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Orage Nina Review

This fully featured resort jacket is a great choice for any lady ripper
orage nina ski jacket women review
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Price:  $445 List
Manufacturer:   Orage
By Jessica Haist ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 13, 2023
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RANKED
#7 of 15
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 7.0
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 8.0
  • Warmth - 20% 7.0
  • Ventilation - 20% 5.0
  • Style - 10% 7.0
  • Features - 10% 8.0

Our Verdict

This super steezy, stretchy, and comfortable ski jacket is a great choice for a stylish insulated jacket. The Orage Nina came on the OGL testing scene a few years back and was a tester favorite for its bright color combos, comfort, and ski-specific features. This year, Orage has toned down their color combos, and we still think they're great. If you're looking to make a bold statement at a reasonable price, check out the Nina.
REASONS TO BUY
Stylish
Comfortable
Warm
Good ski features
Inexpensive
REASONS TO AVOID
Not super durable
Editor's Note: This review was updated on January 13, 2023, to share info on the updated Orage Nina, which is pictured above.

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Pros Stylish, comfortable, warm, good ski features, inexpensiveWarm, lofty insulation, soft, very mobile despite insulation, excellent comfort and fitRelatively inexpensive yet high-quality, breathable, great mobility, great ventilationWarm, three jackets in one, well-constructed with thoughtful features, versatileWarm, resort-oriented look, quite inexpensive
Cons Not super durableLackluster ventilationNon-insulating, thin shell material, not for most casual skiersSlim fit, heavy, poor ventilation when both layers are wornNo ventilation, bulky insulation, chafes chin, ineffective hem and hood adjustment
Bottom Line This fully featured resort jacket is a great choice for any lady ripperA super warm and soft resort jacket with a cool utilitarian look, this is perfect for someone who runs a little colderAn excellent value for a high performing technical shell that serves inbounds or in the backcountryThis jacket is versatile and has all the necessary ski features for a long day on the hill, all at a reasonable priceThis inexpensive jacket was able to keep us warm and dry in most low-exertion skiing
Rating Categories Orage Nina Helly Hansen Powder... Outdoor Research Ca... The North Face Ther... Wantdo Snowboarding...
Weather Resistance (20%)
7.0
7.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Comfort and Fit (20%)
8.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
5.0
Warmth (20%)
7.0
8.0
2.0
8.0
8.0
Ventilation (20%)
5.0
6.0
9.0
4.0
1
Style (10%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
8.0
5.0
Features (10%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
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Specs Orage Nina Helly Hansen Powder... Outdoor Research Ca... The North Face Ther... Wantdo Snowboarding...
Main Fabric 100% recycled polyester 70% nylon, 30% polyester 100% Nylon 100% Nylon 150D Dull Mechanical Elastic
Insulation Warn SD 100g recycled polyester Body: 60g PrimaLoft Sleeves: 40g PrimaLoft None 100% Postconsumer recycled polyester Insulating padding
Waterproofing Dermizax PFC free DWR 3-layer Pertex Shield 2-layer DryVent DWR, 10k waterproof fabric
Pockets 2 hand, 1 chest, 1 insulated media, 1 goggle pocket 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 zippered sleeve, 2 internal drop-in 2 zippered chest, 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered arm, 1 internal mesh, 1 internal zippered chest 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 zippered sleeve, 1 internal goggle Liner: 2 zippered hand 2 zippered hand
Weight 2.3 lbs 2.2 lbs 1.2 lbs 2.0 lbs 2.5 lbs
Hood Option Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, removable fur
Pit Zips Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Cuff construction Velcro with wrist gaiters Velcro with wrist gaiters Velcro Velcro Snap
Powder skirt Yes Yes Yes Yes, behind insulating layer Yes, snap away
RECCO No Yes No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

Product Updated — January 2023
We've tested many incarnations of this jacket over the years and love it for its comfort and cute style. The latest version features Dermizax waterproof breathable fabric. The colors are updated for this season, too. We're linking to the updated model, but note that our text in this review refers to our prior experience with the Nina jacket.

Our lady testers love the Orage Nina. It is a flattering design and has soft and comfortable materials that keep you warm and looking good. You'll want to be wearing the Nina from the first chair to après ski. It has fun, unique ski features with a reasonable price tag.

Performance Comparison


orage nina ski jacket women review - the nina is a great choice for any lady ripper.
The Nina is a great choice for any lady ripper.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Weather Resistance


The Nina uses a 100% polyester "Prime 20 4Way Stretch" fabric with a Durable Water Repellent coating (DWR). This combination seems to repel water nicely, and it beads on the fabric's surface. We have started to notice that the DWR may be wearing off and will need to be re-treated for next season because this jacket has seen so much use and is popular with our testers. We prefer Gore-Tex fabric for when things get wet — we know it does a good job of keeping moisture out.

orage nina ski jacket women review - the nina's detachable hood fits pretty well over a helmet.
The Nina's detachable hood fits pretty well over a helmet.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Because the fabric is so soft and stretchy, snow seems to stick to it when it is warm outside, which is slightly annoying. We did not notice any drafts through the zippers when traveling at high speeds, and it has a cute little draft collar around the back of the neck to keep icy cold air from creeping down your spine. The Nina's hood goes over a helmet relatively well, although it doesn't have quite as much coverage as we'd like. We like the hood's drawcords; they are easy to tighten with gloves.

orage nina ski jacket women review - we love the nina's easy to use hood draw cords.
We love the Nina's easy to use hood draw cords.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Comfort and Fit


The Nina's fabric has a nice feel and is soft and stretchy, although not as durable as other jackets we tested. It moves well with us when skiing, and we never noticed any restricted movements. This jacket fits true to size, and we could fit a thin extra layer underneath when needed. Overall, it's a very comfortable jacket.

orage nina ski jacket women review - the nina's pass pocket.
The Nina's pass pocket.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Style


We backed off on the style points last year because the orange and pink color combination rubbed some folks the wrong way. However, Orage has toned it down in its latest iteration. The Nina has enough insulation to keep you warm but still fits in a flattering way and feels feminine. You can get it in black for a more understated look, especially with crazy-colored ski pants. The Nina is a great choice when hitting the town or for après ski on cold days.

orage nina ski jacket women review - many consider skiing to be an aesthetic sport. if you do too...
Many consider skiing to be an aesthetic sport. If you do too, consider style in your purchase decision.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Warmth


The Nina is middle of the pack regarding warmth. You can probably get by wearing it in most conditions if you have enough room to layer underneath. It has 100 grams of synthetic insulation in the torso and 80 grams in the arms.

orage nina ski jacket women review - the nina kept us warm and we didn't experience any drafts through...
The Nina kept us warm and we didn't experience any drafts through the zipper at high speed.
Credit: Scott Rokis

The Nina's hood is thinly insulated, which will add an extra layer of warmth when things get burly and warm thumbholes for your wrists to keep drafts from going up your sleeves. When we were skiing in British Columbia, Canada and temperatures got down to -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit), we decided that the Nina was maxed out.

Ventilation


The Orage Nina is equipped with pit zips for ventilation. These pit zips are mesh-lined, a polarizing feature. The mesh intends to keep snow out when you take a tumble in the powder — the downside is that it does not allow the pit zips to open very wide, and the mesh reduces the potential for air to enter and exit.

That said, the Nina has decent ventilation, but its pit zips do not work as well as unlined ones. The Nina's synthetic insulation and soft outer materials seem to breathe as well as can be expected.

Ski Features


Orage has given the Nina several thoughtful and unique features to help you perform — and look good — on the mountain. A unique feature is the "snow phone leash," so you won't drop your phone off the chairlift. We also really like the cool inner zipper flap that you can snap across the zipper opening near your face. It has holes cut in the flap to allow you to breathe through without feeling suffocated.

orage nina ski jacket women review - the nina's snow phone leash.
The Nina's snow phone leash.
Credit: Scott Rokis

The Nina also has standard ski features like a powder skirt and pass pocket. We wish the powder skirt was removable and find that this skirt rides up and can pull your layers up with it. We like the Nina's cozy wrist gaiters but don't understand why the hood needs to be detachable — it seems unnecessary and adds weight.

The Nina has some great pockets, including one media pocket with an interior headphone gasket. Still, we wish that there was an interior zipper pocket for stashing things like keys and credit cards. This year, we also noticed an interesting safety feature called "Rescue Sleeves." The inside material of the sleeves is bright orange, and the jacket is meant to be turned inside out so you can signal a helicopter with your bright arms.

orage nina ski jacket women review - the nina is loaded with great ski features including a large drop in...
The Nina is loaded with great ski features including a large drop in pocket and snow skirt.
Credit: Scott Rokis

Should You Buy the Orage Nina?


If you are looking for a stylish, solid-performing, all-around ski jacket at a great price, the Orage Nina is a reasonable option. Our tester ladies loved its comfort and fit, the clever ski features, and the soft, stretchy fabric. But it's not nearly as durable as some of the other jackets we tested – we accidentally sliced a little hole in the sleeve when handling skis with sharp edges. We were also a bit disappointed in the warmth offered by this insulated jacket. We felt like it was necessary but tough to fit an additional insulated layer on the coldest days.

What Other Women's Ski Jackets Should You Consider?


Orage does a good job giving the Nina great ski features while keeping the price tag down, but other jackets offer better performance at a similar price point. If you want a single-piece, insulated jacket, the award-winning Helly Hansen Powderqueen 3.0 is a significant improvement for just a bit more money. For skiers excited about boot packing or backcountry ski tours, it may be better to pair a shell like the Outdoor Research Carbide with an insulated layer.

orage nina ski jacket women review - you will stand out in a crowd in this jacket!
You will stand out in a crowd in this jacket!
Credit: Scott Rokis

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