For guys we recommend a shell pant and jacket. Shells are more versatile than insulated jackets because they can be used in a broad range of temperatures, including as a rain jacket in the summer. The Enzo jacket and pant use some of the lightest 3 layer Gore Tex Pro Shell fabric in The North Face line, while still remaining strong. During the winter, a rain coat could in theory work as a shell, but the fabric is so light that you risk ripping the jacket on ski edges or tree branches. Instead, a high end shell that is made for winter conditions will hold up through all of the abuse winter throws at it, while still packing down small enough to comfortably stow in a pack. Both the pant and jacket could be worn for backpacking in the summer or bootpacking to the summit in the winter.
For a typical twenty degree day, the Jakson jacket, with 133 grams of Primaloft in the body, both front and back, and Polartec Powerstretch Pro for the arms keeps your core toasty while allowing for breathability in the arms. Get a little warm? Open the pit zips and feel the cool air in the most important places.
Made specifically as an outerwear piece for backcountry ski excursions, the Jakson has daisy chains down the left front to thread your beacon strap through. The breathability keeps you from sweating out your jacket on the ascent, so you can comfortably throw on your shell for the descent. Wear it for cross country skiing or snowshoeing also. Versatility may be the ultimate determining factor for our gear choices.
Tomorrow: cold days on the hill