Men’s Jack­ets

Trends for 2019: The in­clu­sion of stretch ma­te­ri­als for in­creased mo­bil­ity and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly fab­rics.

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ARC’TERYX Sabre LT Jacket $649

Dur­ing a bl­iz­zard or wind­storm, few things are more an­noy­ing than a jacket hood that won’t fit over your rooster hat or hel­met. Fret no more with the three-layer Gore-tex Sabre LT, fea­tur­ing a large storm hood that can be eas­ily cinched with one hand while wear­ing gloves or mitts. A Gore-tex C-knit back­ing makes this jacket su­per breath­able, bul­let­proof, and less crinkly. Two siz­able chest pock­ets com­ple­ment pit zips (all zip­pers are seam taped), while the fit al­lows for lay­er­ing and free­dom of move­ment. Bonus: A longer cut elim­i­nates the too-short-rid­ing-up-the­back syn­drome.

DAKINE Clark Anorak Jacket $180

The Clark Anorak sim­ply feels great and looks dif­fer­ent from the rest. A three-quar­ter-zip pullover jacket, the two-layer Clark Anorak fea­tures a fixed hood and 10k/10k water­proof-breatha­bil­ity. The mas­sive kan­ga­roo pocket is big enough to hold snacks, drinks, an ex­tra beanie, and sun­glasses for après. When it’s warm or steamy, two pit zips can cool you off on the lift, in­clud­ing one that goes from the hem all the way up through the armpit. If you don’t mind the pullover anorak fea­ture, the Clark ex­ists for those re­sort skiers who pre­fer style to tech­ni­cal func­tion. It’s also re­ally af­ford­able.

FLY­LOW Cooper Jacket $450

True to Fly­low’s ski-bum roots, the Cooper is a sleek shell that tran­si­tions eas­ily be­tween the re­sort and back­coun­try, with an un­der­stated but fash­ion­able moun­tain style. The most in­ter­est­ing el­e­ment of the jacket, how­ever, is its ma­te­rial, de­vel­oped by In­tu­itive ex­clu­sively for Fly­low. The Perm is a three-layer stretchy fab­ric that’s 20k in wa­ter­proof­ing with ex­cep­tional breatha­bil­ity. Dur­ing a tor­ren­tial spring down­pour, the Cooper kept the POSSE re­mark­ably dry and ski­ing through­out the day. But it also doesn’t suf­fo­cate on the boot­pack, and in­cludes 12-inch pit zips to dump even more heat. A freeride cut gives the Cooper am­ple length, while stretch through­out en­cour­ages all the high-fives you can dish out.

SPY­DER Eiger Shell $600

Spy­der comes to mar­ket this sea­son with a full line of ap­parel with Gore-tex for high per­for­mance in any con­di­tion. A non-in­su­lated shell built with all the tech­ni­cal fea­tures you need to stay warm, dry, and ac­tive, the Eiger has three-layer ny­lon rip­stop with Gore-tex and a durable wa­ter re­pel­lent (DWR) fin­ish. POSSE skiers praised the Eiger for its freeride cut, ex­cel­lent vent­ing, and ease with which to layer de­pend­ing on tem­per­a­ture and mis­sion. “This piece is re­ally tech­ni­cal and lightweight,” said Salt Lake City-based skier John How­land. “They re­ally di­aled the lit­tle things well, with solid zip­pers and pocket place­ment.” Jack Fo­er­ster­ling called the Eiger the “ul­ti­mate back­coun­try kit.”

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