Every year, the POWDER staff and a few compatriots gather at Solitude, Utah, for our annual apparel event—Thread The Needle. Some may wonder why we need to devote an entire week to skiing in new jackets. A jacket is a jacket, right? Actually, you’d be surprised at how much you learn about the fit, the functionality, that little cord in the hood just by skiing in the garment for an hour. The jackets above are the ones that performed the best. They’ll keep you dry, but air out your pits and sweat. They will shield you from the wind, and let you layer beneath. The hoods fit over helmets. The sleeves and cut are long enough. All that’s left for you to find out is which fits your style.

Helly Hansen Aurora

Dakine Mercer

Scott Explorair 3L

Faction Franklin Jacket

The North Face Fuseform Brigandine

Flylow Genius Jacket

Arc’Teryx Lillooet Jacket

Black Diamond Mission Pro Shell

Descente Nadia Jacket

Under Armour Nimbus Jacket

Strafe Nomad Jacket

Patagonia PowSlayer Jacket

Armada Resolution Jacket

Arc’teryx Rethel Jacket

Helly Hansen Ridge Shell

Eider Sapphire Jacket

Armada Sherwin Jacket

Eddie Bauer Telemetry Jacket

Faction Tinsley Jacket

Patagonia Untracked Jacket

Black Diamond Zone Jacket