Blue dots indicate award winners, with high-value jackets such as the Flylow Billie Coat and Orage Nina falling further to the right and lower. We especially love the Sentinel and Patagonia Snowbelle's huge hoods. Also, everything we tested was given added water resistance with the application of each manufacturer's proprietary DWR Durable Water Repellent coating, but some jackets repelled water better than others.
We discuss waterproof materials in greater detail in the individual reviews. Along with field testing, we sprayed each jacket with water to carefully evaluate how well water beaded off of the surface, and how long it took the water to soak into the material. The spray test assessed the DWR coatings on these jackets, not the overall waterproofness of the materials. It is important to note that DWR coatings will wear off over time from washing and use, but garments can be re-treated.
To learn more about DWR coatings and how to choose the right waterproof material for your outerwear, we recommend checking out the Hardshell Buying Advice Article. Other factors we considered in this category are how wind resistant the jacket's construction is — do we feel drafts through zippers or seams? We also evaluate if hoods are adjustable, insulated, and will fit all the way over a helmet to protect you from winds and precipitation while sitting still on the chairlift or skiing down in stormy weather.
All of the shells and 3-in-1 jackets have non-insulated hoods, while the fully insulated jackets all had insulation in the hood. We especially love the Sentinel and Patagonia Snowbelle's huge hoods. When you're working hard making turns in deep powder, you can work up a sweat.
You don't want to feel clammy and sweaty under your jacket, which will leave you chilled when sitting still on the lift, so you want your jacket to be somewhat breathable or have the ability to ventilate.
The materials it is made of, as well as the ventilation features incorporated in the jacket, are both effective ways to release heat and moisture.
With an easy-to-open pit-zip like on the Untracked Jacket you can immediately get airflow to your body, allowing you to regulate your temperature quickly. Since most of the contenders in this review are thick and insulated, meaning not very breathable, the ventilation features are essential for staying comfortable in varying conditions on the ski hill. The three un-insulated shells we tested had the best ventilation of the bunch, all with gaping pit-zips and somewhat breathable materials.
All of the jackets in this test have some pit-zip feature for venting, allowing for air to circulate inside the jacket on warmer days, some allowing more air in than others. Some of the jacket's pit-zips were mesh backed to keep the snow out, like on the Arc'teryx Tiya , whereas some had no mesh like the Mountain Hardwear Barnsie.
Without mesh, the pit-zips can open up wider for maximum ventilation, but also can allow snow inside the jacket if you happen to tumble. All of the 3-in-1 styles, like the Columbia Whirlibird Interchange, have pit-zips on the exterior shell, but not on the interior insulating layer, which makes them much less useful. The first thing most people think about when heading out for a ski is "Will I be warm enough?
We skied fast and sat on windy chairlifts to find out if there were any drafts in strange places and tried out all the special features designed to help retain heat. The Patagonia Primo Down - Women's is by far the warmest in the review, using high quality down insulation. The Arc'teryx Tiya was a distant second in the warmth department, filled with warm synthetic insulation. The Columbia Whirlibird uses a foil-like lining Columbia calls Omni-Heat that is designed to reflect heat back towards your body.
This, in combination with synthetic insulation, keeps you warm. We were skeptical about this flashy material but found that the Whirlibird was one of the warmer jackets in the review. We like the lightweight Thermal. Q Elite insulation in the Mountain Hardwear Barnsie. This jacket is not as warm as some of the others, but its warmth-to-weight ratio is very high.
We did not evaluate the shell jackets in the warmth department as none of them are insulated, and so we rated them all the same in this category. Other design factors that contribute to warmth are wrist gaiters that keep the drafts out of your sleeves, chin guards that can zip up over a neck gaiter, and baffles around your neck to keep drafts from creeping down your spine.
Each item in this review has different ski-specific features that make spending a day on the ski hill easier and more comfortable. Most ski specific jackets have powder skirts, designed to keep snow from going up your back on a powder day or from going down the pants when falling.
We love the powder skirts on the Billie Coat , and Primo Down because they are removable for times when they aren't needed,m like wearing the jacket around town. Many brand's powder skirts are compatible with the same brand's ski pants, and you can attach them so they become impenetrable to snow. This is the most efficient way to wear a powder skirt.
There are many convenient and unique features on all the different models on our test. Features we look for in our favorites are:. We need lots of places to stash our stuff. We particularly like it when jackets have media pockets with headphone ports like in the Orage Nina so we can listen to our tunes while we shred. We noticed this year that more jackets than ever have this feature.
We also like big mesh goggle pockets and fleece lined hand warmer pockets like in the Tiya as well as interior zippered pockets for keeping the important things like credit cards and car keys. The Flylow Billie Coat had a great variety of pockets. These help keep the drafts out of your sleeves and keep your hands warmer when you don't have your gloves on. Wrist gaiters made out of thin, sleek materials are better for wearing underneath gloves, like in the Mountain Hardwear Barnsie.
Fewer models came with wrist gaiters or "thumb holes" this year. This feature seems to be a growing trend and is becoming an industry standard for all ski jackets. The RECCO system will potentially aid ski patrol in finding you more quickly if you are caught up in an in-bounds avalanche. Other unique features that we came across this year were a cord to attach your cell phone to your jacket, so it doesn't fall when you're on the chairlift in the Orage Nina.
We think that having good style is super important when you ski at the resort often. People begin to recognize you by what you wear every day, and your outfit essentially becomes your identity when your head and face is otherwise cloaked in a helmet and goggles. Your friends can no longer see your face or hair, but will certainly notice your jacket.
Selecting one that represents your style and personality is just as important as finding one with properly placed vents and warm enough insulation. The latest trends in women's ski jackets for are jackets with extra long cuts to cover your backside and two-tone designs with different colored hoods and sleeves — we didn't see as many flashy patterns this year. This could be because there is a trend towards brightly colored ski pants, so having a more understated, solid color jacket can better match a bright pair of bottoms.
Bright, contrasting colored zippers are still a favorite in women's jackets, like on the Untracked jacket. All of the items in this review come in many different color combinations so you can find the one that best suits you. We think that the Flylow Billie Coat , and Orage Nina are the steeziest of the bunch because of their ability to make you stand out on the mountain and their long hemlines — especially on the Billie Coat and Untracked - are comfortable and protective.
We also think the Patagonia Primo Down and the Arc'teryx Tiya are simple and clean looking for those of us who prefer a more understated style. Comfort and fit are paramount because you want to be able to move around and feel good while wearing your jacket all day. Some have stretchy shell materials that flex with movement, like the Nina.
Some are extra roomy so you can wear more layers underneath, like the Snowbelle and the Untracked. The fit of your jacket can also affect the warmth of it. If it is too small and you are not able to put extra layers on for those biting cold days, you won't be as comfortable. Conversely, if it is too roomy and lets in drafts, it will also be less warm and comfortable. The latest version of the Primo Down has a softer, less crinkly feeling Gore-Tex material that we like a lot.
The most comfortable of the shells we tested was the Arc'teryx Sentinel , its Gore-Tex material has a soft hand, and it fits well, including the hood that moves with your head when you turn it - although the Billie Coat is a close second with its new, softer shell materials.
We compared all of the manufacturer's size charts to see if they matched up with our tester's dimensions to give you some extra information on how to select a fit for yourself.
Some models we recommend sizing up, down, or purchasing your normal size. We talk about this in more detail in each review, but in general, we found Arc'teryx sizes to be on the smaller side and Columbia's to be on the bigger side. A ski jacket is meant to keep you warm, dry, and operating during a day on the slopes. All of the jackets in this review have features that are specific to skiing to do just that.
When searching for your new ski jacket, weather resistance and warmth are huge factors that play into finding the best fit. Other factors such as pockets and ventilation should also be considered. And of course, you want a jacket that makes you feel good about yourself and reflects your personal style! We hope that our observations in this review have helped you select the right kind of jacket for your needs.
Check out our Buying Advice article for details on the most important considerations for finding the perfect jacket for skiing or boarding at the resort. The 10 Best Ski Jackets for Women. Displaying 1 - 5 of Updated February This winter, our team of experts cruised the slopes to bring you the best of the best. See all prices 3 found. This is part of the North Face Summit Series of jackets which means that it can handle very cold temperatures. The Gotham Jacket is filled with goose down.
The Moutain Hardwear Confluence Jacket is completely weatherproof and has extra reinforcements to keep out the moisture.
We checked out Amazon. Reviewers love this jacket for its appearance and warmth. It is designed to give a better range of motion. Recommended Women's Ski Jackets: Outside Magazine did a field test report on ski gear for women and said the best women's ski jacket was the Spyder Stunner Jacket. Outdoor Magazine said they appreciated how this jacket was cut specifically for a woman.
It has added touches for skiers including insulation, microfiber at the collar, and a chamois wipe for goggles. They also mentioned that the colors were fun. You can see all Spyder ski jackets online here. Spyder rates well overall. Trails Magazine recommended the Columbia Hayworth Jacket.
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