The 2013/2014 ski season is in full swing, but it's never too late to get geared up with the essentials—and there's no arguing that on-mountain apparel certainly qualifies. 

This year's ski jacket and shells styles take technical to the next level, with specs that are all about keeping you warm on the mountain when the snow rolls in and helping you vent heat and wick moisture when skiing those perfect, bluebird days. 

These four men's ski jacket styles from Spyder, Helly Hansen, Marmot and KJUS impressed us in particular, earning them a coveted spot among our softgoods OnTheSnow Editors' Choice picks.