The Best Women’s Jackets of 2016
Stay warm, dry, and comfortable, no matter the conditions.
From running to skiing to après-ing, these six power players will keep you warm, dry, and comfortable—no matter the conditions.
Showers Pass Rogue Hoodie
Like a highly functional iteration of your favorite sweatshirt, the Rogue bridges the urban-technical divide. A cozy fleece lining is encased in a waterproof-breathable exterior, while commuter-friendly elements like reflective trim, a loop for hanging a light, and a helmet-compatible hood make it ideal for winter bike rides.
Faction Harper Aerogel
The Harper is one of the first jackets to incorporate NASA-developed aerogel, a super-lightweight insulation that’s a fraction of the thickness of its synthetic competitors. It’s also bafflingly warm. With 100 percent seam-sealed everything, a powder skirt, and five exterior zip pockets, this is the shell to wear when you’ll be on the mountain all day, in the nastiest conditions.
Ternua South River
Parkas keep you toasty in arctic temperatures, but some are so heavy that they feel like straitjackets. Spanish company Ternua created this relatively lightweight option with a 700-fill down interior made from recycled bedding products and a recycled Gore-Tex shell to keep hail and sleet at bay.
Eddie Bauer First Ascent Downlight Stormdown Hooded
This windproof shell is made from 50 percent recycled ripstop polyester, with a durable water-repellent finish and 800-fill moisture-resistant down stuffing. It’s also exceptionally compressible—great for carrying in a backpack when wet, windy, fickle weather is on the horizon.
This insulated snowboard jacket is a chairlift stopper. How could it not be, with that giant snow owl printed across the front, designed by British Columbia–based artist and snowboarder Vanessa Stark? Best of all, a portion of the totally reasonable price goes directly to Boarding for Breast Cancer.
Say hello to a hybrid soft shell that does its job so well, you’ll hardly notice you’re wearing it. The shoulders, chest, upper arms, and hood are all cut from windproof Windstopper, while the lower half is built from a highly breathable, DWR-finished woven fabric. We were as comfortable skinning up as skiing down with this athletic-fitting piece.