement Triclimate Jacket

Given the way the environment has been trending, knowing exactly how much to layer up for a day on the slopes can be…tricky. That's where this three-in-one jacket comes in. It's comprised of a weatherproof outer shell to protect you from the elements and a toasty detachable insulated layer that can be worn in tandem or separately, giving you a ton of flexibility in varying conditions. So when winter is really wintering, or if the conditions are way milder than you expected, you'll be glad to know that you can just bring one jacket to handle whatever comes your way. It also comes in a vibrant range of colors to help you brighten up even the bleakest winter days.

The Best Capital-D Designer Ski Jacket

Moncler Genius

7 Moncler FRGMT Hiroshi Fujiwara Acanthus Quilted Down Jacket

Moncler makes some of the most luxurious outerwear around, and any of the jackets in its catalog will shout that from the chairlift. But for those of you who consider flexing to be as much of a sport as activities that require that chairlift, its fashion-forward Moncler Genius line sits at the center of that frigid Venn diagram. The Genius label is Moncler's playground for collaboration, where it taps select designers to create absolute showstoppers—like this featherweight, warm-as-hell puffer made with Hiroshi Fujiwara’s legendary streetwear imprint, Fragment Design. Unless you rip, you probably don't want to take a chance wearing this to go skiing (it's entirely unclear how this would handle the friction of a prolonged penguin slide), but then again, if you've got the cash to attach a lift ticket to this jacket, going full send in the FRGMT might not be taking much of a chance.

The Best Eco-Minded Ski Jacket

Picture Organic Clothing

Goods Insulated Jacket

Picture Organic cares as much about sustainability as they do the slopes. Their Goods insulated jacket hits all the requisite ski jacket marks: underarm vents, generous chest pockets, pass pocket, an attached goggles cleaner, and adjustable hood, hems, and cuffs. But where it gets really sweet is the hardshell itself which uses a combination of recycled polyester and bio-sourced polyester made from repurposed sugarcane waste. The material is then combined into a breathable yet waterproof two-layer fabric and then coated with an eco-friendly, PFC-free DWR coating to make sure you stay drip-dry all day long. On top of that, the cozy insulation is made from recycled synthetic down material. Mother Earth is proud.

The Ski Jacket Resort Employees Swear By


Gore-tex Pro 3L Thermagraph Jacket

For the real heads out there, 686 is well-known territory. For those who need a quick download, just know it’s one of those brands that resort employees wear on the mountain when they don’t have to wear their resort-issued uniforms. In other words, it might be commercially ignored on some level, but critically adored. (And by “critically,” we mean “those who spend the majority of their waking winter hours on a mountain”). 686 is churning out some of the most technical, hardest-working, forward-thinking jackets anywhere, with this Gore-Tex Pro 3L Thermagraph Jacket leading the charge. It has body-mapped Polartec Alpha insulation on the inside—providing regulated warmth, legitimate breathability, and next-level moisture management—the most rugged Gore-Tex fabric on the market on the outside, triple-layer taped seams, a powder skirt to keep out snow on days that you’re lucky enough to need one and (literally) 20 other listed features that all actually do something, which means that you’ll be discovering them for years. Do you need them all? Who knows what the future holds.

The Best Spring Ski Jacket


Salisbury 2L Anorak Jacket

In the hierarchy of Ski Jackets, the Spring Ski Jacket holds the lowest spot, and understandably so: most of the time, winter sports are best enjoyed in the, uh, winter. But spring skiing is its own special kind of joy. You could do it in a hoodie, but snow is still wet, wind can still bite, and pockets are still nice. What makes a good spring jacket? Some good ventilation, zero bulk, limited-to-zero insulation, and some adaptability, in case the weather gets weird. Other than that, it’s kind of a dealer’s choice, and few dealers make better choices than Armada, with this anorak. Fully-loaded with low-pro features like lycra wrist gaiters, an adjustable powder skirt, a taffeta-lined back and a pit-to-hem side-zipper for easy entry, you’ll be trying to find ways to wear this one even when the weather is telling you to break out the heavy hitter.

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Tipton Peak Insulated Jacket

Columbia is another great option for anyone looking for serious value. Its Tipton Peak jacket features Columbia's patented Omni-Heat reflective heat system in tandem with its Thermarator insulation for fantastic heat-retention in cold weather conditions. It can also take on light snow and rain with ease and features a gang of pockets for all your essentials.


Insulated Powder Town Ski/Snowboard Jacket

Patagonia knows a thing or two about the outdoors, skiing included. The brand's Powder Town jacket is perfect for carving the snow like a pro and in style. It's got articulated seams for ease of movement, pit zips, built-in reflectors, isolated insulation, an adjustable helmet hood, and a 2-layer shell that's both waterproof and breathable. But don't be afraid to rock this thing for apres-apres-ski activities (a.k.a back in town for everyday wear).

Stone Island

Stellina 3L Nylon Jacket

Stone Island's stripped-down design still packs in the functionality with weatherproof 3-layer fabric, heat-sealed seams, adjustable hood and sleeve cuffs, and secure zipper pockets with inner slots to access your mid-layers.


Pillowline GORE-tex 2L Jacket

Super warm for those days when you’re out there until the lifts close, super visible for those days when you get yourself into a pickle.

Helly Hansen

Alpha 4.0 Ski Jacket

Clever heat-mapping eco-insulation, waterproof and windproof 3-layer fabric, detachable hood, a toasty ‘Life Pocket’ to keep your phone from freezing over, all in a jolly bright color. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.


Allterrain Mountaineer Down Jacket

Don't let the super clean design fool you into thinking this thing is minimal because it is anything but. Starting from the outside, we have a completely waterproof fabric, an innovative dual zipper system—which has both a stormproof zipper and a breathable mesh zipper—a hood which thoughtfully prevents snow and rain from pooling, bungee drawcords abound and traceable down fill just for good measure. In other words, it's got enough technical prowess to send it into space, despite the low-key first impression.


Pertex® Quantum Air Hooded Ski Jacket

A spring jacket that punches well above its weight, this one isn’t just wind-resistant from the outside and breathable from the inside, it also employs an Octa fabric that both absorbs moisture and dries super fast.


S/LAB QST Gore-tex Pro Jacket

The QST Pro was built to handle the steepest, sketchiest, burliest terrain you can access on planks, then tested by the world’s best athletes at those sports in those same conditions just to make sure that was the case, and now you get to reap the rewards of all that hard work.


Anthem Jacket

1.) High-vis orange is awesome. 2) Not many circumstances call for it. 3) Skiing is one that does, which means there are zero reasons to not to get a bright-ass orange jacket.