Originally Posted by Blue Streak
You might consider a bright color as an even more important factor.
Originally Posted by Dino
Get one from a company with a good rep for warranty/repairs. It may not be their fault if you tear it, but those companies usually work with their customers to make them happy.
These. Both truth. I'd add, better ski with friends who can spot that parka as you slide out of sight. But abrasion, well, obviously a heavier multi-layer shell is best, may not breathe as well, makes more noise, and is less cool right now. I've had good luck with Patagonia shells, both for build quality and the company's attitude.
Last, keep in mind that skiing trees is a lot like what a dear departed member said about what he used for rock skis. "All my skis are rock skis," he replied. Meaning, he skied side country, trees, pillows, jumps, places that end up trashing bases. And that was more important than "saving" his skis. Ditto for parkas. If you ski trees a lot, you'll gouge your parka, chip your helmet, punch your bases, and generally look like you've been through a war. An honorable war. Duct tape is your ribbon of honor...