The best snowboard jackets combine style and function. When choosing a snowboard jacket, your key considerations should be:
- Warm, but not too warm: For maximum comfort on the mountain, choose a jacket that’s lightweight, but durable.
- Waterproof, but breathable: Look for jackets made with Gore-Tex or similar water-resistant, yet breathable material.
- Fitted, but not too fitted: Snowboard jackets should look great, but they should also allow you full range of motion without being so baggy that they get in your way. When shopping for a snowboarding jacket, try it on along with the base and middle layers that you’re likely to wear underneath it, so you have a realistic sense of the fit.
Look for a recognized brand of snowboarding jacket, such as a Burton snowboard jacket, and you can feel confident that it will stand up to whatever you can dish out on the board.
For example, the Burton Men’s Entourage insulated snowboard jacket’s features include Thermacore insulation for lightweight warmth, DRYRIDE Durashell 2-layer fabric for water resistance, and a removable waist gaiter that attaches to Burton snowboard pants.