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The Types of Skiing Jackets and Their Distinct Features

Every winter sport has a set of clothing that you will need in order to participate comfortably and safely. It’s not that other clothing pieces aren’t wordy enough, but we are going to talk about the different jackets made for skiing. Going for any jacket that you think looks cool it’s not going to do the trick, as it may not be the one you need, of course, you shouldn’t throw away any reason for a jacket to look good on you but function should come first. If you are not sure what jacket you need or if you’ve got the right one, take a look at the types of jackets.

Insulated

This jacket is the most lightweight type you can possibly have and it can also be waterproof or water resistant. An insulated jacket comes with two types of filling: Synthetic and Down – both having different advantages and disadvantages in different circumstances. Down-filled skiing jackets are made from the undercoating that geese and ducks have to help them stay warm – a very breathable material that provides excellent insulation. The only downside here is that if the down gets wet, it’s going to be useless until it dries off completely. Jackets with synthetic filling have good insulation and do well even when they get wet, but they do not have the level of insulation that down offers. A smart choice here is to go for a mix of both materials.

Shell

This type of jacket has no insulation what so ever because it is made for warmer weather conditions and meant to be used with multiple layers beneath it. These skiing jackets come in two different types called, hardshell and soft shell. Softshell jackets are made from a stretchable material for easier movement that is also breathable – they also have a solid quality waterproof coating. A hardshell jacket has no flexibility but is both windproof and waterproof and it usually comes with a hood – the main goals of a hardshell jacket is to keep you dry and comfortable.

3-in-1

This type of jacket combines the previous two jackets which makes it perfect if you know that you will encounter different kinds of conditions or if you want to use it across seasons. This type of jacket is often called the tri-climate or interchange jacket as you can use it in multiple variations. You can only use the shell part of the jacket for warm but wet/ windy days and if it’s really cold you can use the insulated part. If you want the most protection you can get, use both parts of the jacket to keep you warm and dry in very cold and wet conditions. The options that you have with this type of jacket can easily make you buy one but do consider that they do not come at a low cost.