The real ones know it’s true: snowboarding has nothing to do with skiing. Yes, there are some similarities, and maybe going down on two slabs isn’t very different from going down on one, but in a much larger sense, snowboarding and skiing have as much in common as Brits and Canadians—very little.
Even though they serve the same purpose, ski and snowboard jackets are very different. Some of the best winter jackets available can fit in either category. So here’s our list of the best snowboarding jackets for 2020.
How to Choose a Snowboarding Jacket
Firstly, you have to figure out what kind of snowboarding you’re going to be doing. Are you going to be riding at the snow park or in the backcountry? If you plan on climbing with a splitboard a lightweight, breathable jacket designed to be worn in layers is your best bet. If you’re going to board at the resort or the snow park, you’ll want an insulated jacket that can keep you warm on the chair lift.
Whatever your requirements, snowboard jackets usually have a relaxed fit to give you plenty of room to move on show off your airborne style.
The Best Snowboarding Brands
Snowboarding is ultra-popular, and ski brands know it. Arc’teryx, The North Face, Marmot, Norrona – to name a few – make high-quality GORE-TEX technical shells that are made for alpine sports performance. That being said, if you’re going to pick a jacket, why not choose one specifically designed for snowboarding?
Burton and Volcom are the biggest names in snowboarding, but a number have brands have started to make a name for themselves in that area. Brands like Holden, O’Neill, Armada, and Rip Curl (who just released a snowboarding collection) are made to ride fresh powder and snow parks.
The Best Snowboarding Jackets for Men
Burton [ak] GORE-TEX Cyclic Jacket
Burton Breach Insulated Jacket
The [ak] GORE-TEX Cyclic Jacket from Burton is an ultra-durable jacket made for extreme sports. Made from a 2 layer GORE-TEX membrane and reinforced with GORE-SEAM tape, this shell is completely waterproof and made for long days in the backcountry. It has plenty of ventilation to help you breathe on the downhill, loads of pockets and a powder skirt to keep the snow out on rough landings. The relaxed fit is fully articulated and screams snowboard! Burton’s [ak] collection is specially designed for backcountry runs, and all its products are guaranteed for life…might be hard to top that!
Another one of Burton’s snowboard jackets, the Insulated THERMOLITE is perfect for resort boarding. With its DRYRIDE 2 layer outer protection, this ultra-stylish jacket acts as a barrier against the snow. It also has plenty of technical details like a media pocket and a powder skirt that will integrate with any Burton snow pants. And what about its style…retro to the max! In addition, the Breach jacket is Blusign approved.
Best Snowboarding Jackets for Women
Armada Gypsum Jacket
Burton [ak] GORE-TEX Kimmy 3L Anorak
Let’s start off by agreeing that the Gypsum Jacket by Armada is really cool. Pair it with the Lenox Insulated Pant and the Solstice Insulator from the same collection and you’ll be sure to stand out on the slopes. The Gypsum has been a best-seller for Armada for years, and it definitely has to do with its 10K waterproof and breathable technology, its powder skirt and its specially designed snowboarding pockets. Don’t be surprised if you get a few jealous glances your way while waiting in line at the chairlift.
Another one from Burton’s [ak] collection, the Kimmy Anorak made with a GORE-TEX membrane is the jacket of choice for rider Kimmy Fasani, so you know what it takes. Worn with a bib, this 3L GORE-TEX shell forms an impenetrable barrier against the elements. Designed for backcountry adventures, the seams are made for comfortable riding with a backpack and feature the added reinforcement of GORE-SEAM tape. Lightweight with an articulated fit, the Kimmy one rugged featherweight.
Best Snowboarding Jackets for Kids
Burton Uproar Jacket – Boy’s
Volcom Westerlies Insulated Jacket – Girl’s
As rugged as dad’s jacket, the Uproar jacket for boys is a favourite for all the junior riders. His style, like his skill, will stand out at the snow park. The Uproar is more than just another stylish jacket however, the DRYRIDE 2L outer is Bluesign approved and its Thermacore insulation will keep Shaun White Jr out on the slopes longer. In addition, the jacket features the Room-to-Grow system so it can fit your little one as long as it lasts. With its ski pass and wrist pocket, and its helmet-compatible hood, the Uproar Jacket has everything they’ll need to conquer the mountains.
And last but certainly not least, we have the girl’s Westerlies Insulated jacket by Volcom. The psychedelic design (also available in a more understated pink) isn’t the only thing that rocks about this jacket—the V-Science 2 layer waterproof outer shell and taffeta lining offer plenty of protection in the snow. It’s got plenty of other features to keep your little one comfortable on the hill: a helmet-compatible hood, a pass pocket and an integrative Zip Tech powder skirt. Now all that’s left is to hit the snow park!
For the resort, the backcountry, and more specifically for the snowboarders in search of fresh powder, it’s important to know what to wear when heading for a day on the slopes. With snowboard-specific fits and collections for Men and Women, put aside the ski jacket, and shop from our selection of stylish board apparel.