For the 50+ Traveler

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Wantdo Women’s Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket

Top Pick
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Over 5,000 reviewers have given this wildly popular ski jacket an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, and it’s not hard to see why. It has a perfectly sporty look, comes in 13 color combinations, and has all the bells and whistles that will let you customize your wear and keep yourself warm (but not too warm) on the slopes.

Our favorite features are the built-in adjustable cuffs to keep the wind out, the detachable hood with toggles you can use to cinch it down, and the pockets, which are ample (five in total) and perfectly placed. The coat also has a warm, fuzzy lining, a snap skirt to keep the snow from kicking up from the ground into the jacket, and a waterproof, quick-dry exterior that’s breathable thanks to its unique miro-pore structure.

Most reviewers say it’s true to size, though some note that it fits a bit restrictively around the hips. You may want to size up if you plan to wear a vest or numerous thicker layers underneath your coat, though a few reviewers suggest that the sizing actually runs on the larger side. Also note that some owners who run cold say it isn’t warm enough for them. Finally, detailing around the pockets might peel over time.

Key Features

  • Sporty, streamlined design available in 13 color combinations
  • Wind and waterproof polyester and PU exterior
  • Breathable fabric that prevents overheating

Specifications

  • Brand: Wantdo
  • Material: PU and polyester
  • Available Sizes: Women’s Small to 3X-Large

Pros

  • Detachable hood allows you to customize your fit
  • Adjustable cuffs with liners keep the wind from going up your sleeves
  • Array of pockets provides a place for everything you need to keep on your person

Cons

  • Might not be warm enough if you run cold
  • Detailing around pockets is known to peel
  • No consensus on whether the jacket runs large, small, or true to size

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JINSHI Men’s Mountain Waterproof Fleece Ski Jacket

Honorable Mention
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This men’s jacket has over 350 glowing 4- and 5-star reviews, with folks calling it a warm, good option for the price and sharing stories of the places they’ve worn it, from Colorado to Iceland. It has a sporty, streamlined design and comes in six unique color combinations. Multiple people say the polyester exterior is truly wind and waterproof and that the fleece lined body and hood (which is detachable) keep them warm.

This jacket doesn’t have built-in sleeve liners, but the sleeves can be tightened with hook-and-loop (think Velcro) closures, and it does have a powder skirt to keep the wind out. There’s an array of internal and external zippered pockets that will help keep all your essentials accessible and organized.

Some buyers complain that the plastic zippers catch frequently and others note that they’ve received women’s sized substitutions (with the zippers on the wrong side) for the men’s size jackets they’ve ordered.

Key Features

  • Sporty, streamlined design available in 6 color combinations
  • Water resistant, quick-dry exterior
  • Fleece-lined body and hood

Specifications

  • Brand: JINSHI
  • Material: Polyester
  • Available Sizes: Men’s Small to XX-Large

Pros

  • Detachable hood allows you to customize your fit
  • Adjustable cuffs with hook-and-loop closure
  • Array of pockets provides a place for everything you need to keep on your person

Cons

  • No built-in cuff liners to keep wind from going up sleeves
  • Plastic zippers may catch or break
  • Some buyers have received women’s sized equivalents of the men’s size jackets they ordered

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Wantdo Men’s Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket

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This is the men’s equivalent to the Wantdo Women's Mountain Waterproof Ski Jacket that took Top Pick. If fact, if you wanted matching his and hers ski jackets, this is your opportunity. Both Mountain jackets come in Black, Dark Grey, Blending Navy, and Red. The men’s ski jacket comes in 13 other colors, too.

Like the women’s Wantdo ski jacket, the men’s version has a waterproof polyester and PU exterior, breathable pores, adjustable cuffs and sleeve liners, and a snap skirt. Cinch the hood tight with the built in toggle system or remove it completely if you don’t need it. Keep all your necessaries safe and close in the jacket’s array of zippered pockets.

While nearly 85 percent of 6,000+ reviewers have given this ski jacket 4- and 5-star ratings, multiple buyers have experienced problems with the seams and stitching (including ripping), while others report zipper failures. Finally, as with the Wantdo women’s ski jacket, there’s no consensus on how to interpret Wantdo’s sizing chart as some buyers say it’s spot on but others have received jackets that are too small for them despite sizing up.

Key Features

  • Sporty, streamlined design available in 17 color combinations
  • Wind and waterproof polyester and PU exterior
  • Breathable fabric that prevents overheating

Specifications

  • Brand: Wantdo
  • Material: PU and polyester
  • Available Sizes: Men’s Small to XXX-Large

Pros

  • Detachable hood allows you to customize your fit
  • Adjustable cuffs with liners keep the wind from going up your sleeves
  • Array of pockets provides a place for everything you need to keep on your person

Cons

  • Multiple wearers have reported weak and ripped stitching
  • Zippers may catch or fail
  • No consensus on whether the jacket runs small or true to size

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Rokka&Rolla Women’s Lightweight Water Resistant Hooded Jacket

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If you prefer the look of a quilted jacket, this Rokka&Rolla lightweight water resistant hooded coat could be a great option for you. It leverages high-tech THINSULATE filler for what Rokka&Rolla calls down-like warmth. The puffy hood (not removable) can be cinched tight to keep heat in and wind and moisture out, and the jacket has two external zippered side pockets, plus an internal pocket to keep important items secure.

Nearly 200 reviewers have awarded this coat an average of 4.5 stars, calling it absolutely wonderful and just what they wanted. One buyer says she’s worn it during a wet snow and stayed dry. Another said she’s had it on in temperatures in the low 20s with 8 mile-per-hour winds and stayed toasty with only a short sleeved shirt on underneath. The same reviewer also loves that this is a synthetic option since she’s involved with waterfowl rescue and avoids down.

Some reviewers note that the coat runs small, so you may want to order up a size, especially if you plan on layering. And note that there’s no built in snow skirt.

Key Features

  • Classic quilted jacket available in 17 color combinations
  • Water resistant polyester exterior
  • Down-like synthetic THINSULATE

Specifications

  • Brand: Rokka&Rolla
  • Materials: Polyester and THINSULATE
  • Available Sizes: Women’s Small to XX-Large

Pros

  • Array of pockets provides a place for everything you need to keep on your person
  • Cords and toggles allow hood and neckline to be cinched up
  • Hood leaves room for a beanie or balaclava

Cons

  • Hood isn’t detachable; no built-in cuff liners or closure system; no snow skirt
  • Warm, but not thick or lined like some other options are
  • Runs small according to some reviewers

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APTRO Men’s Bright Colored Insulated Ski Jacket

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This statement-making men’s ski jacket comes in nine unique patterns (including one with a massive wolf and full moon motif on the back, in case you’ve been scouring the internet for that!) and has a decidedly high-end look that will have you feeling confident on the slopes. The adjustable cuffs with liners will keep the wind from sneaking up your sleeves, and the silky interior, which is lined with cotton wadding, promises to be extra warm.

Reviewers like the pocket arrangement, and one noted that his gear stayed dry in all the pockets (including the inner mesh pocket) after hours on the slopes. This ski jacket also has an interior snow skirt to keep snow off your back in case of a tumble. There’s also mesh venting to keep you from overheating.

Some reviewers note that the sizing runs small and wish this ski jacket came in XXL or larger sizes. Also, one reviewer had a zipper break during their first ski trip but reported loving the jacket otherwise.

Key Features

  • Waterproof GORE-TEX exterior
  • Comes in nine unique statement-making patterns
  • Silky interior lined with cotton wadding for extra warmth, plus interior snow skirt

Specifications

  • Brand: APTRO
  • Material: GORE-TEX and cotton wadding
  • Available Sizes: Men’s X-Small to X-Large

Pros

  • Detachable hood allows you to customize your fit
  • Array of pockets provides a place for everything you need to keep on your person
  • Adjustable cuffs with liners keep the wind from going up your sleeves

Cons

  • Doesn’t come in larger sizes
  • At least one buyer has had zipper issues
  • Unique designs might not suit all buyers
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So you have a winter coat, but now you want a jacket specifically for skiing. Perhaps you’ve been using a generic winter coat that’s just not cutting the mustard when you’re tearing down the slopes or enjoying the views from your favorite ski lift, or maybe you’re going on a once-in-a-lifetime ski vacation and really want to be outfitted with all the right gear.

There are numerous factors to consider when settling on a ski jacket. Here, we touch on the most important among them so you’ll have the highlights in mind as you continue your ski jacket shopping.

Material And Insulation

The materials your jacket is made of will be the largest determining factor when it comes to how comfortable you are. Most of the best ski jackets have a synthetic exterior made of polyester or nylon. Some also leverage PU (polyurethane) or GORE-TEX to increase their water tightness. Of course, if whatever your jacket’s exterior is made of traps too much heat, you could get uncomfortable once you work up a sweat. This is why breathability is essential.

Some ski jacket material is designed with tiny pores that let heat and moisture escape, while others have mesh panels that can be unzipped to let the heat out.

To keep you warm, your jacket might have a fleece or fuzzy lining that’s exposed, or it could have cotton batting, down, or THINSULATE inside the liner. 

Closures (Including Snap, Powder, Or Snow Skirts)

How will you zip, snap, or cinch your ski jacket up to keep the elements out? Most of the ski jackets we’ve considered have zips and snaps, plus cord-and-toggle systems around the hoods that will help you keep the wind and snow from getting in around your head and neck.

The best ski jackets also have means of keeping the wind and snow from going up your sleeves. You’ll notice hook-and-loop closures on some of the coats’ cuffs, while others have cuff liners that will hold tighter around your wrist, providing an almost legging-like fit.

Finally, the best ski jackets have snap, powder, or snow skirts. These are all the same thing: a waist band that’s elasticized and snaps shut to keep snow or wind from blowing up under the hem of the jacket. Some wearers find that snow skirts fit uncomfortably around their hips, so if this doesn’t seem like a good option for you, you can always consider a ski jacket without a snow skirt, or not buttoning the snow skirt if it doesn’t feel comfortable and relying on layering instead.

Fit

This brings us to the importance of fit. A ski jacket should be able to accommodate some layers (how many will depend on how hot or cold you run and what your average day-on-the-slopes outfit looks like) but shouldn’t be so roomy as to let the air whoosh in and out freely. You want a comfortable fit that, beyond your layers, allows for full range of motion while still keeping you warm and protected.

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