Best for slope-street crossover
Beneath the Down Load’s slim tailoring and sleek look lies a serious ski parka with an environmentally sound heart. The textured (and recycled) polyester-and-organic-cotton outer layer feels more like a men’s suit than a technical fabric, but it adhered to the waterproof-breathable membrane and shed snow and even rain like the best of ’em. The seam-sealed shell is backed by puffy 650-fill down insulation, fortified by wide zipper flaps, and stocked with features like a storm skirt, an interior goggle pocket, and cuffs that easily slip over bulky ski gloves. Bummer: the hood cinches only two ways and is too small to fit over a helmet.