I've been looking around for a new ski jacket. I ski primarily in the East at Mount Snow, Jay Peak, Stowe, etc. Translation: some days it's very very cold (below 0 degrees F). However, later in the season it does warm up a bit. I would also like to wear it around town during the winter. For the past 5 seasons I have been wearing a Karbon jacket because I was a ski instructor. It was very warm, a bit puffy, and had a synthetic insulation. I don't think just getting a Gore Tex shell will be warm enough for the east, so I'm thinking of getting something with insulation. I have an EMS and and TNF fleece jacket that I could wear as a midlayer I suppose under a thin shell, but that seems a bit bulky and doesn't solve my problem of having a warm jacket for every day wear. Therefore, I think an insulated jacket is my best bet (correct me if I'm wrong). As a law student, my funds are limited. I'm looking to spend $200-$250.
EMS has a good sale today and tomorrow.
I really liked the feel of TNF Plasma Jacket. It's thin but has primaloft insulation. Almost feels like wearing a sleeping bag. Very comfy. Would this be warm enough?http://www.ems.com/catalog/product_d...=1164474618759
I also looked at TNF Amplitude Triclimate. It has a zip in liner jacket. It feels very warm because it's a 3-1. It is a bit bulky, but it might be worth sacrificing a bit of mobility for the warmth.http://www.ems.com/catalog/product_d...=1164474618757
I also saw this Mountain Hardware Torque jacket on campmor. It also has a primaloft insulation.http://www.campmor.com/webapp/wcs/st...rId=1250022 6
Any recommendations on these jackets, or others, that will keep me plenty warm would be very appreciated. Thanks for the help!