A good winter jacket for boys and young teenagers needs to serve multiple purposes - keeping him warm and dry on the slopes, looking "cool" enough for school, and holding up after a few seasons of rough-and-tumble winter play. While it might seem a hard task to fill, fortunately, there are quite a few jackets on the market that are at once weatherproof, durable and affordable. Here are a selection of some of the best boys ski jackets available.
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If you're looking for a winter jacket that will keep him warm and dry while skiing, tubing, sledding or skating, the Columbia Bugaboo Parka is a good choice. There's a reason this jacket is an industry mainstay: with Omni-Tech dual waterproof and breathability, lightweight but dependable insulation, and a 3-in-1 design that includes a zip-out fleece jacket, retailing around $100, it's a great deal for both parents and kids.
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The Obermeyer Clash lends a modern sense of alpine style to traditional boys ski clothing. "Cool" enough to wear on and off the slopes, and warm enough for the windiest lift ride or the longest snow day, the jacket is available in red, yellow, black, as well as in a pattern design that is sure to appeal to the younger skier. Features include sealed seams, tactful ventilation, an adjustable powder skirt, a ski pass D-ring and multiple pockets for safe keeping.
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When the lucky kid who gets to wear this jacket realizes he can stay out all day on the slopes without catching a chill (or, for that matter, savor those last hours of a beloved snow day), he'll thank you. The Patagonia Boys' 3-in-1 jacket offers unrivaled weather protection, with 150g insulation and fully-taped seams. Although the jacket retails on the high end, around $230, you're paying for supreme durability (the jacket is constructed with tough 2.5 layer nylon fabric over the shoulders) but also versatility, as the 3-in-1 design, which includes a zip-in quilted liner, eliminates the need to invest in multiple layers.
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Spyder is a leader in kids ski wear, so the company knows how to make a jacket that will keep parents and kids happy. This jacket is no exception. While the Challenger is super-warm, super-waterproof and durable, so it'll last for many a ski season, it also has a cool, eye-catching design that looks just as good as it performs. In addition to seam-sealing, complete Spylon weatherproofing and a powder skirt, the Challenger also has tons of pockets to keep your tech-savvy kid organized: multiple internal pockets for a cell phone or iPod; zippered hand and chest pockets; and even a data card pocket for a ski pass.
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Given the popularity of snowboard and freestyle skiing, even if your kid is an alpine skier, chances are he wants to look more "Shaun White" than "Bode Miller." Fortunately, despite being long-heralded an alpine brand, The North Face has your solution. The North Face Vestamatic Triclimate Jacket will please parents and kids alike. With a loose fit and plaid pattern that's popular among the freeride crew, this jacket comes with a vest that can be worn on the outside or inside of jacket. The jacket itself is waterproof, breathable and totally seam-sealed, and it also has a key clip, glove clip, goggle cloth, and zipped handwarmer pockets. Although this jacket might have the cool, carefree look of the freestyle culture, rest assured that it will do its job responsibly.
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