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Roxy Shelter women’s ski jacket review: super comfort for fine, chilly days but not one for heavy rain or snow

If you’re after an anorak-style ski jacket the Roxy Shelter fits the bill, providing cosy warmth if not a great deal of waterproofing

Roxy Shelter Jacket
(Image: © Roxy)

Our Verdict

Fancy swapping to an anorak? Our pick is Roxy’s warm and windproof shelter, ideal for spring and fall snow sport adventures.

For

  • Warm and windproof
  • Made with recycled materials
  • Great hood

Against

  • Not warm enough for cold winter weather
  • Side zip is fiddly

Roxy Shelter: first impressions

We do like getting into an anorak like the Roxy Shelter for our snow sports. Pullover coats can be warmer overall than a jacket in winter conditions, even if they’re much more of a faff to get on and off, and Roxy’s Shelter was our favorite zipless design on test for our best women’s ski jackets buying guide.

The Shelter is lightweight and breathable, making it ideal for spring and fall weather, but has limited insulation, so it’s best saved for skiing on sunny days or in the shoulder seasons. We reckon this would make a nice outer layer for winter camping trips and walks.

Specifications

RRP: $291 (US) / £220 (UK)
• Waterproofing: 10,000mm H/H
• Insulation: ROXY WarmFlight
• Sizes: SXS / S / M / L / XL / XXL
• Colors: White / Black / Khaki / Patterned
• Compatibility: Ideal warming outer layer for the shoulder seasons

Roxy Shelter: on the slopes

Once snugly on, the Shelter is super-comfortable to wear, and although we found the arms on the slim side (you won’t want to wear more than a tight base layer underneath this coat), the adjustable cuffs and thumb loops help achieve a cosy close-fitting fit, and the longer length of the adjustable hem keeps heat trapped in and snow and wind at bay. 

The hood is great – it’s adjustable and stays put in stiff winds, and the removable faux fur trim is well-placed to add warmth and protection around your face (a lot of faux fur trim doesn’t actually add much besides looks). 

Wide side pockets are great for warming hands, and there’s a lift pass pocket on one arm. We tested out the black colorway of the Roxy Shelter and like the reflective iridescent strips on this otherwise subtle jacket, which make you more visible on the pistes. 

Our only critique is that it can be fiddly to do up the side zip of the Shelter on your own.

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.