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Looking for an insulated alpine-fit jacket

post #1 of 8
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Hello.  I'm looking for a new ski jacket.  I like my jackets to come with a bit of insulation, as I'm rarely skiing on warm days, but I don't like bulky jackets.  Can you recommend a  insulated jacket with a good alpine fit?

 

I've looked at the Patagonia Nano Storm, but it's little a bit short and I'm not sure how warm it will be (I will be wearing a base and light or midweight fleece, but I would also like to be able to throw the jacket on and be comfortable in 30-40 degree weather of the slopes).  My last Jacket was a 3-in-1 that was just too bulky.  This time I'm happy to try out a new manufacturer and spend more if necessary to get a jacket that fits this profile.

post #2 of 8

I'm not sure what you mean by "alpine fit" but you might want to consider the  Patagonia Insulated Snowshot which is designed for skiing.  Is there a Patagonia dealer near you where you try this stuff on?  I don't care for insulated jackets for skiing.  I prefer to tailor my warmth with the base and mid layers.  I use a base layer, Patagonia down sweater and Patagonia Powder Bowl shell even on the coldest days.  On warmer days I replace the down sweater with a fleece layer.

post #3 of 8

Check out Columbia and North Face.  Both make good quality insulated jackets.

post #4 of 8

Arcteryx Fission AR. Yes it's expensive, but it's an outstanding jacket. One on TGR Gearswap in a boring grey (L) for $200 right now. If I didn;t already have two, and it wasn't the boring color, I'd buy it.

post #5 of 8

Look at Kjus.  Almost all of their jackets are insulated and are great.  However, be prepared to spend some $$$.

 

CJ

post #6 of 8

Completely agree. Kjus sounds like exactly what you want.  They are mighty $$$ though, but I managed to get mine for $175 with the tags still on from someone on these forums! icon14.gif

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agree on the shell vice insulated, but i tried on the P'gonia snowshot shell, struck me as very loose fitting, relaxed cut.  Read some reviews that also (if i recall correctly) labeled the SnowShot as relaxed fit.
 

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I'm not sure what you mean by "alpine fit" but you might want to consider the  Patagonia Insulated Snowshot which is designed for skiing.  Is there a Patagonia dealer near you where you try this stuff on?  I don't care for insulated jackets for skiing.  I prefer to tailor my warmth with the base and mid layers.  I use a base layer, Patagonia down sweater and Patagonia Powder Bowl shell even on the coldest days.  On warmer days I replace the down sweater with a fleece layer.



 

post #8 of 8

Buy my Arcteryx jacket and Cloudveil Primaloft vest.  Great combo when cold; go without vest when warm.  Bombproof and versatile.  MSRP over $550, get the combo for $220 + ship.  http://www.epicski.com/t/108026/fs-arcteryx-jacket-cloudveil-vest-aigle-goretex-pants

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