Skiing and snowboarding are considered extreme sports for a reason. You need to be prepared with the right skiwear to enjoy the most out of your weekend mountain adventure.
Your clothing plays an important role in keeping you warm and comfortable.
That being said, today we have rounded up 9 of the best brands for skiing and snowboarding apparel. Whether you are on a low budget or looking for luxury, there’s something for you on this list.
We have made similar selections in the past, for example this list of European ski jackets brands, and today we will take a more general route.
We will start with the luxury brands. While efficiency is the major deal-breaker when choosing your ski wear, these options account for both quality and luxury.
- 1. Bogner
- 2. Helly Hansen
- 3. Eider
- 4. Norrøna
- 5. Salomon
- 6. Skis Rossignol
- 7. Jack Wolfskin
- 8. Mountain Warehouse
- 9. Wantdo
During the German championship in 1932, Willy Bogner’s wife, Maria, realized that there wasn’t any flattering ski-wear for women.
Later on, she began designing and sewing the first in-the-boot ski pant, and Bogner was born.
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In addition to its ski apparel, Bogner also sells outdoor casual clothing. Its merchandise also includes shoes, sunglasses, and other accessories.
The materials they use are of high quality, which was noted in this year’s FIRE+ICE collection. Their prices range from €249 for the stylish Fabiano quilted jacket, to the more efficient Elliot functional jacket for €349.
2. Helly Hansen
To protect his sailors and himself from the extreme Nordic weather, Captain Helly Juell Hansen started manufacturing waterproof oilskin jackets.
In 1877, the business grew to include trousers, tarpaulins, and sou’westers. And soon, Helly Hansen became the pioneer of trusted ski brands.
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Its waterproof technology, Helly Tech®, prevents water from getting in, whilst allowing sweat vapor out. With its DWR-treated outer fabric and highly breathable inner fabric, it’s designed to withstand the harshest conditions.
One of their popular products is the Alpha 3.0 ski jacket, which costs around $450.
However, the sea is its heritage, and so Helly Hansen is devoted to sustaining a positive impact on water and preserving it. It has adopted scientific methods for producing its garments, advocating for protecting the environment.
In 1962, in the heart of the French city, Annecy, Eider was created by George Ducruet to provide durable clothing for mountain skiing.
Eider’s products vary according to your needs. It outfits hikers and mountain climbers in summer. While in winter, it protects mountain skiers and free-riders.
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Its technological feats include anti-UV protection, waterproof DEFENDER® garments, and windproof WINDSTOPPER® products. Their down jackets, which are the most suitable for skiing, cost around €200.
In addition, the clothing’s adjustable waistbands and ergonomic hood design offer a more comfortable experience.
Not only does the company maintain a positive impact on the environment, but it also has its own sustainability guidelines. It targets low chemical footprint, eco-friendly materials, as well as improving waste management.
The Norwegian brand was founded by Jørgen Jørgensen in 1929. Jørgen wanted more durable and lasting equipment for outdoor activities in the harsh lands of Norway.
Norrøna‘s ski wear is famous for its flashy colors and roomy cuts, which make it suitable for snowboarding, down-skiing, and even cross country. The brand is also renowned for constantly innovating the technology used for their garments.
Thanks to the Gore-Tex technology and advanced designs, they always ensure high-quality in their clothing. Norrøna’s Gore-Tex insulated jackets cost around €400.
The primary fabrics used are Polyester and BioNylon®. The latter is a fabric made of castor beans and is similar to Nylon. However, it has a shorter drying time and less environmental impact.
Salomon is the product of the French Alps that opened its first workshop in 1947. It replaced traditional leather with its own ski binding straps a decade later, establishing itself as a brand.
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Over the years, the company has maintained its reputation as the epicenter of ski wear brands in Europe. Providing both Alpine and Nordic equipment for men, women, and kids, it excels in the skiing department.
Like most ski apparel brands, the fabrics are made of Nylon and Polyester. However, Salomon uses ClimaPro Active fabrics for its pants, with a water column rating of about 10,000mm. They also use the Gore-Tex Pro Shell technology.
Along with its products’ high-quality, Salomon follows environmentally-friendly manufacturing procedures. This is also ensured by its qualified employees.
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Now let’s see some brands with affordable options, if you want a more budget-friendly product, while still being offered good quality.
6. Skis Rossignol
The French Alps is apparently the birthplace of many of the renowned ski brands, Skis Rossignol included.
It was founded in 1907 by Abel Rossignol, a carpenter who initially used solid wood to manufacture his skis.
With over a century’s worth of experience, Skis Rossignol offers a wide range of ski jackets and gear for all: men, women, and kids. Their designs range from elegant to efficient.
Their prices vary from affordable to expensive, that’s why we included it in the affordable brands list.
Some products we can mention are the Rapide ski jackets, and the Tommy Hilfiger softshell jackets designed in collaboration with Tommy Hilfiger.
7. Jack Wolfskin
Jack Wolfskin was founded in 1981 in Frankfurt, Germany. Its products addressed all sorts of outdoor activities, and it soon became popular in Germany, as well as on an international scale.
Be it for backpacking, hiking, trekking, mountaineering, or winter sports, Jack Wolfskin’s apparel and gear are adaptable and perfect for any outdoor activity.
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Jack Wolfskin’s ski wear offers numerous designs, depending on what you need. They vary from the lighter windbreaker and functional jackets to insulated Texapore jackets.
Texapore jackets are made of a material that is breathable and capable of withstanding rain and wind. Most of them are recycled and can cost as low as $70 and up to $400, depending on the model.
8. Mountain Warehouse
As you can imagine from its name, Mountain Warehouse has been home for hiking and skiing equipment and clothing since its founding in 1997.
With over 330 stores operating in Europe, North America, New Zealand, and the UK, Mountain Warehouse provides a cheaper range of jackets, footwear, and other accessories.
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Its ski wear includes padded jackets, which are lightweight yet water-resistant. In addition, they feature microfibre insulation, which enhances their heat retention.
An option for extreme conditions is the Galactic Extreme Ski jacket. The jacket has a detachable snow skirt, which prevents snow from getting inside, and is useful for skiing and snowboarding.
Thanks to its ergonomic design, you can easily store it. The jacket’s price is around $100.
Although new to the race, Wantdo has been successfully gearing up families for outdoor adventures since 2011.
With its 3-in-1 and Fleece winter ski jackets, its skiwear is suitable for both men and women of all ages. Its jackets come with water column ratings of up to 10,000 mm.
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Wantdo’s prices are quite low compared to the other brands in this selection. For example the Fleece winter ski jacket costs around $70, and the 3-in-1 jacket around $95.
Their fabric is soft, warm, and water-repellent, and it’s usually made of polyester which makes it durable.
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That’s all for today’s selection. Do you know any other similar brand? Let us know in the comments below.
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