Ski Jackets Buying Guide

Looking to buy a ski jacket? Choosing a perfect partner on the slopes shouldn’t be a challenge. It’s essential to find a jacket to keep you warm, dry and looking good on the slopes. Here’s the ultimate guide to find the best ski jackets and all in one ski suits for you next skiing adventure.

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Your ski jacket is the most important part of any ski outfit, so it’s important you choose the right one to suit your needs, style and budget. With our handy ski jacket buying guide we hope we hope the information above helps you make a more informed decision.

What are the best types ski jackets?

Whether you’re a ski novice or a seasoned pro, buying a good quality ski jacket is one of the most important items of clothing you will need for skiing after skis. Your jacket will need to keep you dry and warm in some extreme weather on the mountain. The best ski jackets needs to be hardwearing, waterproof and most importantly look good. Depending on the type of skiing or snowboarding you plan on doing, will change what the ski jacket is best for you.

Insulated Ski Jackets

The colder the climate the thicker and insulated ski jacket you will need. All Dare 2b insulated ski jackets are filled with high loft polyester insulation to keep you warm and comfortable on the slopes. Although insulated jackets can be bulky, our Insulted ski jackets are also lightweight, which makes them ideal for layering if extra warmth is needed on those really chilly days.

Shell Ski Jackets

Mountain shell jackets are an ideal lightweight ski jacket; they are essential a waterproof outer layer that protects you from the wind and moisture, and are great for using with a midlayer or good quality base layer underneath. Shell ski jackets can give you greater freedom of movement than an insulated jacket as shell jackets have less bulk to carry around on the mountain. Our Dare 2b shell jackets are all fully water proof and breathable, for the best men’s ski shell jackets and the best women’s shell ski jackets view our ski jackets range.

Soft shell Ski Jackets

An extremely versatile ski jacket, a soft shell can be used as an outer layer when the weather is warmer or as an insulating layer underneath another jacket. Our softshell jackets have a water repellent finish, meaning they are not as waterproof as the other jacket types but are generally more breathable.

One-piece Ski Suits

Looking for extra style on the mountain? Dare 2b have a range of all in one ski suits for women designed in collaboration with English fashion designer Juilen Macdonald. With 3 colour ways to choose from these are all made in a softshell based fabric and have a waterproof treatment to them with a soft touch backing for extra warmth.

Waterproof & breathable ski jackets

You need a ski jacket that will keep out the snow and let the moisture escape when you are skiing or snowboarding. Dare 2b’s waterproof technology called Ared. Our Ared garments have been tested in real-life conditions extensively. Ared ranges from our highest most waterproof Ared 20,000 to Ared 5,000, meaning it can withstand differing amounts of water without moisture passing through the fabric. Breathability ranges from our highest 10,000 to 5,000. The highest amount is great for high energy all day skiing.

Technologies to look out for

  • Ared - Garments engineered with Dare 2b’s Ared fabrics provide truly durable waterproofness, keeping water out through prolonged use in harsh conditions and demanding terrain. We measure the waterproof level or hydrostatic head of all our garments and offer a full hierarchy of performance, starting at 5,000mm all the way up to 20,000mm.
  • Ared V02 stretch – Is our most advanced waterproof technology. Garments using this are ideal for high energy activities with uncompromised freedom of movement and breathability. We ensure under testing that during heavy exertion our fabrics must breathe well to a standard of 10,000/m2/24hrs.
  • AEP Kinematics – AEP Kinematic technology has been created to increase agility in sports clothing. AEP Kinematics analyses the body’s points of motion during athletic performance. Using data collected in our studies, AEP Kinematics introduces a new concept, specifically designed for each activity, to enhance both agility and power, using 360 degree stretch fabric, an ergonomic fit and advance articulation.
  • Vect–VECT technology thermo-regulates the bodies temperature while active, keeping the wearer at an optimum temperature for longer. This soft thermo conductive ceramic coating is used on the inside of a product that absorbs the heat. This innovative use of ceramic material between your skin and fabric creates a personal microclimate.

Fit and Style

Your ski jacket should be the perfect fit, having a full range of movement is important. If your new ski jacket is too tight or bulky this will limit your performance. The correct fit should keep you snug enough to trap warmth in yet not too tight to restrict movement.. Read on for more advice on how a ski jacket should fit.

Slim fit ski jackets

Slimmer fit jackets give more of a sport fit when on the slopes. The reduced amount of fabric makes jackets more streamlined when skiing. As this fit a little tigher it may give less room for layers underneath so consider going up a size. Some of our women’s jackets are more fitted to pull in the feminine figure around the waist. This is either done with the cut of the jacket around the waist or some of the Julien Macdonald range are belted ski jackets to cinch you in around the waist.

Regular fit ski jackets

The regular fitting jacket gives a little more room than the slim fit but not as much as the relaxed jackets.

Relaxed fit ski jackets

A relaxed fit ski jacket gives a lot more room or layering and extreme freedom of movement. This style of jacket is perfect for free riders or snowboarders.

What ski jacket do I need?

One other important aspect of bear in mind when buying a new ski jacket .The type of skiing or snow sport you intend on doing will help determine the type of ski jacket you will need to wear.

Types of Skiing

  • Piste Skiing – If you’re planning to stay on piste most of the day and make you way down the mountain before getting the lift back up then consider an insulated ski jacket for colder climates. If you are a spring time skier then you may only need a softshell to keep you warm.
  • Freestyle Ski – Searching for un-skied territory is no easy task. You will need a hardy outer shell to protect you from the elements. As well as insulating but breathable layers underneath. As you will be carrying these with you all day look for layer and shells that are lightweight. To keep you cool and ventilated look for extremely breathable garments, garments with ect for temperature regulation and features like pit zips.
  • Cross country ski - For shorter runs through the park and getting the lift up consider a shell jacket with layers underneath so you can easily put on and take off in between the runs. You won’t then have lots of bulk to carry with you.

Ski Jacket Key features

When choosing the best ski jacket, it’s important to look out for the following features. Here at Dare 2b our ski jacket range feature the following features to keep you warm, safe and looking good on the slopes.

  • Hood

    All of our ski jackets have a hood, but the adjustments can vary. Some of our hoods are adjustable or even removable, whilst others can be wired. This means that they will keep their shape, perfect whilst on the slopes as the hood will be kept out of your face, and remain where you positioned it. Add some style to your jacket with a faux fur hooded ski jacket form our Luxe ski range.

  • Underarm ventilation

    Found on our more technical ski jackets, the feature gives you the ability to zip open the underarms when you’re feeling a bit warm.

  • Articulation

    More technical ski jackets have articulation in the arms. This means that the jacket is cut perfectly for your ski position, making it more comfortable. It also reduces pull and tension in the jacket throughout the day.

  • Inner Wrist Cuffs

    This is an underrated feature of a ski jacket,it ensures that no snow will be entering your jacket whilst you’re on the slopes and it will keep you more insulated.

  • Snow Skirt

    A snow skirt is a vital feature when it comes to a ski jacket, preventing snow from entering the bottom of your jacket, encase you are to fall, or even if there is heavy snowfall. Some snow skirts can be removable.

  • Audio Pocket

    Some of our best men’s ski jackets and best women’s ski jackets have an audio pocket fitted to the inner of the jacket so you can listen to music while you ski or snowboard as the wire can pass out through the inner pocket.

  • Ski Goggle Pocket

    Soft touch inner pockets are added to some of the Dare 2b ski jackets, keeping them from being scratched when they aren’t needed.