Your activity of choice should help guide you to the right jacket. Ski and snowboard jackets have a certain set of common features that are great on the slopes, but may not work that well in other settings, like a spring hike or climb. Technical shells, insulators, or rain jackets have just the right features and design for specific activities or situations.
Some activities only call for a jacket that's water-resistant, but if you plan to get outside in nasty, wet weather, you'll want something with highly waterproof fabric (20K+) a breathable membrane, and taped seams.How to Choose a Shell Jacket
A fully insulated down or synthetic jacket offers the warmth you need for very cold days or times when you won't be moving much, such as riding a chairlift. An uninsulated shell jacket is more versatile because you can tailor your layers underneath it to suit the conditions; it's also a better option for activities where you're constantly on the go, such as cross-country skiing or hiking.Shop Insulated Jackets