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The best ski midlayers of 2023

The best ski midlayers of 2023

Welcome to a special Buyer’s Guide feature from FREESKIER. Here’s a close-up look at the best ski midlayers of the year. Click here to explore the entire 2022-23 FREESKIER Buyer’s Guide.


best ski midlayers

Strafe Alpha Shirt Jacket

When a flannel and a technical layer collide, this snap-button ‘shacket’ is the result. It’s air-permeable, reinforced with a rip-stop outer fabric and insulated with a light touch of Polartec Alpha. Grab it anytime, any day of the season, as a touring layer or a wear-alone in town.

Norrøna Lofoten Thermal Pro Hood

The lofoten Thermal Pro Hood half-zip is built for the skier who covets functionality. Polartec Thermal Pro fabric, known for its packability, is featured on the shoulders, chest and arms while the Polartec Power Grid fabric promotes breathability, making this one of the best ski midlayers.

Orage Morrison Gilltek

In Ghostbusters, the Marshmallow Man was the bad guy; not here. This puffer will have you bagging lines and locking those memories in your Proton Pack for safe keeping. Orage’s GillTek consists of flaps along the back of the jacket which help regulate heat, especially with a pack.


best ski midlayers

Orage Phoenix Gilltek

The sister jacket to the Morrison, Orage’s Phoenix features the ideal combination of puffed insulation and stretchy, comfortable fabric. Utilizing GillTek technology do-anything layer is designed for colder weather and treated with eco-friendly waterproofing, so it’ll stand up to the elements on its own or layered neatly underneath your favorite shell. 

Picture Skarary JKT

When a storm rolls into town and the temps plummet, grab the eco-conscious Skarary.  Durable inside and out, thanks to a reinforced nylon liner and PFC-free external waterproofing, this synthetic-filled puffer is designed for superior warmth. Fully featured with two chest pockets and a longer fit in the back, it’s an ideal choice for milling about town—or winter base camp.

Strafe Ws Tech Hoodie

Your favorite sweatshirt—gone technical. This thin, hooded pullover is lined with oh-so-warm fleece, keeps your stash secure with a zippered kangaroo pocket and is one of the best ski midlayers this winter. Grab it every time you head out, as an extra layer, travel-attire or something more comfortable to slip into when you are relaxing at the lodge. 

Flylow Mia Jacket

Packed with recycled insulation and stitched with softer fleece side panels, the Mia is a breathable (but well-insulated) option for backcountry or resort riding. Pull the hood over your ears when the wind blows but revel in the breathability of this jacket when you warm up, thanks to temperature-regulating Pertex Quantum Air fabric. 

Armada Ledger Fleece Jacket

Armada showcases its utilitarian, unisex design with this matching set. With cozy fleece up, down and all around, the Ledger jacket and Klatch pant do exactly what you’d hope: Surround your body with the warmth and comfort of your favorite blanket. Ideal for long travel days or greybird holdups at the heli lodge, this combo will make all your friends jealous.


best ski midlayers

Norrøna lyngen Alpha100 Zip Hood

For ski touring or chilly training sessions, the Alpha100 features body-mapped Polartec insulation and a lightweight, air-permeable nylon exterior. Its relaxed fit pairs comfortably underneath a shell and proves that this piece is focused on moisture mitigation.

Flylow Dexter Jacket

Bring it with you everywhere—the Dexter and its heat-inducing Pertex Quantum quilted design with PFC-free waterproofing is meant to be your go-to. Featuring zippered hand pockets, pit-zips to dump heat and minimalist elastic cuffs, the Dexter is an easy choice. 

Picture Takashima JKT

The Takashima is your middle-weight solution to the elements and one of the best ski midlayers available this year. Insulated with 100 grams of Primaloft Black Eco and stitched with stretchy fabric over the shoulders and underarms, this midlayer contours to your body in motion, maintaining warmth in all the right places while you’re on the move. 

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