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The 10 Best Ski Jackets of 2022-2023

By: Kevin Katsafanas: Men's Techwear Buyer | November 14, 2022

 

When you’re just going to wear one jacket all season long for one of your favorite activities, you’d better make sure it’s a good one. Plus, when that activity is as demanding on your outerwear as skiing, choosing the right ski jacket is even more important. With that in mind, we’ve taken extra care to put together this list of the season's best. But the best ski jacket for one person isn't always the same as the best ski jacket for another, so we've made sure to have a recommendation ready for every style of rider. No matter what you like to wear while skiing, from a backcountry ready 3-layer ski shell, to a stylish resort-ready jacket with a bit of insulation, we’ve got you covered.

New This Year:

A big trend for this year amongst many of our favorite brands is an emphasis on versatility. While the lightweight shell jacket has always been the go-to choice amongst backcountry skiers who need to be able to pack it away while they climb, that same type of jacket has also been proven to work wonders in the resort. When you can adjust your layers under your shell to fit the day, you can make sure you’re always prepared, and so we’ve been stoked to see a ton of new jacket shells that are designed to shine both in and out of bounds

Trew Gear Popover

Trew Gear Popover

Born from a collaboration between iconic Northwest brands, the Trew Gear Popover Jacket merges the technical prowess of the Portland-based outerwear manufacturer with the stylistic flair of a certain Seattle-based retailer. TREW and evo manifest in the Trew Gear Popover Jacket. This simple, clean and retro-styled classic offers bomber 20K weather protection and excellent 15K breathability with rugged, abrasion-resistant fabric designed to go the distance — even in the PNW. This jacket rocks. And we’re not just saying that because we had a hand in the design. The Trew Popover was designed to make awesome gear more accessible and to celebrate the heritage of snowsports in the PNW, and we think it does just that. With great looks, time-tested Trew quality, and a price point way below what you’d expect for a shell of this caliber, it’s an easy rec to any rider.

InsulationConstruction/Waterproof Original Price
Shell2L Waterproof / Breathable$219.95

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Oyuki Miharashi YamaPro 2L

Oyuki Miharashi YamaPro 2L

Coming alive through Toshikazu Nozaka's art inspired by the spiritual side of Japan, the Oyuki Miharashi YamaPro 2L Jacket puts in the technical work so you can live in the moments on the mountain. Built for all-mountain performance, the PrimaLoft® Gold insulation delivers resilient and lightweight warmth without unnecessary bulk so you can stay light on your feet, and quick through the trees. The powder skirt with the OYUKI® pant lock feature lets you easily pair a jacket and pants for that warmth-in, snow-out type of all-day comfort. A jacket this well-made deserves to be set free in the deepest of pow, and it's your job to make it happen. Oyuki has earned a name for themselves by making some of the best gloves and mittens in the business, and this year they’re getting in the outwear game with their new YamaPro line. It’s everything we dreamed it would be and more. The same incredible craftsmanship that has made us fall in love with their gloves is on full display in the Mihirashi Jacket, a clean-cut insulated piece that thrives on the deepest and coldest days.

InsulationConstruction/Waterproof Original Price
60g PrimaLoft2L YAMAPRO$349.95

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Oakley TNP TBT Insulated

Oakley TNP TBT Insulated

The days of your youth don't have to be numbered with the throwback style vibes of the Oakley TNP TBT Insulated Anorak. Complete with 10K waterproof protection, 80g synthetic insulation, and a 1/4 zip anorak style design, this ski/snowboard jacket has everything you need for an all-time season that you'll reminisce on well into your elder years. The anorak style is always sure to stand out on the slopes, and this one from Oakley is one of our favorites. With an approachable price point, throwback looks, and a bit of insulation, this is a great everyday resort riding ski jacket.

InsulationConstruction/Waterproof Original Price
80g Synthetic2L FN Dry$235.00

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Patagonia Powder Town

Patagonia Powder Town

Be ready when the storm hits and your town turns to Powder Town with the Patagonia Powder Town Jacket. You'll be confident telling the wet and cold where to get off in this H2No® Performance Standard shell that locks out both, and you'll feel better knowing the fabric is 100% post-consumer recycled Polyester with a PFC-free DWR coating. The Powdertown jacket is a perfect no-frills ski shell with classic looks and bonafide performance. It’s a full-zip, non-insulated jacket, which makes it perfect for any kind of layering system, and we love that it’s made with eco-friendly materials.

InsulationConstruction/Waterproof Original Price
Shell2L H2No$349.00

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Helly Hansen SOGN 2.0

Helly Hansen SOGN 2.0

Simple, elegant, bomber. You don't need a jacket that has renaissance murals printed across it. You don't need robotic gizmos sewn into the seams. You need a lightweight 3-layer shell that dumps excess heat and keeps out the snow and wind. You need a hood that works and a fit that allows you to forget about the jacket and focus on what really matters: the riding. You need the Helly Hansen SOGN Shell 2.0 Jacket, just a darn good shell that's durable, waterproof, breathable, and built to stand up to the full range of conditions you encounter from the chairlifts to the skin track. The 3-layer shell is the peak of versatility in a ski jacket. It’s layerable for cold weather, packable for backcountry skiing, and super weatherproof when stuff gets nasty. Helly Hansen is known for making high-quality gear that puts efficiency and performance at the forefront, so it’s no surprise that their signature 3-layer shell is a winner.

InsulationConstruction/Waterproof Original Price
Shell3L Helly Tech Professional$350.00

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The North Face Ceptor

The North Face Ceptor

The North Face Ceptor Jacket is a burly 3 layer number built to take a beating and come back for more. Designed around TNF's proven DryVent™ 3L fabric for supreme weather protection without the bloated price point, and complete with all the features you need and none you don't, the Ceptor is a no-brainer for riders who know what's really important in outerwear and prefer to save some cash for lifts and drinks. The TNF Ceptor is another of our favorite 3-layer shells. It has the same versatile performance as the Helly Hansen option but trades out the serious Scandinavian design for a slightly more freeride-inspired look.

InsulationConstruction/Waterproof Original Price
Shell3L DryVent$399.95

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Flylow Quantum Pro

Flylow Quantum Pro

The Flylow Quantum Pro Jacket is Flylow's workhorse jacket featuring extra-durable three-layer Intuitive™ fabric and 20K waterproofing and breathability. Shaped with a Freeride Fit for just the right amount of room to move, the Quantum Pro hits the perfect balance of comfort and dependability when the snow starts fallin' harder and the sends get gnarlier. Year after year, the Quantum Pro is one of those jackets that you see a disproportionate number of serious ski bums, outdoor pros, and industry insiders wearing. It just hits that sweet spot of effortless cool, bombproof durability, peak performance, and an acceptable price tag that makes it a perennial go-to for riders in the know.

InsulationConstruction/Waterproof Original Price
Shell3L Intuitive$429.95

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Outdoor Research Hemispheres

Outdoor Research Hemispheres

Fear no forecast with the Outdoor Research Hemispheres Jacket. Requested by the OR athlete and ambassador team, the Hemispheres jacket greatly enhances range of motion without sacrificing an ounce of premium GORE-TEX waterproofing and breathability. This is the jacket you want when the touring gets tough but the reward is well worth the effort. Another favorite of seasoned skiers, the OR Hemispheres jacket is one of the best on the market for backcountry riders. It’s a 3-layer shell done up to the max, but what really sets it apart is the combination of the name-brand GORE-TEX waterproof membrane with a stretchy face fabric. It breathes well, protects even better, and best of all, has tons of added mobility for tricky ascents on the skintrack and beyond.

InsulationConstruction/Waterproof Original Price
Shell3L GORE-TEX$599.00

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Trew Gear Cosmic Primo

Trew Gear Cosmic Primo

"Cosmic" isn't a word to be thrown around lightly, but the Trew Gear Cosmic Primo Jacket earns its universally epic title by being darn great at everything. It's packable on the skintrack and features a larger freeride fit, RECCO reflectors, full seam taping, and an adjustable hood for total coverage at the resort. The new Primo fabric is extra durable and sustainable too, elevating the Cosmic jacket to infinity and beyond. Trew’s flagship freeride jacket is one of the best on the market. It offers versatile resort riding, ski touring ready excellence of a high-level 3-layer shell, and does it in classic Trew style with exceptional looks, a modern cut, and a wide assortment of eye-catching colors.

InsulationConstruction/Waterproof Original Price
Shell3L Waterproof / Breathable$479.00

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Obermeyer Foundation

Obermeyer Foundation

A stalwart of the Obermeyer collection (we get it, that's why they named it Foundation) - the Obermeyer Foundation Jacket is tough, warm, and very weather resistant at a great price. Now with 45% Repreve® Recycled Polyester content in the face fabric, the Foundation features 100 grams of synthetic insulation around your core for a truly warm and tingly feeling every time you step out on the slopes. The Obermeyer Foundation is a super sturdy, super warm all-around jacket offering a great combo of insulation and waterproofing at a sweet price point. If you’re trying to take it easy on the wallet without skimping for the slopes, this is an excellent way to go.

InsulationConstruction/Waterproof Original Price
100 g Synthetic2L HydroBlock$259.00

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The Selection Process:

Our techwear buyers have an endless amount of knowledge on all things outerwear stemming from years of experience in the outdoor industry in tandem with their countless hours spent outside in all conditions around the world. From hot to cold, snow, rain, wind, and even sunshine, they know what clothing will keep you comfortable. evo's buyers assess all products coming to market, lean into this knowledge, and put together this selection of the best products. They have a unique perspective as they truly see everything offered across the category.

Kevin Katsafanas

Growing up in the northwest I took to snowboarding when I was 13 and spent most weekends up at Snoqualmie riding the park. As I grew as a rider I traded out rails and jumps for more freeride terrain found on the other side of I-90 over at Alpental. With evo in my backyard, I spent countless weekends hounding the shop staff about gear. Finally, when I was 19 years old I found my way into a full-time position selling snowboards at the Seattle store. In the decade since I've worn a number of hats in the outdoor industry in addition to talking gear, including spending time as the Seattle store's marketing and events coordinator. 9 years later and I am still here at evo in my role as the Buyer for men's techwear, and ski/snowboard bags.