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The 8 Best Kids' Ski & Snowboard Jackets of 2020-2021

Kids and snow go together like hot chocolate and marshmallows. For the kids that we know, winter in the mountains is a seemingly endless series of adventures. They go from skiing and snowboarding to snowball fights, sledding, tubing, snow angels, and anything else that they can use as an excuse to be constantly covered in snow. The good times can take a turn quickly though when things get cold and wet, which is why these younger skiers and riders need every bit of performance from their jackets that us older shredders do – sometimes even more!

Their smaller statures and seemingly more time spent in the snow rather than on top of it mean that the kids we shred with are oftentimes more challenged to stay warm than the adults in the group, making them benefit more from insulated jackets. Modern insulation stays warm when damp, but grom jackets made from the latest and greatest membrane laminate fabrics also help to seal out the weather and keep kids dry. Youth outerwear needs to not only do the job of protecting these kids from the elements, it also needs to stand up to the extra abuse that they dish out and accommodate all of the extras that they might need on the hill. Along with rugged construction, you will also find features aimed at allowing some jackets to grow with your kids and tons of pockets for extra snacks, facemasks, or electronics. Snow skirts and adjustable hems keep the snow out. All of these features and more are packaged into the best kids’ ski & snowboard jackets, in a range of colors and prints, with an option for every kid’s and parent’s tastes.


The North Face Freedom Insulated Jacket – Boys’

The best kids ski jackets of 2020-2021
 

Not only is The North Face keeping adults warm and dry, they have options in their Freedom line for kids, too, the Freedom line of outerwear is a modern classic . The combination of exceptional value and features with The North Face’s signature styling makes it one of the best boy ski jackets.

The North Face Freedom Insulated Jacket for boys features their DrVent™ 2L weatherproofing. Heatseeker 70% post-consumer recycled insulation keeps your kid warm, with 200 g insulation in the body and slightly lighter 150 g in the sleeves. A standard fit with a drop-tail hem adds extra coverage without being baggy or ill-fitting. Dual-entry patch hand pockets with both zippered and Velcro closure offer plenty of storage options. A fixed hood keeps the elements at bay when needed. A secure pass pocket on left sleeve and ID label make sure that your boy’s jacket doesn’t go home with someone else and his pass is close at hand when needed. The North Face Freedom Insulated Jacket is for snowy adventures all over the mountain. It has excellent value and performance in a signature The North Face durable and stylish package.

Even if you’re not a backcountry enthusiast, who wouldn’t enjoy a little extra storage and freedom to take easy bathroom breaks?

WaterproofingFit Original Price
2-Layer DryVent200/150 g synthetic$139.95

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Patagonia Everyday Ready Jacket – Girls’

The best girls' ski & snowboard jackets of 2020-2021
 

Patagonia’s kids line is one of the deepest and highest quality of any outdoor brand. They keep adventurous girls and boys well-equipped, and their snow outerwear is remarkably well-designed and durably constructed. We know that the kids that we see on the hill in Patagonia gear are some of the warmest and driest, and that might be why they seem to have the biggest smiles on their faces.

The Patagonia Everyday Ready Jacket for girls is made of their 2L H2No® Performance Standard laminate weatherproof membrane bonded to a 100% recycled polyester face fabric. Patagonia’s 100 g THERMOLITE® ECO92 92% recycled synthetic insulation offers versatile warmth. It’s also Fair Trade Certified™ Sewn. A regular fit can accommodate extra layers when the mercury drops. A chin guard protects delicate skin from rubbing against a fully zipped-up collar. The Patagonia Everyday Ready Jacket is an eco-conscious option with the highest quality and performance for snowy exploration. Patagonia’s clean styling is simple and puts the high standards of their materials and construction on full display without embellishment.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
2L H2No® Performance Standard100 g synthetic$149

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Burton Hart Jacket – Girls’

The best kids' ski & snowboard jackets of 2020-2021
 

Burton outerwear has gained popularity over the years that spans any divide based on the number of planks that get you down the hill - their outerwear is great for snowboarders AND skiers of all ages. Burton’s Girls’ Hart Jacket is constructed of their DRYRIDE Durashell™ 2L Nylon TACTEL® laminate construction, which combines 10K weatherproofing with a face fabric that is both soft and durable. The jacket also features Burton’s Room-To-Grow™ System, which extends the usable life of the jacket and allows it to quite literally grow with your child.

For warmth, the regular fit accommodates layers. The Mapped Thermacore™ insulation has 100 g weight insulation in the body and 80 g in the sleeves. Mesh-lined pit zips dump extra heat when it gets too toasty. Media and goggle pockets store on-hill necessities, and a storm flap gives access to the media pocket without having to unzip the jacket. A helmet-friendly hood gives full over-helmet coverage without sacrificing movement or visibility. Construction is bluesign® approved. The Burton Girls’ Hart jacket will stick with your child both as they grow literally and in the skills on the hill - Burton’s fun styling is an added bonus.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
2L DRYRIDE 10K100 g/80 g synthetic$139.95

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Burton Symbol Jacket – Boys’

The best boys' ski & snowboard jackets of 2020-2021
 

Burton’s Boys’ Symbol Jacket is constructed of their DRYRIDE Durashell™ 2L Nylon TACTEL® laminate construction, which combines 10K weatherproofing with a face fabric that is both soft and durable. The jacket also features Burton’s Room-To-Grow™ System, which extends the usable life of the jacket and allows it to quite literally grow with your child. The regular fit accommodates layers. The Mapped Thermacore™ insulation has 100 g weight insulation in the body and 80 g in the sleeves. A powder skirt seals any waist gaps to keep the snow out. Media and goggle pockets store on-hill necessities, and a storm flap gives access to the media pocket without having to unzip the jacket. A helmet-friendly hood gives full over-helmet coverage without sacrificing movement or visibility. Construction is bluesign® approved.

The Burton Symbol Jacket is for the rough and tumble young shredder who needs a durable, high-performing jacket that can grow with them for a couple of seasons. Burton’s signature style will help you stand out from the crowd, too.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
2-Layer DRYRIDE 10K120 g/100 g synthetic$139.95

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Reima Waken Down Jacket – Girls’

The best girls' ski & snowboard jackets of 2020-2021
 

Reima is a Finnish brand of children’s activewear that traces its roots back to 1944. They focus on supporting joyful outdoor exploration for active kids, a mission that we support wholeheartedly. Reima’s Girls’ Waken Down Jacket combines the incomparable warmth of down with a stretchy tech fabric that aids range of movement. Perfect for a day on the slopes.

That tech fabric is a polyester face fabric with FC-free Bionic-Finish® Eco Treatment DWR, rated at 8K waterproofing and 7K breathability. The 550-fill power has a 60/40 RDS down/feather mix for excellent insulation. A Shaped Cut fit is flattering while still fitting comfortably over an extra layer. A goggle pocket, inner chest pocket, and two zip pockets carry every shred day necessities, AKA snacks. Inner lycra cuffs with thumb holes and an adjustable hem and snow lock at the waist seal in the warmth and keep the elements out. The detachable hood is designed to tear away if caught on something, ensuring safety. The girls’ Reima Waken Down Jacket is great for extra warmth on the ski hill while flaunting a little extra European style.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
8K PU-bonded polyester550-fill down$200

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Roxy Jetty Jacket – Girls’

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Roxy is a women’s and girls’ specific board sports clothing and accessories company with their finger on the pulse of our communities and culture. Their fusion of function and fashion is a constant in their extensive line-up of top-end products. We love the bright fabrics and fun cuts that are as exuberant and stylish as the girls who wear them. Roxy’s girls’ Jetty Jacket is a perfect offering for this ski and snowboard season. The Jetty Jacket is made from Roxy’s 10K ROXY DryFlight® technology laminate fabric. ROXY Warmflight® Eco synthetic insulation has 200g weight in the body, 140g in the sleeves, and 60g in the hood. Hand warmer pockets and internal goggle pocket have plenty of storage, and a sleeve pass pocket makes getting your ski pass scanned in the lift line quick and easy. An adjustable helmet-friendly fixed hood is extra warm and toasty on the stormiest days.

The Roxy Girls’ Jetty Jacket is a warm ski and snowboard jacket for the girl who wants to stand out on any ski hill. It has the tech to back up its flair and keep you warm and dry without any compromises, that’s why we chose it as one of the best girls’ ski & snowboard jackets of the year.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
2-Layer 10K200 g synthetic$139.95

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Quiksilver Mission Solid Jacket – Boys’

The best kids' ski jackets of 2020-2021
 

Quiksilver makes outerwear for some of the best riders on the planet. Travis Rice, Austen Sweetin, and Bryan Fox are only a few of the more notable athletes who trust Quiksilver to keep them warm and dry. We know that your kids can rely on them, too. Their boys’ ski & snowboard jackets are made to the same high standards as the stuff for the bigger, older riders - the boys’ Mission Solid jacket is as dependable as the name.

The 10K Quiksliver DryFlight technology laminate fabric is durable and high performance. Warmflight® Eco synthetic insulation has 200g weight in the body, 140g in the sleeves, and 60g in the hood. The Regular fit is versatile for layering and enables a full range of motion. Hand warmer pockets and an internal goggle pocket accommodate all of the snacks and accessories needed on the mountain. A sleeve pass pocket is convenient for quick trips through the lift line. The adjustable helmet-friendly fixed hood is warm and weatherproof. The tuck away powder skirt system provides a seal when needed and is easily stowed when not wanted.

The boys’ Quiksilver Mission Solid jacket is a great pick for young skiers or riders who put their outerwear to the limit while following in the tracks of their heroes. It has a dash of surf style in its fun, bright colors, too.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
2-Layer 10K/10K200 g synthetic$129.95

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Picture Organic Snowy Jacket – Toddler's

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From the French Alps, Picture Organic Clothing was founded in 2008 with a focus on responsible and sustainable eco-design. They support the environmental goals and adventurous exploration of a new generation of skiers, focusing on a blend of vibrant designs and bombproof function developed while skiing big terrain in their home turf. Picture’s Organic Snowy Jacket is for the youngest members of our ski community, just starting their journeys on snow.

Organic’s 49% recycled face fabric with Teflon Ecoelite™ PFC-free DWR treatment is bonded to their DryPlay® 10K waterproofing laminate. This system is laboratory and field-tested to ensure that it keeps your little ones dry through an entire day of skiing, sledding, and snowball fights. It combines weatherproofing, breathability, and durability and backs it up with zoned thermal insulation featuring 80g weight in the body, 60g in the sleeves, and 40g in the hood. The body and hood have a Sherpa lining to make them extra cozy, too. Picture’s Toddler fit is a versatile regular fit for little kids, accommodating the movements of their play and extra layers when it’s especially cold out. Front cargo pockets carry a full day’s load of snacks and even a toy or two when an extra distraction might be needed. The little kids’ Picture Organic Snowy Jacket is perfect for toddlers taking their first steps into exploring snow and the mountains. It keeps them warm and dry so that they can concentrate on fun and learning.

WaterproofingFit Original Price
2-Layer 10K/10K80 g synthetic$99.95

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