December 19, 2016

5 Winter Jackets for Women (By Activity)

The cold season will be here before we know it. Make sure you have a great winter jacket at the ready. Check out 5 women's jackets we love this season.

Winter is coming and with it comes the fun of frigid winds, wet snow, and freezing temperatures. If you’re a gal who prefers outdoor winter adventures or you’re starting to feel that cabin fever coming on, make sure you have the right jacket to protect you along the way. Not all jackets are created equal, so we’ll discuss some of our favorites for our favorite winter activities.

Lady in winter jacket

Hiking

The Arc’teryx Zeta LT Jacket is a great option if you’re looking for a breathable mid-layer or just a stand-alone piece for those (somewhat) warmer winter days. The Zeta LT Jacket is constructed using the impressive GORE® C-KNIT™ backer technology. The result is a lighter jacket ideal for aerobic activities. Move freely on the trails with this soft, quiet waterproof jacket in the winter and when the temperatures begin to warm in the spring. This winter jacket is so great, it received Backpacker Magazine’s Editors’ Choice Gold Award in 2015.

Skiing

When the slopes are beckoning, make sure you have the Scott Ultimate GTX® Jacket hanging in your closet. This all-in-one jacket is designed specifically for the all-mountain skier. As with all GORE-TEX® products, this durable and highly breathable jacket comes with the GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® promise so you can plan for an all-day excursion without the fear of soaked fabric or all that bulk. And to keep you warm, this winter jacket has Strategic Thermal Regulation (STR) which places insulation where you need it in cold zones and performance mesh in hot zones.

Snowboarding

When the time comes to hit the powder, you shouldn’t have to worry about your winter jacket. The Patagonia Primo Down Jacket provides durable waterproof, windproof protection and comfort. The 700-fill-power premium European goose down will keep you warm whether you’re on a resort lift or shreddin’ the backcountry.

Mountaineering

Prefer the views from atop the mountain? The Patagonia Refugitive Jacket will support your trek. From the pit zips to let out steam, to the elastic pant connector to prevent riding up, this jacket was designed with mobility in mind. This winter jacket is made with GORE® C-KNIT™ backer technology which boasts the following benefits:

  • Soft material
  • More breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Durably water- and windproof

Camping

As you make plans for winter camping, make sure you spend time choosing the appropriate layers. REI recommends wearing a base layer, middle layer, and outer layer when camping in cold temperatures. For your outer shell, consider the top-rated Arc’teryx Beta LT Hybrid Jacket. Designed with simple features for minimal weight, this waterproof and breathable GORE-TEX® jacket with Paclite® product technology is ideal when weight and space are critical. No matter what fun, adventurous, outdoor activities you have planned for your camping trip, this durable jacket will hold up.

Whichever activity and jacket suits you, just don’t get left out in the cold unprepared! A little preparation makes for a great time outdoors, no matter the sport!

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