Finding the right ski jacket is easy once you know what features you are looking for. Besides looking great, your ski jacket is supposed to meet a few more requirements in order to serve its purpose properly. Here is what I mean in more detail.
Fit and Length
When speaking about fit, it comes down to slim, regular or relaxed. This is entirely up to you, your style and preferences. Slim fit womens ski jackets are tailored at the shoulders, body and waist and they sit close to the body. Regular fit jackets have standard fitting and are tailored just below the waist. And the relaxed jackets have little to no tailoring with some extra room in the shoulders and chest. Some choose these because you can add an additional layer for warmth, in case you need it. As a feature, length is usually closely related to the type of fit you prefer. You can find womens ski jackets that are cropped (waist length or higher), hip length, thigh, knee and full-length jackets. Their names actually imply their size and up to where they go.
Waterproofing and Breathability
What makes womens ski jackets highly important is their ability to keep snow out while at the same time allow the heat and moisture your body generates to escape. The fact stands, some models and types are more effective than the others. Their performance mostly depends on the waterproof/breathable membrane included in the fabrics used to make these jackets. The level of waterproofing is usually presented in numbers – 5,000mm is low, 10,000 average, 20,000 high and 28,000 extremely high waterproofing. Breathability, on the other hand, is rated in grams. Again, 5,000g being low, and anything over 20,000g being very breathable.
There are a few types, and each comes with its own advantages. First, down. Down is a natural insulation material that is characterized by very strong warmth-to-weight ratio. There are models with high fill down insulation that may seem bulky at first, but they are probably the warmest ski jackets available. Their only disadvantage is that they are not as water resistant as the others. Second, fleece. Fleece insulation offers a great combination of a lightweight material that adds warmth. And lastly, synthetic. This type of insulation is probably the most widely used one. It keeps you warm even in instances when the jacket is already wet or damp. So, it protects you from the elements, without sacrificing on warmth.