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Best Ski Shells of 2017

By: Frederick Reimers

Best Ski Shells of 2017

To conduct our 2017 ski shell test, test director Frederick Reimers recruited multiple testers who took these jackets skiing in bounds and in the backcountry in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Montana, and Japan.

The testers used these jackets in a variety of weather conditions and rated them in five categories: durability, weatherproofness, bells & whistles, function, and breathability. Find out which scored the highest and earned our coveted Best In Class award.

For more reviews beyond this 2017 test, check out our other ski jacket testsski testsski helmet tests, and other related ski gear reviews.

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

96

2017

Helly Hansen Elevation Shell

Helly Hansen’s Elevation Shell is a tough-sided ski shell built to withstand the rigors of skiing on resort and off with an innovative temperature control system.

Strafe Cham2 Jacket

93

2017

Strafe Cham2 Jacket

Strafe’s Cham2 is a no-nonsense, lightweight ski shell made of stretchy, waterproof-breathable Polartec Neoshell.

Outdoor Research Skyward

93

2017

Outdoor Research Skyward

The Skyward from OR is a do-it-all ski shell built from tough, stretchy fabric with plenty of features, including unusually large pit zips.

Trew Wander

90

2017

Trew Wander

The Wander from Trew is a minimal, superlight shell with an athletic cut, designed for backcountry use.

Bergans of Norway Norefjell

89

2017

Bergans of Norway Norefjell

The Bergans of Norway Norefjell is a classic ski shell with lots of features and an athletic fit that seemed to accommodate everyone.

About the Author

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.

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