For those that want a more relaxed fit and fuller coverage from their ski jacket, look no further than the Vanskier from Mountain Hardwear. Waterproof, windproof, and insulated, the jacket works well both on the groomers as well as for those backcountry touring days.
Dual color coding matches the dual technologies at work in this ski jacket. Strategically placed Thermal.Q Elite synthetic insulation is combined with a Dry.Q Elite shell for a waterproof and windproof package that breathes better than any deep sea diver. With a softshell feel, the jacket makes little noise as you move, but beware of durability if you are an avid tree skier.
Inspired by down, Thermal.Q synthetic insulation offers warmth without the weight or bulk by combining rigid stems and soft fibers to trap air and create a thermal barrier between you and the outside cold air. Ditch the midlayer, as this ski jacket is more than warm enough with just a baselayer beneath – unless the mercury is really hitting the negatives. The extra long cut works with the removable powder skirt to keep snow from flying up your back.
Soft internal cuffs with thumbholes keep your sleeves from riding up and also make it easy to slide under your gloves or mitts. For the occasional booting session or skinning uphill, underarm zips let you quickly dump any excess heat. The three-way adjustable hood fits snugly over your helmet, while the micro-chamois lined collar provides extra warmth and protects your chin when the jacket is fully zipped.
The two zippered hand pockets are strategically placed and large enough to get at your snacks or phone without removing your pack. A small zippered pocket on the left arm is big enough for that Epic Pass, while three internal mesh pockets easily store an extra pair of gloves, goggle lenses, or sunglasses in case you want to leave the pack at home. The internal zipper pocket with media port is just big enough for an iPhone, and also a great place to store some money for that après beer.
The Mountain Hardwear Vanskier Jacket retails for $400 and is available now – you can find some great late season deals on this ski jacket at the moment.