Perhaps you’ve never tried skiing before, or maybe you’re an accomplished skier. Regardless of which level you’re at, it’s important to have the right ski wear when you’re out on snow covered mountains. We’ll help you figure out what you should be aware of when you’re looking for the perfect ski jacket in a plus size.
Which ski jacket should you choose?
In order to figure out which plus-size ski jacket you should choose, you’ll need to figure out what you’ll be using it for. This means dressing for the activity and purpose. You should also consider which features you need most in terms of pockets, waterproofing, a hood etc.
Your activity level plays an important role in your choice of jacket. If you’re planning on a leisurely walk or a rest day outdoors, your jacket will need to be spacious and warm. If, on the other hand, you’re going to be active, such as going hiking up and down mountains, it’s important that the jacket is lightweight and breathable.
Two popular jackets for the slopes
You should also be aware that there are different types of jackets available. When it comes to ski jackets, there are two that are most common. The first, the classic ski jacket, which is typically a thicker jacket with lining, is a good choice if you’re not going to be very active. The second popular jacket is the shell jacket, which is thinner and better suited for active skiers.
The advantage of a ski jacket is that it’s designed to prevent you from getting cold. Aside from keeping you warm by being well-lined, it often has features that ensure that you also remain dry, even if you’re out in the snow all day. We’ll take a closer look at some of the ski jacket’s features below.
A shell jacket has the primary benefit of allowing you to build up layers underneath it. This means that you can adapt your ski wear depending on the day’s weather forecast. At the same time, shell jackets are usually more spacious and therefore the best choice if you’re going to be active.
Because of its features and purpose, the ski jacket can also be used as a replacement for a regular plus-size winter jacket. Whether you're skiing or spending a winter day in a snowy forest, the jacket should keep you warm and dry. That's why there are a number of features to look out for when investing in a ski jacket.
Aside from keeping you warm, one of the most important functions of a ski jacket is to keep you dry. Waterproofing is crucial to how well a jacket can withstand water, sleet, and snow. Once you get wet, you can catch a chill very quickly, and from there, you’re not far from getting a cold.
In order to find out how waterproof a jacket is, water column pressure is measured in mm, and as a general rule, a ski jacket’s water column pressure should be a minimum of 5,000-8,000 mm and preferably over 10,000 mm before it’s waterproof enough to be used as a ski jacket. The higher the water column pressure is, the less risk you’ll run of getting wet.
You need to keep dry, but so do the things you have with you. For this reason, you’ll need plenty of good pockets. You may have a need for both larger pockets, such as for your phone, sunscreen, and gloves and smaller pockets for your lift pass and tissues.
Pockets don’t take up too much room when they’re empty, so they won’t bother you when you’re not using them. That’s why you’re better off buying a jacket with too many pockets than too few, and make sure that they all have zips so that they can fasten tightly.
Zip and seams
Zips – both those for pockets and the rest of the jacket – have to be waterproof. Additionally, they should have large, practical grips so that you can open them even when you’re wearing your gloves.
When the jacket is sewn, the sewing machine makes small holes in the fabric, and even though they’re not very big, they’re large enough for water to penetrate through. That’s why it’s also important to make sure that the jacket has taped seams so that water can’t get in.
Most ski jackets have hoods that can be pulled over the head when it’s windy or snowing. If you need to use your hood when you’re out on the slopes, you need to make sure that it’s large enough to go over your helmet.
If you’re going to use the hood without a helmet underneath, it’s an advantage if it has a drawstring or elastics, so you can adjust the size and tighten it to keep the cold out.
Ventilation and breathability
Body temperature can vary throughout the day. It could be that the sun begins to warm you up a bit more in the afternoon or you get warm because you’ve been active on the slopes. It can also be that it gets colder because the sun is beginning to set, or your body temperature falls.
For those situations, zipped vents under the arms can be a great advantage that allow you to adjust the temperature. Similarly, velcro fastening at the wrists or wind vents that can close tightly are also a plus.
What should you wear underneath a ski jacket?
The best option is to dress in layers – three layers to be precise: ski thermals in the form of an undershirt and trousers as the base layer; a middle layer that can be, for example, a fleece or knit; and the outer and final layers are your ski jacket and ski trousers.
With three layers, you’re sure to keep warm throughout the entire day, and at the same time, you have the ability to adjust to the weather throughout the day, as you can always add or remove a layer.
Don’t forget about ski trousers
If you’re looking for ski jackets, you’ll often also need a pair of high-quality, plus-size ski trousers. With ski trousers, you’ll generally need to look out for the same features as with ski jackets: waterproofness, taped seams, breathability, etc.
Just like ski jackets, ski trousers give you the opportunity to show off your personal style, for example when it comes to choosing the colour. Aside from the outerwear being gorgeous to look at, this also provides the benefit of making you easier to find if an accident occurs and you become separated from your friends.
Accessories are also a great way to add even more personality to your ski look. For example, wrapping up in a gorgeous scarf or ski hat will keep you warm around the ears. Ski gloves are also essential, whether you’re going out on a longer walk or just spectating.
With the right plus-size ski jacket for women, a pair of functional ski trousers as well as some accessories, you’re ready to spend an entire day out in the snow.