Skiing season may be in the rearview mirror for now, but all things come around again eventually–meaning that now is the perfect time to invest in new gear for the next time the snow starts flying. Here’s a roundup of the best men’s ski jackets for 2018, broken down by category, with details on what makes each one the perfect choice.
Obermeyer Supernova Shell
As far as outer layers are concerned, the Supernova hits all the bases, earning top marks in this department according to Trip Savvy. The HydroBlock Pro waterproof shell is guaranteed to keep skiers dry all day long, while the fleece lining adds a winning combination of warmth and flexibility. It even boasts a personal ventilation system and reflective technology for added safety.
Best Down Jacket
Arc’teryx Cerium LT Hoody
Arc’teryx is one of the top manufacturers in the field, and this slim-fitting, high-performance hoody is a prime example of everything they do best. Switchback Travel gives high marks to the jacket’s light weight (just 10.5 ounces), sleek comfort, and attractive profile. The down side? Prices fall at the higher end of the spectrum, even for ski gear.
Columbia Sportswear Bugaboo Interchange Jacket
This versatile gem is a perfect fit even for non-skiers–but for those who love the slopes, it’s truly a bargain. With its OmniTech waterproof shell; toasty zip-in fleece liner; adjustable hood, hem and cuff tabs; and patented reflective technology, the Bugaboo is a bargain that can be worn during three of the four seasons.
This performance jacket, which received Outdoor Gear Lab’s highest ranking for 2018, and anyone who gives it a try for just one day is bound to understand why. Crafted from state-of-the-art materials and featuring the ideal insulating blend of down and synthetics, the Macai will keep wearers dry and toasty during as many runs as they desire. If there’s a drawback–aside from the high price tag–it’s the jacket’s close fit, which may not appeal to all skiers or riders. For those who enjoy sporting a svelte profile and can afford to pay a bit more, however, this piece of gear will be worth its weight in gold.