Buying Guide For Ski Jackets

Types of Jackets

When shopping for a ski jacket you are going to find two different types that are available. One is an insulated jacket and the other is a soft shell jacket. The most common question that people have is, “which one should I buy?” The simple answer to this question is that there is no right answer. The reason for this is that each person has a different body temperature regulation. Some people will get hot very quickly and thus having an insulated jacket would cause them great discomfort. Others, however, are routinely cold and having an insulated jacket only makes sense because a soft shell jacket would leave them even colder. With this being said, the first step to selecting the jacket that is best for you is by determining if you are warmer or colder person by nature. Once this is determined, you can then move forward in the process of selecting your jacket.

Insulated Jackets

The construction characteristics of an insulated jacket include an outer layer that is waterproof and windproof, along with an insulated layer that is built directly into the jacket. The insulating inner layer is likely to be made of fleece, down, or a synthetic fabric such as Primaloft. Also, many insulated jackets will contain an additional insulator piece that can be removed. These types of insulated jackets are some times referred to as system jackets or 3-in-1 jackets.

The insulation that is found in insulated jackets is most commonly measured in grams. The greater the number weight in grams, the warmer the jacket will be. Insulation types can range as low as 30 grams and go as high as 800 grams, which is most commonly found with Down material. For people who are colder by nature, an insulated jacket is the most suitable option.

Soft Shell Jackets

Soft shell jackets are windproof, waterproof jackets that have no internal insulation and are highly breathable. Now, you might wonder why anyone would choose a jacket that contains no internal insulation. The reasons for this are several, one of which has already been identified; being a warmer person by nature. Another reason that one may choose this type of jacket is because they prefer to have added mobility that is not available with an insulated jacket. As soft shell jackets are usually worn over a base layer and a mid layer, soft shell jackets do not have the added bulkiness of an insulated jacket. This means that you can contain the warmth of your body via your base layer and mid layer, but have added range of motion.

A soft shell jacket can be worn on its own on warmer days or layered with base and mid layers for colder days. However, for extremely cold temperatures and extended periods of time outdoors, a soft shell jacket is probably not the best option, but the final decision is ultimately up to you. For more information on base and mid layers, please review our article on the importance of layering.

Waterproof Rating

Probably the most important characteristic of any ski jacket is the waterproof rating. This rating tells you how quickly your jacket will become saturated and begin allowing water to penetrate to the layers below. Waterproof ratings are measured and indicated in millimeters(mm). The level is determined by placing a tube filled on the fabric and filling it with water. The level at which the water begins to penetrate through the fabric is the waterproof rating. The higher the number, the more waterproof the jacket is and the longer it will withstand snow and rain. For a jacket to be deemed legally waterproof, it must achieve a minimum 1,500mm rating. Jackets can be rated as high as 20,000mm, but the average rating is typically between 5,000 and 10,000mm. Keep in mind that as the rating goes higher, so too will the price.

There are many different types of waterproof fabrics that are used on the market today. Among the more well-known materials that are used are Gore-Tex, Hyvent, and Event. What makes materials such as these so effective is that they contain pores which are larger than a molecule of sweat, but smaller than a molecule of water. This means that not only is the material waterproof, but also very breathable.

Breathability Rating

Just like the waterproof rating measures how effective a jacket is at keeping water outside, the breathablity rating of a jacket measures how effective a jacket is at transferring moisture from inside to the outside. The same fabric pores that help prevent water from penetrating inside a jacket, allow sweat molecules to escape and ultimately keep your warmer.

Breathability rating is measured and indicated in grams (g). The measurement is determined by finding the Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate (MVTR). The MVTR determines how many grams of sweat per 1 square meter can escape a jacket in a 24 hour period. The higher the number, the more moisture escapes and the more breathable it is. Entry-level breathable fabrics will have MVTR ratings in the range of 2,000-3000g. Fabrics at the high end of the breathability scale will have an MVTR around 25,000g.

Fabric Durability

Contrary to what many people believe, ski jackets are different than your everyday winter jacket. Yes, you can wear your ski jacket as your everyday jacket, but if you haven’t purchased a jacket specifically for skiing, you’re best not to wear the everyday winter jacket that you bought at the department store to the slopes. The reasons for this are several, but one of the most important ones is that your ski jacket is going to be far more durable.

Ski jackets are made of tightly woven nylon or polyester. Materials which are designed for high performance use in the elements of winter. Extended exposure to high winds and the wet elements of the winter is what makes the construction of a ski jacket different from your everyday winter jacket. This is also why you’ll find that ski jackets will cost more than a jacket you’d buy from the department store.

Seams

Fully Taped

Fully taped seams is exactly what it sounds like. All of the stitched seams have been taped for waterproofing. This is done with a waterproof tape that is glued on the interior and exterior of the seam. Fully taped seams are the best option if you want to be waterproof in these important areas that are prone for moisture. They will, however, cost more than jackets with critically taped seams. As an additional note, higher-end garments will offer Welded Seams, which are even more effective at protecting against moisture penetration at the seams.

Critically Taped

A less expensive option than Welded or Fully taped seams is Critically taped seams. Critically taped seams means that only some of the seams are taped and protected against moisture penetration. On a jacket this is not necessarily a bad thing, so don’t be scared off by the fact that not all seams are covered. As long as you don’t spend long periods of time in wet weather, or spend a lot of time falling in the snow, Critically taped seams will offer the protection you need.

Features

When shopping for ski jackets it is important to know that beyond how waterproof and breathable a jacket is, there are a number of features that you can expect to find available to you. In the following sections, we’ll cover many of these features so you will know what to expect when shopping from one model to the next.

Front Zipper Cover: This feature is sometimes referred to as a storm flap. The purpose of this feature is to cover the front zipper of your jacket to prevent the wind and moisture from penetrating inside. As the zipper can be a highly prone area for moisture, this is considered by many as a must have feature.

Powder Skirt: A powder skirt is an elastic band that is located inside of a jacket at the waist. It provides a snap closure in the front and is intended to keep snow from going up the front or back of your jacket. Additionally, it help retain heat and keep you warmer when you’re out on the slopes. This also means that if you’re starting to feel a bit warm, you can unsnap the skirt for a moment to allow heat to escape and cool you down, then snap it back up to protect against the snow. This features is considered by many as a must-have, and it is highly recommended for maximum comfort when out on the snow.

Hood: While not all jackets offer a hood, those that do will offer a hood in one of several options: attached (non-removable), detachable, or stowaway. Attached hoods are fixed to the jacket and cannot be removed. Detachable hoods offer the luxury of protection on windy or snowy days, while also offering the versatility to be removed on warmer or fair weather ski days. Stowaway hoods offer the same luxuries as a detachable hood with the difference being that stowaway hoods do not need to be removed from the jacket. Instead they will tuck into a designated area of the jacket.

As your hood is intended to protect your head and neck from the elements, you want to make sure that your hood can fit over your helmet. Your hood should have enough room so you can look from side to side, and it should also adjust for your helmet size so it isn’t too large or too small. The bill of your hood should be generous enough in size to shed rain from your goggles and eyes. Hoods, regardless of their style, are highly recommended for protection against the elements.

Wrist Closure: Wrist closures are one of the common adjustability features you can expect to find on jackets. Wrist closures will be present as an elastic, Velcro, snap, or thumbhole adjustment. This purpose of such an adjustment is to help keep cold air and snow from going up your arms. You will want to make sure that the wrist adjustment will work in tandem with your gloves.

Cinch Cord: Another adjustment feature that you can expect to find is a Cinch Cord adjustment. This is located at the bottom of the jacket and can be tightened so your jacket and pants are positioned closely together. This will help keep snow and wind from creeping up inside your jacket.

Pit Zips: Under arm zippers, or Pit Zips, are temperature regulating features that are present on many ski jackets. Pit Zips are zippers located under the arm that can be adjusted on the fly to help retain or release heat that builds up inside a jacket. If you’re cold, or the temperate starts to drop, you can close them up to help keep heat close to the body. On warmer days these can be opened up fully to allow heat to escape while you remain fully protected from the elements everywhere else. While not considered a must-have, they are certainly suggested if you want the luxury of regulating your core temperature easily.

Pockets

Electronics Pocket: Thanks to the influx in portable electronic devices (e.g., cell phones, personal audio players, digital cameras), having a pocket designated specifically for electronics is a must have for many. For others, it’s not a make or break feature. The important thing to understand is that pockets do exist for such items and they are certainly a convenience if you own such items. For those who enjoy listening to music while on the slopes, this pocket is extremely useful because electronics pockets have openings for wires to be run for headphones. This keeps the electronic device protected and the wiring internal so it is not ruined.

Goggle Pocket: Like an electronics pocket, the goggle pocket is designated specifically to house your goggles when you’re not wearing them. This pocket will also typically house a goggle cloth that can be used to wipe your goggles if they get foggy.

Additional Fabric Lining: On many higher-end jackets you are likely to find additional fabric lining the inside of the jacket. This added fabric liner starts at the wrist and extends down over the palms with holes provided to insert your thumbs. This added lining adds extra warmth to the palms and wrists.

Avalanche Rescue System: Built into a select number of jackets an avalanche rescue system can be an invaluable feature if you’re the type of skier who ventures into areas that prone to avalanches. Unlike a separate beacon system, jackets with this feature have a small, weightless transponder that is easily detected by a search rescue team. This feature is not necessarily a must have, but for safety is recommended. If you opt against a jacket with a built-in rescue system, you can always purchase a separate rescue system at a later time.

Hopefully all these guidelines will help you determine the best jacket is right for you.

7 Top Skinny Jeans

Have you heard that saying? Everything old is new again. Whether you are reminded of the saccharine sweetness of Sandra Dee in the 50’s or the rock ‘n’ roll grunge of Johnny Rotten in the 80’s, skinny jeans will take you back in time and bring you forward to today.

Do not freak out! Yes, it’s a skinny jean revolution, but skinny describes the look, not the person. While some skinny jeans are just what you’d expect, only fitting that elite, slim-thighed 11%, there are a lot of options out there. From seriously skinny to almost straight, we’ve pulled 7 top styles that will give you the latest look. Even if you’re body’s not-so-slim and not-so-straight, check out our Skinny Scale, this is a trend you may not have to skip.

Here’s our skinny scale. We’ve ranked these jeans from the skinniest skinny to the straight skinny. You decide which you dare to try.

Miss Sixty Eden Skinny Stretch Jeans, $219: Skinniest Skinny

This is the skinniest of the skinny, sexy tight from top to bottom; don’t go near this jean unless you’re as straight and slim as an arrow. This is a great skinny jean if you have a smaller seat and super slim thighs. Textural pocket details and eye-catching back embroidery bring dimension and interest to the tight sexy fit through the butt. You can rejoice in your thin thighs at last with a jean that was made just for them.

Chip & Pepper Skinny Jeans, $187: Extremely Skinny

Also for the super straight, this Chip & Pepper jean has a slim fit that is not quite as tight as Miss Sixty. A darker wash color and longer leg length make for an extra slim silhouette. Scrunching those extra long legs at the ankle actually has a similar effect to a boot cut, balancing out your shape by adding volume at the bottom.

Siwy Michelle: $182: Seriously Skinny

There’s a little more room for your booty in these skinny jeans. They’ve got super stretch that allows for a close fit and comfortable movement. An upward tilt at the back waist contributes to better seat coverage. Again, a darker wash and a slightly straighter leg works best for curvier women, minimizing hips and thighs for a slim straight look. The extra length that bunches slightly at the shoe is a cool trick that will make anyone’s legs look longer.

Levi’s 503 Skinny, $25: Still Skinny

This is a great skinny alternative that gives a bit more room through the hip and thigh while still maintaining that skinny vibe. If you have more of a seat and an average thigh, these will fit well and look great on you. Due to their skinny leg, they will enhance your hip curve so you have to keep that in mind. The other nice thing about these is the price. You can afford to dabble in the latest trend even if it’s only for a season or two.

J Brand Cigarette Leg, $158: Still Skinny

Clean dark finishes and an absence of embellishment have made J Brand one of the leaders of the skinny jeans trend. This jean has a bit more room through the leg so it doesn’t cling to your every curve. A slightly straighter leg like this is a good choice for those of us with larger thighs or more shape through our hips. The straight look is there without the plastered fit. You still have a perfect base for the longer, fuller tops that are such a big part of this trend.

Citizen’s of Humanity Ava, $146: Sort of Straight

This great fitting jean has a narrow straight leg that will give you a very slim long look without the tight fit. There is room for a butt and some hip curve in these skinny jeans; you can even have a larger thigh. The leg slims down at the knee and then stays straight for that skinny look you love. Leave it to Citizen’s to give you the latest look in a very wearable jean.

Gap Straight Boy Cut Jeans, $58: Straight Skinny

This is not the skin tight skinny jean but this straight style will give you that same slim look. The cut of the Boy Cut jean is very straight, giving your body a long clean line even if you have curves. There is room for a butt and a good amount of coverage at the waist. Gap prices are also very reasonable, making this a fashion trend that you can’t afford to pass up.

Choosing the Appropriate Authentic Designer Handbag For You

It can be a little intimidating to try and choose the perfect bag from amongst the multitude of choices of luxury designer handbags available on the market today.

It is no wonder that so many questions arises concerning real designer handbags, purses and even luggage in regards to their appropriate usage. Believe it or not, one of the most discussed questions is on what type of designer handbag to buy for a job interview.

A key point to understand here is that function comes first, then style, when it comes to attending a job interview or even business power lunch. A handbag that is functional should easily be able to contain important documents such as your resume or portfolio, reference letters and even your business cards without damaging them. All the while your designer bag should also demonstrate your unique sense of style. Depending on personal preference, many women do without a luxury designer handbag all together and carry a briefcase in its stead.

Points to remember when choosing an authentic designer handbag for an important job interview are:

1. Pick a functional bag that has multiple interior pockets that can store your most important items such as pens, mobile phone, business cards and keys. This way you do not have to pour out all the contents of your bag or desperately rummage around your bag with your hand to find a particular item. The worse thing to do is look disorganized simply because you are not aware of where everything is in your handbag.

2. Your luxury designer handbag should be an adequate size which will allow you to carry your resume without having to fold it when placed inside your bag.

3. A hand bag with some sort of zipper, magnetic appendage or Velcro greatly reduces the chance that the contents of your bag will accidentally fall out during the course of your interview.

4. Make sure to match the color of your designer bag to your attire so that you look presentable to the interviewer during your job application.

5. You do not want to appear too casual looking when attending an interview so try to avoid cotton or nylon handbags. The best choice would be a black or brown leather handbag.

6. It does not matter how trendy your authentic designer handbag is, it will not pass a visible test if there are unsightly blotches or stains on the exterior of the bags. Keep it clean!

Something to contemplate when searching for a stylish designer evening handbag:

If you are wondering about this matter, the most excellent place to see the most current and most popular evening handbags are from celebrities during large award ceremonies or opening events for movies and business establishments. You will easily find the most popular styles of evening handbags which range from trendy clutches to stylish drawstring sacks.

The particular style of luxury handbag you pick should allow sufficient space for your money, ID, lipstick, & keys. A slightly larger bag may be required if you need to carry your phone or digital camera. Moreover, your evening handbag should complement your evening attire. A simple rule of thumb is that if your dress is a black color you could choose a smaller sized purse that is completely black or has black trimmings. Another choice would be to pick a more vibrant color such as red, silver or gold to further accent your entire outfit. The tip here is to think of your evening bag as an added accessory such as a piece of jewellery as opposed to a necessity. Real designer evening handbags are available in many designs which included crochet, embroidered, silk, lace, beaded, satin, sequins, velvet and jewel-encrusted designs which made to match any type of outfit you may have on. With some diligent searching you will most certainly find the perfect match for your evening.

Things to consider when looking for a good designer handbag for traveling purposes:

The number one factor to consider is safety when looking for a travel bag. This is not only referring to the safety of the people you are travelling with or yourself, but also the safe keeping of your passport, travel documents, personal belongings and currency. A travel designer handbag should contain your most valued travel items such as credit cards, passport, hotel key, traveler checks and other forms of travel ID. A travel handbag should be designed with strong, secure straps, inner storage and magnetic or zippered closures. A good number of vacation travelers will even carry a money pouch hidden beneath their clothes to further deter would-be thieves.

Tips for spotting real designer handbags before buying them:

In large metropolitan fashion capitals such as Paris, London, LA, New York, Madrid or Toronto it may seem like it would be simple to find an authentic handbag but looks can be deceiving. Unfortunately, the uncontrolled sale of fake handbags is an easy profit for street sellers and flea market merchants who really do not care who they victimize to make some quick cash. If you have bought a designer brand name handbag in any of these cities from a street vendor, chances are that it is not an original. The actual location of the sale should the first red flag you should be aware of when trying to spot an authentic designer handbag. Some quick tips on spotting fake merchandise:

1. Take a really close look at the design. You should get some sense that it is not real just by looking at it. If you think about it, the high end designer make high quality handbags so you can usually spot bad quality imitations just by looking at them. Check the inner stitching and smell or feel the material. A real designer handbag will appear almost near perfect. The colors of the bag will be consistent, the inner lining and the stitching will be free of any visible flaws. Furthermore, an engraved or imprinted designer brand logo should be visible somewhere on or inside the handbag itself.

2. Request proof of authentication such as receipts or serial numbers. The most expensive designer handbags are always accompanied authenticity cards. The authenticity card will showcase the company brand logo and usually include some sort of serial number or a magnetic strip registered to the actual designer itself. Make sure that you ask to see these important pieces of information before you decide to buy it.

3. If the price is too good to be true, it usually is. If a brand name handbag were that cheap every person on the street would own one.

Choosing the appropriate authentic designer handbag is not rocket science but there are crucial matters that one needs to consider before purchasing one. Now that you have some adequate knowledge of finding the right luxury designer handbags for your ever increasing wardrobe go out and buy one. Just keep in mind that there are proper real designer handbags for all types of life real life situations.

It can be a little intimidating to try and choose the perfect bag from amongst the multitude of choices of luxury designer handbags available on the market today.

It is no wonder that so many questions arises concerning real designer handbags, purses and even luggage in regards to their appropriate usage.

Believe it or not, one of the most discussed questions is on what type of designer handbag to buy for a job interview.

A key point to understand here is that function comes first, then style, when it comes to attending a job interview or even business power lunch. A handbag that is functional should easily be able to contain important documents such as your resume or portfolio, reference letters and even your business cards without damaging them. All the while your designer bag should also demonstrate your unique sense of style. Depending on personal preference, many women do without a luxury designer handbag all together and carry a briefcase in its stead.

Points to remember when choosing an authentic designer handbag for an important job interview are:

1. Pick a functional bag that has multiple interior pockets that can store your most important items such as pens, mobile phone, business cards and keys. This way you do not have to pour out all the contents of your bag or desperately rummage around your bag with your hand to find a particular item. The worse thing to do is look disorganized simply because you are not aware of where everything is in your handbag.

2. Your luxury designer handbag should be an adequate size which will allow you to carry your resume without having to fold it when placed inside your bag.

3. A hand bag with some sort of zipper, magnetic appendage or Velcro greatly reduces the chance that the contents of your bag will accidentally fall out during the course of your interview.

4. Make sure to match the color of your designer bag to your attire so that you look presentable to the interviewer during your job application.

5. You do not want to appear too casual looking when attending an interview so try to avoid cotton or nylon handbags. The best choice would be a black or brown leather handbag.

6. It does not matter how trendy your authentic designer handbag is, it will not pass a visible test if there are unsightly blotches or stains on the exterior of the bags. Keep it clean!

Something to contemplate when searching for a stylish designer evening handbag:

If you are wondering about this matter, the most excellent place to see the most current and most popular evening handbags are from celebrities during large award ceremonies or opening events for movies and business establishments. You will easily find the most popular styles of evening handbags which range from trendy clutches to stylish drawstring sacks.

The particular style of luxury handbag you pick should allow sufficient space for your money, ID, lipstick, & keys. A slightly larger bag may be required if you need to carry your phone or digital camera. Moreover, your evening handbag should complement your evening attire. A simple rule of thumb is that if your dress is a black color you could choose a smaller sized purse that is completely black or has black trimmings. Another choice would be to pick a more vibrant color such as red, silver or gold to further accent your entire outfit. The tip here is to think of your evening bag as an added accessory such as a piece of jewellery as opposed to a necessity. Real designer evening handbags are available in many designs which included crochet, embroidered, silk, lace, beaded, satin, sequins, velvet and jewel-encrusted designs which made to match any type of outfit you may have on. With some diligent searching you will most certainly find the perfect match for your evening.

Things to consider when looking for a good designer handbag for traveling purposes:

The number one factor to consider is safety when looking for a travel bag. This is not only referring to the safety of the people you are travelling with or yourself, but also the safe keeping of your passport, travel documents, personal belongings and currency. A travel designer handbag should contain your most valued travel items such as credit cards, passport, hotel key, traveler checks and other forms of travel ID. A travel handbag should be designed with strong, secure straps, inner storage and magnetic or zippered closures. A good number of vacation travelers will even carry a money pouch hidden beneath their clothes to further deter would-be thieves.

Tips for spotting real designer handbags before buying them:

In large metropolitan fashion capitals such as Paris, London, LA, New York, Madrid or Toronto it may seem like it would be simple to find an authentic handbag but looks can be deceiving. Unfortunately, the uncontrolled sale of fake handbags is an easy profit for street sellers and flea market merchants who really do not care who they victimize to make some quick cash. If you have bought a designer brand name handbag in any of these cities from a street vendor, chances are that it is not an original. The actual location of the sale should the first red flag you should be aware of when trying to spot an authentic designer handbag. Some quick tips on spotting fake merchandise:

1. Take a really close look at the design. You should get some sense that it is not real just by looking at it. If you think about it, the high end designer make high quality handbags so you can usually spot bad quality imitations just by looking at them. Check the inner stitching and smell or feel the material. A real designer handbag will appear almost near perfect. The colors of the bag will be consistent, the inner lining and the stitching will be free of any visible flaws. Furthermore, an engraved or imprinted designer brand logo should be visible somewhere on or inside the handbag itself.

2. Request proof of authentication such as receipts or serial numbers. The most expensive designer handbags are always accompanied authenticity cards. The authenticity card will showcase the company brand logo and usually include some sort of serial number or a magnetic strip registered to the actual designer itself. Make sure that you ask to see these important pieces of information before you decide to buy it.

3. If the price is too good to be true, it usually is. If a brand name handbag were that cheap every person on the street would own one.

Choosing the appropriate authentic designer handbag is not rocket science but there are crucial matters that one needs to consider before purchasing one. Now that you have some adequate knowledge of finding the right luxury designer handbags for your ever increasing wardrobe go out and buy one. Just keep in mind that there are proper real designer handbags for all types of life real life situations.