Best Ski Jackets For Kids
For children and adults alike, winter can be a wonderland of fun and excitement. One of the greatest ways to enjoy the snow while getting some quality bonding time with the family is skiing! Before you hit the slopes, you’ll need to find the perfect ski jacket for your child. The perfect ski jacket will be warm, comfortable, and weather resistant. Now many may think that a ski jacket, is simply just a jacket, but there is a lot that goes into a great quality jacket as you are soon about to find out.
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Includes a powder skirt to keep snow out
The waterproof technology utilizes a polyurethane coating for maximum protection
An integrated internal hem-stabilization system ensures an easy zip-up
Top 10 Picks
1. North Face Boundary Triclimate
Includes a powder skirt to keep snow out
The waterproof technology utilizes a polyurethane coating for maximum protection
An integrated internal hem-stabilization system ensures an easy zip-up
The sizes tend to run small and so do the arm lengths
Truthfully, the only aspect to even slightly concern yourself with The North Face Triclimate Jacket is the size, as it tends to be smaller than expected. However, if that is the only complaint you can find for any sort of garment, then you know you have something special.Read more
The waterproof and breathable technology that is utilized in this jacket uses a polyurethane coating for a maximum amount of protection against water and moisture. What this provides is an impenetrable barrier against the elements.
All the fabrics of this 3-in-1 ski jacket are lightweight and manage to regulate your body temperature. In extremely cold conditions, you can pair the insulated liner jacket with the waterproof outer shell for maximum warmth.
For storage purposes, there are zip handwarmer pockets on the outer shell and an internal zip media pocket. In addition, you can adjust the cuffs to further seal in warm air. There is also a chin guard to keep the zipper from uncomfortably rubbing your child's chin.
The sizes jump around a little bit but, on Amazon, you have a choice from either extra-small, small, or extra-large.
There are not a ton of color designs to select from, but you do have the option for fiery red, black, or monster blue.
When it comes to waterproofness and insulation, it is hard to do better than this 3-in-1 jacket from The North Face. Again, as this is designed for boys, keep in mind that the sizes tend to be small.
2. Spyder Challenger
Features the trusted warmth of 3M Thinsulate insulation
Has a brushed microfiber inner collar
The sleeves have integrated thumb holes
It tends to run larger than it should
Copy and paste the introduction for the previous jacket into this section. Again, sizing may be the only issue you encounter here. The Spyder Challenger Jacket is brilliant in every sense of the word, but especially when discussing its weather protection and insulation.Read more
The ultra-thin membrane of this jacket delivers sufficient waterproofing and features critically taped seams. Utilizing a durable water repellent coating, this jacket can retain 80 percent of its waterproofness after several washes.
Integrated into the Challenger Jacket is 3M Thinsulate insulation technology. With this particular type of insulation, the microfibers reflect the radiant body heat and trap insulating air to provide superior warmth.
For an added layer of comfort, this jacket features a brushed microfiber inner collar. There is also an attached hood, that when it is not needed, can simply be removed. Plus, in the area of storage capabilities, there are reverse zippered coil hand and chest pockets.
Three size options are available for your young boy: 12, 14 and 16.
Hopefully, your child likes the color blue as all three variations of the design utilizes blue in some way. Featured are black, electric blue, and green, concept blue, electric blue and yellow, and electric blue, black, and volcano.
As opposed to The North Face branded jacket, Spyder’s Challenger tends to run a little big. But, there is no doubt about it, when your boy hits the slopes he will do so in style, fully protected against the elements, and ultra warm.
3. Burton Elodie
Being mapped with Thermacore insulation, it provides a great deal of warmth
With the several size options, each girl should be able to find a style for them
Features room-to-grow sleeves to adapt for growth spurts
A double zipper or more durable zipper would have been a nice addition
Even though it is not the most important design feature, your child will appreciate the sheer amount of colorful designs that they can select from thanks to Burton. It also does not hurt that their Elodie Jacket is riddled with convenient features.Read more
With a double-layer, DRYRIDE Blue-Sign approved fabric and critically taped seams, this jacket achieves a waterproof rating of 10K. What this means for your child is that the shell will hold up and prevent them from getting wet on the slopes.
Most notable here for warmth, is the Thermacore insulation, with 100g on the body and 80g on the sleeves. But, the taffeta lining also keeps them comfortable for long periods of time. For extra warmth, the helmet-compatible hood has an expandable gaiter for the neck.
If your child hits a growth spurt, they still may be able to fit in this jacket as it is designed with room-to-grow sleeves. Additionally, there are zippered hand pockets and media and goggle pocket.
As there are size options from extra-small to extra-large, there should be an appropriate size for most children in the world.
Thanks to Burton, there are loads of color designs to select from. This includes peach, plaid, jaded, grapeseed, pop floral, spellbound and rainbow drops.
It is getting quite difficult to find legitimate design flaws that you need to concern yourself with. Granted, a more durable zipper (or even a double zipper) would have been a nice addition here, you could argue that is reaching a bit.
4. Columbia Alpine Action
Ability to grow with your child for longer use
Great variety of colors
Has a great breathability rating
The zipper can get off track quite easily
The Columbia Alpine Action Jacket is not only highly rated but also provides your children with the insulation, protection, and comfort to let them enjoy a day at the slopes. Great jacket for a great price!Read more
The Columbia Alpine Action features a two-layer design which means it has a waterproof outer shell which protects your child against the outer elements. At the same time, the Columbia Alpine Action has a breathable inner shell which allows for air to pass through, while retaining heat to keep your child warm.
This jacket features Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective Technology, which uses the heat from the sun and traps the heat from your child's body to create a warmer atmosphere inside the jacket. The jacket is insulated with 100gsm.
If your looking for a jacket with all the bells and whistles, while maintaining conformability, then the Columbia Alpine Action is your jacket. A high liked feature is the fleece in the hood, and the adjustable cuffs and ability to morph which allows the jacket to be used while your child grows.
This Jacket comes with zip handwarmer pockets on the outer shell, which is fantastic for storage. In addition, you can adjust the cuffs to further seal in warm air.
This Jacket offers a great range of sizes, as it comes in XXSmall (infant) all the way up to an X-large. If looking at this jacket on Amazon, it is best to review the size chart.
There is a variety of colors to choose from including cyber green, bright red, tradewinds grey, black, deep wave, and marine blue.
When it comes to Columbia, they sure do make a quality jacket. This jacket will provide your child with the comfortability, protection, and durability that you would expect for your child. The other great feature is the morph ability of the jacket which allows for it to be used for multiple seasons as your child grows.
5. 686 Flora
Features an adjustable hem to seal out cold drafts
Has an adjustable powder skirt that will keep out snow
For easy access to music, you can route your headphones cord through the jacket easily
A removable hood would have been nice
While there are a good number of pockets, they need to be bigger
686 knows a thing or two about waterproofing clothing and their Flora Ski Jacket is as good as it gets. While there are a few features that could have been integrated or better designed, at the end of the day, very few ski jackets combine the style and execution of the Flora.Read more
Achieving a rating of 10K, the water-resistance provided by this jacket will protect you against the snow and the rain. Plus, the seams are taped in the most crucial and critical locations. As an added bonus, the attached powder skirt will keep snow from building up inside.
The polyester and nylon lining provide a comfortable wear, but the 120g of synthetic insulation is where the money is at. But, to prevent you from overheating, there are Air-Flo mesh underarm vents to release excess heat that builds up.
To accommodate for growth spurts, the sleeves will lengthen by 1.5-inches. In addition, there are pockets galore with two waist pockets, an internal mesh pocket, and a pass pocket on the sleeve. For adjustability, the cuffs have closures and the hood has a drawcord.
There are several sizing options at your disposal including everything from extra-small to extra-large.
While there are only two colors, your little girl is sure to love both of them as the wing print and kaleidoscope colors provide an exceptional amount of style.
A couple of nice additions would have been a removable hood and slightly larger pockets. But, in the grand scheme of things, this is hearsay as the adjustability and comfort this provides are off the charts.
6. Obermeyer Axel
Has interior google and smartphone pockets
Features 3D mesh lining inserts for increased breathability
Integrates articulated technology to allow freedom of movement
The sizes tend to run a little large
As you are probably beginning to understand, it is going to prove a difficult task to decide between all these impeccable ski jackets. Guess what, here is another one. What is convenient about this one from Obermeyer is that the sleeves and pattern are articulated for unrestricted mobility.Read more
With both an attached powder skirt to keep you the snow from getting inside and a 15K waterproof rating, you are promised the utmost protection from the elements and dampness.
The mapped insulation will deliver an appropriate amount of warmth to your upper body. The amount of insulation differs in the jacket. The body has 140gm, the sleeves have 120gm, and the hood has 60gm.
Articulated patterning and articulation of the sleeves provide unrestricted mobility, while specifically integrated technology controls the overall temperature. Included in the inner cuffs are thumbholes that deliver a perfect fit when wearing gloves. Past this, an interior media pocket and waist pockets are featured for storage purposes.
All sizes are covered from small all the way to extra-large, accommodating for most children. But, some people have claimed that the sizes tend to run a little large. So, be wary of that.
Again, while there are a minimal amount of different design options they are both extremely stylish. Select between either graphite or screamin’ green.
You would think that farther down this list, it would get a little easier to whittle away a few options. But, then you encounter this jacket and that philosophy gets thrown out the window. You could easily argue that this is the best selection on this entire list.
7. Orage Simone
With its fabric, it adds a sense of style
Features 150 grams of insulation, providing superb heat
Has a high breathability rating
Being lightly treated for waterproofness, it is okay for light snowfall or rain
If you were to ask Orage what their primary goal was when designing their Simone Jacket, they would probably say to provide as much warmth as possible. Clearly, insulation is at the forefront here but they also do say without sacrificing breathability.Read more
Being lightly treated, this jacket is able to acquire a waterproof rating of 10K. In addition to critically taped seams, wet and snowy days should not be a problem. While it may not hold terrifically in heavy downpours and snowfalls, it will do the job most of the time.
Featuring 150 grams of insulation, if nothing else, your child is promised a jacket that will keep them warm no matter the temperature outdoors.
The stretchiness of the fabric and a high breathability rating aid in movability and ventilation, respectively. As with most other ski jackets for kids, the cuffs are adjustable. Plus, there is an integrated mesh goggle pocket and two front pockets with a button closure system.
Granted that your little girl can fit into a jacket sized between small and XX-large, you will have no issue finding a proper size.
The lone color of stone polka dot is either going to strongly appeal to your child or they will be appalled by it. It is hard to say that there will be an in-between.
On extremely wet days, or during blizzards, this may not hold up great in terms of waterproofness. However, for a casual day on the snowy hills, the adequate protection and superb insulation will prove enough for high performance.
8. Columbia Nordic Strider
Manages to combine a terrific amount of breathability and heat retention
The fabric is both rugged and fashionable
Not overly bulky
The zipper is rather cheap and can prove problematic
One design flaw. That is the only true reason that Columbia did not see a higher ranking on this list. However, as it is still present on this list, the difficult zipper does not necessarily stop it from being a high recommendation.Read more
Columbia decided to implement Omni-Tech technology into their ski jacket. This creates a waterproof membrane and the critically sealed seams prevent water from seeping through the most prone areas.
Insulation is what truly matters and Columbia combines thermal-reflective lining and synthetic insulation to deliver it. The tiny dot pattern on the inside of the jacket maintains heat and keeps you warm.
The microfleece lined hood, with fur, definitely deserves recognition as it is not only fashionable but also comfortable. So, let’s say you do not like the addition of the faux fur hood. Thankfully, you can remove the fur from the collar. Plus, the hood is also adjustable and last, but not least, there are handwarmer pockets and a media pocket.
All girls should find a size that suits them best, with options for XX-small to extra-large.
Not only size options but there are also a strong amount of color variations. Columbia provides you with choices such as antique iris, bright plum, black, dark raspberry, eve and surplus green.
Customers have expressed a beef with the zipper, claiming it to be rather cheap. If not for this, this jacket is amongst the elite. While this certainly is a design issue that need not be ignored, do not think it ruins everything tremendous about this jacket.
9. Mountain Warehouse
The hood is stretchy enough to hug around the face
If your child is not overweight, expect around two years of growth
Adjustable cuffs allow a custom fit around the wrist
More pockets would have been nice
The internal waistband is a little tight and restrictive
This is the first jacket on this list to be designed for both sexes. As the sizes indicate, both girls and boys can be fitted for this jacket. With all the quality that Mountain Warehouse put into this jacket, that is certainly a huge bonus.Read more
The fabric has been treated with a durable water repellent to keep you dry at all times. In addition to this, an integrated snow skirt will keep splashing snow from entering inside your jacket.
As the lining is made from fleece, it is insulated and lined for sufficient warmth in the winter. Plus, the hood hugs over your face to deliver extra protection for your neck and skull.
Both adjustability and storage ability are present here with adjustable cuffs and zippered front pockets and an internal smartphone pocket, respectively.
As opposed to other ski jackets, the manufacturer sizes them by age. For instance, there is a specific size for ages 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, etc. The size options stop at age 13.
Unfortunately, your child can’t be too picky here. There are three color options to choose from, navy, pink, and purple, and only you can decide if they will adapt well to your child.
While not the flashiest jacket of the bunch, it does a superb job of repelling water and delivering warmth. At the end of the day, when it comes to ski jackets, it is really hard to ask for much more.
10. Obermeyer Aisha
Has an extremely high breathability rating
Articulated patterning offers a free range of movement
Features stretch inner cuffs
Will not hold up in heavy rain or snow conditions as the seams are not sealed
Obermeyer makes their second appearance to cap this list off. While they opted to not seal the seams in any way for their Aisha Ski Jacket, it still has a waterproof shell and unrestricted mobility.Read more
Sports a 10K waterproof rating and features a snap away powder skirt for further protection against the snow. However, the seams are not sealed so it will not hold up in heavy rain and snow.
This jacket boasts 135g synthetic fiber insulation in the body, 60g in the sleeves, and 10g in the hood. There are a few features that help to make it feel a bit warmer, such as a fleece-lined collar and the faux fur trim.
This features articulated patterning for an unprecedented amount of movability. Meanwhile, the fleece-lined collar and fiber down insulation provide the coziness and comfortability. Featuring waist pockets and interior goggle and smartphone pockets, there should be enough room for their valuables. In addition, the faux fur trim is removable if it is not desired.
All size options are available from small to extra-large. Four very distinct color schemes are at play here and they are violet vibe, rain forest, black and ceramic.
The foregoing of sealing the seams in any way is kind of a headscratcher. So much so, that this almost did not crack the top 10. But, everything else is superb and it still does sport a respectable waterproof rating.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Jackets that are utilized for an activity such as skiing, need to have some sort of waterproofness or resistance. With skiing, there is a strong chance that your child is going to fall and succumb to the snow on the ground. Or, they may encounter snowfall while they are skiing. Well, what happens to snow when it melts? Of course, it dissolves into water, which can then absorb on the jacket and provide discomfort and dampness. The remedy for this is waterproofness and when it comes to jackets, these are areas to look out.
Firstly, if the manufacturer includes a waterproof rating, take a look at that. Whatever the rating, for example, 10K, that is how much rain the fabric can withstand in one day. As it is usually measured in mm/24 hours, a 10K rating could withstand 10,000mm of water in one day. Most jackets will be coated with some sort of durable water repellent, so keep an eye out for that. Also, the way that manufacturers seal their seams matters. When you see “critically taped seams”, it means that the jacket has been sealed in critical areas that are prone to water. Lastly, keep an eye out for powder skirts as they are designed to keep snow outside of your jacket.
During their adventure, you already know that your children will inform you if they are uncomfortable or cold. It is arguable, but this section may be more important to your children than the first one. Of course, without waterproofness, wet snow can absorb on the jacket and chill them to the bone. But, without insulation, it will not matter anyway. This is the key to maintaining heat and especially when you encounter products with synthetic insulation, you may see it measured in grams. The higher the number, the thicker and warmer the insulation will be.
Synthetic insulation is typically measured in grams per square meter. As a rough guide, a jacket with 50g-100g of insulation is great for mild temperatures such as spring or fall. 100g-200g of insulation are much more heavy-duty and designed for frigid winter temperatures.
A jacket that is filled with goose feathers is measured in other terms, called down fill, or fill power. You can follow the same rule of thumb here, knowing that the higher the number, the warmer the jacket.
Heat is one thing and breathability is another. Yes, ski jackets must provide heat for your kids but they should also not overheat them. In other words, look for high breathability ratings and jackets that have design features such as mesh underarm vents. Also, past just temperature regulation, the collar on the jacket can play an important role as you do not want it to chafe. However, one key design integration that may go overlooked is if there is an articulated pattern utilized. When designers articulate their jackets it mirrors the image of the human body and aids in unrestricted movement.
Additionally, convenience is a great feature. No matter how old you are, you are never too young to appreciate the convenience. Although your child may not care at first, they may begin to take a liking to some of the other features that ski jackets have. For convenience, although there are more, the two major features to assess are the adjustability and storage capabilities. Adjustability is not necessarily important in terms of sizing or comfort, but more so for colder days. With adjustable Velcro cuffs and a drawcord at the hood, your kid can further seal out bitterly cold drafts and rain.
Then, for storage, it is nice when there are pockets for your children’s valuables. When your kid can stuff their snacks in the zippered hand pocket or loose change in the interior pocket, this gives them a sense of freedom because they do not have to harang you for their needs. But, it is also important to analyze the closure system. For example, a buttoned closure system may not be secure enough if they stumble and fall. Past these factors, you can also look for subtle features such as the ability to remove the hood or the designers integrating a room-to-grow design for growth spurts.
Even as adults, people always want to be stylish. Depending on your child and their age, quite frankly, they may be at a point in their life where they want to express their own style. However, some may not care as long as they get to go skiing. However, if your child is in the stage that they want to express their own style, sellers do you a favor as they often offer you several color options. Only you will know your child best; so, determine what you think the best design should be that expresses them. If you have found a perfect jacket but it does not have a design that your child will like, you may want to veer on to another ski jacket. Remember, kids most of the time will simply care about the look and they probably will not care how good it is, but as parents, it is your duty to find a stylish but protective jacket for your child.
It really does not matter how amazing these ski jackets are if the correct size is not available. It is up to you to determine the appropriate size for your child and look to see if that size is available through the company. A lot of times, customers will provide feedback and this is a great thing to look at, especially when ordering clothing, as some may warn about sizing issues. As such, some jackets you will need to go a size up or down what you usually would.
Also, you may encounter size options that are displayed as a number. For example, in size 6, 8, 10, etc. Most of the time, the seller will give you access to their size chart to determine the appropriate size.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
If you are looking to save some money on a ski jacket, finding a jacket with only critically taped seams is a way to do that. Only the most important or permeable seams are sealed here. This is still a great option and water is unlikely to get it, but it's a possibility.
It's the little things in life, isn't it? In this case, the little things will make all the difference. Make sure to pay attention to the hood of the jacket, the elastic wrist closures, pit zips, and storm flaps. An adjustable hood is ideal and will help to keep your child warmer while in the snow.
Other Factors to Consider
The comfort of our children is always one of our top priorities, right? For one, it's sad to think that they might be in pain, and two, you know they're going to remind you of every five minutes until you solve the issue. To ensure the comfort of a kids ski jacket, you'll want to take a look at the materials used, size, and customer reviews. The seams will have to be sewn just right to avoid chafing, the fit will need to be perfect, and the insulation needs to be appropriate for the weather. Luckily, all of these points are mentioned in almost every customer review!
Frequently Asked Questions
q: How do you machine wash a ski jacket?
If there is nothing in the care label that suggests otherwise, then you should be okay with machine washing your ski jacket. To begin, ensure that there is nothing in any of the pockets and that they are zipped and closed. Now, it is time to inspect the detergent compartment of your washing machine. If there is any residue left over from your previous wash, make sure to clean that out. Now, you are ready to begin; so, place your ski jacket in the wash by itself, as this ensures no damage will come to the jacket from other clothing. Pour the appropriate amount of special cleaner (not fabric softener or regular detergent) in the compartment.
To err on the side of caution, run it through a gentle cycle with cold water. Once this has finished, you can either dry it by allowing it to air dry or by placing it in your dryer at a low or medium heat setting (granted the care label does not advise against it).
q: How do you repair a ski jacket?
It does not matter how old you are, accidents can happen. But, naturally, your child may not know how to properly care for their jacket. So, you must be prepared for the worst. During their skiing adventure, they may come back to you with a damaged jacket with abrasion or tear. Obviously, this needs to be fixed as this will compromise the jacket’s ability to repel water. Thankfully, you do not need to be a sewing guru to fix it yourself. If you do a little research, you should be able to find some repair kits from established distributors and retail stores.
Most of these types of kits will feature patches of specific fabrics. As such, ensure that the fabric matches and invest in a kit. With one of the patches, and the kit should feature instructions, you can apply it and properly seal it afterward.
q: What is the best way to hand wash a ski jacket?
Alright, so it is safe to say that some of you are going to be stubborn and refuse to machine wash your jacket. You may be paranoid that the vicious cycle will ruin your jacket forever. Or, the care label may legitimately advise against machine washing it. Either way and, truthfully, there is nothing wrong with opting to hand wash it, if you decide against washing it in your machine you can still wash it. With your good ol’ two hands, start by ensuring that everything is out of the pockets of the jacket.
Again, with the appropriate amount of cleaner, you are going to want to wash it with cold water. However, fill a sink (or bathtub, large bowl, etc.) with the combination of the cold water and cleaner. After it has been mixed and saturated for a good amount of time, drain the sink and rinse off the cleaner with cold water. When ridding the excess water, do not wring or twist the jacket. Instead, merely squeeze it gently.
q: How to reproof a ski jacket?
Whether this is something you want to come to grips to or not is irrelevant, there will come a time where the repellent on your jacket will stop working efficiently. In times when this happens, and you can tell if your shell begins to absorb water, you need to reproof it. Thankfully, there is a very simple way to do so; one that requires very little on your part. If you can, whether via online or specialty store, invest in some wash-in waterproofer (such as TX. Direct).
Once you have, all you need to do is wash your jacket with the proofer. So, put as much of the solution in the wash as it informs you. But, this time wash it with warm water as this will help activate the solution. After which, let it dry and you have re-achieved the waterproofness.
q: How often should you wash a ski jacket?
As you already know, the jacket is not the same as a normal piece of clothing. With pants, shirts, socks, underwear, and other such items, you need to wash them (give or take) after you wear them. However, that is not necessary with a ski jacket. Truthfully, each person may have a different answer to this question. One person may believe you should wash a ski jacket once in a year while others will believe to do it after three to four uses.
It really depends on how much your child plans on using the ski jacket, as if they only wear it once in a while then you could probably get away with washing it once during the winter season. However, if your child is relishing in the glory of their new jacket and wearing every day during the winter then it may be necessary to wash it once a month.
q: How often should you reproof your jacket?
This question is going to have the most obvious answer you have ever heard of in your life. Honestly, you will be questioning how this is a frequently asked question. But, it is one that often gets brought up. Here is the reality, the only time you need to reproof your jacket is when it stops repelling water. That is it; if it is still performing its designed purpose than reproofing it will waste money. Think of it as reapplying paint to a surface with multiple coats on it. Is it pointless? No, it will improve a little. But, is it necessary? No.
As simple as it sounds, there are no set times to reproof it. Honestly, as long as you clean it when it needs to be, you should not have to do it very often.
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