On Pockets: The Forgotten Ski Accessory

By Wendy Clinch •  Updated: 03/13/12 •  2 min read

So how do you feel about pockets? Are you for ’em? Against ’em? Or are you pocket  neutral?

I happen to really like pockets, at least in ski jackets. Must be because of all the crap I carry. Let’s see….what do I have in here [rummage, rummage]….my license, a credit card, tea bags, SkiDiva stickers, an energy bar, handwarmers, my phone — you know, the essentials. Plus I need a place to stash stuff, as the day goes on. What if my glove liners come off? My gaiter? I need the r-o-o-o-o-o-m.

I can’t help but think I’m not alone. Skiing is a pretty equipment-intense sport. You need lots of things, so you have to have a place to put them..

But all jacket manufacturers don’t seem to feel that way. Because when I recently went jacket shopping,  I was shocked to learn that some jackets have hardly any pockets at all.

Case in point: I found a jacket I totally fell in love with. Great fit, beautiful color, good wind and water resistance, right amount of insulation. But — it only had two hand pockets. None on the inside at all. This wasn’t a crappy piece of merchandise, either. It was a $330. jacket made by TheNorthFace (yes, it was on sale). Did I get it? No. And yes, the pockets were the deal breaker.

It’s a matter of  functionality. Yes, of course I want to look good. And I can appreciate that a designer might feel that an extra pocket could interrupt the flow of design, the way the jacket hangs on the body, the way it looks.

All I have to say is, this designer must be someone who doesn’t ski.

I don’t think I’m asking for too much. But if you want to get into my pocket, first you gotta give me some pockets. Case closed.

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