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The Best Men’s Ski Goggles 2019: Our Favourite Ski & Snowboard Goggles

First, we’re going to guess that you need a pair of ski goggles. You wouldn’t be here unless you realised the need to wear the appropriate eye gear for a day out skiing.

Our second assumption is that you’re not interested in spending more than you have to (who does?!). Many people wait until the very last minute and are forced to buy whatever the resort has in stock.

They see you coming and their prices (and selection) are horrible and demeaning.

Does that sound about right? Yes? It’s not like we’re reading your mind, but we have a pretty good idea of why you’d be reading an article on how to buy  the best men’s ski goggles.

Regardless of whether you’re bored and reading whatever you find online, or if you’re genuinely interested in learning more about best snowboard goggles, this should be the best resource for you.

By the end, you should have a clear picture of what you need, what you should expect from your goggles, why you need them, and a good idea of the best brands and models you can buy online.

The Importance of Wearing Ski Goggles

Before we get into the meat of the article, just a quick word on why you should wear goggles.

You might have seen people on the slopes without goggles. Are they really that necessary?

In short, yes. They are an essential part of your ski wear, and buying the right pair of men’s ski goggles will improve your day immensely. You won’t be able to live without them after you’ve tried them on.

First; the safety issue.

The best ski goggles will keep your eyes safe during the day. When you’re flying down the slopes at a reasonable rate of speed, you are putting your eyes in danger of flying debris and particles of ice and snow.

Protect your eyes with a solid layer of polycarbonate lens that shield your sensitive sockets from anything that comes up at you.

You also need to shield your eyes from the damage of the light. Skiing on a sunny day sounds idyllic, but it can be murderous on your vision. Not only does the sun shine directly into your eyes, but also reflects off of the glaring snow. Snow blindness is a real thing and can cause permanent damage to your retinas if you aren’t careful.

Second; the vision issue.

We’ll talk about this in a bit, but you need to pick ski goggles that will enhance your vision on the ski fields.

Ski goggles have tints and features that improve what you can see out on the slopes. And when each day changes, you need to be prepared for full sunlight, low light, blowing snow, patchy shadowy ground, and artificial lighting on the runs. Your ski goggles can help improve what you can see, protect your vision from harmful UV light and illuminate ground features you should see.

Different Features of Ski Goggles

Ok, it’s time to prepare yourself for the shopping portion. If you want to buy ski goggles, you need to be prepared for what the manufacturers are going to tell you about them. Lens? UV light? VLT rating? HD cameras? Anti-fogging? Venting?

These are the terms and lingo that we’ll walk you through to be better at being choosy about your ski goggles.

Lenses

Ok, this is a big category, and the main reason you’re going to choose the right pair of ski goggles. Everything else is fluff, glitter, and structure. So, let’s spend the time on understanding the lens of your snowboard goggles and what you need to ask for.

Tint

The tint of your goggles plays a huge part in what you can do with them. And a lot of it depends on three things

  • Weather
  • Activity
  • Terrain

You have to decide what sort of weather you’re likely going to ski in, what sort of activity you’ll do (cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowboard parks, tree skiing…etc.), and what type of terrain you’re likely to encounter (smooth runs, bumpy off-trail runs, moguls and slalom courses…etc.)

You can get tints that help you achieve your goals on the mountain.

Coloured tints, like gold, amber, yellow, or rose, will filter out blue light. That’s to say that it will make the shadows more visible, thus allowing you to see things like bumps and jumps easier.

Darker tints (like dark greens, copper, or dark brown) work on sunny, cloudless days. They filter out much of the natural light spectrum, keeping your eyes more comfortable and avoiding eye strain.

You’ve probably also seen the flash lens, or the mirrored lens as well. They also reduce the amount of natural sunlight coming in to your vision, allowing you to see clearly without straining your eyes on the light or reflection on the snow.

VLT

No matter what you choose, you need to pay attention to the VLT, or Visible Light Transmission, number. Even if you forget everything we told you about tints, you’ll remember this number. It is a rating of the amount of natural light allowed in.

The higher the number, the more light is allowed into your eyes. Ratings like 10-20 are good for sunny, bright days, while ratings like 70-80 allow colour and depth perception on days when the light is low.

Photochromic Lenses

One of the coolest features we’ve found on men’s ski goggles are the photochromic lens. Although not really necessary for inexperienced riders, they are perfect for those who want to try out a few different terrains and conditions.

The lens actually transitions from one tint to another, matching the light conditions outside to give you the best vision you can. This is handy if the days turn from sunny to cloudy to the setting sun. You can ski or snowboard comfortably knowing you will always have the best possible view.

Interchangeable Lenses

Although not as cool as the photochromic lens, you can still enjoy a good ride with a pair of goggles that can change the lens out. Experienced riders love the flexibility of selecting which lens they’ll need. They don’t have to worry about buying a different pair or adjusting the fit of a new set of goggles. They can swap on the go, and head down their next run.

Polarised Lenses

Not only should you worry about getting the right tint on your lens, you should also get glare protection. Polarised lenses help block that glare from reaching your eyes, allowing you full vision and not washing out any of the details you need to see on the ground.

Ski Goggles with Venting

You will need to clear your goggles at some point on your ride. That’s because the air inside will be warmer than the outside air, causing condensation to fog up the lens.

You should look for vented goggles. They include little holes and slits to allow the warm air to escape during the day. Larger holes will allow more air to escape, but on extreme conditions, they do allow colder air in. Fewer holes keep your face warm, but don’t allow the warm air to escape but will collect moisture to sit on the lens.

Understanding UV Protection

This is a really easy number to remember.

100%.

You should only ever ask for 100% UV blockage. Anything less is going to cause damage to your eyes, especially on extremely sunny days.

Did you know you can actually sunburn your eyes? You can. It’s called photokeratitis. During the summer, it’s more difficult because people wear sunglasses and don’t participate in activities that expose their eyes to a lot of sun.

Maybe because it’s cold out, people can tend to forget that the sun’s UVA and UVB rays are just as harmful, and cause just as much damage, regardless of the heat. Protect your eyes and only seek out 100% UV blocking ability.

Different Styles of Men’s Ski Goggles

There are a couple options of styles for your to choose, offering different vision and anti-fogging features.

Cylindrical

To best describe this style of lens, it’s a perfectly vertical lens that sits straight on your face. The lens wraps around the side, but the glass remains unchanged. It’s like how a lens would sit on the outside of a cylinder.

This type of glass allows for undistorted images. Your peripheral vision isn’t altered by the distortion around the side of your face. It also sits closer in to your eyes. That may not matter unless you need to wear glasses, or you have good venting on the goggles. For beginners, we recommend this wrap-style for best vision and lack of distortion.

Spherical

These types of goggles are bubble-shaped, sitting out further on the edges than in the middle of the lens.

With this style, you can get greater peripheral vision, allowing you to see other skiers and snowboarders on the hill. You also have the goggles sit further from your face, allowing more room for warm air to vent out, and for glasses you might need to wear while skiing.

Additional Features

There is some pretty cool tech out there on the newest ski goggles for men. While we’re not including them in our “must have” list of features, it’s best to know what there is out there.

Camera Mounts

Some versions include a built-in camera that allows you to record in HD the run you take. If you’re taking dangerous and thrill-seeking ski runs, this would be perfect for you.

Double-Lens

To further combat the issue of fogging, some goggles include a double-layer of lens, creating a vacuum of air that breaks the barrier between your warm face and the cold air outside.

Guards

Some goggles include nose guards or brow guards in case you fall. If your skiing is that rambunctious, this might be something you’d wish to consider in the future.

Listing the Best Men’s Ski Goggles

Alright, it’s what you’ve been waiting for. It’s the list of our best selection for men’s ski goggles this season. We’ve got a range of goggles that suit both beginner as well as those with a few seasons under their belts.

But first, a quick note about OTG Ski Goggles

Many of the goggles you’ll come across (and a few that we mention here) will be listed as OTG or Over The Glasses. It’s a type of goggle that you can wear, even if you must wear glasses and keep them on as you ski. Of course, there are some goggles that you can get with prescription lenses. They are expensive, but they exist and aren’t impossible to find. If you must wear glasses, we prefer the OTG design because it’s cheaper and there is no discernible difference between an OTG pair and a regular pair of goggles. One just has the room to accommodate glasses, but you can still wear them, even if you don’t wear frames.

OutdoorMaster Pro
Best ski goggles for men

First up on our list is a frameless all-rounder that we feel is pretty special. And why is it so special? Because of what you get? Because of all the features? Sure. But it’s truly amazing because it’s got a great price tag.

For such a small fee, you get a spherical lens that gives better peripheral views to keep an eye on things around you. You get an interchangeable lens system that gives you the freedom to ski in any weather, any terrain, or any condition. All the lens come with an anti-fog coating that resists the natural condensation that other goggles would be prone to experience.

And what do we love about this pair of goggles for men? We LOVE that it’s an OTG design. You get to wear these goggles, even if you are stuck with those thick coke-glass frames. The tech in this pair is pretty advanced, including a 100% UV400 tint in all their lenses.

The strap is even compatible with all helmets, should you advance enough to require one when you ride. This pair will still be there for you.

Oakley 02 Men’s Ski Goggles
Oakley Ski Goggles for Men

When thinking of ski goggles or ski sunglasses, Oakley are one of the first brands that will come to mind for many people.

Synonymous with skiing and quality, Oakley ski goggles are a popular choice for skiers around the world.

The 02 model are an affordable pair of Oakley men’s ski goggles that provide more than just a brand. Boasting 5/5 on customer reviews, the Oakley 02 is ideal option for men when looking to buy new ski goggles.

Smith Unisex Squad Goggles
Best ski goggles for men

Next up on our comprehensive list comes from Smith, a reputed brand in ski goggles for men. This cylindrical lens does it’s best to compensate for natural distortion by using a technology called Tapered Lens, which allows the wearer to see as naturally as if they weren’t wearing it at all. The peripheral vision is very good in this pair. The lens is designed to handle most light conditions, but it’s not an interchangeable lens. For that reason, it’s best to pick a lens tint that you will use on your normal skiing day.

The entire set is very compatible with helmets and fits exquisitely to your face. We experienced relatively no discomfort, and you will quickly forget you’re even wearing them due to the soft, double-layered foam that rests against your head and nose.

It’s a fog-resistant, scratch-resistant lens that stays as clear as the first day you bought, even after several days out in harsh conditions.

Copozz Over-Size Pro Ski Goggles
Best men ski goggles

These ski goggles from Copozz are a great looking pair of ski goggles. Appearance isn’t everything, but we love the look of these.

Not only are they cool to look at, the they function brilliantly with 100% UV protection and mirrored lenses.

These aren’t just men’s ski goggles either, they’re neutrally styled to be suitable for both men and women and the head strap accommodates for the size different with ease.

If you’re looking for his and her’s ski goggles and don’t want the exact same pair, there’s a range of colours to choose from so know exactly which belong to you.

Bolle Carve
Best ski goggles for men

Bolle are a very popular choice of ski goggle brand due to their affordable prices but quality products.

Their goggles are popular across the board with men, women and children due to the functionality and reliability of their products.

The Bolle Carve ski goggles for men are an ideal choice for beginner-immediate skiers looking or something a bit more substantial than entry level goggles.

There are a selection of colours available and the lenses are 100% UV protected.

Giro Onset
Men best ski goggles

The slightly convex shape of this pair of men’s snowboard goggles gives one of the best vision experiences on the slopes. We haven’t yet come across anything that rivals the crystal-clear views you get, from a nearly 180 degree peripheral view. The Giro goggles are renowned for that level of vision in their products.

We also love the 100% UV filters and the anti-scratch, anti-film coating on the outside of the lens. This lens comes with a VLT rating of 37%, making is great for sunny days and slightly shadowy areas. The light pink tint gives good contrast in medium to high light exposure.

POC Fovea
Men best ski goglles

To give you an idea of what a higher-performance pair of goggles looks like, we’ve included this POC Fovea on our list. This isn’t the most expensive pair (by far!) that you can get, but it’s still more than some beginners would be willing to spend. That being said, it’s a great pair of goggles.

Spherical-shaped lenses for improved view with an OTG design. The anti-scratch, anti-fog lens should last quite a few seasons. We found the coating doesn’t even rub off after repeated uses and washes. The triple layer of foam and silicone straps provide the maximum comfort, reducing that achy feeling of wearing tight goggles all day.

It has a VLT of 17%, so it’s perfect for bright conditions and extremely sunny days. We would not recommend this for low light or night-time runs.

And there you have it. That’s our break down of what you absolutely, positively must know about ski goggles for men, both in how to identify the best kind, and which pairs you should buy.

Enjoy a safe and fun day on the hill with these excellent pairs of goggles.

Best Gifts for Snowboarders

Best Gifts for Snowboarders: Top Ideas for Snowboarding Gifts

If you have a snowboarder in the family, or maybe one of your friends is into snowboarding, you’ll know that snowboarders are passionate about their sport, at some point you’ll probably start to think of snowboarding gift ideas that you can give them for a birthday, Christmas or just if you’re feeling generous.

Well, we’re going to help you out and save you the last minute chaos when thinking of what to buy.

You’re welcome.

Snowboarding gifts can be difficult to buy due to the fact that snowboarding is a pretty specialised sport, and if you’re not too familiar with snowboarding, or snow sports in general, you might not know what makes a good gift for snowboarders.

If you’ve correctly read the title, you know exactly what we’re going to do here:

We’re going to show you some really cool gifts for snowboarders, ranging from snowboarding accessories, novelty items with a boarding theme, and some other really useful presents that we think the snowboarder in your life will love.

The Best Snowboarding Gifts

So let’s get stuck into it. Check out the best gifts for snowboarders below.

Snowboard Gloves

This is a really useful gift for a snowboarder. You can never have enough decent snowboard clothing if you’re into your snow sports.

Christmas gifts for snowboarders: Ski Gloves for him and her

Your hands are the most vulnerable part of the body to the effects of the cold, so by making sure that your snowboarding friend or loved one is protecting their hands, you’re not just providing them with a great gift, but you’re looking after their hands too. ​​​​

These gloves come in several colour options, so you’ll be able to find a pair for him and her.

GoPro Snowboard Mount

If they’re really into their snowboarding, the chances are that your friend or family member has a GoPro action cam to capture their best rides and tricks (if they don’t, check out our next snowboarding gift idea).

Snowboard Accessories as Christmas Gifts for Snowboarders

A snowboard mount is a great gift for any snowboarder wanting to get better shots and angle.

If you’re looking for a small, inexpensive gift that will be used well and give hours of entertainment, then this is the snowboarder’s gift for you.

GoPro HERO​​​​​ Session

The GoPro HERO Session is a great little camera that won’t leave you with an empty wallet after you’ve bought it.

Snowboarding Gifts for Him and Her: GoPro Hero Session

The HERO Session is GoPro’s budget option, but doesn’t sacrifice on build quality or the quality of the images.

Recording in full HD 1080p and offering high quality still images, with a TimeLapse mode too, the small and compact Session is a great way to get your hands on a fully-fledged GoPro without the hefty price tag.

Fully waterproof too without the need for an external case, this camera is perfectly set up for the slopes and is one of the best birthday or Christmas gifts for snowboarders.

Dakine Cool Snowboard Lock

If you’re spending all that money on decent snowboarding gear, then you’re going to want to make sure it’s safe and secure.

Gifts for Snowboarders: Snowboard Lock

The Dakine Cool Lock is handy snowboarding gift, offering a simple solution about what to do when you want to leave your board outside when you head indoors for some warmth or a bite to eat.

This pocket sized lock keeps your board securely locked with a 4-digit locking code so your friend can make sure they’re the only person able to get the lock open.

One of the more handy and forgotten gifts for snowboarders, but a useful one none-the-less!

​Snowboarder Cufflinks

Well, we did tell you there’d be some novelty snowboarding gifts on the list…

Buy Snowboard Cufflinks as Presents for Snowboarders

These snowboarder cufflinks are a quirky stocking fill if you’re looking for a small snowboarding themed gift.

If you’ve got a snowboarder in the family that enjoys a formal occasion (or maybe really don’t enjoying dressing up with a formal a shirt on) these snowboarder cufflinks will help make the day that little bit better for them.

Snowboard Carry Bag

The Black Crevice Snowboard Bag is once again a snowboarding accessory that can sometimes be forgotten but is highly useful and will get used plenty of times by a keen snowboarder.

Best Snowboard Carry Bags

Buying essential snowboarding accessories as gifts is a great way to ensure that your present is going to be value for money and will be appreciate by the person you’re buying the gift for.

This is a great option, as not only does it securely and conveniently encase the snowboard itself but there are separate pockets for items such as shoes, ski gloves and other smaller snowboarding accessories. View more snowboard bags here.

G4Free Snowboard Goggles

Another one of those essential gifts for snowboarders that isn’t just useful, but important to the safety and wellbeing of the snowboarder too.

Gifts for Snowboarders: G4Free OTG Ski Goggles

It gets pretty bright when you’re skiing or snowboarding. Up in the mountains, surrounded by snow with the intense sun bouncing of the floor, it can be pretty taxing on your eyes, so snowboard goggles are a must-have.

These goggles from G4Free are a well priced option that offers high performance.

The UV400 rating provides complete protection from harmful rays and the goggles features a spherical lens for a wider field of vision. The goggles are also OTG, which means ‘over the glasses’ so if you’re a glasses wearer, you can just pop them over the top.

Bluetooth Hat

A bluetooth hat, how does that work? Well, it’s not exactly a bluetooth hat – we’re not sure how that would work at all.

Snowboarding Gifts: Hat with Bluetooth Speakers

 

But instead, this is a hat with small wireless speakers built into the hat that you connect via bluetooth to your phone. So you can listen to music on the slopes, through your hat.

Now, that’s pretty cool, I’m sure you’ll agree.

A quirky snowboarding gift idea that will get a good response and allow whoever’s got the hat to listen to music without having to put headphones over their hat or have cables running from their mobile to their headphones.

Or, if you’d prefer, click here for a cheaper alternative.

Butta Snowboard Wax

Another one of those snowboarding accessory gifts that is more of a useful essential than a surprising novelty.

Christmas Gifts for Snowboarders

Minimising friction and drag on the slopes means that you’ll get more speed on the slopes. And more speed for a snowboarder usually means more fun!

This Butta Snowboard Wax is environmentally friendly and easily applied and washed off. Once the wax is applied, they’ll have less resistance and more control of the board.

Eat, Sleep, Snowboard’ Mug

What kind of gift list would this be if we didn’t include a novelty mug? It’s pretty much a rule…

Presents for Snowboarders: Snowboard mug

Well, as far as novelty mugs go, this one’s a good one that sums up quite a few of the snowboarders we’ve come across before!

As you’ll know, snowboarders and skiers are super passionate about doing what they love, and quite often a day on the slopes is only stopped to eat and sleep. And one or two other things…

Evolution of Man – Snowboarder Hoodie

When you’re out on the slopes you can never have too many warm layers, and an extra hoodie is always welcome. So what better than a snowboarding themed hoodie?

Clothing Gifts for Snowboarders

With a double pocket at the front to keep your hands nice and warm, this warm hoodie will be a useful addition to any snowboarders clothing collection.

Showing that snowboarders are the peak of humanity will win you brownie points too!

With a selection of colours to choose from too, this makes an ideal snowboarding gift for her, as well as the boys.

So there you have it, our comprehensive list of awesome gifts for snowboarders. We hope they like your gift as much as we do!

The Best Kids Ski Gloves & Mittens for Winter Holidays 2019

If you’ve made the choice to introduce your young ones to skiing, you’re in for a real treat. Having your kids join you on the slopes can be such a rewarding experience…

…as long as they’re dressed correctly.

And there’s nothing that will end your day faster than that dreaded complaint, “My hands are cold!”

If you can dress your kids with the warmest ski gloves or mittens, they will prevent their hands from getting cold or wet, thus saving their (and your) day.

We’ve spent time to pick out the best kids ski gloves to make sure you get it right the first time.

Ski gloves prevent water from getting to your child’s hands, they keep the wind from passing through, and they insulate your children’s hands from feeling the effects of the cold outside.

If you buy the right pair of kids ski gloves, you’ll find they never once complain about not feeling their fingers or that snow got up inside their hands.

Gloves are designed to create that impenetrable barrier to water, wind, and cold. And how do you know which pair of kids snow gloves is best? That’s why you’re here, right?

Well, we’ve done the hard work for you. We’ve sorted through the catalogue of options and pulled out what we think are the very snow gloves for your children. We wanted to find gloves that were friendly to your budget and perfect for smaller pairs of hands.

Let’s get right into it, because the sooner you have the right pair of gloves, the sooner you and your family can be out on the slopes!

Why Buy Kids Ski Gloves?

We’ve touched on it already, but let’s just quickly break down why it’s so important to not just choose a regular thick pair of gloves from the nearest ski wear shop for your kids. You should expect a lot from your ski gloves, regardless of if they’re for you or your children.

Your body produces a natural heat that’s pretty effective normally. Unfortunately, skiing isn’t a normal situation for human bodies.

The rushing wind, the extreme cold, and the slush and ice can all contribute to chill your children’s hands through to the bones. That’s what your kid’s ski gloves are there to prevent.

Firstly, you should find a glove that impermeable to water. The fastest way to get your hands cold is to get them wet. And when you’re skiing through deep powder or along packed icy trails, there’s a good chance that their hands will be touching the snow and ice.

If the glove can be waterproofed with either a resilient shell or a good waterproof coating, that’s good start to keeping warm and dry inside.

The other thing you should expect from your ski gloves is a good layer of insulation that can wick away moisture. Your child’s hands will get sweaty, and if the glove that they wear can wick away that sweat, that will also keep them comfortable and dry during the day.

Different Types of Ski Gloves and Mittens

When buying ski gloves, you’re going to be inundated with choices. There are so many varieties of materials, styles, and features to find that you’re probably going to be overwhelmed. Let us help there.

Gloves or Mittens?

Which is better for your children and what do they need for a safe and fun day out there on the hill?

It really comes down to preference. If your child prefers to have their hands free and mobile, a glove is best to allow flexibility in their fingers. But for younger children, many parents opt for the mitten to keep their fingers together and warmer.

No matter which style you choose, be sure that they contain some of the following features.

Waterproofing

The best ski gloves will have a measurement for the waterproofing, which is a measurement of the amount of water it will let it over time. The higher the rating, the less water can seep in.

Because kids are prone to fall over while skiing or grab snow at any chance they get, it’s best to not compromise on this number.

Insulation

Look for gloves that have a good filling inside them for extra warmth. You’d normally find a down-filled interior or a micro-fibre lining that keeps the natural body heat inside and the cold outside.

Breathability

This is, by far, our most recommended feature of good ski mittens or gloves. It should come with a similar rating for breathability with, again, the higher the number, the more able it is to allow your hand to vent off the excess moisture.

That’s under-appreciated as a feature until you get onto the hill, and your hands start to sweat. Your kids will appreciate not having sweaty, warm hands otherwise, they’d be tempted to take their gloves off all the time.

Cuffs/Snaps

Look for gloves that allow you to adjust the tightness of the cuff and band on the wrist. If your kids are still growing (and whose aren’t?), you’ll appreciate that the glove can be custom fitted to their hands, no matter how big their hands get. It also keeps the snow out and keeps them from losing a glove midway on the chairlift. There nothing worse than watching your children’s gloves slowly fall down off the chair.

Look for either the normal cuff on the wrist, or the longer cuff that’s designed to tighten over the kid’s ski jacket sleeve. It’s up to you to decide what’s best for your children and their habits.

Straps

Because they are kids (you know how it is), you will probably want a pair of snow gloves that come with wrist straps to prevent your kids from losing them.

Kids take off gloves for the strangest reasons, and it’s best to prevent a loss with a wrist strap that secures it to their body, even if they forget about them (you know how it is).​

No matter what brand, style, or material you choose, there is one important thing we need to say about kids ski gloves.

They’re not meant to be a ‘dumbed down’ version of adult gloves. Too often, we see gloves meant for small children on the ski hills that have no business being anything other than something they might wear for winter walk around the local park.

Whatever you do, make sure you choose ski gloves that would be good enough to wear yourself, and that you would choose for your hands on a long skiing trip.

That being said, we believe these next choices are among the finest options of boys ski gloves or girls ski gloves that you’ll find online.

Hestra Junior Skiing Glove
Best ski gloves for kids girls

One of the first reasons we were attracted to these gloves was the colour. What a stunning pink! But of course, don’t let that sway you. The brand Hestra should tell you everything you need to know about these excellent snow gloves.

Hestra is renowned for producing excellent warm ski gloves that you would wear yourself, and they certainly don’t “dumb down” their kid versions of the same gloves. The price tag is extremely reasonable for what you’re getting in this glove. It’s a remarkably warm glove with a soft, insulated interior with a pull strap on the wrist to secure it to your children.

It’s the waterproof, breathable ski glove for girls that will keep those little fingers warm and comfortable no matter how hard you ski during the day.

Reusch Snowsports Training R-Tex XT – Hi-Tech Performance
Reusch R-Tex XT Ski Gloves for Kids

This certainly isn’t the cheapest version we have listed, but it is one of the most hi-tech performance ski gloves we came across for kids. If you and your young ones plan on more extreme skiing, we’d highly recommend this version of ski gloves for you. We trust Reusch because they produce excellent sporting gloves, summer and winter.

This glove is loaded with features that you will find handy. Let’s list them, shall we? Padded knuckles for bumps and bruises, complete weatherproof technology (wind and water), articulated fingers for better grip, hook and loop fasteners, reinforced palm grips, and much more.

Yes, it’s a more advanced ski glove, and yes, it’s not for the first-time skier on the slopes but as a boys ski glove, it’s the perfect fit for adventure and action in the winter. If your little guy has a thirst for speed, these are the gloves for him.

Vbiger Ski Gloves – Warm and Practical
Best to wear ski gloves for kids

These are advertised as snowboard gloves, but we wouldn’t feel bad if your children used them for skiing. We won’t tell. Promise.

The best part of these gloves is the waterproofing. It’s a special coating that is designed to bead off water, ice, and snow over the course of the day. That matters a lot when your kids are in the snow as much as they are.

It comes with a pretty standard set of features, cuff bands, straps for tightening, soft, fleecy interior, and textured fingers for better grip. We do love the zippered pocket on the back of the hands. It’s the perfect spot to stow some loose change, or even slip in a portable heating pad to get a boost of warmth in the chilly air.

Dakine Avenger’s Gloves – Ideal Choice for Girls
Dakine Avengers Ski Gloves for Kids

These funky gloves are designed to be warm. They rate highly on the warmth scale on Dakine’s own website, and they promise to keep those little fingers toasty during the day.

This pair of kids ski gloves includes the longer band to cinch around the jacket sleeve. It’s a preference that some parents have to ensure no snow gets in between the gloves and the jacket. And the best part of that is that you only need one hand to pull it tight. The outer shell comes complete with a coating that ensures no snow or ice can penetrate the glove itself.

They have sizes that go all the way down to 4 years old, so none of your kids has to feel like they are missing out on warm hands on a cold skiing day. And with a 2 year warranty, you’ll be glad you decided to pick this pair to last for more than one season.

Trespass Kids Ergon Thinsulate Gloves – Quality Budget Option
Best ski gloves for kids

Once again, we can’t go pass the Trespass brand when it comes to reputable, sturdy, trusted ski gloves. And they understand that just because the gloves are designed for kids, that they shouldn’t be any less able to protect little fingers and little palms from the cold and snow.

These waterproof gloves come with a few handy features that you’ll love for your kids, even if they don’t notice. First, you’ll love the double straps to fasten the gloves closed. There’s no chance of an ‘accidental’ escape after tightening these up. Also, we like the little additions like the Thinsulate liner or the nose wipe pad on the first finger. Believe us, it is way better they wipe on the soft glove pad than let it drip, or worse, take off their gloves to wipe.

In the wide world of wintery sports, it’s possible to get lost looking for the best ski gloves for kids. You don’t have to worry about that now. Your kids are ready. They are dressed for the trip and ready to face the slopes!

Columbia Children’s Ski Mittens – Multiple Colours Available
Columbia ski mittens for kids

Columbia are a reliable brand and one of the biggest names in outdoor wear. The Columbia ski mittens are a well priced option if you’re looking for a quality pair of ski mittens for your children.

Waterproof to ensure that your child’s hands stay dry, and breathable to keep their hands comfortable and free from sweat, these are an ideal choice of ski mittens for kids going on their holidays.

Kernoda K:TEX3 Junior Ski Mittens – Great All Rounder
Kernoda Kids Ski Mittens

With a breathability rating of 8,000 and waterproofing rating of 10,000, it’s easy to see why these ski mittens score so highly with buyers.

Not only are the mittens waterproof and breathable but there are also plenty of other features to ensure your children’s hand remain warm and dry such as a drawcord closure and wrist strap to secure them even more and 40gram 3M thinsulate insulation with soft feel insulating lining to ensure the mittens are soft and comfortable.

Fazitrip Thinsulate Ski Mittens for Kids – High Value for Money
Fazitrip Children's Ski Mittens

The Fazitrip mittens are a great option to consider if you’re looking for a budget pair of children’s ski mittens that will still deliver performance and quality. These budget mittens are built using 3M thinsulate material to ensure that they’re warm and dry but also protect from wind chill.

With a range of colours available and with extra padding fitted to the palms and fingers for additional grip, the Fazitrip ski mittens are a great option to consider.

Vbiger Snowproof Skiing Mittens for Children – Stylish Budget Buy
Vbiger ski mitten for children

Designed to be warm and comfortable with a thick fleece lining inside the gloves, the Vbiger ski mittens for kids will keep your children’s hands warm and dry and keep them comfortable all day on the slopes.

Stylishly designed to appeal to the younger skier, the brightly coloured gloves will be a hit with your children. If you’re looking for a more ‘usual’ style, other colours are available to suit both girls and boys.

The Best Women’s Ski Jackets & Coats 2019

For some it’s using the right pair of skis or snowboard and feeling 100% comfortable on the slopes. For others it’s getting a great ride on a freshly powdered run, slaloming effortlessly through the snow.

For many, the best part of the day is when you come to the end of the day’s runs, feeling exhausted, worked out, but still warm and comfortable.

Here we’re going to show you our favourite options of the best women’s ski jackets to buy.

We’ll also give you the details on what you should be looking for, what brands are best, what features you should demand from your jacket, (and which ones to steer clear from).

That’s right. We’re going to do the hard work for you by giving you a handpicked selection of what we think are some excellent options for your ski wear this coming season. We’ve waded through some the best (and worst) jackets and we’ve put forth what should be an easy selection of women’s ski jackets for you to try.

Let me ask you a question.

What’s the one thing that makes a ski day so enjoyable?

Is it using the right pair of skis or snowboard?

Nope.

Is it getting a great ride on a freshly powdered run, slaloming effortlessly through the snow?

Close, but still no.

Is it meeting the perfect guy on the chairlift up the mountain?

Well…that’s not bad, but still not the best part of the day.

No, the best part of the day is when you come to the end of the day’s runs, feeling exhausted, sore, but still warm and comfortable.

Because without a warm women’s ski jacket, you’ll never get a chance to do any of those other things.

Don’t know a thing about ski jackets? Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered. We’re going to talk you through, from beginning to end, how to purchase, select, wear, and enjoy the perfect ski jacket for ladies.

We’ll give you the details on what you should be looking for, what brands are best, what features you should demand from your jacket, (and which ones to steer clear from). Also, we’re going to even give you some options.

So, don’t get lost in the technology, the terms, or the tricky sites not giving you all the info. Stick with us, and by the end, you’ll walk confidently into the store, knowing exactly what you need to stay warm this winter.

Let’s make sure that you have the best possible jacket on because it might just save your life.

Obviously, puffier jackets can look bulky and restrict movement. That’s why many jackets rely upon the two separate liners to create an insulation layer. It frees up the wearer to have movement and mobility.

The Best Women’s Ski Jackets

Let’s get into the detail of what you need to be looking at, and the brands of jacket that work for you.

We’ve got a range of jackets, from the novice skier to the expert mountaineer, of models we think will suit your winter activity best.

Mountain Warehouse Freestyle Women’s Jacket – Best Budget Option​

If you’re brand new to the sport, or brand new to winter, we’d suggest this Mountain warehouse jacket as an excellent starter. It ticks all the major categories of what you’d want to find in a ski jacket for women.

Mountain warehouse Ski Jacket for Women

It’s warm and comfortable, and that’s your primary concern. The soft-shell exterior allows you the freedom to move and twist without being held back. It’s adequately waterproof and windproof for a novice skier who probably won’t be seeking out back country runs on a blizzardy day.

You’ll also notice that there are a few bonus features that we approve of. The powder skirt is excellent, because, let’s face it, you’ll probably be falling over a lot, and you don’t want snow up your up jacket. The taped seams are a great bonus to help you stay dry, and the quick access ski pass on the sleeve is a convenient way to keep you lift ticket with you.

It is meant for a novice skier, so if you’re looking for something more advanced, keep reading because we might have something for you.

Trespass Bela Soft-Shell – Soft-shell Ski Jacket

Along the same lines at the Mountain Warehouse, the Trespass is another alternative to the beginner-friendly ski jackets for women.

Trespass Ski for Women

It comes with pretty good water proof and windproof ratings. The 8000mm waterproof coating will keep you dry all day while you’re out. It’s not ideal if it’s raining, but the snow won’t get through this outer soft-shell exterior.

It’s also got an excellent breathability rating, meaning that it will suit those of you planning on not taking it easy when you strap on the skis. You can work up a sweat and still be comfortable.

All the openings (cuffs, waist band, and hood) have drawstrings and adjustable tabs to keep it snug against your body. The price tag is pretty agreeable too for the type of jacket this is. It’s definitely worth putting in your cart this winter.

Roxy Jet Ski Jacket – Loaded With Features

Normally, we’d steer you away from brand names. But this is one that we’re actively trying to turn you towards. The Roxy Jet Ski comes loaded with a great many features for a price tag we see as pretty reasonable.

Best women ski jackets

The 10,000mm waterproof rating with taped seams tells us that this is a serious jacket, meant to hold up on the worst days without compromising on warmth. It comes with a breathable membrane to keep you comfortable during those challenging runs.

The detachable powder skirt will work to keep out the blustery snow, and the 3-way adjustable hood works with whatever ski gear you have on your head.

This jacket also happens to look good. It’s a fashionable item on a ski hill that doesn’t give up its claim to being an excellent ski jacket. All in all, it’s a pretty good bargain to snatch up this model by Roxy.

Columbia Lay D Down Jacket – Warm and Toasty

As we get into the more pricey jackets, know that these are meant for riders who spend more than one day a year on the hills. This is going to be warm and toasty during a chilly day.

Ski jacket for women from Columbia

With an excellent waterproof and windproof rating, we’re pretty confident that Columbia has given you an excellent option with this down-filled jacket. The puffy exterior hides a whole bunch of features perfect for your ride.

You get a highly-rated storm hood, goggle and phone pockets, thumb holes to keep your gloves attached, and a dedicated pocket for extra heating pads.

This is one more expensive jacket, but you should consider as an investment for a longer period than just a couple seasons.

The North Face Gordon Lyons – Top of the Line

Ok, here’s the option we’re putting forth as one of the best you can get. It’s a high-end product that delivers high-end results.

The North Face Ski Jacket for Women Gordon Lyons

The extremely high water and windproof rating will give a dryness guarantee in the coldest of climates. The DryVent coating repels water again and again, even in the driving snow and rain. The insulated liner keeps the moisture from accumulating on your body, keeping you dry and warm all day.

There are added vents, a powder skirt, goggle pockets, included goggle wipes, a helmet-compatible hood for those serious skiers.

It might not be for the preference of a first-time skier, but it is going to be one of the best ski jackets you can get from a brand that knows how it’s done.

Why Buy a Ski Jacket?

Like ski pants, buying a ski jacket is a pretty specific piece of clothing. It goes against just about any of the advice you hear about buying pieces of clothing that can suit more than one purpose. Ski jackets, while warm for any wintery day, are exclusively meant for one thing:

To get you into the snow safely.

There are several options online these days when you search for women’s jackets. There are sleek thin jackets, fluffy colourful jackets, and puffy fashionable coats.

But you need something that doesn’t just look nice. You need something that’s going to keep you warm and safe from the elements.

Did you know that it’s not the cold weather that will do the most damage when you’re out skiing all day? Nope, it’s the water and the wind-chill.

Wind-chill can take a balmy, sunny winter’s day and turn it downright deadly. A stiff breeze could be enough to freeze your extremities in a matter of minutes.

And if you get wet while outside? That’s even worse. Your body immediately loses the ability to heat itself because water is an excellent conductor of heat. That wet coat you’re wearing could actually be keeping you colder by sucking all the body heat out of your core, where you need it most.

You need a women’s ski coat that works to protect you from those two major enemies during the winter, the same as your ski gloves and snow pants do. You need waterproof and windproof material, while also insulating you against the most bitterest of cold days. Sometimes, when you’re out on the slopes, there’s nothing between you and the elements of winter, except your ski jacket.

We want to make sure you’ve got the right jacket on.

Best Women’s Ski Jacket Features

What exactly do you need in a ski coat? Here are the key components of any women’s ski coat and what you should look for, regardless of what you’re looking for.

Outer Shell

This is your first and major line of defence against anything that winter throws at you. Let’s take a closer look at the outer shell of your jacket:

Waterproofing

When looking at the jacket, you’ll notice a little number indicating the waterproof rating of the jacket. What does that number mean?

Well, it’s measured in millimetres (mm). The rating comes from a Hydrostatic Head test that measures how well the outer shell of your ski jacket can withhold water from penetrating inside. A piece of fabric is held over an open beaker of water. Over 24 hours, they measure how much water it takes before the jacket starts letting the water seep in.

The higher the number, the more waterproof your jacket is.

As a guide, anything less than 5000mm is good for walking around and general everyday use. It’s mildly waterproof, enough so that falling snow doesn’t penetrate into your clothes, but it won’t hold up during rigorous skiing activity.

Numbers heading into the +10,000mm range are much better suited to keep you dry during the day. When snow is constantly blowing up on your jacket, or you take a lot of tumbles (admit it, you probably do), it helps that you won’t get wet and cold.

Some jackets do come with a coating of water repellent finish. That helps to bead the water and snow off, but that coating does wear off after use and washing. It’s better to find a coat with natural waterproofing than a simple coating that will eventually come off.

Breathability

Right beside the number for waterproofing, you’ll be able to see another highly technical number measured in g/mm2. This is a measurement of the fabric’s ability to allow moisture to escape.

When you’re working up a sweat, you need to allow that sweat and heat to escape your body, otherwise you could be at risk of getting too sweaty inside the jacket. A breathable jacket allows moisture to wick away from your body the way it should without compromising on the ability to waterproof the shell.

The test is highly technical, with the measurement being how much water can pass through a square meter of fabric in a given 24 hour period.

Again, the higher the number, the better it is at wicking away moisture from inside the jacket. Look for jackets in the 10-20,000g/mm2 range.

Windproofing

As a side note, we wanted to mention this in case you ever came across it. Windproofing is measured in CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) and it shows what amount of wind will pass through the material of the jacket.

Instead of looking for high numbers, you should expect to find a 1 or a 0 on your ski jacket. Anything higher and you’ll notice the wind-chill as you’re charging down the slopes.

Inner Liner

Usually a part of the jacket (although not always, as you’ll see in a minute), the inner liner does serve a couple functions that serve you better on the runs.

First, it’s going to be the part that is closely connected with your body. It should be a warm or fleecy material that helps retain your natural body heat.

Second, it allows you the freedom of movement. And there’s nothing worse than skiing in a rigid shell that doesn’t allow you to have movement.

And third, the liner can be removed from the jacket. This might not seem like a big deal, but wait until a few rides in. You’ll appreciate that you can take out the liner, throw it in the wash, and give yourself a fresh smelling jacket liner for the next time you’re out. Some experienced riders love the feeling of taking an extra liner that they can swap out in the middle of the day.

Insulation

The insulation is your protection against the cold. There are a couple ways that women’s ski jackets insulate against the chilly weather. Normally, the outer shell is filled with some sort of filling that captures the heat. Down or micro-fibres are a popular choice to protect the wearer against the cold weather.

Puffier jackets can look bulky and restrict movement. That’s why many jackets rely upon the two separate liners to create an insulation layer. It frees up the wearer to have movement and mobility.

Different Types of Ski Jackets for Women

It might be confusing at first to find all these options when looking at ski jackets. Let’s just quickly look at each one so you can better understand what to expect from your own coat.

3 in 1 Ski Jackets

By this, we’re referring to the type of jacket that comes with two separate jackets combined; the inner liner and the outer shell. The two layers can become a jacket on its own. But combined, you’ll find that they form an excellent ski jacket, giving you protection and warmth in the one coat.

Insulated Ski Jackets

You’ll probably come across a number of puffy looking jackets. Like we mentioned, this is the insulation built in the outer shell that makes it look bulky. In fact, the bulkier your insulation, the warmer your jacket will be. If you only need warmth, we recommend this type of jacket.

Bonus Options

Ok, so you managed to score yourself a sweet ski jacket for women that include excellent features. You’ve got a highly rated outer shell, an inner liner that’s warm and comfortable, and it’s got a great fit as well.

But what about all those extra features that each jacket comes with? Do they matter?

Powder Skirt

Despite its name, the powder skirt (sometimes known as a snow skirt) is not exclusively for women. But should you get a jacket with a powder skirt? It depends on your riding style.

Experienced riders, or those who are likely to find themselves waist deep in powder, might appreciate the benefit the skirt gives them. It’s an inner band with elastic stretched all around. This provides an extra layer of protection from snow getting up into the jacket or into the ski pants beneath the jacket.

If you’re a beginner and might be spending some time on the floor, a powder skirt can be a very useful feature.

Vents

For added wicking away of the moisture that can build up, some women’s ski jackets add extra vents into their design.

It could be under the arm, on the front, or down the side, but the added option of an extra vent is perfect for those who plan on really giving it when they’re skiing or if it’s a particularly sunny day on the slopes. The zippered vents can also shut when you don’t need them.

Hoods

Detach or not to detach?

Having a hood that can be removed from the jacket is great idea. We just can’t think of a probable scenario that makes it worth choosing one jacket over another. You need a hood. That much is true. So you can decide if you’d prefer it to be removable or not.

Seams

This is a pretty good indication of the make of the jacket. If you look at how the manufacturer finished the seams of the jacket, you can know if it’s made by a fellow skier who understands what you need on the mountains.

The seams can be either taped or sewn into double seams. A double layered seam is pretty rigid and will do an excellent job of keeping water out.

A taped seam is about as waterproof as you can get. It’s a heat-moulded tape that covers the seams and keeps them leaking anywhere on the jacket.

Pockets

Look for zipped pockets, regardless of how many you have on the jacket. If you don’t have a zipped pocket, anything in there is as good as gone as you speeding down the ski run.

There are a few handy pockets that jackets can have. You can get an extra pocket on the sleeve for your ski pass, or deeper pockets for your goggles, you can even get zippered flaps to put your heating pads. Or some jackets include secret zips to keep valuables secure and close.

What Else to Look For?

Now that you have a basic understanding of what you should expect from a basic ski jacket, what else can you pay attention to?

Cost

OK, a word about money here. We’ve seen a number of jackets that although they were high-priced, didn’t live up to the reputation of other, less expensive jackets. They might have a name or brand attached to them, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re great ski coats.

On the converse, we’ve also seen some cheap women’s ski jackets that come with everything you need for a fun and enjoyable day without compromising on the features. Price doesn’t always reflect quality, and that’s why we want you to understand the features that make up a great jacket in detail.

Style

It’s tempting to choose a jacket based on the latest style and fashion. Please don’t do this.

Just because it looks great and makes you look great, doesn’t mean that it’s going to be effective on the hill. A great ski jacket can complement your ski gear. You can get matching ski pants, ski gloves and women’s ski boots, and still have a suitable jacket that works well against the water and the weather.

And now we send you out into the world of ski jackets. We’re confident that you know what it takes to sort through the mountain (pun intended) of jacket options and pick one that suits your skill and talent.

You’ll be warm, dry, and comfortable. The only thing left… is to learn how to ski.

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Check out our guide to the best ski boots for women.

The Best Ski Boots for Women 2019: Style, Comfort & Safety

Ladies, look out. In the world of competitive skiing, downhill racing, cross country skiing, and normal skiing, how do you choose your best boot?

How do you decide between the hundreds of options out there? How can you figure out which boot suits your skill, your style, your skiing frequency, and more importantly, your budget?

Buying Women’s Ski Boots

We’ll admit; the market is absolutely packed with options for you. The best women’s ski boots are advertised on just about every ski clothing site you go.

It’s difficult to figure out if there is actually a difference between models and brands of boots (Hint: there is).

It’s also difficult to work out if there’s a specific boot you should buy to suit your needs (Hint: there is).

We totally get It. Looking to buy ski boots can be a bit of a mine field. So we’ve done all the hard work to remove that difficulty and confusion.

We’ve laid out all the features you NEED to know about ski boots for women. We’ve eliminated the terminology you don’t need to know, and we’ve unravelled the mystery of which women’s ski boot is best.

If you’ve seen our guides for women’s ski jackets, pants and gloves, you’ll know that we like to keep things simple and understandable. Maybe it doesn’t sound as “professional” if we’re not throwing around skiing terms and lingo, but we’d prefer that you come out of this article knowing exactly what you need to know.

After reading this, you should be able to see any product description for a pair of ski boots for women and know exactly what you’re looking at.

If you can do that, we’ve done our job.

We’ll also be giving you some insight into the importance of women’s ski socks and showing you some great options to buy there too.

Picking the Right Ski Boot for You

If you’ve skied before, you probably just chose a ski boot that looked cool without ever considering if there was more you needed to know.

You probably liked the colour or you fancied the straps on the side. Or you just went with whatever the ski rental place offered you.

This is different.

You need to buy the right ski boot for your foot, your style, and for your skiing ability.

And because you’re reading this article, we’re going to assume that you’re a novice who doesn’t know the first thing about ski boots.

That’s alright. There was a time we didn’t either. But that’s all about to change.

Shell Fitting

First you should know about shell fitting.

When you go buy your very own ski boots, first get them fitted by a professional fitter. They’re going to ask you all sorts of questions; personal, invasive questions. Don’t be alarmed. That’s how you know they’re good for you.

The more questions they ask, the better they can know your foot and how you plan to ride.

The shell fitting is to check for your unique size. And just to make it a little more difficult, it’s measured in ‘mondopoint’. It’s totally different than a normal shoe size. For example, if you’re European size 37, your mondopoint is 23.5.

Why?

Because skiers like to be different. It’s actually a measurement of the length of your foot in centimetres. But all you need to know is that you can’t go shopping using the same numbers you do when you’re at the Nike store.

Wearing thin socks, and without the liner inside, slide your foot in. You should have a good amount of play for a normal skiing style. You should have 1-2 finger widths between your foot and the outer shell. That ensures that you’re not going to get pinched or squeezed while wearing the shell.

If it’s pretty tight without a liner, even a heat-moulded version (we’ll explain that in a minute) won’t stop your legs and feet from getting sore and squeezed.

Anything looser than 2 finger widths between boot and heel, and you won’t have a good day. It would be too loose and you won’t have a good amount of control while you ski. Also, you’re putting your foot a risk. Too loose, and the hard shell will cut and dig into your foot.

Ouch. Let’s avoid that.

Shell Stiffness

Speaking of the shell, you’ll see a number on the boot that refers to the stiffness of the shell. The number ranges from 50 (pretty soft) to 130 (extremely rigid).

High stiffness translates to better control on the slopes. It’s not comfortable, but it does give you a great power and turning control. This is ideal for experienced skiers.

Novice and intermediate would be better suited in a softer shell for their foot. They give more for your inexperienced foot, and they feel comfortable enough to enjoy a full day of average, normal riding.

Liners

This is the part of the boot your foot actually sits in. It’s a removable shell of soft, fleecy material. Expert models can be heat-moulded to your foot to improve your overall fit.

Be warned. Heat-moulding your ski boot liners is a time-intensive process, and can take up to 2 hours to get the right feel. If you have problem feet with abnormal dimensions, it could even require more than one fitting.

Straps/Buckles

Lastly, pay attention to how it feels once your foot is in and the straps and buckles are done up. You should have a good number of straps to secure your fit inside the boot. Straps over the front of the foot, straps around the ankle, and straps over the front of the shin help keep your foot immovable inside the boot.

And you want immovable. You want all your motion to transfer directly to the ski. Only a properly fitted, and well chosen ski boot can do that for you. Because your feet shrink and swell, you need a good range of adjustment in the straps and buckles. If you’re on the first one click or the last click of the buckle, you’re not allowing much wiggle room for your foot’s adjustments.

Buying the Best Women’s Ski Boots

Ok, let’s take a look at some of the best options for you this season on the slopes.

Full Tilt Women’s Soul Sister Ski Boots – No Frills, No Gimmicks, No Problems
Ski boots for women

We’re super impressed what you can get with this budget friendly version of women’s ski boots. You’ll find a graceful boot, packed with punch and power.

Behind the sleek, white exterior, you’ll get a great boot that meets more than you need for a first run, or for your thousandth run down the hill. The three-piece boot is a moderate flexibility to grow with you as you learn. This does suit narrow feet better, to get the best response rate and performance.

The soft flex and light weight of the boot helps ease the burden on your knees and lower legs during a full day’s ride. You should notice a difference in your feet after slipping these boots on. They don’t hinder you from going full steam either.

It’s anatomically optimised for women, so you can get the ultimate fit that’s perfect for you.

HEAD Women’s FX GT Ski Boots – Warm and Super Comfortable
Ski boots for women

As a beginner, you need a boot that is comfortable and easy to flex. For that purpose, we’ve added the Head FX as our top choice for comfort.

The soft interior and 60 flex rating gives your foot maximum comfort during the day. It does have a great interior sizing allowance to fit wider feet as well. It accommodates your foot so well that you’ll be happy with this boot for many years, even as your skill level grows.

You can remove the heel and toe pads for better stability while walking, and your straps give you a good degree of adjustable power.

Also, it doesn’t hurt that the price is many times less than competitors in the same grade of boot. Don’t break the bank when the Head FX should suit your novice style easily.

Rossignol Kelia – Great Performance All Day
Rossignol Kelia Laides Ski Boots

When talking about ski boots for women, it’s hard for us to pass up the Rossignol brand. They’re practically synonymous with the sport of skiing. And they’ve come to the table with one of the best options for all skill level skiers.

The Kelia is a women’s ski boot that doesn’t conform to the standards set by lesser boots. The 50 flex rating and wide foot sizing works to make any beginner feel comfortable and at ease in their own skis.

The Kelia is another option among much more expensive versions that do just as well on the slopes. It grips well to the ground, holds to your leg securely, and it provides a good amount of power transfer to the skis.

We’re stuck trying to fault this boot for all the features it includes in a novice-friendly price range. It certainly comes with one of the industry’s softest flex ratings which make it ideal for any skier wanting to try out the sport in an easy and comfortable fashion.

Best Ski Boots for Wide Feet

If you’ve got slightly wider feet, we have a couple options for you as well. Some ski boots aren’t known for accommodating wide feet, making it hard to find a good pair. Here are a couple options to consider

Atomic Hawx 80W – Great for Wider Feet
Ski boots for women

The only thing we can say about this boot is that it’s meant for intermediate riders to those with years of experience. It’s a stiffer boot with an 80 flex rating. That’s still soft enough for a beginner who’s serious about the sport.

The sizing works perfectly for women with larger feet. Sometimes, length isn’t the issue in getting the right size, and that’s why Atomic introduced the Hawx line to suit wider feet.

It’s an investment for the price, but it’s one that will adapt to your foot and skill level as your progress in ability.

Atomic Hawx 80W – Great for Wider Feet
Salomon wide feet ski boots for women

At the top of the range for wide feet, we’re proud to put forth the five-star rated Salomon X Pro 90. The 90 rating should give you an indication of how serious this boot is. It’s stiff enough to give you as much control as you need during a hard day charging down the hill.

The wide foot of the Salomon suits all levels, but provides maximum comfort to those who can’t seem to get the right fit elsewhere.

The micro-adjustable buckles, the removable toe and heel pads, and the articulated fit of the boot all work to give you the best performance on the slopes we’ve seen in a wide boot.

All in all, the Salomon X Pro 90 shouldn’t be your first women’s ski boot but it will be your last.

The Best Ski Socks for Women

This guide couldn’t be complete without a couple options of the best ski socks you can get.

I’m sure you’re expecting to buy some thick socks, warm and woollen on your feet. You might be surprised to know that’s the opposite of what you should be doing.

Thin socks are, by far, the warmest and best option when you ski. The thinnest socks allow moisture from your foot to get wicked away onto the liner, the way it’s designed. Thin socks allow sweat to escape your foot, and keep you warmer because of it.

Falke SK 2 Women’s Ski Socks
Best Ski Socks for Women

These socks come up high on your ankle to provide support where your foot meets your boot. They’re thin enough to wick away moisture effectively, and they won’t roll down mid-run.

They’re also contoured to fit naturally on your foot, giving as much control in your boot without ever slipping.

Ralph Lewis Women’s Socks
Best Ski Socks for Women

For a good option, we’d also recommend the Ralph Lewis pack. You get enough length to match your boot height as well as a great blend of warm materials.

It’s the budget friendly version for those who are interested in trying out new women’s ski socks.

Part of our job is to make sure that you are as prepared as possible to find the best women’s ski boots you can. This winter, have fun, play in the snow, and stay safe with the best fitted pair of women’s ski boots you can get.

The Best Women’s Ski Gloves 2019: Style & Warmth on the Slopes

We’ve all been there when you step out of the house and you’re putting your hands straight into your pockets. You’re blowing on them while waiting for the bus. When you’re driving your car, you’re hesitant to touch the wheel because it’s so cold.

And when the temperature drops enough, you could actually be putting your hands at risk of damage without the proper gloves on.

Everybody in a cold climate has a set of gloves for when the weather starts to turn and the snow starts to fall. But are they good enough to ski with? Can your delicate hands last the entire day outdoors on the slopes, wind rushing past, and snow flying all around?

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You require different types of gloves for skiing. When it comes to being on a ski slope, your leather driving gloves or one-size-fits-all cotton gloves aren’t going to be suitable. You need a pair of gloves with features dedicated to a ski environment.

You need to know all there is to know about women’s ski gloves…

Perfect. You’ve come to the right place. We’re here to solve that problem. We’re here to make sure that you walk into your next women’s ski glove purchase with confidence to get the right pair.

Why Buy Women’s Ski Gloves?

Your hand is at risk in cold weather, but adding to that the wind, water, and weather your hands face during a typical skiing session? You need a glove that can handle the worst of it.

Ski gloves for women are designed to be comfortable and keep your hands warm and dry. They are coated and treated to be waterproof from all the snow you’re likely to touch.

They’re also windproof to keep the rushing air from freezing off your digits. And they even come with handy features to help for a smooth and fun day on the mountain.

Think about your typical skiing excursion. You’re going to be charging down the mountain at blistering speeds. You’ll (most likely) fall into the powder at some point. You’ll sit for extended periods on the chairlift, with no break from the wind-chill. And you need to be able to grip your poles with confidence as you head down the slopes.

Your hands need a pair of gloves that can meet all those needs. That’s a lot to ask, and standard gloves won’t cut it. Ensure your ski gloves are up to the standard of the rest of you ski clothing.

Features of the Best Women’s Ski Gloves

Outer Shell Waterproofing​​​​​

So, starting with the snow and ice, your hands need to stay dry all day.

Unfortunately, if you lose the battle against the snow, you won’t have a place to dry out your hands at the top of mountain.

The best ski gloves for women come with a coated or treated outer shell. It repels water, ice, and snow from beading and melting into the fabric. Look for similar fabrics to your women’s ski jacket for the best protection against this.

When the water can bead off, you won’t have soggy gloves that take the fun out of the day.

Inner Liner

This is the part that your hands actually touch. You need comfort for the whole day. That’s why your inner liner should be fleecy, warm, and non-restrictive.

The inner liner also serves a double purpose. Not only does it keep your hands nice and warm and soft, it also wicks away moisture.

Have you ever had a super sweaty palm on a first date or a job interview? Now imagine the rush (or sometimes nerves) of how it feels to be starting down a double Black Diamond run, with two slippery sticks strapped firmly to your feet…

Your hands are going to get sweaty. Either from the exhilaration, the fear, or just the exertion of skiing down hard. You need a liner that can wick away that moisture without making the inside of your gloves all soggy.

Your inner liner should be rated as very breathable to be considered as good enough to take you down the mountain.

As an added bonus, several gloves come with the ability to remove, wash, or replace the liners inside. Many hard-core skiers like the ability to swap out their liners in the middle of the day to ensure a fresh glove.

Cuffs

Your gloves cuffs are your last line of defence against snow and ice making their way on to your skin, just like a gaiter on your female ski pants. Trust us, the feeling of ice and snow dripping down your wrist is NOT a pleasant feeling on a cold, winter’s day,

A good glove will have one of two different style cuffs:

The first type of cuff is the Banded Cuff: This type of glove is probably what you imagine when you think about a typical ski glove. It comes down to midway on your wrist and has a tight elastic or adjustable tab to tighten up against your skin. It’s good to keep the glove snug against your hand while protecting it against the snow. Several skiers like to tuck their jackets into the glove cuff before tightening to double up the protection from ice and snow.

Second we have the Over Cuff: Purely as a matter of preference, some gloves have a longer wrist length to tighten up over the jacket sleeve. This allows the jacket to be tucked into the glove, and there is a longer flap of fabric that is tightened by a drawstring to secure the glove. The longer fabric is advertised as a better protective measure against snow, but we’re not convinced it’s better (or worse) than the banded cuff style.

Again, that’s purely a preference for you to decide.

Grips

Here’s a feature you’ll never see on your leather driving gloves. Many ski gloves come with built-in pads on the fingers and palms for better gripping power.

Snow and ice (if you weren’t aware) can get pretty slippery. That’s why we recommend a glove with soft rubber pads to grip the poles better when your hands get cold.

Bonus Features

Here’s a list of some of the other (minor) features that you’ll see advertised.

  • Squeegee strip. A strip of rubber to squeegee water from your goggles
  • Cloth patch. A soft cloth sewn on the glove to wipe your runny nose.
  • Articulated fingers. Pre-curled gloves to help with better grip strength.
  • Zip Pouch. A place to slip a heating pad into the glove to keep extra warm on cold days
  • Padding. For racing gloves where you have a danger of bumping knuckles on trees or poles

Buy the Best Ski Gloves for Women

Trespass Vizza – Basic and Solid Choice
Trespass Women's Ski Gloves

Starting out with the basic of gloves, this set of Trespass Vizzas shouldn’t let you down.

When it comes to price, it’s at the low end, but it’s pretty high on features. You get a drawstring for the longer cuff style, wrist straps to keep the snow and cold out of the glove, a padded exterior against light bumps and knocks, and a soft knitted interior for a smooth, warm hand feel.

We’re pretty chuffed with the Vizzas because although you aren’t paying as much as you could be, you’re going to get a full day’s wear out of them. We also love the range of colours that you can choose from to suit your style.

​Gregster Premium Sports – Robust, Traditional Ski Gloves
Best ski gloves for women

For no other reason than they can, Gregster has introduced a low price on a decent pair of gloves. If you’re happy with a beginner’s glove while you get accustomed to the sport of skiing, you’ll be happy with this pair.

They’re loaded with enough features that you won’t be left wanting, and they’re also cheap enough that you won’t be worried about actually using them.

It comes with a soft, gripped pattern on the palms and fingers of the glove. It also has an adjustable wrist strap to keep your hands snugly tucked in. The wrist clips also keep you from losing them should you need to remove them during the run.

They’re basic gloves, but for the price, we can’t complain with everything you’re getting for your purchase.

Terra Hiker Women’s Gloves – Comfortable and Secure
Best ski gloves for women

The Terra gloves make our list for their practical design for those who understand skiing and snowboarding.

The gloves are a comfortable fit with an extra-long design that keeps your hand from slipping during the day. The cuff and band system keep your hands from falling out and snow from sneaking in. We’re huge fans of the waterproof coating on the glove that keeps it dry on the inside. Your hand will also feel comfortable with the soft, fleecy liner that’s insulated well against the cold.

The articulated fingers keep your hands ready to grip and grasp your poles, the chairlift or that after-ski hot chocolate.

It’s also an extremely breathable fabric that comes with 3M technology that surpasses what we’ve seen in other women’s ski gloves.

The North Face Montana Etip – Technology Friendly​
Best ski gloves women

As glove technology develops, we’re excited by what some of the newer features of the best women’s ski gloves are. One of those technologies can be found at the fingertip of these gloves from The North Face.

The fingers are designed to work with any touchscreen device. We love this additional option because you never have to take your gloves off to take a call or a photo while outside anymore.

You’ll also get the same benefits as any other ski glove. You’ll have excellent waterproofing, an over cuff design to keep slow out from under your gloves and jacket, and a warm interior to keep your hands toasty all day.

Hestra Heli Ski 3-Finger Gloves – High End Performance
Hestra Heli Women's Ski Gloves

Just to demonstrate what a high-end ski glove for women looks like we’ve included the Hestra 3-Finger to show the range of what your glove can do.

We like the 3 fingered approach on the glove to help retain heat in severely cold weather. It gives you enough mobility and dexterity to do any task while retaining the feeling of a warm mitten.

The Hestra Heli have a removable lining to wash and replace when needed, a tight over cuff design, leather palm for grip and waterproofing, and a breathable, windproof fabric of 3 layers for the ultimate protection.

Prepare for the worst by wearing the best gloves you can get this winter. You’ll thank us with a nice toasty handshake should we ever meet you on the slopes. Happy skiing!

The Best Women’s Ski Pants 2019: Style on the Slopes

Maybe when you were younger, you never thought much about wearing snow pants. Maybe that’s how you knew that it was truly cold out, when you pulled that old, oversized pair of ski pants.

Those days have passed. It’s now time to revamp your style with some new, fabulous ski pants for women.

And forget what you used to think about women’s ski pants. They are now fashionable, warm, and keep you dry.

They’re not clunky, they don’t let the wind blow through, and they’ll never be the last resort on a cold day. In fact, you’ll anxiously await the day when you can imagine a trace of snow falling, just so you have an excuse to put your new pair of snow pants on.

Understanding Women’s Ski Pants

But first, what do you know about ski pants? Do you know how the technology has changed? Yes, that’s right, we used the word “technology” together with ski pants. Ski wear has evolved a lot in the last few years.

Do you know what you should look for? Do you know what you should avoid? Do you even know what salopettes are?

Don’t worry, because by the end of this article, you will. In fact, you’ll know all there is to know about buying the best pair of women’s ski pants.

And you don’t even have to be a skier to enjoy the benefits to buy a good set of ski clothes for yourself.

Why Wear Ski Pants?

Ok, we don’t have to convince you that it’s important to wear a women’s ski jacket.

You already understand how crucial it is to wear women’s ski gloves when the temperature drops.

But if you’ve not grown up in a wintery climate, you probably reluctantly put on your ski pants last. But is that the right move?

Here’s what ski pants should do for you.

You should seek to find some sort of warmth from ski pants. Your legs aren’t affected by the cold as greatly as, say, your hands. You are at extreme risk of frostbite with an exposed hand in frigid temperatures. But your legs still need protection from the cold.

Ski pants are there to serve a dual purpose, just as is all your best ski gear.

Warmth

Your ski pants do work to keep your legs warm. They do that by doing two things. Firstly, they get the heat in. Insulation (as we’ll talk about later) is the first line of defence against losing heat to the winter weather.

Remember your high school chemistry classes? In there, you learned that there’s no such thing as “cold”. There’s only an absence of heat. Just as there’s no such thing as darkness, only an absence of light (you can’t say we’re not full of fun facts here at FlyerDiaries…).

Your body produces enough heat to keep you going all day long, even in the coldest days. But if you can’t retain that heat, that’s when you get into trouble.

The second thing that your ski pants should do is be windproof. Again, this is about retaining that natural body heat you’re so good at producing. If the wind whips away your heat, you can become prone to serious risk of frostbite and hypothermia.

Even if it’s not a naturally windy day, you’re flying down the slopes at 50 km/h, even on a sunny day, that wind drastically reduces your core temperature without adequate protection.

Waterproofing

It goes without saying that a big reason to wear ski pants is because you’ll need something to protect against the snow and ice (and possibly rain, if you’re skiing during the spring).

Most ski pants come with a coating applied to the outer shell of the pants. That helps the water bead off. We’ll talk more about waterproof pants later on, and how to recognise the right amount of waterproofing that your pants will need.

Features of the Best Women’s Ski Pants

We’re not going to spend long discussing the in-depth terminology. Besides, we want to get outside and get in the snow as well. Here’s a brief rundown of what you need to know to get you outside and on those runs.

Waterproof Ratings

Get to know the ability of your pants to block water from getting through the fabric. Most pants (worth buying) come with a rating in “mm” to show how permeable they are to water. The higher the rating, the more able they are to block water from soaking through.

The best pants usually come with around 10,000mm or more. Of course, it depends on where you’ll be skiing. Some resorts are wetter than others, receiving high amounts of precipitation in the form of snow or rain. In that case, look for something in the 20,000mm range for the ultimate protection.

If your resort experiences plenty of sun and not much moisture during the day, 5000mm will do the trick.

Remember, the coating on the outer shell can wash off after repeated wear. Look for the best naturally repellent material, and not something that will fade during the ski season. Otherwise, find a good coating with excellent ratings over time.

Windproofing

Protect your exposed legs with a good amount of windproofing. In saying that, most of the best ski pants for women you’ll find online come with a rating of 0 or 1 for their windproof factor. The lower numbers represent more wind blocking ability. It’s rare to find something other than that.

It’s still worth mentioning that you should find pants that don’t let any wind pass through. Avoid fleecy or anything without a solid wind barrier as the outer shell. Those are just winter pants, and are no good for skiing or extreme winter activity.

Breathability

Beside the waterproofing number, you might also find a number measured in g/mm2. This just refers to the breathability of the fabric. The higher the number, the more able it is to wick away the moisture forming on the inside of your legs.

When you’re skiing, you’re working up a sweat. That sweat can soak through your pants if you can’t channel it away. Look for a good breathable fabric, one that measures at least 5,000 on the breathability scale.

Otherwise, you could be in trouble as soon as your start exerting yourself and your trousers won’t feel comfortable.

Insulation 

As long as your ski pants give you some measure of water and wind protection, it should be enough to protect you from the cold.

But if the pants are lined with fleece or some micro-fibre material, that will insulate your legs against the bitter cold days. It doesn’t hurt to find a pair with a great, lined interior. But it’s not the be-all and end-all of ladies ski pants.

Different Types of Ski Pants

Depending on your preference, you can either buy a pair of ski trousers, or you can opt for the traditional salopette style. This is more commonly known as “bib” ski pants. They look like overalls with shoulder straps and a higher back and chest section.

Salopettes give you an added protection against the snow getting up into your pants or jacket. Experienced skiers prefer this style sometimes when they’re going through deep powder, or expect to get covered in snow. The only downside is that if the straps fall off mid-run, you have to remove the jacket to access the bib straps.

Other styles include matching sets of ski jackets and ski pants. Some sets allow the jacket and pants to be joined together. It’s not common to find, but you can connect your ski gear to prevent any snow from penetrating inside. But a good powder skirt on your jacket should perform the same feat.

Cuffs/Bands

Obviously, you don’t want snow to get inside your pants, so there are three points where you need protection against that. That is your waist and both of your leg cuffs.

Look for extra protection at these access points to give yourself the best protection against flying snow.

Of course, if you’re a novice skier, definitely check out the bands and cuffs. There’s a good chance you’ll end up on the ground more than once. You’d hate for snow to get up and under the cuffs of your bands. The best ski trousers for women have elastic bands with adjustable draw cords to tighten the waist and leg cuffs.

Gaiters

As we just explained, having cuff and band protection is important for all weather conditions.

But if you’re going to specifically be using the ski pants for skiing or snowboarding (rather than hiking), look for gaiters. These are the dedicated connection points that keep snow out of your ski boots.

Many different pants have straps, buckles, or hook-and-loop opening to keep your snow boot firmly tucked inside your pants. Never tuck your pants into your boot. Not only will decrease the boot’s functionality, you’ll also allow an opening for snow to get to your foot.

Use a gaiter to lock your pants on the bottom from rising up and allowing snow inside.

Pockets

Keep your gear safely stowed while you ride. The best ski pants have a number of pockets that you can use to store your goodies. Keep your lift pass, your phone, or just an extra pair of mittens for comfort.

Make sure that the pockets are secure with zips that you can easily open with gloves on. You also might find pockets to store small items like extra heating pads or a fresh cloth to wipe your goggles.

Vents

To aid your legs from getting too sweaty, keep yourself properly vented. With adjustable vents on your pants, you can determine just how breathable your material is, opening up a spare vent to allow more moisture to escape.

Buying the Best Ski Pants for Women

And now the part you’ve been anxiously awaiting. Here are our best selections for women’s ski trousers. You’ll find a range of low and high-priced pants, but we’ve emphasised the features you need to know for each pair.

Mountain Warehouse Moon Ski Pants – Great All-Rounder Trousers
Mountain Warehouse Ski Pants for Women

To start off this list, we’ve actually begun with one of the most decent pair of salopettes we’ve come across. If you’re brand new to the sport, we’d be happy to see you purchase these pants as your first selection.

The bib design and sturdy shoulder straps make this a strong choice for the winter activities you’d like to try out. You won’t be cold either with an insulated interior and a durable waterproof coating to keep the snow and ice out.

If you need to, you can always detach the braces to get a pant-like style if you’d prefer. The gaiters on the legs strap into your boot, making a seamless connection that doesn’t allow any snow to penetrate inside. You probably will take a tumble or two, so it’s nice knowing you won’t get anything inside your pants when you (inevitably) do.

The fit isn’t perfectly formed to your body, but its cosy enough to feel at ease while schussing down the slopes. We’d suggest finding roomy pants for your first pair to get used to the experience.

We’re fans of the budget-friendly price, and it’s a great way to introduce yourself to the fun of skiing. Goodbye cold, hello winter.

Trespass Lohan – Padded and Protected
Trespass Ski Pants for Women

This pair of pants comes with a 5000mm waterproof rating. While it’s not good enough to warrant a recommendation for extreme mountaineers, we’re pretty confident you’ll enjoy it.

You’ll be able to enjoy a warm and dry day when wearing these Trespass Lohans. You won’t be caught chilly. Rather you’ll appreciate the extra ventilation patches for a day where you go a bit harder than normal.

You’ll also love the articulated knees to help maintain your perfect posture on top your skis. The secure pockets give you the freedom to keep your phone, your keys, or just a quick snack if you need it at the top of the run.

As an added bonus, all the seams are taped to prevent any excess water seeping in gradually. The taped seams are an added bonus, and one of the reasons we’ve put this pair on our list. It’s those added extras that we’re glad to pass along to the novice skiers who are new to ski pants in general.

But we’re super impressed with the price. While this isn’t the cheapest on the list, it’s (many) hundreds of pounds less than other versions we’ve come across with not too different features. The best part is that you’ll come to the end of the day without ever once having thought about your ski trousers. That’s as much as you can ask for in a good pair of women’s ski pants.

Helly Hansen Legendary Ski Pants – High Performing in All Weather
Women's Ski Pants, Helly Hansen Legendary

If you’re going to invest in the best pair of women’s ski trousers, don’t steer past this Helly Hansen version. Helly Hansen are the experts on the mountain and they know how to put together a reputable pair of pants you’ll enjoy and use for years to come.

No, these aren’t cheap. Yes, they take a small chunk out of your wallet. But the best redeeming feature for the cost is that these pants are an investment, designed to last for multiple runs without ever losing their waterproof or warmth.

Here’s what you should expect from a high-end pair of women’s pants. You’ll get secure gripped silicone ankle gaiters for your boots, reinforced hems all along the pants, and a fully sealed seam to keep water out.

The technology behind these pants allows for venting to keep you warmer on cold days and cooler for warmer activities. Along with an excellent waterproof material, it’s also coated with a water repellent designed to last multiple washings before ever fading.

But one of the best features on these pants is the RECCO strips on the pants. These strips are designed to bounce the radio signals given off by the RECCO detectors used by staff during avalanches. Keep yourself safe with the RECCO system used by the world’s best resorts.

There’s also a wide range of colours to choose from, so you can find the perfect pair for you.

O’Neill PW Streamlined – Insulated and Warm

O’Neill pants are always in fashion on the slopes. They work so well because they’re designed and produced by skiers just like you.

For one, you’ll be glad to find a 10,000mm rating on both the waterproofing and breathability scale of these pants. That’s a good sign that you’re in a good pair of pants for whatever the weather throws at you.

The knitted lining and woven interior keeps you nice and warm, comfortable, and most importantly, dry after a long hard day in the powder. The pants are filled with a layer of polyester as well to provide an extra layer of insulation. That’s so reassuring when you check the temperature and see double digits in the negative, plus wind chill.

Also, feel free to layer up, because these pants are designed to stretch and move as you do. The pants themselves free you up to feel unrestrained as you charge down the slopes. You shouldn’t ever feel like your ski trousers are holding you back.

The pant style comes with a tightening cord around the waist to ensure the waist fit is perfect. The gaiters on the bottom securely fasten with a hook-and-loop system to keep it attached firmly at the bottom as well. Take a few tumbles. Go on. You won’t get any snow inside these pants.

​Dare 2B Head Turn – Budget Skiing at its Best​
Dare 2b Women's Ski Pants

We’re not just going to show you the expensive options. We’re more than happy to give you a budget version. But budget doesn’t always mean cheap. This pair is the proof of that.

The Dare 2B brand isn’t going to break the bank, but you will have fantastic day in these pants. First off, we love that these are a pant style but with salopette straps to secure you inside. The 5000/5000 waterproof/breathability rating is good enough for any beginner to the sport. The polyester insulation should also hold in the heat pretty well. The taped seams are just an added bonus to the whole system’s viability in the snow.

One of the smartest parts of these pants is the double fastening system for the waist. Do up the snaps to keep it snug, and double secure it with a Velcro back-up. The snow gaiters and adjustable waist keeps the snow out without compromising on style.

Keep yourself warm and dry in the winter, through blizzard, hail, ice, sleet, and driving snow. With a great pair of ski trousers for women, you shouldn’t even notice that you have them on. If you’ve come to end of the day, and you’re chilling at the chalet with a hot chocolate in hand, you’ll be glad to know you protected your legs all day with the best pair of ski pants you can find.

The Best Mens Ski Pants

Best Men’s Ski Pants: Which to Buy?

It’s amazing what people will adapt to as normal.

For many people around the world, ski pants are normal. They are simply an everyday addition to living life in a cold climate. Winters (and some summers) are harsh and quality ski wear, from men’s jackets and thermal layers to hats and men’s ski gloves, are the every day norm.

But for many others buying ski gear can be tricky because it’s so unlike anything they’ve ever purchased.

We’re sure you’ll agree that buying ski pants can be a challenge if you’ve never been a part of that world where a pair of denim jeans just won’t do.

There are so many factors to consider and types or brands that offer multiple versions of their ski pants. There are numbers like 15,000mm or 5000g listed on the pants. There are different colours, thicknesses, weather resistant terms, and styles to choose from. How do you know where start?

You’ll be pleased to hear that this guide is going to take you deep into the terminology of ski pants and make it easy to understand. You’ll be able to walk into an outdoor wear shop or catch a bargain online, and be able to purchase the best ski pants for men that you need.

The Best Men’s Ski Pants

Trespass Men’s Brezzy Ski Pants

Trespass are a well known and very popular outdoor clothing brand, providing high quality, reliable clothing at reasonable prices.

As an all-rounder, the Trespass Brezzy ski pants work well. They have an exceptional rating online and they fit well over your normal pants.

As a weather rating, they have a waterproof range of 5000 and are rated as “windproof”. Not ideal for heavy usage, but great for getting into a good pair of ski trousers for men that will be perfect for a ski holiday.

Berghaus Men’s Deluge Overtrousers

If you’re looking for a lightweight pair of ski trousers that aren’t too bulky or heavy, then check out the Deluge ski pants from Berghaus.

Berghaus Mens' Ski Trousers

Not your typical pair of ski pants, but good for light usage. They have a 10000mm waterproof rating and a 8000g breathability.

That’s excellent for all day wear on lighter days, rather than heavy snowfall. If you’re going to be skiing in sunny conditions, these are an ideal choice.

Helly Hansen Odin Vertical – Our Top Choice

This is one of the most high-performing pair of outdoor men’s ski pants you can buy. Helly Hansen has a reputation for outfitting the warriors of the outdoors.

best ski pants for men

The Odin Vertical have exceeded all other ski pants with an extremely high 20,000mm waterproofing and 15,000g breathability rating.

This will keep you warm, dry, and safe every minute you are outside, and in just about any weather condition. They’re expensive, but the pants are built to withstand it all.

Billabong Men’s Lowdown Snow Pants

If style is what you’re after, Billabong has a great name for providing excellent men’s snow pants that not only perform well, but look good too.

best ski pants for men

These pants are waterproof and breathable, offering protection and style in one great looking pair of trousers.

Billabong ski pants are very popular with snowboarders, giving more movement in the legs and coping well with falls and slides on the ice and snow.

Dare 2b Divedown

This is a great option for beginners looking for a quality pair of ski pants without spending out a lot of money.

Dare 2b Dive Down mens ski pants

The Dare 2b Divedown are an affordable option that doesn’t lack quality. With a waterproof and breathability rating of 5000, these are a great pair of men’s ski trousers for beginner-intermediate skiers.

The Divedown also feature ankle gaiters to ensure no snow gets under the trousers.

Two Bare Feet Claw Hammer​

The Claw Hammer ski pants from Two Bare feet are a superb all-rounder that are well suited to different climates and weather conditions.

Best ski pants for men

With a wide selection of colours to choose from, there is sure to be something for everyone with the men’s Claw Hammer ski pants from Two Bare Feet.

Once again, these pants have a waterproofing and breathability rating of 5000, providing plenty of protection from the elements and keeping you warm and dry on the slopes.

​Mountain Warehouse Spectrum Extreme

Mountain Warehouse are a well known brand for their high quality outdoor sportswear and reliable products.

Mountain Warehouse Spectrum Mens Ski Pants

The Spectrum Extreme ski pants for men are no different, offering high levels of performance from their affordable range.

With a waterproof rating of 10,000 and breathability rating of 5000, these ski trousers will protect you from the elements and keep you warm and dry on the slopes.

Buying a good quality pair of ski pants is a rewarding feeling. You could be literally saving your own life by putting on protection against the harms of frostbite and hypothermia.

  • Waterproof and breathable ared 5000 coated nylon fabric
  • Adjustable detachable braces with back slider system, adjustable waist system
  • Reinforced self fabric overlay at inner ankle, integral snow gaiters
  • High loft polyester insulation – 80gsm
  • Classic fit, available in regular & short leg lengths

Enjoy the new-found freedom of wearing a good pair of snow pants, enabling you to ski all day without worrying about your ski pants letting you down. They will make your winters more memorable, and keep you going for many ski trips and winter hikes to come.

Buying the Best Ski Pants for Men

This guide will assume that you’re a complete novice, and it will take you from zero knowledge to zero problems picking out the perfect pair for you.

We’ll show you some of the key performance factors you need to know (and the ones you don’t). It will demonstrate some of the numbers and terms you’ll see when buying men’s ski pants. You’ll end up knowing way more than you probably should, but that’s OK.

And soon you’ll be suiting up with your new ski trousers, getting on the slopes, deep in the snow, or sledding down the hills.

Some people think a few thermal layers with a water proof top layer will be okay for a ski trip, and there are others who know that just won’t do.

As you’re here reading this guide, we guess that means that you understand the need for dedicated cold weather gear.

How do you decide what makes the best ski pants? How do you choose between good pairs?

If you’re a part of the snow culture, you already know what to look for when shopping for ski gear.

But if you’re going on a holiday, you’re planning on working at a ski resort, or you simply want to fit in with the locals in colder climates, let’s look at the specifics that make up a good quality pair of ski pants for men.

Why Buy Men’s Ski Pants?

Here’s the thing: before we get into what you should look for, you have to know why you need it.

Is it for ski trips? Is it for backcountry expeditions? Or is simply to play around with the kids while sledding and rolling in the snow?

Normally, in a regular winter, you wouldn’t need that much insulation on your legs. You can withstand much more frigid temperatures on your legs than your core or your extremities. Your legs often are the last item that you cover up; when you head out for a winter walk you reach for a coat, hat, gloves and scarf, but you don’t tend to don a pair of ski pants.

However, if you’re going on a ski trip, the likelihood is that you’re going to be faced with some really cold conditions, and if you’re a skiing novice and you’re not 100% sure you’ll spend all your time on your feet, a quality pair of ski trousers will soon become a useful addition.

So, decide first what purpose you’ll need your pants before you look at buying a certain pair.

What to Look Out for when Buying Ski Pants

Here are the things you must consider before making a purchase:

Price

I know it’s tempting to first check out the price as a quality indicator. This can be true for most cases, but don’t let it be your only factor. The higher the price, usually the more the ski pants can do.

It’s usually the case that pants that are more durable, wind-resistant, have great thermal range, and move easily are the higher priced.

Use the prices as a guide, not a strict rule. Just because the brand is asking for an arm and a leg on price, doesn’t mean those are the best men’s ski trousers.

Thermal Range

You can get pants with no insulation up to the high-quality pair of pants that wick away moisture and provide added layers of heat-retaining technology.

If you’re planning doing plenty of skiing, aim for pants that are insulated. The best ski pants can break the wind as well as providing a good layer of down insulation.

No-insulation ski trousers are essentially just shells that don’t keep heat in, but allow you the most mobility.

Choose pants with both heat properties as well as insulation if you’re planning on spending extended amounts of time in extremely cold temperatures. The insulation will keep the heat in, and the heat properties can provide a buffer of warmth against the cold, exterior air.

Waterproofing

Each pair of pants comes with a rating, or a number that shows how effective it is at waterproofing.

Normally the numbers range from 5-20,000. The higher the number, the better it is at protecting against moisture getting through the barrier.

Waterproofing can be affected by the placement of the seams or the type of soft-shell or hard-shell outer layers.

If you need constant protection against harsh climates, choose higher ratings, even though that can compromise on mobility.

Otherwise, a lower rating on men’s ski trousers should suffice if you’re an average skier.

Breathability

Depending on how active you’re going to be, you need to consider breathable fabrics.

On good pairs of ski trousers, you should expect to find a rating of the fabric’s breathability. It’s measured by the amount of sweat (in grams) that can escape from the pants.

It’s simple. The higher the number, the faster sweat can escape and keep you dry, warm and comfortable. The best pairs of ski pants allow moisture to escape while preventing any from entering in.

Look for pairs that have at least a rating of 10,000g or more for regular outdoor activities. Anything less is fine for simply warmth and protection, but won’t be able to wick moisture away from your body as well as pants with a higher rating.

High range pants have numbers like 20,000g or more. That’s for the extremely experienced, able to withstand heavy snow and rain, and probably unnecessary for everyday snow activity.

Agility

Once your ski trousers arrive, make sure you try them on and move around as you would for your outdoor activity. Bend and move if you’re skiing. Try walking around for a bit of distance if you’re doing some hiking. Manoeuvre around in a few different positions if they’re meant for play.

Mobility is hard to categorise with a number or a stat. It’s more up to your preference in the types of movement you want to perform.

All men’s ski trousers will impede your movement somehow. Decide now how much movement you’re willing to sacrifice.

Durability

Look for brands that offers extended warranties and guarantees. IT’s a good rule of thumb that if a ski pants brand has been around for a while, they have pants that last.

To be honest, if you make one purchase of good men’s ski pants, it should last you few quite a few seasons. Take the time to check out the stitching, see if they have padding, check the insides and out for weak joins or fasteners.

Style

For some, wearing men’s ski pants is all about style. Although it’s mostly a functional item that’s meant to fulfil a purpose, some people care about style.

If looking good on the slopes and racking up Instagram likes are important to you, stylish men’s ski pants are easy to find.

Additional Useful Features

Ok, so you’re happy with the basics. You understand waterproofing, thermal ranges, and mobility.

But there are a number of smaller features that you can enjoy when you make your purchase.

These include:

Pockets

You’re going to use at least two, but don’t count on stuffing 5 or 6 pockets.

While outdoors, having an exterior pocket that you can easily access can be crucial. You can store extra snacks, a phone, or just stash a pair of gloves.

Look for deep pockets that can be closed with zips. Losing a phone or ski pass on a mountain covered in snow isn’t nice. Ski pants are designed for active use, so an open, un-zippered pocket will be a waste of time.

Venting

When you’re using your ski pants during exercise, you’re going to build up a healthy amount of body heat and sweat. That sweat can quickly wick away the heat from your body and get your ski pants wet on the inside.

A good quality venting system allows the built-up moisture to escape. You don’t overheat, and your pants don’t lose functionality due to excess moisture.

Gaiters

No, gaiters aren’t long scaly reptiles. Gaiters are the cuffed pant legs that keep ice and snow from getting up into your ski boots.

Some gaiters have hooks or buckles to keep your boot firmly fastened to the pants. Some just use a tight elastic barrier against snow and moisture. This is one of the most crucial parts of any ski pant brand you choose.

You need to be comfortable that your boots aren’t going to come untucked from your pants, thus allowing cold air to sap away precious body heat.

Pick gaiters that you know won’t hamper your movement, and still provide unshakable barriers against the cold and wet.

Bibs

Bibs? On trousers? Yep.

Good quality ski pants for men include adjustable, comfortable bibs. They provide an added layer of heat retention on your chest. They also stay on better during high-impact activities like snowmobiling and snowboarding.

They keep snow from going down your back as well as untucking at the waist.

All it takes is one bad fall and you could get snow everywhere in your jacket. Protect your pants and legs with excellent coverage, even in the deepest snow banks.

The Best Men’s Ski Jackets & Coats 2019

Keeping your core body temperature up and keeping your torso and arms warm whilst you’re enjoying a snow or ski trip is very important.

If you’re planning on taking a ski trip and you’ve got an old, thick, trusty coat that you pull out every winter, it might not be suitable for skiing and meeting your snow holiday needs.

It’s time for you to upgrade to a dedicated ski jacket and find an appropriate jacket that will suit your needs and accommodate your outdoor activities.

If you’re unsure of what you’re looking for, or what you’re even going to need, it’s time you got to know what makes a great men’s ski jacket.

A Guide to Men’s Ski Jackets

Our guide to men’s ski jackets is going to break down exactly what you should know about buying, wearing, selecting, and upgrading your current winter jacket situation.

And if you think you can get away with simply throwing on another sweater to escape this winter’s bite, you might be in for bit of a shock…

Buying high quality wear is essential to ensuring that you stay warm and dry, and a ski jacket is a huge part of this.

Let’s have a look at this season’s most favourable jackets. We’ll look at the features you need, the ones you can avoid, and the key ratings your jacket should hit.

Although technology and terminology might be advancing, a good quality ski jacket doesn’t have to be complicated.

Note: this buyer’s guide is comprehensive and goes into great detail. If you’d rather we send you a list of the best ski jackets, lets us know below and we’ll send it straight to you. 

What in the world are you wearing when you go outside?

Not that coat you’ve had since high school? That ratty, thin jacket that still has the ski lift tickets from 2003?

It’s time for you to upgrade your ski jacket and find an appropriate ski jacket that will suit your needs and accommodate your outdoor activities.

You’ve grown up since your mother last purchased your winter wear. Or maybe, this is the first time you’ve actually bought a ski jacket for yourself. It’s time you got to know what makes a great men’s ski jacket.

This guide is going to break down exactly what you should know about buying, wearing, selecting, and upgrading your current winter jacket situation.

And if you think you can get away with simply throwing on another sweater to escape this winter’s bite, you might be in for a rude shock.

Let’s have a look at this season’s most favourable jackets. Let’s look at the features you need, the ones you can avoid, and the key ratings your jacket should hit.

Although technology and terminology might be advancing, a good men’s ski jacket doesn’t have to be complicated.

It’s true that there are people on the ski runs right at this moment who are woefully underdressed. They require a little education about ski clothing. But it’s a good thing you know about this guide, so that you can help those misguided souls.

First step, don’t be one of those people.

Ski jackets are essential to keeping yourself safe and warm while outdoors. And as much as you might think, it’s not just for skiing. Men’s jackets can be used for trekking, cross-country skiing, hiking, mountaineering, skating, or any other activity that keeps you outside for long periods of time.

You see, your body is excellent at keeping itself regulated. Your core remains a very constant temperature, no matter what the thermometer says.

And your body does clever things to keep itself at that constant temperature.

If it’s too hot, it sweats to cool your body. If it’s too cold, it pulls blood in from your extremities to keep it in your core.

Your body wants to protect its core first and foremost. That should also be your aim when dressing in ski clothes. It doesn’t matter if you have the best ski trousers, ski gloves, or anything else. If you don’t have a good jacket to protect your core, you could contract hypothermia in a matter of minutes.

Cold weather can be deadly, and a good snow jacket could be the one thing to save your life if you ever get stranded in the wilderness.

You should depend on your ski jacket to provide warmth. You should also demand good protection from your jacket.

This may surprise you.

The real killer in the winter isn’t the low temperatures. It’s the wind and the moisture that can really do you damage. Wind chills can drop temperatures dozens of degrees while wet snow and sleet can soak your body, drastically reducing its ability to stay warm.

A good ski jacket protects your body against water and wind. You should look for the amount of wind and waterproofing resistance.

If you plan on actually skiing with your snow jacket, you’ll need more than basic protection. It’s a god thing that there are good options to protect your body against the deep powder and rushing winds you would experience in the mountains.

We’ve covered why you shouldn’t skimp on a snow jacket this season. Let’s find out exactly what you need in your jacket.

Starting from the basics of what you need a jacket for, here are a few of the key features you should expect to find in any of the best men’s ski coats.

Features of the Best Ski Jackets

Starting from the basics of what you need a jacket for, here are a few of the key features you should expect to find in any of the best men’s ski coats.

Outer Shell

Your outer shell is the first line of defence against the harsh elements. You need an outer shell that can carry the bulk of the burden to protect you against the cold.The best outer shells have two factors that make them worthwhile of your money.

  • Waterproofing 

Each coat should be rated with a unique number to signify its ability to repel water. That is its waterproofing number, measured in “mm”. The rating systems for the best ski coats go from 5000mm to 20,000mm+. Expect to find a coat rated at least 10,000 to be an effective guard against water for an average snow day. As an aside, the waterproofing of your coat does depend on a couple factors. First, the make-up of the material. Is it a natural repelling water fabric? Or has it been treated? Most coats you’ll find are a combination of both of these factors.

The DWR coating is excellent at repelling water and beading off any droplets on the surface. But with time, that coating can, and does, wear off. If your coat isn’t made from a naturally-repelling fabric, you could end up wetter than you had hoped.

You can always re-treat a coat, but it should still protect you effectively without the DWR treatment.

  • Breathability

Another way to recognize that your coat is designed to be winter-worthy is its breathability rating. You’ll often find a number, measured in grams, alongside the waterproofing rating. This is your breathability number.

It’s measured in grams of sweat that it can channel away from your body per hour. What’s important is that the higher number, the more effective it is at ventilating your body. In our experience, don’t look at coats with less than 5000g if you’re expecting to do any sort of movement or high-energy activity in them.

As long as you’re going to be active, you need an effective way to wick away the sweat your body produces when confined by a thick jacket. The faster it can be pulled away from your core, the warmer (and drier) you’ll remain during the day.

Liner

The next most important aspect of your ski coat is your liner. If you have a ski jacket that has two separate layers, the liner is the thinner part that sits against your body.

The liner should be able to separate from the coat. It acts as a barrier from the wind and waterproofing of the shell, and it provides you the warmth you seek from a good men’s ski jacket.

The liner is usually made from a fleece or wool material, or a synthetic fabric that can breathe.

Insulation

The insulation of the jacket varies from each style and brand. Sometimes, the insulated layer is the outer shell, a hard-filled layer of insulation within the jacket, making it seem bulky and puffy. Other brands use a third layer to acts as their insulation.

The result is the same. This keeps the warmth in and the cold out. Most insulation layers are either down, fleece, or synthetic microfibers. If they’re adequately protected in a good outer layer shell, they can remain dry and effective at keeping you warm.

Model

Looking at men’s jackets online, it’s tough to decide on the type of jacket you want to have. There are so many varieties in styles and models. Although a new style seems to come out every year, the general make up is usually the same.

  • 3 in 1

The 3-in-1 design is a ski jacket that has three different jackets all in the one package.

The liner separates from the shell, either by buttons, snaps, or zips. The liner can be worn as a light jacket on its own, usually protecting you from either water or wind.

You can wear the outer shell on its own as well. You won’t gain any sort of warmth form the shell, but it can protect you and your ski clothes from the wind or driving rain. Or you can combine the three to have a complete ski jacket, one that is warm, insulated, and protected against the elements.

  • Insulated

You can also find plenty of ski jackets for men that have built-in insulation in the shell. The outer layer is still coated to protect against water and wind, but the shell also doubles as the liner. It is filled with a layer of down or microfibers to protect you from the cold. While you don’t have the option to separate the layers, you always know that your jacket will remain in one piece.

Additional Features

Now beyond that, you’re going to come across many more designs and features in your jacket. While they may be exciting and interesting, be warned. These are additional features that shouldn’t sway your decision.

Stick to your guns. Buy a jacket that has all the essentials listed above. Don’t go far from that. If you happen to find a suitable men’s ski jacket within your budget with some of these bonus add-ons, enjoy.

  • Seams

The seams of your jacket can make a difference to your outdoor experience. There are two ways that your jacket seams can be sewn. There are the normal seams, where the joins are double-layered and sewn together. That’s what you will find with about 75% of the ski jackets out there.However, if you’re serious about warmth and water protection, there is another option. There are ski jackets (expensive ones, mind you) that tape their seams. Once the seam is done, the tape is laid over the seam and heat-moulded over the seam to create a water-tight seal. If you care about staying out for several hours in thick snowfall or wet conditions, that seam tape might make all the difference. Otherwise, we’re not sure that it will make a difference to the average male skiing jacket.

  • Hoods

Most ski jackets for men come with a hood attached to the jacket shell. The choice to pick a jacket based on hood designs is entirely up to preference.

Hood styles vary between different jackets. Some hoods might detach completely with the zip or snaps at the back. Other hoods might have the ability to almost enclose your face with additional flaps. The best way to choose between different styles is to decide first what sort of activity you’ll undertake with the ski jacket. If you’re planning on extremely cold conditions, you might want to consider a good quality hood that protects your head from water and wind.

  • Vents/Zips

You might find a few vents and zips on your jacket that don’t seem to have a purpose. They’re meant to provide extra ventilation when you require it.

If you bought a good quality men’s ski jacket, you’ll already get a decent breathability based on the rating it has (see above). But if you find yourself in some strenuous conditions, or you just need to blow off some excessive steam, then vents and zips open up to allow extra air to flow through.

It could come in handy if you’re skiing on a particularly warm day. Venting the excess moisture from excessive sweating will still keep you comfortable, even during intense activity sessions.

  • Pockets

There’s a pocket for everything on some jackets. There are zip-close pockets for gloves, side pockets for smaller items like keys, or maybe even pockets to keep heating pads. Because of the nature of skiing jackets, try to pick a style that has a few secure pockets where you can store items during the day.

  • Powder Skirt

Stay dry and warm with a powder skirt, a built-in extra layer of protection on the shell. The powder skirt, sometimes called a snow skirt, is meant for extreme conditions and deep powder snow. The skirt hangs inside the jacket, and does up with snaps to fit snugly to your body. It keeps the snow from coming up and under the jacket, getting in and soaking the liner. Unless you have extreme runs to complete, this shouldn’t be a necessary feature for the average winter day.

Other things to consider

What else should you consider when choosing a ski jacket? It doesn’t always come down to features and applications. Before we highlight some of the best ski jackets for men, see if any of these options factor in to your decision.

  • Matching styles

Do you want your jacket to match your pants, or do you want contrasting styles? Both are popular choices.

  • Cost

Jackets prices can vary wildly. Like, extremely wild prices differences. There are ski jackets you can get (which would serve you just fine) for around £200, while others can easily run you over £1,500. Don’t get too caught up on the price. It’s a trap to think that the more expensive jackets are the ones you should buy. You can as much jacket as you need for a decent price, as long as you are honest about your ski jacket needs.

  • Men’s ski suits

Although you’d think this fashion went out in the 1970’s, one-piece ski suits still exist. And unironically as well. If you’re the type of person who’d like to buy a one-piece suit (and not for downhill racing), maybe this guide isn’t for you.

Once you know what you should expect from your jacket, you’ll soon weed out those cheap coats and knock-off brands with your expertise and awareness. The only thing left to do now get hold of your favourite from our selection and hit the slopes.

The Best Men’s Ski Jackets to Buy

Here are our picks of the best options of ski jackets.

The North Face ThermoBall Triclimate

This 3-in-1 ski jacket has about every feature you need for your skiing expeditions. In fact, we rate it as one of the best 3-in-1s on the market right now.

North Face Ski Jacket for Men

It’s basic in style, but loaded with features. You’ll find that the outer shell is quite comfortable while protecting you from more-than-normal wet conditions. The DryVent technology is to thank for that one.

The liner is also a great piece on it’s own, as it’s designed to be. It detaches easily, and gives you a good layer of insulation when worn altogether.

Most people buy 3-in-1s to get away from pricey options, so the price tag might shock you. But for what it does, we’re happy to submit this as an excellent option for your ski days.

Outdoor Research Skyward Ski Jacket

We’re fans of just about everything Outdoor Research produces. It seems that they can’t go wrong when putting out high-quality ski gear for attractive prices.

Outdoor Research Skyward ski jacket for men

This is a great beginner’s jacket. It gives you a good introduction to what a ski jacket should do without going overboard on features.

There are a number of vents and zipped pockets on the jacket for items such as wallet, phone or men’s ski goggles. The jacket has wrist closures, waist bands, and straps to hold everything tight to your body. Don’t let any of the moisture in with this simple, straightforward ski jacket.

Mountain Warehouse Apollo
Mountain Warehouse Ski Jacket for Men

Mountain Warehouse are one of the most popular names in outdoor clothing, offering quality jackets at affordable prices.

The Apollo jacket is a great jacket if you’re going on a ski holiday and will be sticking to the trails. This jacket has breathability and waterpoof rating at 3000 for both, offering plenty of protection for a ski holiday and winter use.

The seams are all completely sealed too, ensuring no moisture gets into the jacket through the stitching.

Columbia Everett Insulated Jacket
Columbia Everett men's ski jacket

The Columbia Everett is a jacket that packs plenty of features for a reasonable price.

With fully taped seams, thermal insulation and stretch fit material for added range of motion and less restricting jacket, this is a great choice for men.

As you’d expected from a quality ski jacket, it’s breathable and waterproof, keeping your comfortable and dry within. Available in a wide range of colours, there’s a design that will suit you – we hope so anyway!

DLX Cassady Ski Jacket by Trespass
Ski Jackets for Men: Trespass DLX Cassady

The DLX range of jackets is a high performance range offered by popular outdoor wear brand Trespass.

With a waterproof rating of 15,000, the Cassady is going to keep you dry even in the deepest of snow, while the breathability of the jacket, 5,000, will ensure that sweat doesn’t build up within the jacket.

The fabric used to construct the Cassady is a stretch-fit material, so the jacket offers more range of motion and increase flexibility. All the pockets, including ski pass pocket and a designated pocket for electrical devices are fully waterproof, ensuring your stored items are safe.

Helly Hansen Elevation Ski Jacket

If you’re concerned about getting a roomy jacket, this is the jacket that’s designed with space in mind. You won’t feel restricted, no matter how bulky your ski clothes are.

Ski Jacket for Men by Helly Hansen

The style of this Helly Hansen ski jacket for men is so that you can get an easy, free-ride style with great insulation and protection. The longer jacket works well to keep snow and ice out while you’re knee-deep in the freshest powder.Keep the water out as well with patented cuff and waist elastics. Helly Hansen has been doing ski gear for years, and they know what the riders want and need on the slopes.

Arc’Teryx Ar Beta Men’s Ski Jacket

At the top of the range, you’ll find jackets that exist for those who prefer spending time outdoors rather than in. This is that jacket.

Arc 'teryx ski jacket for men

It’s on the higher end of the price range, and it’s worth every penny. Arc’Teryx consistently ends up in the top lists of those who know ski jackets. It outperforms other brands on the market and is highly sought after for its technology included in the jacket.

It’s warm, it’s comfortable, it fits extremely well, and you’ll be the envy of every other rider on the hill. No matter if you’re in the most frigid conditions, you’ll come to the end of the day feeling just as warm and dry as when you first headed out.

Why Use a Ski Jacket?

It’s true that there are people on the ski runs right at this moment who are woefully underdressed or make poor choices of ski clothing. But it’s a good thing you know about this guide, so that you can help those misguided souls.

First step, don’t be one of those people.

Ski jackets are essential to keeping yourself safe and warm while outdoors.

And as much as you might think, it’s not just for skiing. Ski jackets can be used for trekking, cross-country skiing, hiking, mountaineering, skating, or any other activity that keeps you outside for long periods of time. There are plenty of ways and activities you can get value for money out of your ski jacket.

You see, your body is excellent at keeping itself regulated. Your core remains a very constant temperature, no matter what the thermometer says.

And your body does clever things to keep itself at that constant temperature.

If it’s too hot, it sweats to cool your body. If it’s too cold, it pulls blood in from your extremities to keep it in your core.

Your body wants to protect its core first and foremost. That should also be your aim when dressing in ski clothes. It doesn’t matter if you have the best ski trousers, top of the range men’s ski gloves, or anything else. If you don’t have a good jacket to protect your core, you could contract hypothermia in a matter of minutes.

Cold weather can be deadly, and a good snow jacket could be the one thing to save your life if you ever get stuck on the slopes or get lost in cold conditions.

You should depend on your ski jacket to provide warmth. You should also demand good protection from your jacket.

This may surprise you: the real killer in the winter isn’t the low temperatures. It’s the wind and the moisture that can really do you damage. Wind chills can drop temperatures dozens of degrees while wet snow and sleet can soak your body, drastically reducing its ability to stay warm.

A good ski jacket protects your body against water and wind, as well as cold temperatures. You should look for the amount of wind and waterproofing.

If you plan on actually skiing with your snow jacket, you’ll need more than basic protection.

Final Thoughts

A ski jacket that keeps you dry?

A jacket that blocks the wind as you fly down the hill?

Something that is going to last you for years?

Once you know what you should expect from your jacket, you’ll soon weed out those cheap coats and knock-off brands with your expertise and awareness. The only thing left to do now is strap on the skis and take off!

The Best Ski Gloves for Men 2019: Finding Comfort & Safety

Did you know that the part of your body that you use the most is also the part that starts to freeze up the fastest?

Many people think that your core or legs are the most vulnerable parts of the body because they’re the biggest, so make sure they’ve got a quality ski jacket and a decent pair of ski pants (rightly so, too) but can overlook ski gloves.

We’ve researched and discovered the best ski gloves.

The Importance of Ski Gloves for Men

Your hands are the part of your body most prone to cold and extreme weather. It’s your extremities that feel the first bite of winter, and could suffer drastic effects with too much exposure.

But that’s not going to stop you from going outside and enjoying some skiing, is it?

There’s so much fun to be had on the slopes. Every snow day, every fresh dump of beautiful powder is just another excuse to head out for some downhill skiing.

But you need a pair of men’s ski gloves to make sure that your hands are not only warm, but safe too.

You probably have a pair of thick gloves that you wear in winter that you might think will be suitable for skiing? Unfortunately not, regular gloves and ski gloves are different. You might even find the best winter gloves you’ve ever had here.

So what is the right pair of ski gloves for you to add to your ski wear? It depends on what is important to you, and what you plan on doing with it out there in the snow.

This guide should help you in your quest to find the best men’s ski gloves you can get.

Why Use Ski Gloves?

Your body does a great job of regulating your core temperature. It maintains a constant temperature around your vital organs to keep you alive. But when you start to expose yourself to cold, your body goes to work to protect yourself. It reacts quickly to save those vital organs and maintain your heat.

That means pulling blood away from the outer, less crucial parts of your body, such as your toes, your nose, your earlobes, and your fingers.

In severe cases, wind chill can freeze these extremities in as little as 10 minutes. You need good protection against the chill with a pair of the warmest ski gloves you can get.

But it’s not just about protection from the wind and cold.

You also use ski gloves to have fun, or to work outside.

That’s when you need to look for other features such as waterproofing, moisture protection, and windproof materials.

Your gloves should do more than act as a barrier from the cold. Your hands get sweaty and so your gloves should be able to wick moisture away.

Cold hands lose some of their dexterity so gloves help you retain that grip you need.

Gloves also keep snow and ice out while keeping your hands warm and dry. It’s worth finding the right pair for you.

Features of the Best Ski Gloves for Men

To buy the right gloves, you should be aware of the features you will come across. Let this be a guide to the best features you can buy for snow gloves.

Shell

The shell of the glove is the outer layer exposed to the elements. This layer requires a good protection against both water and wind. Look for shells using materials like leather or a high-quality synthetic like nylon.Normally, this layer doesn’t provide warmth as good snow gloves come with several layers, each performing different tasks.

Membrane

This fact is surprising:

The most common way for your hands to get wet while outside is not from the snow and ice. It’s actually from the sweat of your hands.

And when you get wet hands, it doesn’t matter how good your gloves are, your hands are already at risk.

That’s why the warmest ski gloves have a membrane layer. It acts as a material that wicks away the moisture from your hand so you don’t get wet. It allows your hand to breathe inside the glove, providing adequate ventilation. Some membranes can even have vents to allow for extra moisture during strenuous activity.

Liner

The third layer common to ski gloves for men is the liner. It’s the part that you put your hand into. Normally, it’s made of a breathable soft fabric like wool or fleece. Liners can  often be removed, washed, or replaced if required.

If you’re going to be outside all day, experienced skiers use an extra pair of liners to ensure their hands don’t get too cold. They simply swap out the old ones for a fresh new pair, a great convenience in the back country.

Insulation

In between the layers, you should find some insulation in your glove. The insulation is the added warmth for your hands, so it’s important to care for your glove’s insulation protection.

The most common insulator is goose or duck down. It’s affordable, sustainable, and provides excellent protection against the cold. It also isn’t heavy, so your gloves don’t feel chunky on your hands.

But insulation can get wet, and that’s why you need a good shell to keep the snow and ice out.

Cuffs

You should almost never consider a glove that doesn’t have a cuff band. It’s an adjustable band that tightens around your wrist so that water, wind, and cold can’t get to your hands. Look for Velcro, buckles or adjustable elastic straps on the wrist.

Always find a cuff that tightens up right against your skin. It will keep the glove from falling off, and it will protect you, even in deep snow or driving rain.

You probably didn’t know this:

There are two different types of cuffs that each have their own benefits to you.

  1. Under the Cuff – These gloves have a shorter cuff length. They are meant to be worn with the jacket sleeve coming over the top of the glove. Normally, you would wear this glove if you needed extreme mobility in your wrists and hands. A shorter cuff doesn’t hinder your movement. You can do just anything you need to with a shorter cuff. You simply tighten the cuff straps on the glove and jacket to prevent water from getting inside.
  2. Over Cuff – For more serious riders, these ski gloves have a large cuff that pulls over the sleeve of their jacket. It’s usually just a membrane and shell that tightens up over the sleeve. It still allows for a good range of movement. It also provides maximum protection from ice and snow.

For most people, it’s simply a personal preference for what they use. If you’re comfortable with it, use the style you like, and it will still work to protect your hands.

Grips

The most common complaint about using ski gloves is that they restrict your hand’s movement and strength.

Good men’s ski gloves use grip pads on the palm and fingers of the glove. These rubber or soft plastic pads allow you to keep your dexterity and grasp the ski pole, the chairlift, the shovel, or that snowball you’re about to throw. Look for gloves that use some form of grip and padding on the inside of the hand.

Additional Features

Beyond those basic features that you expect from any good snow gloves, here are just a few of the bonus features you might in other gloves.

  • Zippered Pockets – Unless you have heated ski gloves, these zippered pockets allow you to insert heating pads to help during extremely cold seasons.
  • Articulated fingers – Pre-curled fingers on an otherwise stiff glove. This lets you hold curved objects better, like poles or chairlifts
  • Squeegee – It’s a little band of rubber often sewn on the thumb to help clear your ski goggles during blustery conditions.
  • Nose wipe – The most common time that you’re going to take your gloves off is to wipe your nose. Some gloves come with an ultra-absorbent patch that is soft against your sensitive skin.
  • Extra Knuckle Padding – If you’re going to use your gloves in extreme situations (like downhill racing or forest skiing), extra padding on the back of the hand will keep your knuckles safe from sharp hits and bumps.

Buy the Best Men’s Ski Gloves

Here are just a few of the options you can find online. Any of these gloves will be more than adequate for an average day. We’ve listed some powerhouse options as well as more budget-friendly choices.

Black Diamond Guide Glove
Men ski gloves

Let’s start at the top of the range. These are the gloves you’ll be buying and keeping for life.

 

One look at these gloves, and you’ll know they’re high quality. The tough outer shell (that will need a bit of wearing in) is made from a combination of nylon and leather.

The inner liner is a Gore-Tex insert that you can swap out should you need to replace them

These men’s ski gloves are popular around the world for being the top of the range. They’re completely waterproof and windproof, and they’re practically mini-furnaces for your hands.

Salomon HybridU Ski Gloves

Salomon is a name synonymous with snow sports, sponsoring some of the world’s top skiers and snowboarders and worn by skiing enthusiasts all around the world.

Salomon Men's Ski Gloves

These gloves are designed to offer more flexibility with movement and comfort rather than being filled with large amounts of insulation. They’re made from a thinner, stretchier material allowing the gloves to be breathable and offer more movement.

Marmot Randonee Gloves

The thermal layers inside will fool you into thinking you’re not wearing gloves at all. But the rest of the glove is working hard to protect your hands against the elements of even the harshest winters.

Marmot Randonee ski gloves for men

You’ll wake up happy to the next snow day with these gloves, They come with grippy points on the palms and fingers. They are incredibly dextrous for movement’s sake, and they are waterproofed to last you a whole day outdoors.

If there was one complaint, it’s that you’re not getting the same warmth as the Black Diamonds, but for a good day in the slopes, you can’t go wrong with these.

MCTi Thermal Men’s Soft-Shell Ski Gloves

These ski gloves from MCTi are an ideal option if you’re looking for a pair of gloves that will keep your hands warm but not be too big or bulky.

MCTi Men's Ski Gloves

Containing 40g of 3M Thinsulate and 140g of cotton insulation means that your hands will remain warm when you’re on the slopes but the slim styling allow for a smaller, more comfortable glove. A softshell exterior also means the gloves are water resistant and windproof too.

Trespass Gohan II Ski Gloves

The Trespass Gohan II is a great budget option if you’re looking for reliable gloves without spending out too much money.

Trespass Men's Ski Gloves

The small price tag doesn’t mean you’ll be compromising on quality with the gloves featuring a padded waterproof outer shell and knitted glove interior. If you’re a beginner looking to give skiing a go for the first time, we’d recommend checking these gloves out.

Outdoor Research Extravert Ski Gloves

The folks at Outdoor Research have based their company out of Seattle, so they understand bad weather. Which is why they have such an impressive ski glove at a very reasonable price.

Mens' Ski Gloves by Outdoor Research

This glove is the extended cuff version for those who prefer this style. The glove is a tough outer layer of nylon with a soft fleece interior liner.

The dexterity of these gloves is unparalleled at this price point. You won’t find another glove more suited to your hands. You can mountain climb and ski on the same day, wearing the same pair of gloves.

​Gordini GTX Storm Trooper II

Sometimes, you just need a glove that works. You need a glove that you can throw around, use for just about every winter task from changing a tire to skiing down the black diamond runs.

Ski Gloves for Men from Gordini

That’s what the Storm Troopers offer you.

They’re cheap enough that you won’t be hesitant to use them, and they’re warm enough to keep your hands dry and comfortable in brisk winds and chilly snowfalls.

You can’t remove the inner liner, which isn’t ideal. The Megaloft insulation microfibres do the necessary job of keeping you warm and dry, an added bonus to a good all-rounder glove.

Columbia St. Anthony Ski Gloves for Men

The St. Anthony ski gloves from Columbia is a stylish option that offers practicality and quality all in one decent looking package.

Columbia Ski Gloves for Men

With touch screen functionality so you can take pictures using your phone from the top of mountain without freezing your hands off, the St. Anthony is a great glove that is well priced within the £35-40 bracket.

The Final Word on the Best Men’s Ski Gloves

Look, the bottom line is this:

Don’t compromise on your hands. You need them. You use them. You probably want to keep them, we’re guessing.

And you’ll use them better if you have them fitted with the right set of ski gloves. Keeping your hands warm and dry will keep you safe from frostbite outdoors, but it also allows you the freedom to actually enjoy the winter.