IS THIS ‘THE’ SKI JACKET FOR 2019?
21st October 2019 | Alf Alderson, PlanetSKI
Last modified on February 28th, 2020
The right jacket is almost as essential as the right skis. We select one of our favourite jacket & pants combo.
How do you choose what jacket and ski pants to wear on the slopes this winter?
The PlanetSKI Gear & Equipment editor, Alf Alderson, has done some background research for you – jacket and trousers at a reasonable price.
As always he’ll be filing reviews across the winter on various items of kit and clothing, here are his thoughts on the Big White Jacket and Pants from Jack Wolfskin.
Jackets can be bought in a variety of bright colours including orange, blue, red, and black and white, with matching ski pants.
JACK WOLFSKIN BIG WHITE JACKET £290
Jack Wolfskin is one of those companies who invariably stack out its gear with loads of features, and the Big White jacket is no exception.
It features warm Microguard Ecosphere insulation which is made from recycled synthetic fibres to keep you warm.
On top of this – literally – you get a Texapore Ecosphere stretch shell, which is both waterproof and breathable and has a nice, soft feel to it.
The insulation does increase the weight and bulk of the Big White, of course (1135â€¯g for size M) but it’s not being marketed as a lightweight shell and you have to accept a certain amount of weight and bulk if you want effective insulation.
And the Big White does feel very warm and snug, so will appeal if you feel the cold when you’re on the slopes or chair lifts.
The insulated and adjustable hood is removable and if you like pockets you’re in business with the Big White – it has two zipped hand pockets, a zipped chest pocket, an inner security pocket and stretchy mesh stash pocket plus ski pass pocket in the left sleeve.
There are pit zips for when things warm up, and wrist gaiters and powder skirt for protection when the snow is swirling around.
Whilst both the hem and cuffs are adjustable and the whole lot is rounded off with thoughtful touches such as a Recco receiver and a goggle cloth featuring useful emergency tips.
VERDICT: If you’re after an insulated jacket with all the essential features at a reasonable price the Big White is worth a once over.
JACK WOLFSKIN BIG WHITE PANTS £200
These ski pants are designed to be worn with the matching Big White jacket and have ‘docking loops’ so the two can be attached, but they also work just fine as a stand-alone item.
They feature the same Texaphore Ecosphere stretch fabric as the jacket, although the insulation of Microguard Ecosphere is not quite as thick as in the jacket, but still provides plenty of warmth.
In cold conditions you’ll be fine with a base layer underneath, and when it’s warmer the pants on their own should be warm enough.
The Big White pants come with detachable, elasticated braces along with Velcro waist adjusters, but there are no belt loops so you can’t wear a belt with them.
Waterproof ventilation zips on the thighs help you keep cool on warmer days and there are two zipped hand pockets.
I particularly liked the attention to detail on the lower part of the pants.
A large zip and Velcro adjustments mean they fit easily over your ski boots, gaiters keep the snow out and there’s a generously-sized, very rugged scuff guard to protect against ski edges.
Like the Big White jacket, the pants also come with a Recco reflector.
VERDICT: Warm, comfortable ski pants with lots of features at a decent price.