BEST FOR: Arctic days.
THE TEST: This down-filled puffy kept us comfy during a single-digit December freeze we endured at Jackson Hole. The Rocket’s stretchy, waterproof exterior sealed out drafts (and moisture) on long, windswept chairlift rides—and held the lofty 700-fill insulation snug against the body, eliminating what one tester called “the flying muffin phenomenon.” Small pit zips dump heat, but if you tend to hike for your turns or prefer a jacket for warmer resort days, too, this ain’t it.
THE VERDICT: Mega warmth combined with handy features (powder skirt, wrist gaiters, goggle pockets, and a tethered goggle wipe) make this the best ski puffy we’ve tested.
Because they seal in heat and keep out snow, wrist gaiters, like those on the Spyder Rocket, boost a jacket's warmth factor.