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Finding the right type of jacket is crucial if you want to enjoy the great great American past time of skiing. Here is some info on ski jackets to help you start on the right foot.

Types of Jackets

There are basically two types – insulated and soft shell. You should select the type that is according to your body temperature regulation system: If you get hot very quickly, then an insulated jacket is not for you as it will make you uncomfortable. Similarly, a soft shell jacket is not suitable for you if your body does not heat up quickly. The first step therefore is to determine body temperature. fire jacket

Insulated Ski Jackets

An insulated jacket has an outer waterproof and windproof layer to go with a built-in insulated layer mostly made from down, fleece, or a synthetic fabric such as Primaloft. Several jackets also come with a removable insulator piece. These are sometimes called system, or 3-in-1 jackets.

Insulation of the jackets is many times measured in grams, with more weight in grams meaning more warmth. Weight varies greatly – some weigh just 30 grams while others go as high as 800 grams. An insulated jacket is the best option for people with a cold body temperature.

Soft Shell Ski Jackets

A soft shell jacket is a very breathable, windproof, waterproof product that has no internal insulation. As mentioned above, this type of jacket is suitable for you if you are warmer person. Another benefit of soft shell jackets is that they offer more mobility compared to insulated jackets. They are normally worn over a base layer and a mid layer so they are not bulky like the insulated type.

You can wear a soft shell jacket without the base and mid layers on warmer days and add the layers when it’s cold. However, for very cold conditions and long periods of time outdoors, the jacket is probably unsuitable.

Waterproof Rating

Water proofing rating is arguably the most important feature of a ski jacket. Measured in millimeters, this rating indicates the time after which your jacket will become saturated and start allowing water to reach the layers underneath. The legal waterproof rating for a jacket is 1,500mm. The average rating is between 5,000 and 10,000mm, however, jackets can have a rating as high as 20,000mm. The price of the jacket will increase with water proofing rating.


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