TOP 5 BACKCOUNTRY JACKETS

08/02/18

TOP 5 BACKCOUNTRY JACKETS

Cold, wet and sweaty… exactly how you don’t want to feel as you’re about to drop into a 45 degree couloir. A high-quality backcountry jacket (teamed up with good pants and base layers) will help you avoid this lousy situation, even in demanding conditions.

Being able to rely on your gear is essential to any out-of-bounds expedition - small mistakes can soon become big problems in remote areas. Investing in a product that is used by ski and snowboard professionals around the world, helps to minimise the risks.

We suggest 5 of our favourite backcountry jackets that won’t let you down.

Arc'teryx

Women's Sentinel GORE-TEX Ski Jacket

Arc'teryx Women's Sentinel
  • GORE-TEX fabric with lightly brushed backer
  • Helmet compatible hood
  • Watertight zips
  • Venting zips
  • Internal laminated zipped pocket
  • Adjustable laminated powder skirt with pant snaps

Designed for big mountain and freeride skiing, the Sentinel jacket offers a women’s specific fit that optimises comfort in conjunction with articulation for great freedom of movement.

A full three-layer GORE-TEX fabric keeps you dry while a brushed liner adds warmth. Despite the relaxed style, everything in this jacket is function over form with watertight zips, a helmet hood and power skirt completing a terrific jacket.

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Patagonia

Men's Powder Bowl GORE-TEX Ski Jacket

  • 2-layer GORE-TEX fabric with tech mesh lining
  • Helmet-compatible storm hood
  • Water-resistant zips
  • Adjustable powder skirt
  • Inner stash and security pockets

Whether it’s a bluebird or whiteout, the Patagonia Powder Bowl is your go-to jacket for every day on the mountain. The two-layer GORE-TEX shell provides all the shelter you’ll need in backcountry conditions while it remains as eco and human-friendly as possible belonging to part of the bluesign approved project.

Inside the jacket there are several stash pockets and a solid powder skirt that clips into all Patagonia ski pants. On the outside there are watertight coated zippers, four external pockets including an arm pass pocket and articulated seams for freedom of movement. And up top the hood you’ll find room for a helmet while the tall neck collar provides sanctuary from harsh winds.

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The North Face

Men's Fuse Brigandine GORE-TEX Ski Jacket

  • 3-layer GORE-TEX with Fuseform construction
  • Exaggerated ergonomic 3D engineering
  • Fuseform minimal seam construction with woven-in reinforcement
  • Helmet compatible hood
  • Aquaguard watertight zips
  • 3Dhelmet-compatible hood

This jacket uses a tried and tested GORE-TEX membrane in conjunction with a FuseForm outer and a comfortable and protective inner. It is the first time The North Face have used this combination, and the results are impressive.

Reinforced areas around the hood, shoulders, sides and inner arms provide extra protection in high-abrasion zones - with a minimal increase in weight.

If you are going to be spending a lot of time in the backcountry and you want a jacket that can take a beating and still keep performing, then the Fuse Brigandine is an excellent choice. It has all the features you need for long sessions off-piste; it keeps you dry and comfortable and looks great.

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Arc'teryx

Men's Rush GORE-TEX Ski Jacket

  • 3-layer GORE-TEX Pro
  • Helmet-compatible hood
  • Watertight zips
  • Venting zips
  • Internal laminated zipped pocket
  • Laminated powder skirt with pant snaps

Perfect for backcountry adventures, this jacket combines two variants of the GORE-TEX Pro fabric. One to provide protection around the hood and upper-arms while the other is lightweight and comfortable. A simple design minimises weight without the need to remove useful features such as an internal mesh pocket, drop back hem and taped seems.

Ergonomic 3D patterning allows for enhanced mobility/comfort on the hill and an easy-to-adjust helmet hood completes this excellent jacket.

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Patagonia

Women's GORE-TEX Insulated Powder Bowl Ski Jacket

  • 2-layer GORE-TEX fabric with zonal 100g/60g Thermogreen insulation
  • Helmet compatible hood
  • Watertight zips
  • Adjustable powder skirt
  • Inner stash and security pockets

Built for those cold January days, the insulated bowl jacket offers you all the protection of two-layer GORE-TEX with smart insulation. Along the chest of the jacket you’ll find 100g of Thermogreen synthetic insulation and 60g in each of the arms. This lightweight insulation adds warmth exactly where you need it without hindering the breathability of the GORE-TEX fabric. You also have the option to use the armpit vents if you want to dump heat quickly. .

The fit has been refined by Patagonia’s women athletes and team of designers to offer unrestricted movement and contain all the backcountry extras you need for a successful day of skiing off-piste.

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About the Author:

Pete Fletcher - Outdoor Expert

Pete grew up hiking most of the trails in the Lake District before being introduced to skiing. A few decades later and you're most likely to find him snowboarding, skateboarding, or making a mean coffee.