Choosing The Right Winter Jacket

by Source For Sports Alpine Skiing Having the right cold weather jacket can make the difference between a bad day and a great day.

Warm Winter Jackets

People often associate a big fluffy jacket with the best possible warmth for winter. This isn't necessarily true, however. Today's jackets don't need to be heavy or thick to keep in the heat.

Outerwear Technology

There are lots of excellent outerwear fabric technologies available that are lightweight, yet extremely warm. Many jackets have features like powder skirts on the inside that trap body heat while keeping the elements out. When you zip your jacket all the way up and use your hood, you ensure that your body heat doesn't escape so it can aid in keeping you comfortably warm.

Extra features such as powder cuffs, which are inner sleeves attached to the arms of your jacket, will help keep elements out and continue to keep your body heat in. Temperature ratings may not always be the best indication of what jacket works for you. Everyone's threshold for cold is a bit different.

Layering

One of the best things you can do to ensure you're warm on those extra cold days is wear a thermal base layer underneath your jacket for optimal heat. This way, you'll also combine thin layers of insulation instead of wearing a bulky jacket, which will give you more control and flexibility for participating in winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing.

Check out our tips about temperature rating and recommended jacket features to stay warm while lookin’ good. Having the right cold weather jacket can make the difference between a bad day and a great day.

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