Best Ski and Best Snowboard Jackets for 2016-2017
Once you’ve got your most of your gear set up to hit the slopes, it’s time to think of the clothes you’ll need to enjoy the ride. That’s why it’s important for every Snowboarder to find the right Ski and Snowboard Jacket that’s a perfect fit for them. Everyone wants to look cool on the mountain, so fashion will play a large role in deciding which Ski Jacket you are going to buy. Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll help you make sure that your fashionable choice is also the right choice.
Don’t get caught on the mountain freezing because you found the coolest looking Snowboard Jacket for you, but it happens to have no insulation. But also don’t get stuck sweating the whole day during a Spring ride because your jacket has too much, either. Most of the time, people will pick form over function. However, we think you should always pick both. Below you’ll find what we think are the Best Men’s Ski and Snowboard Jackets and the Best Women’s Ski and Snowboard Jackets for 2016-2017. Enjoy, and of course. . .safe riding!
Our Top Rated Women’s Snowboard Jackets
Brave the elements in style with the two-toned 686 Women’s GLCR Solstice Thermagraph Snowboard Jacket. It features an articulated fit that works with your body, InfiDRY® membrane to keep you dry, and Thermagraph™ insulation to keep you warm while you explore the mountain to your heart’s content.
Burton’s Womens Jet Set Snowboard Jacket is a lightweight 10k waterproof and 5k breathable jacket packed with tons of synthetic insulation designed to keep you warm and dry. The Burton Jet Set Womens Ski Jacket is designed to perform well at the park, and keep you comfortable off of it as well.
The Orage Nina Women’s Snowboard Jacket is the perfect jacket that combines technology with fashion. It provides ample protection and 100g of synthetic insulation for below-zero degree days as well as a PRIME 20™ membrane that is Orage’s strongest offering for moisture control.
Our Top Rated Men’s Snowboard Jackets
686’s Men’s GLCR Hydra Thermagraph Snowboard Jacket is a high-end Snowboard Jacket that comes with ‘Thermagraph’ technology, which puts insulation panels in targeted areas around the torso for maximum effectiveness. The panels also have antimicrobial properties to prevent that “funk” from building up after hours of use. The asymmetrical zipper allows for a vent to hover around your mouth so you can breath without fogging up your goggles.
Burton’s AK 2L Swash Gore-Tex Snowboard Jacket is the cream of the crop when it comes to Snowboarding Jackets. It’s completely weather-proof with the two layers of waterproof Gore-Tex material as well as Gore-Seams at every joint and weather-resistant YKK zippers. The inner lining will also help wick away any moisture coming from your body. And the incredibly light Primaloft insulation around the torso will keep you warm in the backcountry without much bulk.
Burton’s Men’s Covert Snowboard Jacket muted colors isn’t designed to scream “LOOK AT ME!” from the Chairlifts to the Liftlines. This simple jacket is made with 10k Waterproofing and 10k Breathability DRYRIDE Durashell™ membranes and a removeable waist gaiter will help keep you dry on the mountain. And the mapped THERMOLITE® insulation will keep you warm on the coldest days on the hill. Stay humble, stay muted, and let your riding do the talking.
This is our current List for the Best Ski Jackets and Snowboard Jackets of the 2016-17 Season. However, there are tons more Ski and Snowboard Jackets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a Snowboarding Jacket and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboard Jackets List? Let us know! E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com. Take a look down below on how to determine which board is right for you.
As always, happy riding!
How-To: Buy the Best Ski and Snowboard Jackets
There are so many types of ski and snowboard jackets out there with a multitude attributes, it can be a bit confusing into figuring out what kind of snowboard jacket you should get. Here at Powderheadz.com, we’ll try and help you figure out what everything means.
If this is your first time buying a Snowboard Jacket, it’s best to get familiar with some of the terminology out there.
When it come’s down to fit, it all depends on your own personal style. There really is no difference performance-wise between baggier clothes or tighter fitting options. Unless of course, you’re a pro-rider. But for the rest of us, it’s whatever makes you feel comfortable. It’s always a good idea, however, to try before you buy.
Most Jackets are measured by ‘mil rating’ in the thousands of milliliters, which represents the height of a column of water that can be poured on top of your jacket before any moisture makes it through the membrane. The higher the number, the more waterproof it is.
Another thing to consider is where the seals, or taping, are over your jacket’s seams. A fully sealed jacket will be more durable and waterproof, but much more expensive. Critically-taped ones cover areas that are considered the most important, reducing cost.
Breathability is measured in grams rather than milliliters and it tells you how much moisture can pass through the material per square meter over a 24-hour period. This is important so the Jacket can wick away the sweat off your body to keep you from getting uncomfortable or in very low temperatures, dangerously cold. Like Waterproofing, the higher the number, the better the rating.
Insulation is almost dependent to the rider and what they are comfortable with. Sometimes a thin-shell layer jacket is all one needs, especially if you ride with a bunch of layers. A lot of jackets come with built-in insulation that is both efficient and comfortable.
How cold it’s going to be where you usually ride and how much sweat you’re going to make usually will determine how much insulation you’ll need. The best rule to follow is, it’s better to be too warm, than too cold.
This is our current List for the Best Snowboard Jackets of the 2016-17 Season. However, there are tons more Snowboarding Jackets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a Snowboard Jacket and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Best Snowboard Jackets List? Let us know! E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.
As always, happy riding!