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On The Slopes: Shell jackets

Shells are generally windproof, waterproof and highly breathable, but they are not insulated. (WJAR)

Knowing what type of jacket to wear when you're outdoors, you'll need to consider what conditions you usually ski in. Are you going to ski or board in a cold, dry climate or is the ski resort you're heading to warm and wet? What's the temperature change at the start of the day and at the end of the day? Dressing in layers will give you the ability to fine tune your day on the slopes.

Shell jackets are becoming more and more popular. Shells are generally windproof, waterproof and highly breathable. They are lightweight, but remember they have no insulation and you should take into consideration what you're wearing underneath your shell.

Here are some shell jacket options that will keep you warm and dry:

Dakine's Sawtooth Gore-Tex 3L jacket is built for winter's worst weather. It provides maximum protection against the elements and lasting durability with its Gore-Tex 3L shell. The water resistant YKK AquaGuard zippers, wrist gaiters, and a stretch powder skirt will help keep the wind, rain, and snow out, and the zippered vents help regulate body temp in milder weather.

The Helly Hansen Sogn Lightweight shell ski jacket is built around a rip stop Helly Tech Professional 3L fabric with breathability to keep you dry, warm and comfortable on the inside with ventilation zippers that also work as pockets. The large adjustable cuffs allow for easy use with gloves and pockets and pattern is designed to work flawless with your backpack. The large hood fits over your helmet, inside the shell has a goggle shammy and Recco advanced rescue system. A cool feature on the Sogn Shell ski jacket, is the life pocket. A pocket engineered to preserve your battery life of your electronic.

Trew's Cosmic jacket for men is composed of a material called Dermizax, which has a breathability rating better than Gore-Tex and other waterproof materials. The Cosmic has a 2-way adjustable, helmet-compatible hood. Underarm zip vents. Two internal stretch-mesh pockets. two vertical zip chest pockets, one with a headphone cord loop at the collar. They use YKK Aquaguard zippers on all exposed openings and a YKK Aquaguard VISLON center front zipper. The Trew Cosmic is lightweight at just over 26 ounces.

For women, Trew offers the Stella jacket. It is also highly breathable, waterproof, and durable Dermizax fabric. The Dermizax membrane gives this jacket excellent waterproof protection against the stormiest weather so you stay dry out on the slopes. The wrist opening is large enough to go over your gloves. The hood is large enough to fit over your helmet.

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