I recently came across Halfdays (“outdoor apparel for the modern woman”) and was immediately impressed with their aesthetic. Skiing (like many other sports) tends to cater to men, and the gear made specifically for women often feels like an afterthought. I once rented some mens’ performance skis in Utah…simply because (according to the guide), the men’s skis were far superior to the women’s (in the exact same style).
Also, the women’s skis were…pink and purple.
Halfdays Women’s Ski Wear Is Cute & Sustainable. Is It Worth It?
So when I saw Halfdays’ ski jackets and pants offered in a really pretty olive green, some sort of cinnamon, a bright yellow, white, and black — no pink and purple in sight — I wanted to cheer. And no wonder: Halfdays was started by women — one of the founders was even a freestyle skiing champion. They’ve been covered by Vogue, Forbes, Fashionista (just to name a few) and their motto?
No more ‘shrink it and pink it’.
Even better, Halfdays is also committed to sustainability. Their products and packaging are all made from recycled material, they’re 100% vegan (no real fur, thankyouverymuch) and they use seamless construction to further cut down on waste.
So I ordered some base layers and a set or two of outerwear (you can see the olive green and yellow ski jackets, as well as the base layers in our recent video), finally narrowed it down to ONE color, then took it out for a spin.
Background: What I Usually Wear Skiing
Gang, I am one of those people who is ALWAYS cold. The only reason I can happily ski all day is because I’m really serious about my gear…and my layering strategy. And since both of our kids have been doing ski team stuff for years, we typically ski all day every Saturday and Sunday from January through March…as well as some weekdays times as well. This year we’ve been at the hill anywhere from 2-4 times per week.
So yeah: we ski a bunch.
I always wear tight-fitting (and wicking) base layers (usually these), one to two midlayers, and then an insulated ski jacket and ski pants. The one midlayer I start with is this turtleneck cashmere sweater, and, if it’s really cold, I’ll layer Spyder’s glissade insulator over top as midlayer. Lastly, I often choose the warmest ski jacket I can find (currently: Spyder’s Haven GTX) AND Sweaty Betty’s bib overalls.
With these pieces, I’m almost always toasty in any weather.
Halfdays Ski Jacket & Snow Pants – Are They Warm?
I skiied in Halfday’s Lawrence Jacket and Alessandra Pants (as well as Halfday’s base layers) last weekend. The morning temp at 9AM was 11F degrees on Saturday, and 3F degrees the next morning. It did, however, warm up to 23F, and then 18F respectively. But yeah: it was cold.
The first thing I noticed is that Halfday’s ski pants are definitely colder than my typical Sweaty Betty bib overalls. Not only are the Halfdays pants not overalls (which I prefer — overalls are typically warmer and keep snow off my back in a fall), but they are also just thinner overall, and don’t have the brushed interior of Sweaty Betty’s.
Halfday’s Lawrence jacket also isn’t as warm as my usual Spyder jacket…but again, I typically buy the warmest ski jacket I can find. That said, once it warmed up to 23 degrees, I was perfectly comfortable in Halfday’s ski jacket & pants. I wore them over the Halfdays base layers and my cashmere sweater midlayer, and was happy. So yeah — for most people, Halfday’s jacket will be plenty warm. And for all but the coldest days, it’ll be plenty warm for me, too.
I was also able to ski both mornings by adding in my 2nd midlayer (the thin insulator jacket) underneath the Halfdays ski jacket. Once I was fully layered up….I was fine.
Halfdays Ski Jacket & Snow Pants — Are They Comfortable?
Despite the fact that they’re not *quite* as warm as my usual kit…the fabric is insanely comfortable. This recycled fabric may not be as windproof, but it is lighter, softer and more…crushable. It’s really comfortable to wear.
Overall, I really enjoyed skiing in this set. I had total range of motion, and was totally happy to wear it from basically sun-up to sundown.
Halfdays Ski Jacket & Snow Pants – Details & Fit
The most impressive part about Halfdays gear, however, are the details. Frankly, I can tell that these pieces were designed by women. Not only did I get a ton of compliments (the fit is really flattering), but the pocket placement is perfect, the zippered vent placement is perfect, the hood fits perfectly over a helmet AND the collar is comfortable to wear, even zipped up.
In terms of fit, I found that these pieces (true to most ski brands) tend to run a full size small (especially the pants). I’m wearing a size small jacket and size small pants. The pants do have some sort of adjustor on the back, however, so you can tighten them up at the waist.
Halfdays Base Layers
The Halfdays baselayers are great: warm, comfortable, cute colors in recycled materials. But they’re not as high-waisted as my usual Sweaty Betty base layers, the sleeves are shorter, and the neck is tighter. The armholes are also higher — the Halfdays base layers fit closer to the body overall. Initially I wasn’t sure I was going to like them, but they do provide a really good range of movement while staying put, plus they’re pretty warm, so I’m keeping mine.
The Verdict On Halfdays Women’s Ski Wear?
For anyone looking for cute ski gear, or for cute snow gear for outdoor adventures…you won’t find anything this good for the price. That said, if you are a cold baby (like me), you might find that these pieces aren’t quiiite warm enough on really cold days.
I’m hoping that in the future Halfdays adds bib overalls to their lineup, as well as a more insulated jacket. That said however, I’m keeping my green set. Not only is it seriously gorgeous, but it was one of the most comfortable sets I’ve ever skied in. And will be perfect for all but the verrrry coldest days.
If you want to see more of the details of the ski jacket and pants (as well as the baselayers), here’s the initial video/try-on I did. These ski pants have an impressively good bum. 😉
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