THE SITUATION: You can spend a whole lot of money for a ski parka. But wouldn’t you rather spend that money on lift tickets?
A SOLUTION: The Mountain Hardwear Exposure Parka isn’t necessarily cheap, but it comes in about half the cost of some of high-end mountain jackets, with little difference when it comes to performance for most of us spending a day or weekend at a ski resort.
THE DETAILS: The company’s propriety Dry Q fabric is waterproof, breathable and tough enough to last for years no matter how rough you are on it. It will keep you dry on the slopes, but that breathability (and pit zips) can let you cool off when you’re working up a sweat. The fleece-lined hood is comfortable, and the adjustable powder skirt is a nice option. Lots of pockets make it possible to stow a day’s worth of stuff you need, and while you wouldn’t say this jacket is a slim fit, it isn’t too bulky considering the insulation you get. Planning a big ski or snowboarding trip this year? The Exposure will ensure that you stay comfortable on the mountain.