5 Of The Best Snowboarding Jacket For Men And Women

Winter season is probably the best and most exciting of all seasons. Aside from the beautiful and dramatic white powder covering everything in sight, winter’s the only season where you can do fun and adrenaline-rushing recreational activities such as snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice hockey, dog sledding, and much more.

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Snowboarding is a popular sport during winter. The sport started out in the US in the early 60’s and spread like wildfire onto the rest of the world. The sport is enjoyed by many due to its “blood-pumping” nature. But before you can actually learn or play the sport, you need to get in shape first for better control and to prevent injuries, and secondly, you got to have the appropriate gear and clothing.

Gear up properly before you start with snowboarding

Snowboarding takes place on a beautiful yet not-so-friendly environment. You’ll likely get hypothermia from the harsh weather if you’re not properly dressed in the right pants and jacket. The last thing you’ll need is a soaking wet jacket and some unpleasant chills earned from a short time of snowboarding your way to the mountains.

Having said those things, the one thing you need is a technical snowboarding jacket that is waterproof, windproof, breathable, and provides excellent insulation.

What To Look For In A Snowboarding Jacket

Shells Or Insulated Jackets?

Shells and insulated jackets are the two types of snowboarding jacket. Shells are the type most snowboarders on the hills wear. They’re versatile, waterproof, and feature vents for breathability. Shells are perfect for early and late-season riding though you might need to add layers underneath if the temperature gets too low.

In contrast, insulated jackets are designed for extremely cold temperatures. They feature superior insulation that will still keep you warm even when wet. They’re puffy yet lightweight and can be easily compresse

Waterproof

A waterproof snowboarding jacket will protect the rider from the rainy and snowy conditions of the mountains. Manufacturers use nylon and polyester materials to coat the jacket’s inner fabrics to resist entry of moisture. Almost all snowboarding jackets also feature critically taped seams to shield and prevent any moisture from reaching the inside of the seams.

Breathability

Not only are snowboarding jackets made to protect the rider, but they should also ensure the rider’s comfortability. Snowboarding jackets should have a breathable fabric wherein moisture and sweat quickly evaporate out of the garment, thus keeping the wearer dry and comfortable. The more breathable the jacket is, the less humid it is when worn.

Windproof

Winter comes with high and aggressive winds, making it hard to keep your body temperature stable while in the open field. Windproof jackets are weaved extra tight to prevent wind penetration, allowing you to stay warm and dry all throughout.

The Best Snowboarding Jackets for Men And Women

1. Wantdo Women’s Waterproof Jacket

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This brightly colored jacket will take your snowboarding outfit to a whole new level. The shell type jacket features a relaxed-fit style with quick-dry material and thick cotton padding, a detachable hood for a different style, an inner fleece lining in the hood and body for added warmth, external and internal pockets for storage, and a glove attached to the jacket’s cuff.

What I like about this product is its thick cotton padding with excellent heat retention properties and also its windproof fabric. They absolutely work! Another unique thing you’ll find in this cool jacket is the stretchable and light gloves attached to the cuff with a Velcro. It’s very useful, and it keeps the palms warm.

Hiking, fishing, or skating during the cold weather? This jacket’s got your back!

Pros:

  • Good insulation
  • Breathable
  • ​Windproof
  • Water-resistant
  • Versatile

Cons:

  • The fleece lining doesn’t extend up to the sleeves (restricted to the body and hood only)
  • Not a slimming type. Puffy-looking
  • No hand warmers (the pockets are only suitable for storage)

2. Burton Men’s Covert Jacket

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The Burton Men’s Covert Jacket is made from Dryride Durashell fabric and is insulated with 40 % Thermolite. This jacket is a top-rated one due to its excellent breathability and waterproofness.

Moreover, the jacket features a helmet-compatible hood with single pull adjustment, a front flap and zippered pockets for easy access, pit zips under the arms to quickly cool down the core, and two microfleece-lined handwarmer pockets.

What’s so unique about this piece is its abundance of very useful pockets. There are the front pockets, the handwarmer pockets and a media pocket across the chest where you can keep your phone and other small necessities. In the interior, you’ll also find a season pass pocket and a stretch mesh dump pocket for storing your goggles.

If you’re searching for that “little extra” when it comes to functionality and design, you better grab this one!

Pros:

  • Superior insulation
  • Breathable
  • ​Windproof
  • ​Water-resistant
  • ​Versatile
  • ​Includes hand warmers
  • Lots of storage pockets

Cons:

  • Shallow hood
  • Arm length is a bit long

3. The North Face Men’s Resolve Jacket

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The third entry on our list is from North Face, the frontrunner of extreme sports clothing. If that’s the case, I bet this piece’s a good one!

So what’s so special about this jacket? This jacket features a HyVent 2.0 Layer Shell, waterproof and breathable fabric, seam sealed, hand pockets, a hem-cinched cord, and an adjustable hood stowed on the collar.

The adjustable hood of the jacket is quite an attention grabber. For extreme winds, you can take the hood out from the collar and adjust its fit by simply pulling the strings of the hood. The jacket also has a storm flap with Velcro for a secure fit.

Pros:

  • Breathable
  • Windproof
  • ​Water-resistant
  • ​Versatile
  • Lots of storage pockets

Cons:

  • Light insulation
  • No hand warmers (the pockets are only suitable for storage)
  • Hood’s too large

4. Burton Women’s Jet Set Jacket

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The Burton Women’s Jet Set Jacket is made from Dryride Durashell, Thermolite insulation, and is rated highly for its waterproofing ability and breathability.

Starting at the top, the jacket has an integrated adjustable hood, pit zips on the arms to cool the core down instantly, a napoleon style easy access media pocket across the chest, and in the body, there are two fleece-lined handwarmer pockets.

In the interior, you’ll find a clear pass pocket on the right, and on the left, there are the stretch mesh dump pockets for the goggles and a magic stitch removable snow gaiter at the waist to prevent the jacket from being swayed by the wind.

The Jet Set jacket comes in plain and vibrant patterned colors that are very fashionable which makes it eye-catching on slopes. It’s also perfect as streetwear.

Pros:

  • Superior insulation
  • Breathable
  • ​Windproof
  • ​Water-resistant
  • ​Versatile
  • ​Includes hand warmers
  • Lots of storage pockets

Cons:

  • The bulky zippers under the arm are quite uncomfortable
  • Hood is too large

5. Columbia Men's Antimony IV Ski Jacket

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The Columbia Men’s Antimony IV Ski Jacket feels really light and comfortable, very breathable, has lots of outer pockets, has a drawstring hem, and a removable hood.

There’s a music cord hole in the interior of the jacket if you feel like listening to some tunes while snowboarding. On the opposite side, there’s a nice pocket for goggle storage.

This particular jacket is probably not the best one for below freezing temperatures, but generally, it works perfect for the cold weather.

Pros:

  • Breathable
  • Windproof
  • ​Water-resistant
  • ​Versatile
  • ​Lots of storage pockets

Cons:

  • No hand warmers (the pockets are only suitable for storage)
  • Light insulation

Final Thought

All five snowboarding jackets on the list are all top-rated but of course, there are one or two that will stand out. Our pick for the best snowboarding jacket for men is the Burton Men’s Covert Jacket while for women, it’s the Burton Women’s Jet Set Jacket.

Both jackets possess the basic features an ideal snowboarding jacket must possess - good insulation, breathability, water resistance, and wind resistance. These features will shield the rider against the bitter cold temperature and ensure comfortability while riding.

Both jackets also has an edge when it comes to advanced features such as pit zips, fleece-lined hand warmers, and specific storage pockets. These will give added function to the jacket.

    Jessica Kim

    I am an ultimate travel enthusiast and the founder of ‘Justanomadiclife.com’. I am a 26 year old-something, fun, passionate and free-spirited individual who set up 'justanomadiclife' blog as my public diary to document all of my amazing personal travel experiences which hopes to provide answers to your travel questions and (hopefully) inspire you to go places.

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