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Five Snowboarding Jacket Selection Tips – The Perfect Jacket for Comfort and Style

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Snowboarding JacketWhy is your snowboarding jacket important? You can just purchase any old jacket from a clearance rack somewhere, right? Many beginning snowboarders would agree with this, but those who have been in the sport for awhile know that it is important to select the perfect snowboarding jacket.

For starters, without a high quality snowboarding jacket you will freeze to death out in the cold. You need the protection for your own health and safety, but you also need it for your sense of style and self confidence. You don’t want to blend into the crowd out on the slopes, do you? Of course not!

Following are some tips to steer you in the right direction of finding the perfect jacket for snowboarding safety, comfort and style.

Put a Sticker on It

The problem with basing your snowboarding jacket purchase on price alone is that lower priced jackets tend to be less waterproof. They also tend to have less venting, so they are not going to be as comfortable or safe. You will pay more for the best jackets with added ventilation and increased waterproofing, but you will stay dryer, more comfortable and safer out in the snow. When you see a jacket with a very low price, question why it is priced so low.

Let It Breathe

Ideally, your snowboarding jacket will be the perfect pick for an extremely cold day as well as days with a little more warmth. The same jacket can be used regardless of weather, as long as it has adequate ventilation features. In most cases, ventilation comes in the form of zippers that can be pulled down when you need to release some body heat for comfort. The zippers are typically along the arms, chest, and/or back.

Keep the Water Out

Waterproofing is extremely important, since you cannot stay dry without it. Without staying dry, you won’t be fit for the cold, wet snow for very long. The problem with cheap snowboarding jackets are they typically have low quality waterproof coatings, which wear away in a short period of time. You will have to replace these jackets a lot more often, which means they really aren’t cheaper than more expensive jackets that last longer.

Look for a jacket that doesn’t rest only on a coating. The fabric should be waterproof itself. Some jackets may also have taped seams and insulated zippers, but prepare to pay a bit more for that added protection.

Insulation is Key

Preventing hypothermia is one of the primary concerns when purchasing a snowboarding jacket. This comes down to insulation. The fit should be adequate to accommodate a few layers of clothing underneath the jacket, but it should be comfortable without those layers as well. This allows you to adjust the layers for the weather. If you are going be in extreme cold or have a low tolerance for cold, make sure the jacket also has built-in insulation. Just make sure that the insulation doesn’t prevent you from moving around comfortably.

Snowboard JacketMiscellaneous Features

Some jackets will come with some added features that aren’t on others, such as:

  • Extra Pockets
  • Detachable Hood
  • Cuffs

Pockets can vary in sizes and are good for holding gear or even just a bottle of water or a snack for long afternoons of play in the snow. The hood is great for those days out when the snow is actively pouring and the cuffs help you keep out more wet snow and cold wind.

Written by Snowboard And Ski Guy

October 17th, 2011 at 3:00 pm