The Best Heavily Insulated Ski Jackets

Ski jackets with a lot of insulation are designed to keep the user warm while sitting still on the chair lift but allow for some ventilation while coming down the slopes. Generally, these jackets are designed for use at lift access ski and ride areas. They often come with a lot of bells and whistles since weight saving isn’t a huge concern of the user while convenience and comfort are at the top of the priority list.

These jackets have limited versatility as they can only be used when it’s very cold out. While lighter jackets and a layering system allows the user to adjust their layers in different temperature situations. These heavier jackets often serve double duty when not on the slopes as jackets for walking the dog or doing other chores around town where exertion is kept to a minimum (much like riding a chair lift).

The potential overlap with this category would be heavy puffer or puffy insulated jackets. We categorize those kinds of jackets for broader use in our Insulated Jackets category. These typically weigh less than insulated ski jackets and they don’t always have all the features of a ski jacket. Though, many users do opt for a winter puffy jacket as their warmest outer layer for extremely cold days on the slopes, on a winter hike, in the backcountry or around town.

Below are our tests of heavily insulated ski jackets designed for use at ski resorts. Scroll through the grid below reading the pros and cons of each and click into the review of the jacket that looks to best suit your needs.

Review Year
Best in Class
Overall Rating
Price
Name Overall Rating Ratings The Good The Bad Price
Arcteryx Fissile
92
Best in Class
2015
Durability 9
Weatherproofness 10
Breathability 6
Features 7
Function 10

Great fit for most body types

Warm

Weatherproof

Luxurious feel

Lightweight

Expensive

MSRP
$875.00
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Dynafit Meteorite
90
Durability 8
Weatherproofness 10
Bells & Whistles 9
Function 8
Breathability 5

Warm when wet

Body mapped insulation

Superlight

Kinda crinkly

No vents

MSRP
$450.00
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Strafe Highlands Jacket
89
Durability 9
Weatherproofness 8
Breathability 7
Features 6
Function 9

Huge pit zips

Relatively breathable for an insulated jacket

Tough face fabric

Light weight

Pricey

MSRP
$600.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Columbia Outdry ex Diamond Down Insulated Jacket
89
Durability 6
Weatherproofness 9
Bells & Whistles 7
Function 9
Breathability 8

Very warm

Absolutely waterproof

Low on Toxic PFCs

Slick Naugahyde feel

More delicate than synthetic insulation

MSRP
$500.00
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Helly Hansen Sogn Jacket
89
Durability 6
Weatherproofness 8
Bells & Whistles 9
Function 8
Breathability 8

Stretchy

Full featured

Well priced

Pit zips kind of small

MSRP
$350.00
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Millet Magic Stretch
85
Durability 6
Weatherproofness 6
Breathability 5
Features 10
Function 8

Cozy fit

Good stretch

Lots of bells and whistles

Good value

A bit heavy

Odd front drop pockets

MSRP
$390.00
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N/A
Marmot Starcross
84
Durability 6
Weatherproofness 7
Bells & Whistles 7
Function 7
Breathability 7

Inexpensive

Lots of pockets

Stylish

Heavy

Twill looses weatherproofing

MSRP
$300.00
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Columbia Heatzone 1000
80
Durability 4
Weatherproofness 5
Breathability 6
Features 5
Function 10

Very warm

Lightweight

Inexpensive for a 900 fill down coat

Less durable face fabric

No vents

MSRP
$450.00
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686 GLCR Ether Down Thermagraph
79
Durability 5
Weatherproofness 5
Bells & Whistles 8
Function 6
Breathability 5

Well priced

Body mapped insulation

Stylish looks

Smallish pit zips

Face fabric loses weathproofing over time

A bit heavy

MSRP
$300.00
BEST DEAL
N/A
Volcom Pat Moore Insulated Jacket
74
Durability 5
Weatherproofness 5
Features 5
Breathability 4
Function 5

Inexpensive

Good stretch

Warm

Less breathable than others in the test

Fit not as dialed

MSRP
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