Blustery ski days in the White Mountains of New Hampshire or in Washington's Cascades Range call for both warmth and protection from the elements. These five shells are insulated to keep you on the hill and out of the lodge. They also have the latest in technical fabrics that keep wind and water out, while still remaining breathable. So, if you need a bomber jacket to keep you charging hard all day, even in the most frigid conditions, look no further than these five shells:
The Helly Hansen Enigma Jacket protects you from the elements like a true hardshell and provides warm, light comfort that only down insulation can. The Enigma also features Flow Down mechanical venting, multiple pockets and PrimaLoft® Infinity.
Inspired by pro-skier Tanner Hall, the Originate Jacket features a 10K mm waterproofing as well as 10K g/m2/24hrs of breathability along with a fixed storm skirt and fixed hood with draw cords. The Jacket also has pockets for media players with a pass-through for earphone cords; pockets for you goggle; even hand packets with zips that include a “hidden stash pocket”—thanks, Tanner. The Oakley Originate Jacket is stylish and practical as a loose-fit performance shell.
The Rocket Down Jacket from Spyder is meant for the coldest, snowiest days on the mountain. The down jacket has an extremely waterproof and breathable fabric that keeps the elements away from you, and features 700-fill down to keep you warm despite the conditions outside.
The Marmot LZ Jacket is perfect for any big mountain skier or snowboarder. It features a MemBrain® two-layer shell fabric that provides complete waterproof protection. The LZ also has Thermal R™ insulation to protect from the cold as well as a zip-off storm hood, zip-off powder skirt with an elastic draw cord to keep out the snow and a ton of pocket space for gear storage.
The Ketchikan Cocona Jacket was tested and proved durable and reliable in the harshest mountain conditions. The intelligent design from Obermeyer features a system of fabrics that combines Cocona base lining coupled with Cocona insulation and 20,000mm/35,000g Cocona shell fabric.