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Great christmas gift ideas? Alf Alderson reviews ten top value ski jackets that look cool at the same time as keeping you warm.
craghoppers bear

Craghoppers Bear £200

The Craghoppers Bear ski jacket is a great option if you feel the cold since it has a 500-plus fill-power natural down filling alomg with a windproof SmartDry finish to repel rain and stains.

It comes with all the basic but essential features - two zipped lower pockets and one zipped inner pocket, a full-sized hood which is great for additional insulation on cold ski lifts, rubber and Velcro cuff adjusters with inner stormcuffs, a full-length zip with inner zip guard and hem adjusters, all of which will keep the weather out and you warm - and at a good price too.

Salomon Supernova £200

The Salomon Supernova ski jacket comes with a streamlined, active fit cut at a very good price point and is likely to appeal to keen intermediate piste skiers.

Made from durable, high quality waterprof/breathable fabric with 100 per cent taped seams, it also features 100g of actiLOFT™ insulation for added warmth.

The hood is removable and has 3D adjustment to ensure a good field of vision, and temperature regulation is achieved through Salomon's Air Vent system with mesh backing. 

There are plenty of outer zipped pockets (two handwarmers, chest and lift pass pocket) and an inner stash pocket so you can carry all the gear you're likely to need for a day on the piste, and additional features include a powderskirt, snap-in pant connectors and Lycra cuffs.

If you're looking for a good quality, reasonably priced ski jacket the Supernova is worth checking out.

Roxy Jet Ski Solid £150

The Roxy Jet Ski Solid Jacket is a good value option which can be used both on and off the mountain (making it even better value).

With a waterproof and breathable outer it also has Quiktech insulation to keep you feeling warm and toasty in almost all conditions, and the slim fit and bold contrast detailing looks good too, working with the luxurious faux fur trim to create an elegant and versatile look that works on the mountain and in town.

There are all plenty of useful features including a three-way adjustable removable hood, DWR treatment to additionally keep the rain at bay along with taped high exposure seams, a mapped lining with embossed taffeta and soft brushed tricot, zipped handwarmer pockets and a zipped lift pass pocket on the sleeve, internal goggle pocket and internal media pocket with Velcro closure nd waist gaiter with jacket to pant loop and snap connection system.

All said this is a really good, versatile ski jacket for the price

Eider Val Gardena £220

The Eider Val Gardena ski jacket is aimed at skiers wanting to hammer it on the pistes, with fit and features geared toward dynamic movement and functional practicality.

It has articulated panelling for ease of movement and is lightweight, whilst the high loft insulation keeps you warm and there's reliable waterproof protection.

Other features include a removable hood, powder skirt, chest pocket with waterproof zip, zipper hand pockets under flaps, zipped ski pass pocket, inner zipped and goggle pockets, Lycra cuffs with thumb holes and adjustable Velcro tabs, adjustable hem and preshaped elbows.

The race inspired styling will appeal to skiers wanting to enjoy some high speed carving whilst carrying off Euro-style looks on the slopes, and the price is also very appealing.

Columbia Lay 'D' Down £190

The Columbia Lay ‘D’ Down Jacket is a great option if you want the warmth and performance of down without compromising attractive feminine styling and it comes with a stack of great features at a very good price.

With a flattering baffle construction the Lay ‘D’ Down features waterproof and breathable Omni-Shield fabric with an Omni-Heat thermal reflective and insulated lining, and the 550-fill power down insulation is well distributed throughout the jacket keeping you warm, cosy and comfortable, even when the temperature plummets.

Additional features include a removable, adjustable faux fur trimmed storm hood, pit zips, zippered pockets, powder skirt and media and goggle pocket – a lot of good stuff at a very reasonable price.

Result Kelvin £120

As always with Result you get a hell of a lot for your money with the Kelvin, which isn’t technically a ski jacket so much as a general ‘three-in-one outdoor jacket’, but it will work well for anyone looking for a good value bit of kit that they can use year round. And it comes in men's and women's versions, the women's being the one we've featured here.

Result market the Kelvin as a heavyweight waterproof, breathable jacket and heavy it is, although that’s no surprise considering the outer jacket has a taffeta lining and the inner features a 280g/m² Micro Active Fleece lining.

There’s a huge range of features including taped seams, a concealed fully lined hood in the collar with drawcord adjuster, a zip system for attaching the inner jacket, two spacious front pockets, two equally generous chest pockets and three inner pockets and adjustable cuffs and hem.

It’s all going to be a bit too busy, heavy and bulky if you’re looking to do some serious riding, but for beginner skiers and boarders looking for a jacket which will serve more than one purpose you can’t go far wrong at this price.

Colour Wear Block £139.99

The Block is a great budget ski jacket with a fine selection of features for the price. The outer fabric is waterproof and breathable and has fully taped seams, and there’s low bulk insulation to keep you warm on colder days.

It comes with a great range of features for a jacket at this price point, including a 3D hood, pit zips, a snow skirt with pants snaps, inner cuffs with thumb loops, large zipped hand pockets and an inner zipped pocket – pretty much all you need really.

Add contemporary looks and you can’t really go far wrong with the Block if you’re looking for a ski jacket that won’t break the bank.

Eider Lake Placid £200

The Eider Women’s Lake Placid ski jacket is ideal for more athletic skiers.

The fit and features are all geared toward dynamic movement and functional practicality, with articulated panelling, lightweight insulation and reliable waterproof protection.

This doesn't mean the design isn't flattering though, nor does it come without all the requisite features of a good ski jacket (at a very good price), including a removable hood, powder skirt with non-slip band, zipped hand pockets, zipped chest pocket, inner zipped pocket and goggle pocket, lycra cuffs with thumb holes, adjustable hem, Velcro adjustable cuffs and a good level of waterproofing and breathablility (waterproofness:10,000 mm; breathability :5 000 gr/m_/24h since you ask...).

Which all said makes for a good jacket at a good price.

The North Face Freedom £200

If you like your ski jackets to be plain, functional and good looking The North Face Freedom jacket should be right up your street (or mountain).

The design focuses on function above all else, giving you reliable waterproof, breathable fully seam-sealed protection from the elements whilst the Heatseeker insulation keeps you warm.

There's plenty of storage space in a combinaitonof zipped handwarmer pockets, an accessory pocket with goggles cloth on the wrist, internal media security pocket and internal goggles pocket.

You get all the the essential features you need in a ski jacket including an adjustable, removable hood, pit zips, an adjustable, snap down powder skirt with gripper elastic and an adjustable hem system, so for a fully functional, good value ski jacket the Freedom is a top choice.

Norrona Trollveggen W2 £129.99

The Norrona Women’s Trollveggen W2 fleece jacket isn’t of course a ‘ski jacket’ as such, but as an all-round midweight fleece for wearing under your ski jacket it’s excellent.

The high loft Polartec Thermal Pro fleece is a great option beneath a shell, providing both warmth and light weight, and you get all the basic features you need – two large zipped handwarmer pockets, a zipped chest pocket and small zipped arm pocket, snug inner cuffs on the sleeves and a high collar for extra warmth.

The Trollveggen also looks great; I’ve been using the men’s version of this jacket for two seasons now and found that despite a slim fit it moves well with you and doesn't feel in any way restrictive - in fact I can’t find fault with it. Highly recommended.

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