What to Look For in a Ski Jacket

Regardless of whether you’re a beginner or seasoned pro, if you’re getting your skis on and heading to the slopes, then you will need a decent ski jacket.

When it comes to ski jackets, there are many important things to be cautious of when choosing the right one. How should it fit? What should it feature? What should I be looking for in a ski jacket?

So here we have all the answers to all your burning questions…

How Should a Ski Jacket Fit?

Your ski jacket should fit you well, being snug enough to keep you warm without underneath layers, but not too tight that layers would make you feel bulky, tight or stuffy. Having a full range of movement is essential.

It’s important to keep in mind that downhill skiing can experience a high wind chill. While it is important you find a jacket that has good breathability, you also need to look for good windproofing technicalities.

Ski Jacket Technology

For skiing, you will find many additional features to the jackets, such as powder skirts which prevent snow from getting to your mid and base layers. You may also find lift-pass pockets and goggle pockets which make life easier on the slopes.

Some of our best jackets for skiing are designed with RECCO® Avalanche Recovery Technology, which is specifically used for skiing and snowsports. RECCO® reflectors make it easier for professional rescuers to find you in the event of being buried in an avalanche. They still need to know where you are, however, so this is no replacement for an avalanche transceiver and good backcountry knowledge if you are skiing out of bounds.

Does A Ski Jacket Need to Be Waterproof?

The ultimate purpose of a ski jacket is to:

  1. Keep you dry
  2. Protect you from windchill
  3. Looking your best on the ski slopes (its always good to be noticed)

Due to this, all Trespass ski jackets are designed to be up to 20,000mm waterproof. This means that you can find the perfect level of waterproofing to suit your budget.

Therefore, yes: when shopping for a ski jacket you should always ensure that the material is completely waterproof.

Do Ski Jackets Keep You Warm?

Specifically designed for extreme weather conditions, ski jackets are made with your warmth and comfort in mind.

In order to ensure that you do not overheat or become stuffy wearing ski jackets, our range of jackets is made to be breathable to at least 5,000mvp – meaning that the fibres will retain the body heat while allowing additional warmth to escape, regulating your body temperature.

You should also look for good ventilation. Zippers under the arms allow you to open up when you start feeling too hot. Just remember to close them again for that cold chairlift ride.

Are Ski Jackets Good For Winter?

Yes, ski jackets are excellent for winter weather wear. It may be surprising, but as they are designed to withstand extremely cold and wet weather, aiming to provide warmth and repel water, they also make for fantastic winter coats.

Depending on the style you go for, a ski jacket may look bulkier than your average waterproof, but nowadays, you can barely tell the difference between the two (looks-wise, that is). However, you’ll secretly be reaping the benefits.

What Do You Wear Under a Ski Jacket?

Underneath your ski jacket, we recommend that you wear a base and a mid-layer.

A base layer top should act as a ‘second skin’, fitting tightly but not restricting your capabilities. Often lightweight, flexible and made with fast-wicking and quick-drying materials, base layer tops are essential, and you can even layer them up for additional warmth without becoming too bulky.

Above your base layer(s), we recommend a mid-layer, i.e. a fleece or micro-fleece. Your mid-layer is what will provide you with the most warmth, as fleeces are designed to be air-trapping insulators rather than base layers (which are instead designed to keep you dry and comfortable).

Now you’re ready to hit the slopes, discover the best places to ski in Scotland and take your new ski jacket for a whirl.