These are the glory days for the trusty ski jacket. What was once a quasi-down filled, lumpy shape that may or may not protect you from the elements depending on which way the feathers lined up on any given moment has morphed into a technological marvel that weighs 1/3 as much as it used but is about 4 times as warm.
But as great as the technological improvements are, the simple fact is that whether or not it'll protect me up to -40C, there's zero chance I'm heading out if the mercury drops below -10C. But thankfully there's a technological innovation that even fair weather skiers like me can cozy up to. It's Helly Hansen's Life Pocket. This little insert on several HH Jackets is "engineered with PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation Aerogel and keeps your pocket three times warmer than traditional ski jacket pockets." And that little pocket of warmth—it's crafted with state-of-the-art aerogel that was developed by NASA to protect electronics in space—means that your phone battery won't be working overtime to keep the phone warm (click here for a rundown on the effects of cold on you smart phone). And that means you can make a reservation at David Hawksworth's next pop-up at at Steeps (March 14) when you're heading up Harmony (or I suppose call for help if you're stuck off piste).