Top marks for this top-price ski jacket, which can battle the worst weather and feel brilliant to wear (and look smart) while it’s doing it. Worth investing in if you’re ski-mad.
Clever Life Pocket preserves your phone’s battery life
Great quality and fit
White and baby blue colorways might render you invisible
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Helly Hansen Verbier Infinity: first impressions
Besides being well equipped to protect against winter elements, the Helly Hansen Verbier Infinity is absolutely full of fantastic features. A “Life Pocket” is designed to preserve your phone battery for longer on chilly days, and the jacket is fitted with a RECCO reflector, which makes you searchable to rescue teams in case of an accident.
We also loved the hood, lined with a soft-touch plush material that helps to protect your face and it fits well around ski goggles, too. We tested out the white version of the Verbier Infinity for our best women’s ski jackets buying guide, but we reckon you’d be a bit too camouflaged in a white-out in this or in the baby-blue colorway, so would suggest investing in the smart navy colorway instead.
• RRP: $794 (US) / £600 (UK)
• Waterproofing: Life Infinity
• Insulation: Synthetic
• Sizes: XS / S / M / L / XL
• Colors: Light Blue / White / Navy
• Compatibility: Ready for any ski adventuring you throw at it
Helly Hansen Verbier Infinity: on the slopes
Straight to the top of the ski class – we reckon the Helly Hansen Verbier Infinity was the best female snow sports jacket we tested (although it has a price tag to match).
If there’s a box for ski performance available, the Verbier Infinity ticks it. It’s so water- and snowproof it’ll take on a day out in a blizzard without a fuss and it fits beautifully, with space for mid layers underneath and room for you to move, lift your arms and ski up a storm, but with enough insulation to keep you cosy when you’re standing still (or sat on a windswept chairlift).
Now let’s talk that price tag: a beginner heading on their first ski holiday doesn’t need such a sophisticated jacket, and can pick something out for a fifth of the price of the Verbier Infinity, but off-piste lovers and anyone who skis or works in the mountains all winter long will be pleased they splashed the cash on such a reliable and beautifully made jacket. And if you want to look the part in this jacket’s namesake Swiss resort, its sleek looks and fuzzy hood won’t hurt, either.
An award-winning travel and outdoors journalist, presenter and blogger, Sian regularly writes for The Independent, Evening Standard, BBC Countryfile, Coast, Outdoor Enthusiast and Sunday Times Travel. Life as a hiking, camping, wild-swimming adventure-writer has taken her around the world, exploring Bolivian jungles, kayaking in Greenland, diving with turtles in Australia, climbing mountains in Africa and, in Thailand, learning the hard way that peeing on a jellyfish sting doesn’t help. Her blog, thegirloutdoors.co.uk, champions accessible adventures.