• THE NORTH FACE

    Brigandine Jacket

    $699.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Hillbangin', sleddin', shovelin', beer-drinkin', fishin', redneckin', the The North Face Brigandine kit is thick, heavy, bomber loaded with pockets, and meant for the skier that lives in their ski kit.

    Made from three layers of The North Face's FuseForm--the thick, durable material--and Gore-Tex for a high rate of waterproofing and breathability, this kit is bomber. They also run bulky and loose, so consider sizing down if that isn't your thing.

    "This is the ultimate expedition kit, built for a skier who is moving a lot and values function over comfort," said Sierra Davis. Which was exactly what some Thread the Needle skiers were looking for.

    "Whether skiing, touring, snowmobiling, heading to town or building a snowman, I would wear it every day!" said JF Bruegger. "This jacket/bib combo is intelligently designed to integrate with their backpack so all pockets are accessible while wearing the pack. I loved the feel and fit of both the jackets and pants."

    For others, the many pockets and pro-centric features, like a mic pouch in the collar, were too much. The bibs have a kangaroo pocket that was a huge hit at Thread the Needle--ideal for stashing beers or lounging during apres. They are a high bib, the fabric going well-above the chest. The fit was especially appreciated among several of the women at Thread the Needle. "The bibs had an awesome fit and cut," said Abbie Barronian. "I love the front pocket and high rise chest."

    Guide-year

    2018

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    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

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    THE NORTH FACE

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    Jackets

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    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • Spyder

    Eiger Shell Jacket

    $550.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The versatile Spyder Eiger shell jacket had great reviews at Thread the Needle. "This is a great all-around shell with plenty of room for layers," said Ben Kallman. "It seems very waterproof and storm-ready. I’d use it uphill and downhill." The three-layer Eiger is made from a stretchy nylon, Spyder's Hydroweb laminate membrane, which adds top-notch breathability and waterproofing, and their Spylon DWR finish.

    "It's very breathable, with a clean all-black look," said Dane Weister. "It's a work-horse jacket. I would wear this at the resort or in the backcountry any day." Oversized chest pockets and long mesh pit zips round out the Spyder Eiger. The only negative feedback it received at Thread the Needle was that the neck cuff was a little low, rough, and uncomfortable.

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    2018

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    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

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    Spyder

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    Jackets

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    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • STIO

    Environ Jacket

    $425.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Old Cloudveil fans will recognize some similarities in this Jackson Hole-based brand with some shared roots. Stio’s Eviron jacket (and pant) has been beefed up this year to include three-layers, featuring a Toray Dermizax fabric, 20k/10k waterproof/breathability, a DWR finish, and a tricot backer that makes this jacket soft to the touch.

    In addition to the burly, durable design, the cuff zippers that allow the sleeves to go over or under a glove easily, a removable hood, and a clean design are all details that scored high with the POSSE. "It has a sporty, flattering fit, but not one that looks too Euro," said Abigail Barronian. "The fabric moves with me, which I love."

    The Environ jacket has a shorter fit, which works for some and not for others.

    Guide-year

    2018

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    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

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    STIO

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    Jackets

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    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • Flylow

    Lab Coat

    $525.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    An annual favorite, the Lab coat maintains its place as a go-to do-everything jacket for core skiers. Lightweight and packable, but fully storm- and waterproof, the Lab can be seen on deep backcountry missions as well as ripping the Hollywood line under the chair.

    The key is the eVent fabric, which maintains 20k breathability as well as season-after-season durability. Compared to the Quantum, the Lab has a more streamlined cut, though it's not Euro slim. The fit provides full articulation for any kind of skiing--and apresing--you desire.

    "The Lab retains the burly feel and product Flylow is known for and also incorporates lighter weight, more breathable fabric that is nice for the touring tech crowd," noted POSSE member Brit Barnes.

    Fully seam taped with six pockets, the Lab also features large 14-inch pit zips, a helmet-compatible hood, removable powder skirt, no bulk cuffs, YKK waterproof zippers, and high-performance DWR (durable water repellent) as a finish. John Clary Davies pointed out that the jacket has a relatively short cut, which taller skiers may find inhibiting.

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    2018

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    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

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    Flylow

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    Jackets

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    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • PATAGONIA

    PowSlayer Jacket

    $699.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Every Thread the Needle, the Patagonia Powslayer is a stand out favorite. This year, it feels even better as Patagonia introduces a 100 percent recycled face as part of their three-layer Gore-Tex Pro fabric. That fabric is light--this is technically a freeride touring kit--but feels tough to the touch. With proper layering, there's no reason they should not be a skier's everyday outerwear.

    "The lightest, most comfortable three-layer I've tested," said Ben Kallman. "I'd use them on 99 percent of ski days during the season, for 10 seasons in a row."

    In addition to the fabric, the Powslayer also stands out for its cut. The jacket fits a little long and slim, and the pants a little loose. For many, the sizing just feels comfortable--right in the middle from Old Euro Guy and Breckenridge Park Rat. Bibs seem especially difficult to configure where exactly they'll sit--often bulking up down low for a solid diaper feel, or coming in too high as crotch grabbers--but these sit just right and have a stretchy elastic waist that nullifies any need for a belt.

    "One can just move so much better in Patagonia," said John Clary Davies. "You feel more athletic because there is less fabric, less bulk, but they are no less bomber or badass." A tired cliché is to mock Patagonia for their exorbitant prices. Yes, these garments are expensive. But look around the hill. While other jackets and pants wear down, these do not.

    Patagonia's generous warranties and expertly crafted pieces are meant to allow you to wear these for a decade or beyond. With muted colors and clean, simple designs, they are timeless. Perhaps, indeed, the only ski item that will make their way into your will.

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    2018

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    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

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    PATAGONIA

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    Jackets

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    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • STRAFE

    Pyramid Jacket

    $549.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    A touring/hillbanging/apres-skiing jacket, Strafe's Pyramid coat, like most Strafe products, is built with Polartec Neoshell, a longtime favorite fabric for skiers, known for its high rates of breathability and waterproofing. The technical details include a 100 percent polyester backing and a 61/39 percent nylon/polyester face with a DWR finish.

    Like the Capitol pant, the Strafe Pyramid is a softshell that acts like a hardshell, perfect for less wet climates like those found in Utah and Colorado.

    Skiers at Thread the Needle loved its style and versatility. "It has some refined styling and clean look," said Brit Barnes. "The fit was really nice and relaxed. It has a super stretchy, soft shell feel. I hiked the ridge with the vents closed and it breathed really well and moved well."

    Guide-year

    2018

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    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

    Brand Name

    STRAFE

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    Jackets

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • LA SPORTIVA

    Quake Jacket

    $209.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The La Sportiva Quake Primaloft Jacket is the rare midlayer that can be worn as a stand-alone jacket. Utilizing body mapping technology, the jacket provides insulation with two differing weights of Primaloft Silver Active, whose high warmth to weight ration means you stay warm without unnecessary bulk.

    And unlike down, Primaloft is water-resistant and breathable, making the Quake an ideal companion throughout the season. "Comfy, cozy, and stylish, the Quake packs into its own pocket," noted Ben Kallman. "It would be good for any sort of outdoor activity."

    The built-in hood has a neoprene visor, while the collar is lined with fleece to ward off evil chin chaffing. The Quake does have a slim Euro fit and style, so it probably isn't the first thing you should grab for days in the terrain park. But as breathable insulation for a tour in a national park, that's where this piece really shines.

    Guide-year

    2018

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    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

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    LA SPORTIVA

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    Jackets

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    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • Flylow

    Quantum Pro Jacket

    $400.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Though backcountry-ready, the three-layer Quantum Pro is a durable jacket with relatively heavy fabric built for plundering stashes at your favorite resort. Made with 20k/20k waterproof/breathable Intuitive fabric, which has a slightly rough, almost denim-type feel, the Quantum is a workhorse that'll stand up to season after season of abuse.

    The cut is roomy with a long fit, and the freeride cut is less boxy than previous iterations, a big plus noted by POSSE members. A "great, tough resort jacket," stated John Clary Davies, though he noted the jacket's relative weakness in a touring application.

    Brit Barnes called it a "Swiss Army knife," saying that it "does everything at a great price." Equipped with eight pockets for all your doodads, including a season-pass pocket on the sleeve, the Quantum Pro also includes a helmet-compatible hood, removable power skier, streamline cuffs, and YKK waterproof zippers.

    "From car to the bar, this is a great rig," said POSSE skier and Big Sky ski tech Brit Barnes. "This is a coat that a local skier on a budget can be stoked on."

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    2018

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    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

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    Flylow

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    Jackets

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    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • DAKINE

    Sawtooth Jacket

    $450.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    Straight from the creative mind of Eric Pollard, the Sawtooth is a freeride coat that'll boost your performance and style. Made of three-layer Gore-Tex polyester plain weave with a tricot backing, the Sawtooth offers full protection from the elements in a cool, understated vibe.

    POSSE skiers noted the groovy hip pocket flaps and extra-large chest venting, which accommodates pack straps. "Great coat and flow. Good color combos," said John Davies.

    "Everything I want in a jacket." Features include YKK AquaGuard water-resistant zippers; wrist gaiters; two-way adjustable hood; two-way center front zipper; stretch mesh goggle pockets; stretch powder skirt, and a media compatible chest pocket. Davies added that it's heavy coat, making it a bit much on a warm day.

    Matt Hansen approved of the longer length, though pointed out how there was no cumbersome tugging. Said another POSSE member: "This jacket is steazy AF." What else do you want?

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    2018

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    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

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    DAKINE

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    Jackets

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    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • HELLY HANSEN

    Sogn Jacket

    $375.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    The Sogn is a unique attention-grabber with a styling all its own. Much of that is due to the bright visor stripe on the hood--a notable accent that only the most subdued storm crows won't love.

    But this all-purpose jacket, constructed with the company's own waterproof-breathable three-layer Helly Tech Professional, is designed to be compatible with a backpack for aggressive skiing in or out of bounds.

    Ventilation zippers double as pockets to maintain climate control and all your accessories. The chest pocket has a goggle chammy for moist days (or double E's), whereas the "Life Pocket," intended to save battery power on your phone, has Primaloft insulation.

    "This is an excellent, lightweight jacket for touring purposes with enough room to layer underneath," said POSSE member Dane Weister. POSSE members noted the "gigantic hood" was as "big as a Japanese whaling ship, but that's remedied when you adjust the rear drawstring." The Sogn also had big wrist cuffs with lots of Velcro.

    Altogether, the Sogn certainly has its fans--as well as its detractors mostly due to the brightly colored accents.

    Guide-year

    2018

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    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

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    HELLY HANSEN

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    Jackets

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • ARC’TERYX

    Tantalus Jacket

    $675.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    A three-layer Gore-Tex jacket with a flannel tricot backing, the Tantalus is a workhorse built for frigid days at the resort. Arc'teryx bills it as a hybrid freeride, meaning it's more tuned to riding lifts and skiing big vertical than it is for long missions in the backcountry.

    The fit is roomy for layering up, while the cut is a little longer, so it doesn't ride up with you're riding down. The durability lends itself to wearing a pack and busting through the woods, and the breathability means you won't shake-n-bake on traverses or short hikes into the nearby backcountry. Like all Arc'teryx pieces, the Tantalus has a clean, minimalist design, but packs a high tech punch.

    The one miss is that it doesn't have a pass pocket. Otherwise, as POSSE member Dane Weister says, "I'd be happy wearing this in the resort, touring, or walking around on a rainy day."

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    2018

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    ARC’TERYX

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    Men’s

  • SCOTT

    Vertic GTX 3L Jacket

    $550.00

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    An apparel guide staple, the mixed-use Scott Vertic jacket is made with the reliable 3L Gore-Tex fabric. The design is clean and simple, with few pockets and clean lines. The cut of the Vertic is shorter than most other jackets, so one may consider sizing up.

    The Scott Vertic is intended for touring, but throw on a mid-puffy and it will be comfortable around the ski hill, too. It has all the technical bells and whistles, including high waterproof/breathability ratings and a simple hood-cinching mechanism.

    "This jacket would be great on mountain or touring, but for especially wet conditions," said JF Bruegger.

    "The jacket is very stylish," added Ben Kallman. "It has nice pockets for a big phone. It's comfortable, with a good, high-quality build."

    The Scott Vertic, like most of the jackets in this guide, is a technical, high-quality shell meant for performance. The differences come down to fit, style, and cut. These jackets are a big investment, and the most important aspect of them is that they are comfortable for the skier. Be sure to try it on before purchasing.

    Guide-year

    2018

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    SCOTT

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    Jackets

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Men’s

  • 686

    Weapon Jacket

    $500.00

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    Manufacturer's Description

    You've probably heard of 686 through your snowboard buddies, who know that 686 has been making apparel for the core board-sports scene for a long time. Twenty-five years, to be exact. This year, for the first time, the Compton-based company launches a line of skiwear.

    So, yeah, we know what you're thinking: Yet another snowboard brand that finally wants to get into the cool factor of skiing. Well, you can be cynical all you want, but when you approach 686 with an open mind, you'll first realize how good their stuff is, and secondly, how lucky skiing is to have them join our community. It's all sliding downhill, anyway. Who cares what you put on your feet?

    That's the authentic approach 686 brought to the table with its GLCR Project, from which the 3-in-1 Weapon Jacket stands out for its technical properties, functionality in harsh mountain environments, and great style. Made of two-layer Gore-Tex, the shell comes equipped with a removable, integrated Primaloft midlayer. Together, the shell and midlayer are warm but surprisingly not bulky.

    Like the rest of the piece, the system is well thought out, including a big chest pocket that carries goggles or a pair of skins, a touch-compatible phone pocket, helmet-compatible hood, and adequate underarm venting. The cut is roomy and long, but doesn't suffocate or hinder movement. The outer fabric has a rugged feel but doesn't have the loud, crinkly sound associated with other jackets. Given the tough construction, it inspires fast skiing through unforgiving terrain.

    As a heavy jacket, especially with the midlayer, this piece is best utilized riding chairs, not touring in the backcountry. But if you consider the best days to be when the mercury drops, the wind howls, and snow flies sideways providing free-refills on every lap for you and your friends (no matter what they ride), the Weapon is one of the best new options for 2018.

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    2018

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    The Best Men’s Ski Jackets of the Year

    Brand Name

    686

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    Jackets

    Skiers Choice

    No

    Gender

    Men’s