Women’s Jack­ets

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ARC’TERYX Sen­tinel LT Jacket $649

New from Arc’teryx, the Sen­tinel LT is a bit of a de­par­ture (in the right direc­tion) for the brand when it comes to a longer, tai­lored freeride fit and sub­tle color-block­ing. Three-layer Gore-tex with a C-knit backer makes this water­proof, wind­proof jacket soft and pack­able. Gone is the stiff, techy crunch com­mon among pre­mium jack­ets. The POSSE ap­pre­ci­ated thought­ful de­tails Arc’teryx is known for, like a hel­met-com­pat­i­ble hood and water­tight pit zips that are eas­ily ac­cessed while wear­ing a pack. Weigh­ing just 560 grams, the Sen­tinel LT is a jacket you’ll reach for sea­son after sea­son spent in the back­coun­try.

BUR­TON AK Gore-tex Kimmy Anorak Jacket $600

Bur­ton added dura­bil­ity this sea­son to the Kimmy Fasani-in­spired three-layer de­sign, which in­cludes fully taped seams and wa­ter-re­sis­tant zip­pers. “This would be a prime Pa­cific North­west jacket for in or out of bounds,” says Seat­tle-based skier Heather Hans­man. “It’s a good blend of style and func­tion—i got more com­pli­ments in this jacket than any­thing else I’ve worn.” The POSSE es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ated the anorak’s ac­com­mo­dat­ing fit around the hips, mas­sive mesh-free pit vent­ing, and a side-en­try zip­per that makes it easy to pull on and off, even over a hel­met. “This jacket has a high­end de­sign and ma­te­ri­als in a mod­ern cut with great prints and tech specs that stand up to any­thing out there with­out look­ing too ‘alpine,’” says Michelle Nicholson of Driggs, Idaho.

PATAG­O­NIA Departer Jacket $349

Con­structed with re­cy­cled polyester and topped with a DWR fin­ish, the Departer is durable enough for rip­ping around the re­sort and ex­plor­ing quick hits in the back­coun­try. The POSSE praised the sim­ple de­sign and soft fab­ric, along with smart pocket place­ment. Most im­pres­sive: The two-layer shell also fea­tures a 100 per­cent re­cy­cled Gore-tex face fab­ric at one of the best price points we’ve seen from the brand. And, Patag­o­nia will re­pair any wear and tear that hap­pens from reg­u­lar use in an ef­fort to keep this jacket in the moun­tains and out of the land­fill.

THE NORTH FACE Purist Jacket $549

A full-fea­tured hard­shell built for long days on the skin track, the Purist has vents in the pits and arms to keep things nice and breath­able, while re­in­forced rip­stop ma­te­rial adds dura­bil­ity and stretch. The cut of the jacket is more freeride with added length in the torso for ex­tra cov­er­age of your back­side. “The fit is primo,” says Heather Hans­man. “The ar­tic­u­la­tion in the shoul­ders and back was great.” A hel­met-com­pat­i­ble drop hood and a clean, trim pro­file in­spires nin­ja­like stealth ski­ing through the trees.

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