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The Best Backcountry Ski Shell Jackets


When you're first starting out, bringing the right layers on a ski tour is tricky. To keep warm when you're breaking or stripping skins, you'll want a baselayer, midlayer, and an outer shell. Here are some of the best backcountry ski shell jackets so you can feel hot and stay cool.

1. Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket $399.00

Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
Weight: 941 grams
The Basics: Built with a 100% recycled polyester GORE-TEX face fabric, the Powder Bowl Jacket provides tough, long-wearing waterproof/breathable and windproof protection for skiers and boarders who ride the mountain in all conditions. With a refined fit and clean styling, Powder Bowls are durable yet designed with ease of motion in mind.We make the Powder Bowl Jacket for the full range of ... learn more

2. Patagonia Descensionist Jacket $299.91

Patagonia Descensionist Jacket ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
Weight: 627 grams
The Basics: The Decensionist is Patagonia's most breathable ski jacket thanks to the 3-layer nylon-polyester plain weave. When the champagne powder is more like a champagne shower, the Durable Water Repellent finish sloughs moisture. Lightweight and packable, the Descensionist Jacket is ideal for beaucoup de backcountry, with about a third of your ski days at the resort. Open up the pitzips to dump heat ... learn more

3. Flylow Vixen Coat 2.1 $279.95

Flylow Vixen Coat 2.1 ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
Weight: 630 grams
The Basics: The Vixen Coat just got a tune up. Revamped for 2019, the Vixen Coat 2.1 now offers jersey backing in the same 3-Layer soft shell blend of old. This updated backing helps regulate temperature, keeping you warm when you need it, while maintaining breathability when you want it. Don't worry, the Vixen 2.1 still offers the same technical features you have grown to love. A helmet-compatible ... learn more

4. Flylow Billie Coat $299.95

Flylow Billie Coat ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
Weight: 590 grams
The Basics: Lightweight, waterproof, breathable, and warm. The Billie Coat is a stylish three-layered hard shell jacket that is at home in any condition. Underarm vents, a helmet-compatible hood, even a pocket on the arm for your pass (or stash). Versatility goes a long way in the mountains. As your slightly pretentious friend would say, “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad gear.” I mean ... learn more

5. Strafe Nomad $359.91

Strafe Nomad ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
The Basics: The Nomad Jacket is built to provide our highest level of durability and protection while maintaining a full feature set and high performing breathability for busy days in the mountains. A staff favorite and kit of choice for our world champ Georgy Rodney, Nomad will be the most reliable jacket in your closet. The heavy duty eVent shell fabric provides durable dependability throughout full ... learn more

6. Mammut Stoney HS Jacket $389.95

Mammut Stoney HS Jacket ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
Weight: 810 grams
The Basics: The Stoney Hardshell Jacket is as comfortable in the backcountry as it is in the resort so you never have to compromise comfort for performance. The 3-layer jacket uses extremely weatherproof DRYTechnology fabric with fully taped seams and splash proof zippers that eliminate weak points and block any water from penetrating the fabric. For heavy storms, you can attach the snow skirt and the ... learn more

7. Armada Chapter Gore Tex $179.95

Armada Chapter Gore Tex ski jacket
Fit: Relaxed
Type: Shell
The Basics: Your best friend when the weather gets wet, the men's Armada Chapter Jacket provides superior protection from the elements with Gore-tex technology and 100% seam sealing. Touches like a microfleece chin guard, reinforced brim on the hood, and an adjustable powder skirt keep the Armada Chapter Jacket super-functional, with a touch of unique Armada design to keep things ... learn more

8. Black Crows Ventus Gore Tex Light 3L $329.95

Black Crows Ventus Gore Tex Light 3L ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
The Basics: The Ventus Light is a lightweight jacket designed for touring and long climbs. Our research has found the perfect balance of lightness and toughness in the C-KNIT Goretex membrane backing. With its extremely clean lines this jacket also has many useful details, designed with the long experience of our research labs. Sober on the outside with with multi-chevron printed seamtape on the inside: ... learn more

9. Fjallraven Keb Jacket $219.91

Fjallraven Keb Jacket ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
Weight: 820 grams
The Basics: Well-ventilated outdoor jacket for long mountain treks in varying terrain, when freedom of movement is just as important as durability, protection from sharp stones, etc. Combines wind and water resistant G-1000 Eco made from recycled polyester and organic cotton in the hood, shoulders, front panel and rear extension with stretch across the back and in the sleeves and pockets. Carefully ... learn more

10. Descente Lotus $209.95

Descente Lotus ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
The Basics: For a versatile, high-performance shell, look no further than the Lotus Jacket. This durable 3-layer shell works in all seasons and conditions. Layer up in the heart of winter, or stay cool with 20k breathable fabric when the mountain begins to thaw. EnerG Stretch fabric and Descente's 3D Motion Fit allow you to move freely, whether you're zipping through tight trees or carving long arching ... learn more



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