Best Winter Jackets for the 2019-2020 Ski and Snowboard Season

Best Winter Jackets for the 2019-2020 Ski and Snowboard Season

Posted by Buckman's Ski & Snowboard Shops on Monday, November 18, 2019

The 2019 and 2020 ski and snowboard season is upon us. Are you prepared? Wearing proper apparel is crucial for a safe and successful excursion. In addition to snow pants, thick socks and gloves or mittens, you need a proper winter jacket. Our guide explains what to look for in a snow jacket and suggests some of the best ski and snowboard jackets for men and women.

What to Look for in a Skiing or Snowboarding Jacket

You want a jacket that looks great and suits your style. But when choosing a ski or snowboard jacket, consider these factors before making your purchase.


Waterproof jackets keep you dry — and therefore, warm — throughout your trip. Although there are a few differences between a waterproof jacket and a water-resistant one, the purpose is the same — to keep moisture out.

One factor to look for when evaluating a jacket for its water resistance is how the seams are constructed. Fully sealed seams are the best way to ensure water does not soak past your outer layer.


insulated jackets are an added layer of warmth and weather protection when skiing 

An insulated jacket is not a requirement, but many skiers and snowboarders prefer the added layer of warmth and weather protection. Common materials used in jacket insulation are fleece, down or synthetic fabric.

Shell jackets refer to snow jackets with an outer layer of fabric meant to protect you from the elements. There are hardshell and softshell jackets. You can wear insulated or noninsulated shell jackets.

Hardshell is made from firm, durable fabric and may or may not be insulated. Hardshell jackets are usually waterproof. Softshell fabric is more flexible and typically lined.


A jacket with efficient breathability helps maintain your body sweat while you are active on the slopes. The best winter jackets in 2019-2020 will also be lightweight.

Size and Fit

Make sure you choose a snow jacket in the correct size, including fit. Your range of motion is essential in snow sports, so a proper, flexible fit around the arms and torso is critical.

Additional Features

Many jackets are equipped with additional features to enhance your experience. Some popular choices are jackets with a hood, powder skirt or extra pockets for your goggles and other accessories. The amount of features you want in a jacket is entirely up to you.

Top Ski and Snowboard Jackets for Men

A high-quality winter jacket is essential as you prepare to hit the slopes. Here are Buckman's best value winter jackets for men this 2019-2020 snow season.

Helly Hansen Alpha 3.0 Jacket

The fully seam-sealed Helly Hansen Alpha 3.0 Jacket is our best-selling ski jacket for men. This classic slope jacket is designed with flexible, clean lines and provides a breathable H²Flow™ System mechanical venting system. It is equipped with Life pocket™ and Primaloft® Gold Insulation to keep you warm and preserve your mobile device battery life. The Helly Hansen Alpha 3.0 will keep you dry, with added benefits like a powder skirt, stretch lining, dual hand warming pockets and wrist gaiters complete with a thumb hole. This jacket includes a foldaway, high-visibility brim and Primaloft® Black Hi-Loft 80g in the sleeves and hood. Keep your valuables and ski-pass secure with internal pockets.

The face of the jacket is a combination of 85% polyamide and 15% elastane. The back is 100% polyurethane. The Alpha 3.0 is waterproof and windproof with a Durable Water Repellency treatment.

Additional product features include:

  • +Part of the Ski Free program
  • +RECCO® Advanced Rescue system
  • +Articulated arms and elbows
  • +Compatible with detachable helmets and adjustable hood
  • +YKK® Aqua guard® Vislon® water-resistant zippers

"Great fitting jacket packed with loads of great features. Made of 4-way full stretch fabric and insulated with Primaloft give this jacket a soft, comfortable feel with a great range of motion. Every man who tries this on immediately remarks on how good it feels." - Buckman's buyer

Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody

The Arc'teryx Atom LT Hoody is treated with a moisture-resistant finish and uses 60 gm/m² Coreloft™ insulation, Polartec Power Stretch and Hardface technology to help regulate your body temperature while maintaining breathability. This lightweight jacket provides a taffeta shell over a layer of insulation, making it one of the best value winter jackets for active wearers in 2019 and 2020. It's highly compressible and lightweight — the perfect lifestyle and layering piece.

The drop-back hem is laminated with an adjustable drawcord. Keep your hands warm and your valuables safe with an internal chest pocket and two hand pockets. The Arc'teryx Atom LT uses Luminara™, a nylon-weave fabric with wind and Durable Water Repellent water-repellant coating.

Additional product features include:

  • +Wind resistance
  • +Articulated elbows and gusseted underarms
  • +Insulated scuba hood
  • +Helmet-compatible
  • +Full front zipper and wind flap
  • +Sleeves designed with stretch-knit cuffs

"This jacket is not any run of the mill insulator jacket. Made with air-permeable stretch sides for great ventilation also exception range of motion. This jacket is also insulated with Arcteryx’s proprietary insulation Coreloft making it warm without being too bulky. It compresses easily and can be shoved into a back nicely. This jacket is a Buckman’s employee top pick! - Buckman's buyer

Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket

orange patagonia nano puff jacket made with 55% post-consumer recycled content 

The Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket is extremely durable, designed with water-resistant PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Eco, 100% recycled polyester ripstop shell and unique brick-quilted fabric. It is especially lightweight for an insulated jacket. Your comfort comes first — that's why the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket has an interior stormflap and zipper garage near your chin. The coat boasts handwarmer pockets, a drawstring on the hem and even a zippered inner breast pocket to keep your items safe and dry. The drop-tail hem of the Patagonia Nano Puff is drawcord-adjustable.

This jacket is made with the most thermally efficient synthetic insulation available, including 55% post-consumer recycled content.

Additional product features include:

    • +Lined with a Durable Water Repellent finish to help you maintain 98% warmth, even when wet
    • +Two zippered handwarmer pockets have cleanly finished zipper garages
    • +Internal chest pocket doubles as a stuff sack with a reinforced carabiner clip-in loop

    "This jacket is a must have for 3 seasons. Made with 60 grams of Primaloft insulation make it the perfect weight for many outside adventures. 100% recycled polyester face fabric make it perfect to throw on under a waterproof shell. With the durable water repellent on the outside, getting caught in the rain is not a problem." - Buckman's buyer

    Volcom Brighton Pullover Jacket

    The Volcom Brighton Pullover Jacket is an attractive, drop-tail fit coat explicitly designed for snowboarders. The two-layer shell pairs with the V-Science Stretch Oxford to keep you protected against the elements while the V-Science Breathable Lining System comfortably regulates your temperature, making this pick one of the best snowboard jackets of 2019 and 2020. V-Science also uses a two-way cuff system. Never lose your goggles again with built-in goggle clips.

    The Volcom Brighton Pullover is praised for comfort, thanks to the suede chin guard and handwarmer pockets lined with brushed tricot. When winds are fierce, you will appreciate the hidden toggle cinch hood with peripheral adjustment.

    Additional product features include:

      • +Zip Tech® Jacket to Pant Interface
      • +Mesh-lined, zippered vents
      • +Two-way zipper on the side opening
      • +Stretch adjustable powder skirt
      • +Pocket access with cinched hem
      • +Specialty ticket ring
      • +Whistle zipper pull

      "Made from stretch shell fabric that can take you from the park to the trees in style. Drop tail design keeps you ready for anything." - Buckman's buyer

      Analog Blast Cap Jacket

      Another jacket specifically suited for snowboarders is the Analog Blast Cap Jacket. The critically taped seams and zippered microfleece hand-warming pockets will keep you toasty down the slopes and back. The Analog Blast Cap comes with an interior mesh dump pocket, adjustable cuffs with elastic thumb cuff link and a gathered elastic hem. Keep moisture out with the removable Magic Stitch waist gaiter and jacket-to-pant design.

      The body of this jacket is made with nylon taffeta and No-Snag Pit Zip™ vents lined with mesh. The hood is designed with front and rear cinch and Adjustable Fulltime Contour™.

        Additional product features include:

        • +YKK® Zippers
        • +DRYRIDE™ technology
        • +Zippered, exterior access media and goggle pocket with secure audio sleeve and cable port

        "Style from the 90’s but built with all of today’s technical standards. Great to keep you dry and warm for seasons to come." - Buckman's buyer

        686 GLCR Hydrastash Reservoir Insulated Jacket

        The 686 GLCR Hydrastash Reservoir Insulated Jacket is one of the best ski jackets for the 2019 and 2020 season. The 686 GLCR Hydrastash is equipped with top-of-the-line technology, including a built-in Hydrastash® hydration system and infiDRY® 20K Fabric with Durable Water Resistance. Stay dry with fully taped seams, attached powder skirt and Pant Jacket Connect™ System. The 686 GLCR Hydrastash is breathable with mesh-lined, Air-Flo™ vents under the arms and Vader™ vents. Both the hood and welded cuffs are adjustable.

        As a bonus, this coat has built-in, tangle-free headphone loops and an internal media audio pocket with cord outlet, so you never miss a beat.

          Additional product features include:

          • +Inner Lycra wrist gaiters
          • +Inner thumb grips
          • +Zippered sleeve pass pocket
          • +Internal 686 Jacquard Mesh goggle or storage pocket
          • +YKK® AquaGuard® front and chest pocket zippers
          • +New hood link system

          "Fit and feel like a shell but insulation in all the right spots right on your core. Plus you get a built in-hydration for a day on the hill." - Buckman's buyer

          Top Ski and Snowboard Jackets for Women

          There are several high-quality coat options for women. These are Buckman's best value winter jackets for women in 2019 and 2020.

          Obermeyer Tuscany II Jacket

          Obermeyer Tuscany II Jacket for women 

          The Obermeyer Tuscany II Jacket is our most popular selection for women because of its timeless style, including a hood with removable faux coyote fur trim and fun color selection. Regular fit and special sizing are available.

          For added comfort, this breathable, waterproof jacket is equipped with stretch inner cuffs, an extra-soft fleece-lined collar and adjustable interior hem with drawcord. The Tuscany II uses YKK® technology, including an interior zippered electronics pocket with cord routing port and YKK® Conceal® zippered sleeve pocket.

            Additional product features include:

            • +Detachable goggle cloth
            • +Integrated powder skirt with Snap-Away™
            • +Interior wind guard and fleece chin protector
            • +Accessory ring and keyholder
            • +Thermore® Classic FE Insulation
            • +HydroBlock® Sport made with 100% polyester twill weave

            "This beautiful jacket runs from size 2 to 22 and is also available in petites, making it a top pick for many customers at Buckman’s. The hood and the realistic faux fur are both removable so you can change the look of this jacket several ways. The well placed sew/detail lines make this jacket very flattering when worn. Beautiful design!" - Buckman's buyer

            Patagonia Down Sweater

            The Patagonia Down Sweater is one of the warmest jackets you can buy for the 2019 and 2020 season, including Advanced Global Traceable Down, meaning NSF International certifies the down and it can be traced from parent farm to apparel factory to ensure ethical production. The tough outer shell made is made from 100% recycled polyester and offers a long length, contoured fit. This sweater-jacket has an interior storm flap and zipper garage so you can zip without irritating skin. Keep warm with handwarmer pockets made with Vislon® zippers and garages, chest pocket that converts to a stuff sack with carabiner clip-in loop and nylon elastic wrist cuffs. The hem of the Patagonia Down Sweater adjusts with a pull-cord.

              Additional product features include:

              • +Contoured fit has a longer-length hem
              • +Side panels designed with narrow, horizontal quilt lines
              • +Center-front Vislon® zipper with interior storm flap and zipper garage at chin

              "This Patagonia long time staple is the jacket that other brands try to copy. The 800 fill power goose down is warm and compressible and is that jacket you will find quickly becomes your most favorite. With an inside zipper pocket that the jacket can pack into and become the perfect travel pillow, this jacket will never disappoint." - Buckman's buyer

              The North Face Def Down Parka GTX

              The North Face Def Down Parka GTX is the total lifestyle jacket for frigid days and one of the best snow jackets for 2019 and 2020. You'll stay warm all day long with the GORE-TEX 2L shell, magnetic stormflap and removable faux-fur hood. Stay mobile with gusseted sleeve construction and vents made with polyurethane.

              The GTX is designed with convertible mitten storm cuffs and an internal, secure-zip, media-compatible pocket to keep your cell phone and other valuables safe.

                Additional product features include:

                • +Reverse-coil-zip alpine hand pockets
                • +3-inch drop-tail hem
                • +Interior shoulder harness
                • +Embroidered North Face logo on the left chest and back-right shoulder

                "This warm parka from the North Face has so much going for it! It is made of gore-tex making it waterproof and windproof. With the crazy winters we have and all the rain we are experiencing this jacket is a must have. It has magnetic snaps making throwing this parka on quick and easy and you can skip the zipper if in a hurry! There is something about the style lines of the parka because it had a very flattering fit unlike other parkas in this category." - Buckman's buyer

                Volcom Fern Insulated Gore Pullover

                One of the best winter jackets for women in 2020 is the Volcom Fern Insulated Gore Pullover. The Volcom Fern is designed to keep you dry and warm, even on the stormiest winter days. GORE-TEX 2L PFCec Free® AY Dobby and YKK® AquaGuard®zipper keep moisture out. The drawstring hood and Zip Tech® jacket to pant interface keep warmth in. Designed as a boyfriend fit, the Volcom Fern is also stylish. The soft, suede chin guard and Lycra hand gaiters will keep you comfortable.

                Match this jacket with the Volcom Aston Gore-Tex Pant for optimal comfort and support.

                  Additional product features include:

                  • +Adjustable powder skirt
                  • +Hem cinch accessible through pockets
                  • +Specialty ticket ring
                  • +V-Science two-way cuffs
                  • +Whistle zipper pull
                  • +Zippered vents

                  "Keep it simple and styling with this relaxed fit and high performance jacket. Slides on easy over any layers you have on. Plus it’s gore guaranteed to keep you dry" - Buckman's buyer

                  Burton Lelah Stretch Denim Jacket

                  Burton Lelah stretch denim jacket for women 

                  The Burton Lelah Stretch Denim Jacket is made with sophisticated, stylish DRYRIDE™ stretch-denim fabric with warm insulation and sustainable bluesign® fabrication. The drop-hood is made with Helmet Compatible Fulltime Contour™ and removable faux fur trim. Stay warm with THERMOLITE® insulation made of 40% recycled content and zipper-enclosed microfleece handwarmer pockets. The Burton Lelah is made with ergonomic water-repellent waist gaiter and jacket-to-pant interface, which will keep the moisture out.

                  This jacket includes a chest pocket with hidden zipper entry, a pocket for your goggles or electronic device and a mesh dump pocket so you'll never run out of space again.

                    Additional product features include:

                    • +Living Lining® Thermo-Regulating Technology with printed taffeta
                    • +Mesh-Lined, no-snag sleeve vents
                    • +YKK® zipper technology
                    • +Hem cinch with pocket access

                    "Sharp style with stretch fabric for a great fit and look. Slim fit with removable fur trim and a waterproof fabric that will let you stay on the hill all day." - Buckman's buyer

                    686 Spirit Insulated Jacket

                    The 686 Spirit Insulated Jacket is a tailored fit, accentuated with boho-inspired details and faux fur back panel. Aside from style, the 686 Spirit was designed with practicality in mind, including inner thumb grip and mesh storage pocket ideal for goggles. Stay dry with infiDRY® 10K fabric and fully taped Bemis® seams.

                    Audiophiles will love the dual-access media audio pocket with cord outlet and tangle-free headphone loops.

                    Take advantage of the Pant Jacket Connect™ System and pair the 686 Spirit Jacket with the 686 Gossip Softshell Bib — you'll be ready for anything.

                      Additional product features include:

                      • +YKK® Metaluxe exposed center front and chest pocket zipper
                      • +Underarm vents lined with Air-Flo™ mesh
                      • +Adjustable powder skirt with stash pocket
                      • +Adjustable Death Grip™ Velcro cuffs
                      • +Front hood drawcord
                      • +Sleeve pass pocket with Velcro enclosure
                      • +Lycra wrist gaiters

                      "A jacket you can wear on the hills to the snowy street. Longer cut with a faux fur lining for that soft and comfy warmth." - Buckman's buyer

                      Why Shop Buckman's?

                      Buckman's Ski Shops are proud to be known as one of the first ski shops in the nation to begin carrying snowboarding gear and apparel. Our story began in 1971, when we opened our first shop in Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania. We have since grown to include more than 300 employees in our seven retail stores across suburban Philadelphia.

                      We carry the largest inventory of skiing and snowboarding merchandise and rental equipment in Pennsylvania. Our state-of-the-art workshop is the finest on the east coast, covering 3,200 square feet and more than $450,000 worth of tuning equipment.

                      Buckman's is a proudly owned family operation. Jeff, Nancy and their son Brad Buckman have a combined 45 years of skiing experience. For this reason, Buckman's has an old fashioned mom-and-pop feel combined with cutting edge, expert knowledge and award-winning service.

                      Whether you are a seasoned pro or simply looking to purchase a men's or women's winter jacket for the 2019 and 2020 skiing and snowboarding season, Buckman's is here to help. When you buy from our online store, your order doesn't come from a corporate warehouse — it is packaged and sent to you by an actual skier or snowboarder.

                      Experience our experience. Visit us at any of our seven retail locations or shop online today

                      Categories: Ski and snowboard  |  Top Winter Brands

                      Tagged: ski, snowboard, Helly Hansen, Patagonia Down Sweater, Patagonia Nano Puff, obermeyer tuscany jacket, obermeyer mens ski jackets, obermeyer jackets, Womens Base Layer, Mens Base Layer

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