The best streetwear-inspired ski jackets to carry you from piste to pub

Luxury London

16 December 2021

The most stylish designer ski jackets from Balmain, Moncler, The North Face and more

16 December 2021 | Luxury London

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hhh... Listen... Can you hear them? Europe’s glistening summits are calling, and after two cancelled ski seasons, we’re guessing you’ll want to answer their invitation. Time, then, for a cool (but warm, obvs) new ski jacket. Something that you can wear to the pub once your back from Val' without looking like a wally. Something with street appeal. Allow us to present this season's best ski jackets, coats that match functional performance with contemporary style. Designer puffers and parkas that dexterously navigate that fine line between rad and ridiculous. See you on the piste. 

Moncler Grenoble Darry down jacket

Fun fact: technical outwear specialist Moncler is named after the French alpine village of Monestier-de-Clermont. The brand’s even-more technically minded subsidiary, Moncler Grenoble, takes its name from the famously pretty river city 38 kilometres to the north. Wherever in the Alps you’re headed this winter, you won’t need to worry about this Darry jacket tipping the scales at EasyJet bag-drop – constructed from the highly tear- and abrasion-resistant fabric DYNEEMA, the jacket is so light that it floats in water. It also has an inside pocket for your phone and an outside pocket for your ski pass. Sometimes, it's the small things. 

Moncler Grenoble Darry down jacket, £2,010, mrporter.com

The North Face Summit down jacket

The North Face’s Summit jacket is purpose-built for hard skiing and no-nonsense mountaineering. Hence a pre-tensioned hood that’s been designed to fit over a helmet, so as to keep out the elements, and an 800-fill blend of ethically-sourced down (90 per cent) and feathers (10 per cent) that will remain puffy even in wet conditions. The jacket is available in blue and black but packs the biggest punch in orange.

The North Face Summit jacket, £310, matchesfashion.com

Kjus Formula jacket

Kjus was founded in 2000 by Olympic gold medal and multi-World Championship-winning Norwegian skier Mr Lasse Kjus – statistically speaking, the second greatest downhill skier of all time (only compatriot Kjetil André Aamodt has won more medals). Suffice to say, then, that Kjus has road-tested his fair share of skiwear over the seasons. Made from a four-way ultra-stretch fabric and featuring trademarked ventilation technology, this Formula jacket goes to show why Kjus has become the go-to brand for the world's most serious skiers.

Kjus Formula jacket, £750, brownsfashion.com

Colmar Chamonix quilted down jacket

The Chamonix jacket from Italian sports company Colmar is cut from a 100 per cent polyester recycled shell, and filled with 80 per cent down and 20 per cent duck feathers. Treated with Teflon technology, the jacket will repel snow, sleet and rain, and features an ergonomic sleeve shape to help mobility when tackling the steepest of slopes – though we're confident that this yellow-and-black, streetwear-esque number would look as at home in the city as it would in Cham’.

Colmar Chamonix jacket, £485, mrporter.com

Holden Peak ski parka jacket

Ahead of the curve, snowboarder Mikey LeBlanc and designer Scott Zergebel have been focused on sustainability since 2002, when they founded high-performance outwear brand, Holden. The company collaborates with forward-thinking textile manufacturers to make use of materials including cork, coffee grounds and recycled fibres. Enter Holden’s puffer-fit Peak ski parka, which is insulated with 100 per cent sustainable down. Add camouflage printed panels, abrasion-resistant overlays and handy zip chest pockets, and you’ve got one of this season’s most functional and fashionable ski jackets.

Holden Peak parka jacket, £850, brownsfashion.com

Templa Nasta printed hooded down coat

Another coat that works as well on the street as it does on the slopes. This paint-splash-printed Nasta puffer jacket from Belgian brand Templa has plenty of presence. A high-tech padded shell will keep out the rain, while down feathers (90 per cent goose) keep things toasty on the inside. Elsewhere, a high neck helps keep the wind at bay, whether you’re exploring Alpine mountains or more urban environments.   

Templa Nasta down coat, £860, matchesfashion.com

Rossignol Hero Exces ski windbreaker

Away from the slopes, Rossignol has been making a name for itself through high-profile collaborations with big-name fashion labels (see its co-creation with Balmain a few jackets down). On the slopes, it’s style-orientated, performance-driven function-wear for which the French brand has become known. The influence of streetwear on Rossignol’s Hero Exces ski anorak plays out in bold colours and an oversized cut. Just don’t think this jacket is anything but a proper piece of extreme-weather kit. A waterproof membrane has been engineered to stay dry even in the heaviest snow, while all seams are taped to create the most complete seal against bad weather.

Rossignol Hero Exces ski jacket, £430, farfetch.com

A Bathing Ape camouflage jacket

Hip-hop favourite hype brand A Bathing Ape, or Bape, has played a pivotal role in the explosion of streetwear over the past decade. Founded by Japanese designer Nigo Tomoaki Nagao in Tokyo’s buzzy Harajuku district in 1993, camouflage has become one of the cult brand’s signature calling cards. Just in case it wasn’t obvious that you were rocking a Bape jacket on the slopes, this green-and-khaki ski coat is printed with the brand’s name on its front. Two button-fastening chest pockets have been designed to keep your phone and lift pass safe.

A Bathing Ape ski jacket, £1,569, farfetch.com

Moncler Grenoble Mazod down coat

Moncler Grenoble has staked its claim at the summit of contemporary performance-wear (pun very much intended) because of glacier-cool (that one, too) jackets like this. The padded, waist-length coat is printed with graffiti-style Moncler lettering and colourful retro graphics, which pop against a white polyamide outer shell. Insulation is provided by 100 per cent down feathers, and elasticated jersey cuffs keep out the wind and snow.

Moncler Grenoble Mazod ski jacket, £1,505, matchesfashion.com

Balmain x Rossignol monogram jacket

Remember when we said that Rossignol had made a thing of powwowing with the high-priests of high-fashion? Well, check this. The French ski specialist has collaborated with compatriot brand Balmain on a mid-length down jacket that testifies to the fashion house’s love of monogram motifs. The padded, black-and-white coat is covered with Balmain’s signature interlocking-B insignia. The bold-faced, look-at-me logo is back, in case you hadn’t realised.

Balmain x Rossignol ski jacket, £3,389, farfetch.com

Burton AK Helium stretch jacket

Who’s cooler, skiers or snowboarders? Throwing its considerable weight behind the boarders is Vermont-based Burton, which has been manufacturing ground-breaking snowboards close to the American-Canadian border since 1977. Burton has since moved into backcountry snow gear and, even more recently, extreme-weather technical clothing through its offshoot line, Burton AK. Thanks to its lightweight construction and the use of lower-bulk insulating material, Thermocore, this relaxed-fit Helium stretch jacket can be scrunched up and packed inside your luggage, yet will still stand up to all that a blizzard can throw at it. Who’s cooler, skiers or snowboarders? Whoever’s rocking Burton AK, usually.

Burton AK Helium jacket, £240, brownsfashion.com

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