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The 10 Best Backcountry Ski Shell Jackets of 2019


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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 $349.95

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 $399.95

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 Alvier Armor HS Hooded $399.95

Mammut Alvier Armor HS Hooded ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
Weight: 880 grams
The Basics: Is the powder paradise calling your name? With the Alvier Armor HS Hooded Jacket Men, you're all set for wintry conditions. Mammut Phase Weave technology seamlessly integrates and combines extremely different material properties and processing methods into a single material, allowing you to enjoy high comfort of wear. This technology integrates abrasion-proof zones into areas subject to ... learn more

7. 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

8. Dynafit Mercury Softshell Ski Jacket $189.95

Dynafit Mercury Softshell Ski Jacket ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
Weight: 529 grams
The Basics: A classic DYNAFIT style, totally re-engineered with a new design too. The Mercury Ski Touring softshell jacket, made of extremely breathable and durable DYNASTRETCH fabric, is not only windproof, but also water repellent The Mercury softshell jacket also has a helmet-compatible hood, as well as several pockets offering plenty of storage. With the features it offers and its lightness, the ... learn more

9. Arcteryx Sentinel $439.95

Arcteryx Sentinel ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
Weight: 580 grams
The Basics: The Sentinel Jacket is created specifically for on area snow and off area exploration with design and features optimized for big mountain skiing and freeriding. Constructed from N70p 3L GORE-TEX with soft shell construction, the jacket is windproof, waterproof and has a soft brushed liner for light insulation. The Sentinel's women's specific design optimizes the fit, and articulation through ... learn more

10. Arcteryx Alpha SV $749.00

Arcteryx Alpha SV ski jacket
Fit: Regular
Type: Shell
Weight: 490 grams
The Basics: The Alpha SV, an Arc'teryx icon repeatedly proven in severe alpine environments, is now stronger and lighter. Exceptionally durable waterproof, breathable N100p-X 3L GORE-TEX Pro fabric significantly increases abrasion resistance. Optimized construction, WaterTight zippers with RS sliders, and minimized seams shed grams. Fully featured with a helmet compatible StormHood, pit zips, and ... learn more



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