Best Men's Ski Jackets in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update February 25, 2020
Mens ski jackets usually look quite brilliant but you do not purchase these clothing items with aesthetic considerations. Also known as snowboard anoraks, these jackets are all about keeping you dry, warm, and comfortable when you're on the slopes. ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2020
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

The breathable fabric will be dissipating moisture and excess heat. The media pocket will hold the ski pass and let you quickly hop onto the chairlifts without searching the pockets. The security pockets will keep valuable items safe yet easily accessible. 

CONS

There are no mesh panels under the arms. 

OUR VERDICT

Columbia Alpine Action is more lightweight than most ski and snowboard jackets but just as technically impressive. All the necessary pockets are there and the Omni-Heat™ Reflective Microtex Light will make sure you remain warm without making the jacket heavy and stuffy. 

detailed parameters
Type

Hooded Jacket

Size

XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL

Shell

Matte melange (100% polyester) 

Insulation

Microtemp XF II, 100g (100% polyester) 

Lining

Omni-Heat™ Reflective Microtex Light (100% polyester)

Extras

Drawcord-adjustable waist, Snap-back powder skirt (adjustable), Interior security pocket, Zippered chest pocket, Zippered hand pockets, Media pocket, Goggle pocket, Adjustable cuff tabs 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The zippers here are tough and durable. The fleece lining is lightweight yet effective enough at retaining body heat. You can adjust the cuffs to fit the gloves. The chest pocket will be able to accommodate ski goggles. 

CONS

There's no windproof snap skirt. 

OUR VERDICT

R RUNVEL Waterproof Fleece Jacket will make sure that winter stands no chance. The high-stand collar and the adjustable hood will prevent the snow from getting inside from above. Also, the fabric is tear-resistant, so you do not have to worry about ripping the jacket apart when falling. 

detailed parameters
Type

Hooded Jacket

Size

S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL

Shell

Polyester 

Insulation

Cotton 

Lining

Fleece 

Extras

Drawcord-adjustable hem, Adjustable cuffs, 2 side zipper pockets, Chest pocket, 2 inner pockets

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The DWR polymers and PU film provide ~10000mm water resistance. The cuffs are tight yet highly stretchable, fitted with thumb holes to keep the hands warm and the snow and cold unable to enter through the sleeves. 

CONS

The zippers are relatively flimsy. 

OUR VERDICT

Looking to hit the slopes but do not want to spend too much on snowboard/ski gear? Wantdo Men's Anorak Ski Jacket is exactly what you need. Also, the jacket looks less techy than most snowboard anoraks, so you can wear this model outside anywhere without looking odd and out of place. 

detailed parameters
Type

Hooded Jacket

Size

S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL 

Shell

Polyester 

Insulation

Cotton

Lining

Fleece 

Extras

Drawcord-adjustable hem, Internal windproof snap skirt, Adjustable cuffs, 2 side zipper pockets, chest pocket, 2 inner pockets

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The membrane will be able to resist the cold up to -30 degrees Celcius. The snow will prevent the snow from entering even as you tumble, making sure that you remain dry down there. The sizes go from XXS to XXXXL, so there are no customers that won't be able to select a fitting jacket.

CONS

The jacket is pretty heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

Mountain Warehouse Dusk Mens Ski Jacket keeps the price low but ensures that you're never at a disadvantage up there on the slopes. The drawcord-adjustable hem enables customized fit, letting the jacket hug you nice and tight but not too tight. 

detailed parameters
Type

Hooded Jacket

Size

XXS, XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL, XXXXL 

Shell

Polyester 

Insulation

Polyester 

Lining

Fleece

Extras

Drawcord-adjustable hem, Internal windproof snap skirt, Adjustable cuffs, 2 side zipper pockets, 2 inner pockets 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The under-arm vents are easy to access, meaning easy to zip and unzip, providing extra ventilation. The toasty 3M Thinsulate 100-gramme insulation keeps you nimble and mobile yet warm. The data card pocket is secure but also accessible. 

CONS

Some sizes run small. 

OUR VERDICT

Spyder Leader puts most ski jackets to shame but the price reflects the product ambitions and high-end disposition. Everything is extra here, from extra-strong zippers to seams and targeted interior stretch panels. 

detailed parameters
Type

Hooded Jacket

Size

XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL, XXXL 

Shell

Gore-Tex™ fabric (100% polyester)

Insulation

3M Thinsulate, 100g (100% polyester) 

Lining

Polyester 

Extras

Drawcord-adjustable hem, Internal windproof snap skirt, Adjustable cuffs, 2 side zipper pockets, Chest pocket, Sleeve pocket, 2 inner pockets

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Columbia Alpine Action

All the Pockets

Columbia Alpine Action delivers on all fronts, protecting you from the elements and retaining the body heat, all whilst making sure the jacket remains breathable. Incorporating these little silver dots, the Omni-Heat™ Reflective Microtex Light tech reflects and retains the warmth that the body generates. Moreover, the breathable fabric is able to dissipate moisture and excess heat.

Needless to say, the jacket is windproof and waterproof, the price bracket demands that. The same bracket also demands certain extra features, features that are ample here, including goggle pockets and security pockets hidden inside. Unlike snowboard jackets, ski jackets do not always come equipped with media pockets, but we cannot say the same about this jacket. The media pocket has been put onto the left arm above the wrist, so you can put ski passes there and quickly access the lifts without removing the pass.

Somewhat upsetting is the fact that the jacket comes without mesh panels under the armpits, which is odd considering that these are basically obligatory nowadays.

Besides that though, Columbia Alpine Action will make sure you won't have to hold back, pushing past your limits and hitting the hardest slopes with comfort and ease.

Review of Columbia Alpine Action Men's Ski Jacket

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R RUNVEL Windproof

Performance Shell

R RUNVEL Waterproof Fleece Jacket looks brilliant, even though the two available colours (olive green and black) will not aid visibility on the slopes. On the bright side, the performance shell will be keeping you nice and warm, preventing the droplets from soaking through the surface and making sure you remain dry during rainy days.

There are no bells and whistles here, only the essentials. The fleece lining will be working with the performance shell to retain body heat. In the meantime, the drawcord-adjustable hem will be able to ensure the face area stays warm too, even when you're going 100 kilometres per hour down the slopes. Aside from the two standard side pockets with robust zippers, the jacket adopts two inner pockets with enough storage space to hold wallets, keys, phones, and more.

The cuffs here are adjustable, so you do not have to worry about cold winds penetrating the jacket. Also, going back to the pockets, the chest pocket is massive, enough to accommodate ski goggles and such.

Unfortunately, the snap skirt is not present, meaning you might get some snow inside the pants if you fall too often. Even taking that into account though, this black jacket is versatile and dependable, so you can take this jacket skiing, hiking, camping, and more.

Review of R RUNVEL Windproof Men's Waterproof Fleece Jacket

 

Wantdo Windproof

Relaxed Fit with Excellent Resistance

Wantdo Men's Anorak Ski Jacket will be able to resist all elements, maintaining high comfort levels and safeguarding you against cold winds, frigid temperatures, and hard-hitting storms.

Loaded with DWR polymers and transparent PU film, the jacket provides 10000mm water resistance. The same film and the anorak's high-density fabric allow the product to reach the windbreak effect, keeping you warm and comfy even when the winds get tough. Plus, the elastic cuffs come equipped with stretchable thumb holes, keeping the snow and cold from entering the sleeves. The same technologies even make the jacket stain-repellent, which is pretty neat since, otherwise, you need special detergents to wash snowboard gear with wind- and water-resistant membranes.

While all these solutions are working their magic, the three-structured cutting and fuzzy lining will provide enough warmth without making the jacket heavy and restraining movements. Otherwise, from the design standpoint, this model is not that different from what we've reviewed here, except that the zippers are pretty fragile, so we would recommend avoiding excessive and unnecessary zipping/unzipping.

In closing, Wantdo Men's Anorak Ski Jacket excels at keeping you comfortable and manoeuvrable yet protected from the elements.

Review of Wantdo Windproof Men's Anorak Ski Jacket Waterproof

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Mountain Warehouse Dusk

Keeping the Comfort Levels High

Mountain Warehouse Dusk Mens Ski Jackets are affordable and really good at making sure you're able to shred the slopes without worrying about the weather conditions, bringing a backpack, and things like that.

The membrane here has been temperature-tested to -30 degrees Celcius. In other words, provided you layer up and keep moving, this jacket will keep you warm no matter the temperature. The membrane is pretty thin, but we cannot extend the same sentiment towards the fleece lining, making the jacket relatively heavy.

On the upside, the fabrics (primarily polyester) have been woven tight, making the gaps between the threads too small for the wind to pass at speed. Meanwhile, the snow skirt (also known as the snap skirt) will be preventing the snow from getting inside the jacket even when you tumble, keeping you dry and warm down there. Last but not least, this long jacket comes featuring sizable zipper pockets inside and outside, providing you with enough space to stash the belongings when you're out and about/on the slopes.

Again, Mountain Warehouse Dusk Mens Ski Jackets keeps the price low and the comfort levels high, offering that perfect balance between warmth and breathability. It also does not hurt that the available sizes range from XXS to XXXXL.

Review of Mountain Warehouse Dusk Mens Ski Jacket

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Spyder Leader

The Premium Treatment

Spyder Leader is not cheap, the company's products were always anything but cheap. That's the price you pay for high-end snowboarding gear though.

What drives the price (and the jacket's value) before anything else is the Gore-Tex™ fabric that's the industry front-runner at keeping snowboard anoraks windproof and waterproof. Aside from the Gore-Tex™ laminate, the jacket adopts 2-litre plain weave, bringing water resistance to 15000mm.

The YKK® AquaGuard® zippers throughout the jacket complete the water-resistant package, protecting the sleeve pocket, chest pocket, side pockets, and internal pockets from snow and rain. Even the under-arm vents come equipped with these zippers too, so you can unzip them to promote airflow when the weather gets less cold.

There are many small details here contributing to the jacket's value but the 3M Thinsulate insulation is anything but small. This thing is toasty and more than capable of keeping you warm yet not constricted. From the cuff tabs that come equipped with thumb holes to mesh goggle pockets, the people behind this model haven't forgotten anything important. As long as you don't mind spending extra (and we mean extra-extra), this jacket will not disappoint.

Review of Spyder Leader Men's Jacket

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What Is a Ski Jacket for Men?

Hitting the slopes is the best way to spend the coldest season, much better than staying in the city and much more fun and exciting than sunbathing somewhere nice and warm. The issue here is that snowboard and ski gear usually costs a fortune, which is why we've gathered and reviewed these five ski jackets.

The jacket is easily the most important part (except for the snowboard and skis but you can always rent those), hence the part you should invest into first. With the right jacket, you'll be able to ski/snowboard with comfort, confidence, and nimbleness. These jackets ought to be lightweight yet windproof, waterproof, and good at retaining body heat at the same time.

Other than that, ski jackets should be equipped with enough pockets to stash different belongings, from ski passes and snacks to wallets, phones, and more. Add to that various solutions like snow skirts, adjustable cuffs, and drawcord-adjustable hems and you'll be able to separate good jackets from middling ones.

Setting jackets aside, we cannot emphasise the importance of ski helmets, so we would suggest looking into them too.

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Publish Date: 2020-02-25 14:20:15