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The 8 Best Men's Ski Jackets of 2020-2021

Sure, you don’t need to have the best ski jacket to go skiing. We’ve all seen the guy on the chairlift wearing an Oakland Raiders windbreaker over four layers of cotton sweatshirts. Heck, many of us have been that guy, raiding our closets and getting creative in an attempt to avoid shelling out for a real ski jacket. And, if you only ski on dry, warmer days, and if you never ever crash, you can mostly get away with wearing whatever you want. But if you like to ski as much as possible, and your skis aren’t the only part of your kit that ever touches the snow, you’re going to really appreciate a real ski jacket.

The best men’s ski jackets help keep you warm and dry, which helps you stay out on the mountain longer and more comfortably. The key is just finding one that works well for you - and there are a whole bunch of options out there to choose from. That means finding the best combination of waterproofing, fit, features, and price. To help we’ve put together this list of the top ski jackets on the market this year. They’ve got the waterproof materials, the strategic pockets, and the weather-sealed zippers to help keep you comfortable lap after lap. The only thing they’re missing is the logo of your favorite football team silkscreened on the back, but we’re sure you can figure out how to add that at home.


Patagonia Powder Bowl

The best men's ski jackets of 2020-2021
 

Patagonia has long made some of the best ski jackets you can slip an arm into. They know their way around technical outerwear, and decades of experience shape every piece they put out. The Powder Bowl is their expression of what they think the ultimate inbounds ski jacket should be. Its GORE-TEX membrane keeps it very waterproof, while still allowing it to breathe and shed moisture, and its hood is designed to fit comfortably over your helmet and goggles.

Patagonia has thought of every detail with this jacket. There’s a zippered pass pocket on the arm, as well as handwarmer pockets and an internal stuff pocket. The powder skirt is adjustable so it can either lay flat out of the way, or pull tight to keep snow out of your coat. And it’s designed to work together with Patagonia’s snow pants to create an impervious system. On top of all that, all of the materials used in the Powder Bowl are environmentally friendly. The Powder Bowl is designed for skiers who want to just buy one jacket and use it reliably for years to come. If that sounds like you, give it a look.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
GORE-TEXNone (Shell)$339

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Arc’teryx Rush

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There are plenty of “rushes” in skiing, but the Arc’teryx Rush jacket might take the cake for being the most reliable and composed. Nothing beats the rush of adrenaline as you drop a new line or get a big faceshot, and this jacket was designed for just those occasions. Arc’teryx spared no expense with the Rush, it’s got a top-of-the-line GORE-TEX Pro shell material that keeps water out while letting your mid layers breathe. It’s got an articulated fit to ensure that your jacket moves with you, no matter what you’re doing. And it’s got a list of features longer than a drug store receipt. From the backcountry to relentless inbounds laps, this jacket does it all.

No, the Arc’teryx Rush is not the budget-friendly option. Instead, it’s a premium jacket, at the price to match. It’s dialed, from the big picture fit and materials down to the nitty-gritty details. If you’re looking for top-end comfort and performance, look no further.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
GORE-TEX ProNone (Shell)$749

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Trew Powfunk

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Trew’s Powfunk jacket has been around in various iterations for years. The one thing that’s remained constant through all of that is the Powfunk’s unique combination of classic, retro styling, and cutting-edge materials. Sure, some of the colorways might remind you of that one-piece that’s hanging in your grandpa’s closet, that’s the point. Just rest assured that this jacket performs a whole lot better. There are also some more low-key colorways for the stealth-inclined.

Trew’s proprietary 3L PNW Fabric keeps the elements out, and is comfortable and durable. The offset zipper helps keep your face from rubbing on the collar, and an intelligent pocket layout means there’s room for all your snacks and gear. Throw in easy-to-use hem and hood adjustments, a powder skirt that integrates with Trew’s pants and bibs, and waterproof zippers throughout, and you’ve got a winner. Don’t be afraid to get a little funky this winter.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
3L PNW FabricNone (Shell)$419

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The North Face Silvani

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Anoraks are the underrated assassin among ski jackets. On paper, the design makes all of the sense. Zippers are always weak points for jackets, so why put one on the front of the coat where it’s likely to have tons of snow hitting it? Instead, The North Face moved the zip to the side of the coat, where it’s out of the way and more comfortable. So the Silvani has the ease of use of a classic ski coat, with increased comfort and weatherproofing. But The North Face didn’t stop there. Through clever design and material specs they managed to create an affordable anorak that performs as well as jackets double its price.

Just because it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg doesn’t mean the Silvani is stripped down and featureless. It’s got pass and media pockets, a wonderful kangaroo pocket, and a powder skirt all built in. So if you’re looking to save a little money, but still want a jacket that performs like premium options, the Silvani was made for you.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
2L DryVentNone (Shell)$179

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Flylow Knight

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Tired of dealing with ice dragons out on the slopes? The Flylow Knight is here to save you. The Knight is Flylow's interpretation of a utilitarian inbounds jacket. Its sleek, classic styling helps you stay understated on the chairlift, while its burly materials are designed to stand up to years of abuse. If you tend to be hard on your gear, this is a great jacket for you.

And while, at first glance, the Knight doesn’t appear to be as feature-packed as some others on this list, it’s still got everything you need to get you through the day, just in a streamlined package. That means an easily adjustable hood, interior pass pocket, powder skirt, and pants integration are all hidden under that sleek exterior. Classy skiers go for classic styling - with the Knight you’ll ski comfortably knowing that you look good too. To top things off, this is one of the cheapest ski jacket on our list.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
100% Polyester 3L IntuitiveNone (Shell)$300

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Armada x evo Romer

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The one word that sums up what we want out of a ski jacket is “reliability.” And that’s just what Armada and evo set out to create when we collaborated on the Romer jacket. We wanted a piece of outerwear that you can take to the hill day in and day out without ever thinking or worrying about it. It just does its job without any drama. That’s why they built the Romer with a burly but comfortable shell material, and just enough synthetic insulation to keep you toasty when the temperatures plunge.

The Romer has comfortable, fleece-lined hand pockets, a media pocket, and a big internal mesh pocket to keep those spare goggles or gloves handy. It’s also got comfortable lycra wrist gaiters, as well as a snap interface to help the powder skirt integrate with your pants. The Romer just plain does its job, every day. Let it do its job on you.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
2L GORE-TEXSynthetic$380

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The North Face A-CAD

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Skim most descriptions of the A-CAD and you’ll find a whole bunch of acronyms and scientific words. That’s because this is the most advanced ski coat The North Face has ever put out, and if you’ve been paying attention, they do high-tech gear really, really well. The core of the A-Cad’s performance is the FUTURELIGHT membrane used throughout. This alternative to traditional membranes is much more breathable and waterproof, so it does an even better job of keeping you comfortable all day long.

But The North Face didn’t just make a typical ski jacket out of this new material. No, instead, they started from the ground up, dialing in their fit, features and pocket layout to optimize comfort and performance. So if you want the combined result of every ski jacket The North Face has designed over the last few decades, check out the A-CAD - it’s simply one of the best men’s ski jackets out there.

WaterproofingInsulation Original Price
FUTURELIGHTNone (Shell)$598

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Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Infinity Pro

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To explain why the Odin jacket is so exciting, we’ll need a quick science lesson. Most jackets use a DWR coating to keep water out of the face material. This works well, but eventually can wear off and need to be replenished. With the Odin, Helly Hansen uses a special LIFA Hydrophobic material that is naturally water-repellent. There’s no chemical coating to wear off, the jacket will naturally shed water forever. So if you’re looking for the ultimate in long-term waterproofing, look no further than the Odin.

Of course, this is Helly Hansen, so they didn’t just stop with the innovative material. Instead, they designed the Odin with the whole gamut of pockets and adjustments a skier could need. And they designed all of those pockets to be accessible while wearing a pack or a harness. So if you want a very durable, fully-featured jacket, look no further than the Odin.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
LIFA® Hydrophobic Face FabricNone (Shell)$699

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