Big, mean storms might dump the deepest, lightest snow you've ever seen, but without the insulation and waterproof goodness of the Outdoor Research Stormbound Jacket, you might as well just give up and go back to the hot tub. The 650 fill down and strategically placed Thermocore synthetic insulation traps your core's heat while the Pertex Shield waterproof and breathable membrane, fully taped seams, and water resistant zippers stop the snow from getting inside your shred fortress. Not many jackets have a similar combination of warmth and waterproofing, which makes the Stormbound an essential piece of gear if you're hitting the icy but sometimes soggy slopes of BC, New England, or California. The Stormbound also has all the features you'd expect to find in a technical ski jacket, like zippered underarm vents, a removable LockDown powder skirt, helmet compatible hood, and an internal media pocket to keep the tunes blasting from your first lap to your last. Outdoor research also hooked it up with an internal pocket for your ski pass, a large drop in pocket for goggles, gloves, or skins, and articulated elbows to keep you ripping comfortably without restriction. There's also an integrated Recco reflector, which gives you a bit of safety back up in case of in bounds accidents.