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Ski Clothing for Men: What Are the Best Brand Names?

Top-quality ski clothing not only looks good; it can actually improve your performance. Top-quality ski clothing not only looks good; it can actually improve your performance.

The season of skiing is upon us. Whether you are an avid skier or a newbie trying it out for the first time, quality ski clothing is essential. You want clothes that fit well, keep you warm, and give you the flexibility you need to move on the mountain. So you may need to do a bit of shopping. Before you begin, you might be asking yourself: What are the best brand names?

The top contenders include Oakley, The North Face, and Columbia. Each provides quality merchandise that gets consistently high ratings. Here are just a few highlights of the best brand names in ski clothing for men.

Oakley

In 1975, Jim Jannard started his own business with $300 and the simple idea of making products that were better than anything else out there. Decades of innovation have brought new product technologies, blends of science and art that have been awarded more than 600 patents. Today the Oakley brand prides itself on providing solutions to challenges facing athletes who won’t compromise on performance.

Oakley’s top sellers include the Entire Snow Jacket for $240. This performance snow jacket features 15K mm waterproofing with 20K g/m2/24 hours breathability and Oakley’s trademark 3M Thinsulate for your comfort and warmth. Pair the jacket with the matching snow pants that give freedom of movement and low-profile insulation. The Entire jacket and pants are Oakley’s salute to famous snowboarder Eero Ettala, who proudly wears the Oakley brand. The Corked Ski Jacket ($330) was designed for Simon Dupont, the athlete Powder Magazine calls “one of the most important faces in skiing today.” If it passes Simon’s inspection, you know it’s quality.

The North Face

The North Face declares their advanced technology begins with their world-class athletes. With their suggestions and recommendations, The North Face have designed a superior line of performance gear. Their HyVent fabrics, made with waterproof, breathable technology, have been field-tested with outstanding proof of long-term performance for skiers.

The North Face’s bestselling jacket is the Vortex Triclimate Jacket for $279. This three-in-one jacket includes a waterproof, breathable, fully seam-sealed shell and an insulated, removable interior jacket. With a stylish racing design on the exterior, the shell of the jacket retains a traditional alpine look, while the handwarmer zip pockets, internal goggle pockets, and other nice features make it ideal for the modern man. For $129, the top-rated Men’s Freedom Pant is designed to shed snow and slush so you won’t be slowed down. These pants feature a contemporary fit with a zip at the thigh designed with Chimney Venting to circulate air so you don’t get overheated. The Durable Water Repellent finishes on fabrics and zippers give long life to all waterproof technologies, ensuring you get the best value for your money.

Columbia

Founded in 1938, Columbia Sportswear has become a global leader in the design and distribution of active outdoor apparel. They are proud of their international reputation for quality, innovation, durability, functionality, performance, dependability, and value. With Omni-Heat technology, their thermally-insulated clothing keeps you warm and comfortable no matter where you are.

Columbia’s top-rated jackets include the Men’s Lhotse Mountain II Parka for $220. Featuring Omni-Heat technology, this jacket is lightweight but with a high warmth factor. The Invizzip zippers give a clean, refined look, while the trademark Omni-Tech feature keeps out wet winter elements. It comes with a removable, adjustable storm hood, goggle pocket, security pockets, underarm venting, and zip-in liner. Another favorite is the Men’s Powder Bowl Parka for $300. This is a truly premium technical jacket with all the style and functionality you could possibly ask for. The weatherproof, breathable fabric on the shell creates a shield against the elements, while critical seams on the shoulders and chest are sealed to keep moisture out. The attached storm hood features side stretch panels that make it easy to pull on over your hat and goggles. A removable powder skirt keeps out the deepest snow, while underarm vents zip open to dispense excess heat.

When shopping for ski clothes, remember to do your homework. Check the material, the ratings and reviews before you make your purchase. Bulky, inflexible jackets can limit your movements – which could be dangerous when you’re flying down the slopes at 40 miles per hour. REI.com and Backcountry.com have a great selection of discounted brand name ski clothing for men. (They also have tons of ski accessories that make excellent gifts.) With the right ski clothing, you’ll feel your best to be at your best.

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