Everything else is available in retro, why not a vintage ski jacket? Seems like retro is all the rage now. “That 70s Show” is still popular and reruns of Happy Days, The Partridge Family and The Brady Bunch as well as tons of other old shows can still be found on TV. I’m sure our parents and grandparents never considered there would actually be vintage stores selling old appliances, furniture and clothing. Guess the saying is true that if you keep something long enough, it will come back in style!
If you would like a vintage ski jacket, you really don’t have far to look. They are available all over the Internet, including Ebay. The sheer quantity of vintage ski jackets is staggering. You can get whatever style and color you would like, no problem. Do you like lots of stripes? No problem. How about clashing colors? No problem. And really, can we talk about vintage clothing or even consider buy any vintage clothing with thinking of bright orange? Not a problem at all. You will be able to find a bright orange vintage ski jacket without looking very far if you go online.
Some of the problems you may face if you would like to wear a vintage ski jacket is resurrecting the poly filling, dealing with lack of waterproofing, and durability. Of course it all depends on how you are going to use your vintage ski jacket. Some people just want the jacket to look cool, but not to ski with. Other people intend to use the vintage ski jacket for skiing.
If you just want to look good in your jacket, you really only have to resurrect the poly filling. The easiest trick will hopefully work for you. Take a tennis ball and put it in a clothes dryer with the jacket. Run it on the low cycle for about 30 minutes and see if that does the trick. Depending on how flat the poly filling is to begin with, this should work. If this does not work you may have to actually refill the jacket with new poly filling.
Other considerations when using vintage ski jackets for skiing is the waterproofing and wind resistance. You can pretty much bet that your vintage ski jacket is not going to have any waterproofing, but that’s o.k. if your heart is set on wearing it. Make sure that you have a waterproofed windbreaker that you wear as a layer under the vintage jacket. This is not the ideal situation, but it will work for you.
The last thing I want to leave you with is the issue of durability. If you buy a vintage ski jacket that you love and don’t want it to get ruined when you are skiing, then make sure the material is rugged enough to withstand a few tumbles in the snow. If you think the material may rip too easily, my advice to you is save it for times you are not skiing. After all you can still look great in your vintage ski jacket even if you are just sitting in the ski lodge.