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Best insulated jacket for in-bounds days?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Hi folks - I'm looking for solid women's jacket for my sister for mostly inbounds skiing. She mostly skis blues and greens - no backcountry, no trees, no hiking (except when we make a wrong turn smile.gif). Needs to handle some light snow but if it starts down pouring, we'll probably be inside. 

 

Are insulated jackets the way to go for this? I'd want something breathable and windproof (she hates freezing on lifts), a nice fit (why do so many insulated jackets make you look like a michelin man?) and something she only need to wear a single baselayer (underarmor cold gear) underneath. We mostly ski tahoe, so temperatures are generally pretty mild - in the 15-30F range. 

 

thoughts or recommendations on specific jackets? Would she be better off with a goretex shell (found a Burton AK Altitude for $150) and a nice mid-layer to go with her underarmor? She's not the type to own multiple versions of each so the prospect of matching for the temperature isn't as appealing. 

 

Thanks so much for your help! 

--Amanda 

post #2 of 13

Don't know about "best" but take a look at Outdoor Research Igneo jacket. It's insulated with pit zips (necessary if this will be only jacket in Tahoe) as well as waterproof, lots of nice features for the $$. Runs a bit on the larger side if she's between sizes. And you can find last year's for under $150. It's kind of plain, don't know if that's a consideration, but I think it fits well.I don't feel too Michelin-y in it.

 

For Tahoe, though, a shell probably is the best option, due to layering capabilities. As you said, you won't really need anything super-warm, but you will need waterproof, and insulated might be too warm on the warm days. A shell with different insulating layers will do this. 

 

Then again, I have about 5 ski coats, so... ;-)

post #3 of 13

Welcome to EpicSki.  I agree with Segbrown.  I have quite a few garments from OR including my all-time favorite ski pants, all good stuff.  But, a shell and a couple of mid layers really is the way to go.  I believe Burton stuff tends to be baggy.

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post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the helpful (and fast!) replies! Was looking at the nano storm, wasn't sure if 60g fill would be warm enough. No pit zips also seems like an odd design choice (and from reading some reviews, it seems like it was an explicit decision?) but I guess you can always just open the front of the coat. 

 

if I went the layering route, any recommendations on a good mid-layer? Would an R1 be a warm enough combo with just a shell and underarmor, assuming it's not lower than 10-15F? 

 

btw, does anyone have any experience with the Burton AK 2L Altitude? I'm not finding a lot about it online, but it seems like a nicely built jacket (and the right price ;) ) 

post #6 of 13

I've been researching jackets a ton and just ordered the Stoic Welder from backcountry. Haven't gotten it yet, but definitely over researched. The insulated bomber is supposed to be good too. Sweet price this weekend. 

 

backcountry.com

post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 

Over researching? I wouldn't know what you're talking about...  rolleyes.gif

 

Are you planning to use the Welder as a mid-layer or an outer? The bomber also caught my eye.. 

 

too many choices! ...and now *I* want new gear! 

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by amandapanda View Post

Thanks for the helpful (and fast!) replies! Was looking at the nano storm, wasn't sure if 60g fill would be warm enough. No pit zips also seems like an odd design choice (and from reading some reviews, it seems like it was an explicit decision?) but I guess you can always just open the front of the coat. 

if I went the layering route, any recommendations on a good mid-layer? Would an R1 be a warm enough combo with just a shell and underarmor, assuming it's not lower than 10-15F? 

FWIW, you don't see pit zips in many (any?) insulated shell garments. Non-insulated, yes, but not insulated.

And re: your R1 question, it depends. Individual comfort level, activity level, wind & humidity, layers on legs and hips, hat/hood, etc. etc. But the R1 is an awfully handy and versatile piece in your layering quiver.
post #9 of 13

Shrug, every helly hansen insulated shell for ski that I saw have pit zips (some are not exactly in the pit but a little in the back of the pit region)

 

 

For midlayers, I would recommend smartwool TML., or somesimilar ones from icebreaker and other merino ones,

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Bob Lee View Post


FWIW, you don't see pit zips in many (any?) insulated shell garments. Non-insulated, yes, but not insulated....

 

Actually, yes, there are a lot of insulated jackets with pit zips. Not all of them, of course, but I own two myself, one big down puffy and another lighter-weight coat. I find them more necessary in insulated jackets, in fact. 

post #11 of 13
I figured I was probably going to get called on my pit zip assertion. Oh well, I can't recall seeing them anyway. Guess I need to spend more time at ski boutiques going through the racks.

Edit: a little googling shows that I shoulda googled first, then asserted. redface.gif
post #12 of 13

amanda: Welcome to EpicSki!  You might get some ideas here:

 

http://www.theskidiva.com/forums/index.php?threads/jacket-suggestions-or-good-sales.14735

 

You could ask for specific suggestions from the Ski Divas.  Just be forewarned that they are enablers when it comes to buying jackets . . . and any other ski-related gear for women.  wink.gif

post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

You guys are awesome - thanks so much for the recommendations (and the pointers to the ski divas forum!). I think i'm going to go with the shell and a nice R1 for her... and might be picking up the same for myself biggrin.gif ($150 for a $400 shell seemed too good to pass up - it's a *tad* small, but that just gives me an excuse to pick up some new thin mid-layers.. and maybe do a bit more running before the seasons really picks up!) 

 

thanks for all the advice! 

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