The High Five: Best New Ski Jackets for Winter 2024
FIVE OF THE BEST NEW SKI JACKETS ON THE MARKETCompetition to create the ultimate ski jacket is hotting up as indeed skiers will be if they don't choose breathability as well as insulation....
STELLAR SHELL DOWN JACKET
'This is a true skiers' jacket, built for in-bounds freeriding and sidecountry missions on colder days.'
We love Stellar, as in the Swedish brand with star performance rather than the strong beer. These guys are always coming up with new and sustainable skiwear. And now we have the Stellar Shell Down jacket which ingeniously combines the warmth of a puffa with the outer protection of a shell. It is filled with premium 850 fill power HyperDRY™ goose down from Allied Feathers, and wrapped in 100 percent pre-consumer recycled nylon Dermizax™ 2-layer shell fabric.
It has an elongated drop-seat cut, a relaxed fit, generous ventilation openings and an oversized hood to keep the cold out and fit over any ski or climbing helmet.
The result, according to Stellar Equipment, is a highly comfortable product offering serious warmth, uncompromising weather protection, low weight and minimalistic styling. We say 'ja' to that.
SCOTT VERTIC GTX 2L
'Setting a new standard for style, performance, and a sustainable approach.'
SCOTT are ski and ski wear legends, a go-to brand for freeriders - and resort skiers who want that freeride style cred. This winter SCOTT have introduced the Vertic GTX 2L jacket, one of the latest additions to the Re-source by SCOTT Collection in the Freeride segment.
The new GORE-TEX ePE membrane is 100 percent PFC-free and ensures the highest GORE-TEX standards of waterproofness, windproofness, and breathability, to keep you warm and dry in any weather conditions.
Good for you AND the planet.
ELEVENATE CIRRUS DOWN JACKET
'Not as light as a cloud. But almost.'
Favourite brand among ski tourers, Elevenate is created by the dynamic Swedish duo, Sara Rönngren, former competitive free skier and Jimmy Odén, IFMGA mountain guide. They know exactly what is needed in terms of ski wear out in the backcountry.
And lightness and packability are exactly what is needed when it comes to jackets. The Cirrus down jacket is their lightest insulation jacket ever, designed to offer packable warmth on your ski touring trips. The design is light and minimalistic, yet robust enough to handle the usual wear and tear of the mountains.
Made from recycled polyamide and padded with responsibly produced down.
'Mastery doesn't happen overnight; it's the result of countless hours, relentless innovation, iteration, and an unwavering commitment to excellence.'.
We've been big fans of Jottnar, created by two ex-Royal Marines. who used to Arctic conditions and wearing the same gear for weeks, and, also seasoned mountaineers, decided that they would create the ultimate technical mountain clothing. They have spent over 10 years creating performance cold weather clothing. Check out our interview here.
Mastering the balance between warmth, weight, fabric performance and durability, as well as fit, ease-of-movement, baffle size and seam placement, they have crafted their flagship down jacket, the Fenrir.
Their ethical approach complies with the Responsible Down Standard, with hydrophobic down using bluesign®-approved clean chemistry for its water repellency treatment.
A clever balance of warmth, weight, durability, conscious material choices and minimising environmental impact, the Fenrir jacket can withstand the harshest mountain conditions, and is renowned for its build quality and longevity.
RAB VR SUMMIT JACKET
'The VR Summit jacket for men and women is the ultimate all-day active insulation for big mountain days in winter. Responding to your output and expertly dealing with peaks and troughs of activity, it keeps you comfortable and making progress on frozen ascents and wild backcountry lines.'
This is a softshell jacket but it's not just any softshell. British brand Rab, extreme outdoor clothing pioneers, have come up with Vapour-Rise technology, which makes it especially breathable. In fact, it is designed to create you own optimum body micro-climate, with a combination of polyester fabrics (VR Warm and VR Wicking) in the inner lining of the garment divided into different zones to optimise moisture transfer from sweat areas to warmth in others.
Rooted in Rab Carrington's visionary concept, this is a jacket tailored to the 'fast' alpinism of his era, Vapour-Rise™ has been meticulously crafted to efficiently manage fluctuating weather conditions and activity levels, making it the ideal choice for anyone engaged in high-intensity mountain activities.
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