Made of a bombproof fabric, the Brigandine 3L should last years. It’s also stretchy, so it affords dynamic riding. They got the details right, too. A truly great ski shell. It’s not a cheap ski coat, but the 3L should last longer than most, so there’s some justification for the price.
We like stretchy shells—they are quieter and less restrictive. The Capitol shell has a generous cut, making it a good choice for husky guys. Though a bit stiff off the rack, the Capitol Shell does get more supple with use.
Built by a pair of hard-charging brothers from Aspen, Strafe gear is made for aggressive skiers who spend a lot of time on the slopes. The Strafe Highlands is the go-to jacket for cold conditions. The insulation breathes better than other synthetics, is light weight, and will never clump up like waterproof down.
The Columbia Heatzone 1000 is an extremely warm, very lightweight ski jacket containing some groundbreaking design technology. This jacket is one of the warmest jackets in the test. However, while the jacket nails the heat, there are very few additional features in this jacket.
The Arcteryx Fissile, is an ideal ski coat for cold weather. The only downfall to this jacket is its hefty price tag—but you get what you pay for—and in the case of this jacket, you get a warm, comfortable, and durable jacket that will last a long time.
The Igneo has some great features like Recco and pockets right where you want them, excellent waterproofness and breathability, etc. without a big price tag. The fit is on the baggy side, the insulation is a little thin, and the fabric is a bit crinkly.
White Sierra’s High Camp 3 in 1 is a moderately-insulated combination parka system, consisting of a shell paired with an independent, synthetically insulated jacket. At the cheapest price of any jacket we tested—well, you get what you pay for.
A heavy-duty, winter-weight waterproof shell for skiing, hiking, and cold-weather adventures, with a helmet compatible hood, pit zips, and panels of more-breathable waterproof material in high-heat zones to slightly boost breathability.
Two jackets—a lightweight, compressible waterproof and wind-resistant shell with an independent synthetically insulated midlayer jacket, designed primarily for backcountry use but not inappropriate for the resort.