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.