2011 has seen a number of stylish new insulated jackets brought to market, making it a challenge to choose the top three. Skiers and snowboarders know the importance of a great insulated jacket for keeping you toasty warm on the slopes while still allowing freedom of movement. However, we feel that these three styles, one for men, one for women and one for children, offer high-quality performance for a reasonable price. Slip one on over your favorite thermal and head for the powder in style in the winter of 2011.
The Heatseeker insulation between the outer shell and the inner layer of soft, silky fleece gives The North Face Women's Inlux Insulated Jacket its incredible warmth. Available in vibrant turquoise blue, bright two-tone purple, ivory, and black, there's a color for every woman. This insulated jacket hits just below the hipbones so it's neither too short nor too long. The outer shell is made of waterproof HyVent 2L fabric, allowing you to take a spill in the snow without getting soaked. The insulated hood zips up to just beneath the chin and can be removed if desired. Unzip the horizontal zippers from the chest to the armpits to cool down when climbing steep hills or riding hard. The Inlux jacket features hand pockets as well as inner chest pockets, giving you plenty of storage capacity in a sleek design. Buy yours for $198.95 at the Altrec website.
Available in either red or black, The North Face Men's Storm Peak Triclimate 3-in-1 Insulated Jacket is a simple but effective design. The soft outer shell encases a second inner jacket, allowing you to layer them together in frigid climates or wear them separately in warmer weather. The windproof, water-resistant Apex ClimateBlock shell holds a soft, stretchable fleece liner that helps wick away moisture. With an adjustable hem and Velcro cuffs, you can minimize the amount of accidental exposure to the elements when performing elaborate movements. Tuck your MP3 player into the internal media pocket and unzip a goggles cloth from the wrist pocket, while storing cash and keys in the outer zippered chest pockets. Purchase the Storm Peak jacket for $300 from the REI website.
Boys and girls alike can take to the slopes in the REI Timber Mountain 3-in-1 Jacket. Choose from light blue and white or pink and white for girls, and blue and navy or lime green and gray for boys. Zip the fleece liner out for warmer days or wear it inside the waterproof shell. The outer jacket has a storm flap that fastens around the lower face to keep out harsh winds and a chin flap to help reduce abrasive friction. The Timber Mountain jacket features reflective trim on the sleeves and shoulders to help improve visibility for safety. One of the handwarmer pockets contains a metal tab for clipping in a lift ticket, and the chest pocket has an MP3 player headphone port. It goes for $99.50 at the REI website.