Best Snowboard Jackets For 2018/2019 Season
(The Ultimate Buyers Guide)
The holy grail. The dream of every snowboarder out there. Finding the best snowboard jacket there is that fits every condition.Sometimes you hear rumours about a specific jacket, but when trying it on, you lose faith that you will ever find THE ONE.
It’s definitely not a piece of cake to find the perfect snowboard jacket, because if it were, you wouldn’t have clicked this article, am I right?
We listed and rated the best snowboard jackets down below to help you choose the one that will accompany you on the mountain and be your best friend in all conditions 🙂
How We Rate The Best Snowboard Jackets
First of all, we have to specify different parameters to understand the differences in snowboard jackets. You will be surprised at how differently they are built and what’s the thought behind different features!
Which features do we need to have a closer look at when shopping for the best snowboard jacket ever?
We don’t want to get wet, do we? Waterproofing is the first and most important feature you should be looking at when shopping for the best snowboard jacket in the store or online.
Most commonly, you will find jackets in the range of 5,000mm until 20,000mm. But what does this scale even tell me and how can it tell me more about the jacket I’m looking at?
The waterproofing scale tells you about how much of a specific amount of water placed on the jacket it takes to soak through the jacket – the amount of water is measured in mm per square inch.
Quite abstract in this way, but you can live by the rule of thumb that the higher the amount of mm is, the better the jacket will keep you dry 🙂
Let’s take it in steps! Usually, snowboard jackets are located somewhere in the range of 5,000mm to 20,000mm.
A snowboard jacket with a waterproofing scale of 5,000mm is best to be worn on a sunny day with no snowfall because if it’s snowing, the coat will probably fail the job of keeping you dry for very long.
You are better off with a scale of 10,000mm. That will keep snow and water out of the jacket in moderate snowfall and will do you an excellent service.
If you know that you will ride in more demanding conditions, never buy a jacket with a scale below 15,000mm to stay dry!
If you want your jacket to keep you dry in rainfall and wet snow conditions, you should go all out with 20,000mm! With that amount, you are set for every day of the season.
Of course, jackets with a higher scale are higher priced but do consider to go for a decent waterproofing value though. You will thank me next time the snow hits!
If a snowboard jacket scores super high on the waterproofing scale, it most probably won’t have a good breathability. Well, that’s not right actually, and it’s a super interesting topic if you have an appetite for science!
The breathability of fabrics is measured in grams.
The scale shows how many grams of water vapour can pass through a square meter of the specific fabric. So if you see a jacket with a waterproofing scale of 10,000g, you know that 10,000g of water vapour passed through the material and can get quite a good picture of how breathable that jacket is.
It’s the same as with the waterproofing scale – the higher the value, the better the breathability and the better the jacket. Never consider a snowboard jacket with a breathability value below 5,000g if you don’t want to feel like being in a Finnish sauna instead of the slopes.
15,000g on the breathability scale is a decent go-to value. However, if you know that you will ride a lot in more rigorous conditions, it is advisable to look for something in the 20,000g scale.
There are key features that are essential to a good snowboard jacket.
First things first: If the jacket you are looking at does not feel like it’s well fabricated and of good quality on the first glance, don’t even bother wasting another second on it.
You should always look for perfect quality since you want the jacket to last.
Other key features of snowboard jackets are a (removable) powder skirt and ventilation features for example.
It can be quite confusing for newbies when it comes to talking about fabric layering in jackets. Different brand manufacturers utilise various layering concepts. Generally, two or more layers is recommended with four fabric layers being the best you can get.
Since the different brands and companies work with different designs, you should read about how they build their layers and how customers like that specific technique before buying!
We don’t mind a little extra to make our riding experience more pleasurable. Therefore always consider all the additional key features on offer by the different snowboard jacket models to suit your specific snowboarding needs.
- Would you like to have some more pockets because you have a sweet tooth and want to pack some more snacks?
- Do you need a bigger pocket for your camera to have it ready to shoot all the time?
- Would you like a zip in fleece jacket that you can take in or out if needed?
Top 5 Snowboard Jackets For Men 2018/2019 Season
Top 5 Snowboard Jackets For Women 2018/2019 Season
Men’s Snowboard Jacket #1 - Montec Mount 20K
The Montec 20K really deserves first place. Quite unknown to most yet, the brand Montec delivers a jacket that should make the big players in the game shiver. As you can guess from the name, this snowboard jacket has a waterproofing of 20,000mm as well as breathability of 20,000g.
You might say that this is quite nice but not really shocking as other jackets out there can deliver the same but take a look at the price tag!
A jacket this well fabricated and thought through could easily be priced double of what Montec charges for the Mount 20K jacket. A more than well-designed snowboard jacket for less than €250 and it comes with some dope features that especially the freeriders will love!
The asymmetrical zippers on the front allow you to adjust the air ventilation inside the jacket to your needs and also gives you quick access to your avalanche transceiver if needed (let’s hope it won’t be!).
Together with snow skirts both on hands and hip and the stormproof hood, the Montec Mount 20K will keep you warm and dry in every condition!
The snowboard jacket is available in 3 different colours and with matching pants that fit the jacket style. This jacket is an all-around talent that will accompany you on every adventure that you might plan and more!
Especially the backcountry riders will be excited about this gem – it’s suitable for skiing as well as for rides on the snowmobile and still looks great matched with jeans on the streets!
Men’s Snowboard Jacket #2 - Picture Track
Let’s go green! And orange! We all know that skiing is may not be considered the best thing you can do to save the environment. But why not make it as friendly for mother nature as we can and do our part to save a tiny bit of the planet when riding in the slopes?
The Picture Track snowboard jacket brings environmentally friendly thinking and snowboarding together.
Being known to recycle dashboards from old cars for snowboard and ski helmets, the brand Picture Organic does not leave out snow clothing from their plan to make this world a less polluted and better place.
The Track snowboard jacket consists of 46% recycled and 54% regular polyester and is suitable for the vegans out there. With the Picture Organic Dry Play membrane, it will keep you warm on the slopes – if you need some extra warmth support you can zip in your favourite mid layer and keep the cold where it belongs – out of the jacket! The membrane is free of PFC’s and saves a whole lot of water pollution this way.
Equipped with all the key features and a fresh style, the Picture Track snowboard jacket fits perfectly for park rats and style proof riders. It feels at home all over the mountain and keeps you dry with fully taped seams. A true statement for true riders!
Men’s Snowboard Jacket #3 - Dope Annok
Have you had issues with a lag of leg movement when riding with a wider stance? Worry no more, just open up the zippers on the sides and feel the freedom!
Dope arrives on the scene with a real dope snowboard jacket in a classic anorak style. A little retro style mixed with modern technology – lots of it!
With the 15K/15K waterproofing breathability values, you will stay nice and warm while the dope dry membrane keeps snow and rain out and directs the humidity from the heavy riding out.
Over are the days where you need to bother about getting cold in the chairlift! If you ever ride so hard that you want to let off some more steam than the membrane can transport, you can open up the armpit ventilation and feel the breeze.
The Dope Annok jacket comes with three and a half pockets – two pockets for your lift pass and some cash on the sleeve and one big pocket just under the chest for everything else.
Located in the big front pocket, there is a mesh media inlay that keeps your phone safe and warm while riding. You can even pack a beanie and a spare pair of mittens in the big pocket, and you will love how it isn’t in the way while riding!
This snowboard jacket makes you look cool on the slopes, in the streets and most importantly at the apré ski parties!
Men’s Snowboard Jacket #4 - Adidas Team Tech
Adidas Snowboarding is bringing street style on the slopes! This snow-hoodie does not fit perfectly in this jacket buyers guide, but it does fulfil the needs of riders better than some “real” jackets out there so here we go!
The softshell material of the Adidas Team Tech is a real force against the wind and won’t let any inside of the snow-hoodie. Insulated with the Adidas Climate ® technology, this softshell hoodie benefits of all the years of research Adidas has put into their insulation system.
The Team Tech Hoodie is designed primarily for meeting our needs on the board. With the more extended cut, the jacket reaches over the butt and support the pants in keeping you dry when sitting down on the slopes.
Also, a little extra fabric was added at the neckline to keep the wind out when you put on the hood. For your phone and other belongings, you have a zippable kangaroo pocket up front. Even with an extra little mesh phone compartment for your phone!
This snow-hoodie is a real style statement for the spring sessions that will allow you full movability while looking pretty steezy. Bringing true street style in a tech jacket hoodie!
Men’s Snowboard Jacket #5 - Dope Akin
The Dope Akin snowboard jacket is a real pocket wonder! The snowboarding jacket is a perfect package of design, smart pocket placement and modern technology.
No less than seven pockets are located on the outside and the inside of your new best friend!
With the classic front zipper missing, you take it on overhead, giving the wind no chance to get inside the jacket. The adjustable cords in the front and the back of the jacket give you the possibility to adjust the jacket fit just the way you like it.
The Dope Akin is the first Anorak shaped jacket that knows how to impress with a snow skirt around the hip which prevents the snow from getting inside the jacket when you ride deep pow or unintentionally crash.
This is the perfect jacket for riders that like to bring a lot of stuff and gadgets to the mountain. The big front pocket is layered out with fleece to keep your hands warm if your gloves fail to do so high up on the glacier.
There are another two built-in pockets – one zipped one for your valuables and one mesh pocket for your phone. As the biggest screened phones these days tend to lose a lot of power in the cold, the Dope designers built in an extra media pocket inside the jacket to make use of your body warmth and keep your phone nice and cosy. Together with a lift pass pocket, you are equipped for the best times on the mountain you ever had!
Women’s Snowboard Jacket #1 - Dope Annok W
Probably the hottest release of the winter. The Dope Annok jacket in this unique colourway stole my heart on first sight. The pink camo is perfectly designed to the shape of the jacket, and you will be the queen of the slopes with this one.
Dope has taken the Annok model from last season and improved it big time, keeping the charm of the clean and simple design but packed it with more functionality.
With a waterproofing scale of 15K and breathability of 15K as well, you can shred in this jacket all season long. Adjustable ventilation under the arms and full leg movement was combined with a smart solution for packing all your gear and keeping the classy style.
What’s unique about this year’s model is that it has an improved fit designed for female riders but still transports a lot of the casual style that Dope is famous for. The Annok W model even has a drawstring included in the back of the jacket for you to adjust it to your needs!
All seams are taped, and Dope built in a pretty compact high-performance padding that’s keeping you warm without making you look bold.
Women’s Snowboard Jacket #2 - WearColour WEAR Parka
Plain and beautiful – this classic snowboard parka by ColourWear is a real eye-catcher without being very attention seeking.
Looking very clean with clear accents towards the 90’s style this years model got the new Dew Tech-Technology to keep you nice and cosy up on the mountains or a nice walk in the snowy ski village.
The ecological insulation does not contain any perfluorinated compounds (PFC-free) to keep mother nature happy and help save the environment. With taped seams and ventilation you have the power to regulate the heat just as you wish.
If you get cold during a snowy chairlift ride just close them up – when riding hard you can open them up and feel the wind taking away the heat! If it’s windy at the mountain peak, WearColour has got you covered with the helmet proof hood – it takes in your helmet easily without harming the look when not being worn. Just enjoy the warmth and the silence no matter how windy it gets!
This snowboard parka is specially designed for the female riders who know what they want in a jacket. The longer cut of the parka saves your bum from getting cold and wet when sitting down as well as giving you the possibility of a super wide stance – super awesome when departing the chairlift and dancing at the apré ski party 😉
Women’s Snowboard Jacket #3 - Picture Milk
Got some milk? The Picture Organic Milk Snowboard jacket is one of the jackets with the highest understatement on the market. With this jacket, you express that it does not need much to be cool. Classic flower print design mixed with some small PU leather applications and not much more is required! This snowboard jacket demonstrates an impressive and playful design on the outside and modern technology on the inside.
The new Thermal Dry System patented by Picture says no to humidity on the inside and guides all the liquids outside while still having high-level waterproofing thanks to the Dry Play system.
We all know by now that Picture Organic cares about the environment. They do not fail us with the new collection either – the Milk jacket contains 46% recycled polyester. Insulated with 80 grams (recycled as well of course!) this jacket works perfectly all over the year – you might want to wear a mid layer on those cold January days where you freeze a lot but still can’t help but shred but not much more is needed with this PFC free beauty.
With the more extended cut, the ribbed hem and the taped seams in critical areas you are set for a whole season on your board without any worries and with a high performing jacket. Nothing holding you back from your most epic future personal performance 🙂
Women’s Snowboard Jacket #4 - Dope Divine
The Divine snowboard jacket is the first ever snowboard jacket tailored with a classic fit for women by Dope. The traditional and plain approach to the jacket is made for the riders that don’t need anything but their skills to impress.
Conventional on the outside, the Divine hides all the critical features on the inside while impressing with all over colourways that you have not seen on the mountains to this point!
All you could need for an awesome day on the slopes, the Divine has in store for you.
The new Dope Dry high-performance compact padding delivers extreme warmth while being super slim. Also, it gives you all the freedom to move that you need.
This is why this snowboard jacket is such an all-around talent. You can do all the grabs and corks in the park but still have a slim jacket that got you covered with a 15K/15K waterproofing/breathability value that keeps you warm and dry out in the backcountry as well as on the black slopes.
As we care about mother nature and the mountains that we love, Dope banned all the fluorocarbons from their production factories. Clean groundwater means less toxic snow and less toxic snow means more beautiful landscapes all year around.
The Dope Divine snowboard jacket has so much more to offer than you get just from the first look and that’s why we love it so much!
Women’s Snowboard Jacket #5 - L1 Tamaryn
Here we have the jacket for the freezing sessions on the glacier and the riders that tend to get cold quickly. The saviour combines all the features you see on all the jackets as mentioned above.
Insulated with 150 grams and with taped seams in all the critical areas, this snowboard jacket has you covered for snowstorms and probably would keep you warm on Mount Everest as well as in every ski resort on the globe.
Tailored for snowboarders by snowboarders L1 shows its roots in the Nitro Snowboard family. L1 took the jackets their riders have been shredding in and combined their best features in their new line for this season.
The soft chin guard and inner storm flap are only the tip of the iceberg. The built-in powder skirt is attachable to all the L1 snow pants from this year’s collection, and the wrist gaiter is made from a comfortable feeling stretch material so you can fit it perfectly in your gloves or mittens without losing all the blood in your thumb like in other jackets out there.
The L1 faux leather and woven label trims give the plain Tamaryn jacket a unique look on the outside, and the peony print satin lining on the inside provides the jacket with a feminine look when it’s open 🙂
Tips On How to Choose the Best Snowboarding Jacket
Now you have seen our favourite jackets for this season; it’s time to go through some more tips and tricks that will help you to find your new snowboard jacket 🙂
The thing with waterproofness is that you first realise that you bought a coat with a waterproofness that does not meet your requirements if you are up on the mountain getting wet. It always makes sense to choose the highest rating for your budget here as you will definitely be glad about this decision the next time sitting in the chairlift exposed to the weather and still feel cosy and warm!
Sadly the winter only lasts for so long, and if you are just some regular dude like me, you don’t fly around the world chasing the snow. So the snowboard gear needs to be stowed away in the warmer seasons. But how do I store my jacket correctly so it won’t suffer harm over the summer?
You need to find a dry and dark place for your jacket. If it gets exposed to the sun, the fabric will lose waterproofness and stability. Also, the sun rays will bleach out some colour which makes the jacket look patchy!
It is advisable to hang your jacket in a wardrobe that does not let any sun in and is located in a dry room with enough air circulation. That way your snowboard jacket won’t soak any humidity and is perfectly fresh when you take it out for the next season 🙂
Layering? You mean rocket science? There are so many different preferences for layering or not layering out there as there are riders. Some see the correct layering as a kind of religion or cult, and some don’t care and count on thick 3rd layers.
How does this layering thing even work? Layering when snowboarding is about how many layers you are wearing under your actual snowboard jacket. Layering is supposed to give you the flexibility of adjusting to the temperature up on the mountain.
You want to build layers like an onion to be set for all the different eventualities. A classic set up for a pretty cold day would be the first layer of functional underwear. On top, there would be a light fleece shirt and a thicker fleece mid layer.
On top there you would go for a Primaloft jacket for extra warmth before putting on the so-called 3rd layer – the snowboard jacket. With those layers, you are free to take on and off layers to be set correctly for every condition.
Some readers probably love layering, and some think it’s just way too stressful. The counterpart of layering would be to run the same simple set up for the whole day without adjusting. You might be a little cold in the mornings, perfectly dressed for midday and a little warm in the evenings – but you save a lot of time and carrying around different high tech shirts and jackets. You are free to choose what you want to go for; everyone has different preferences 😉
Types of Snowboard Jackets
There are so many kinds of snowboard jackets that you may have a hard time dividing them into specific groups. The most common groups to split jackets are regarding the padding.
Some people favour pure shell jackets without any padding at all, because they work perfectly with easy layering. On the other hand, some people would never take a jacket into consideration that isn’t heavily padded, because they like an easy setup for every day.
You can’t say what’s the perfect type of jacket; you need to try it out and see for yourself!
Hood or No Hood?
An easy answer for a hard question: hood.
Of course, a jacket without a hood can look pretty stylish, but if you ever experienced heavy wind up on the mountain, you don’t want to miss a hood on your snowboard jacket that saves you from those conditions!
Just as the many different kinds of jackets out there, there are many different types of riders with different preferences. Some riders don’t need high breathability because they are more of the chill riding type.
Overall you can say, that most riders need a pretty high breathability value in their jacket to be super flexible with their riding. You never have any disadvantages with high breathability, only advantages.
It’s the same with venting possibilities in your jacket. It’s perfect to have them since if you don’t need them, you can close them, with zero disadvantages. The most common places for extra ventilation zippers are beneath the arms (and on the inside of your legs when it comes to snowboarding pants).
Back in the days, almost every snowboard jacket used to have a goggle cloth attached to one of the pockets on the inside. Of course, it’s a nice feature to have, but companies have stopped to feature them since it’s just as easy to take a goggle cleaning cloth with you. It’s not a tiebreaker if a jacket does not come with a goggle cloth attached 🙂
Powder skirts are to be found in almost every snowboard jacket these days. It’s not only great to have when riding powder but it’s a lifesaver if you should crash since it keeps the snow out. When trying on a jacket, you should test if the powder skirt stays in place when closed or if it moves up if you raise your arms. You should only take the jacket into consideration of the powder skirt stays in place!
Best Snowboard Jacket Brands (Editors Pick)
It’s super hard to say which brand is the best brand when it comes to snowboard jackets because each rider has different preferences. But if you need an opinion on which brand gets you the most for your money, it’s, without doubt, the Swedish brand Dope Snow, case closed.
Best Rated Backcountry Snowboard Jacket (Editors Pick)
The best-rated snowboard jacket to ride in the backcountry with in my opinion is the Patagonia Powderslayer jacket. Patagonia combines an environmentally friendly company ethic with highest quality manufacturing. The Poderslayer snowboard jacket is super light and insulated with the Gore-Tex 3-Layer Pro membrane. It’s perfect for backcountry riding since you can compress it to a tiny package it has all the features you can wish for. Be prepared for the price though as it doesn’t come cheap 😉
Best Snowboard Jacket For Big Guys (Editors Pick)
It’s not easy to find a good fitting snowboard jacket as a big guy. Gladly companies are going more and more for bigger and longer cuts these days which benefits the big riders 🙂 A great fit would be the “Move” jacket by Dope Snow, check it out!
Best Snowboard Softshell Jacket (Editors Pick)
Especially in the sunny spring, nothing beats an excellent softshell jacket. The fabric lets in some more air and the breathability is a little comfier than in padded jackets, and you can adjust the temperature with layers underneath. My pick for the best softshell snowboard jacket is the Adidas Greeley – great bold style and perfect functionally for the warmer days up on the mountain!
Best New Snowboard Jacket On Market (Editors Pick)
Every year some newcomers deserve attention. Some companies set up entirely new and stunning concepts. A brand that deserves a closer look is Templa. They came across with really technical outdoor performance gear last year and with a modern twist in design. This brand and their jackets are worth checking out, however again, a small personal loan may be required!
Wrapping Up - Pardon The Pun!
To conclude this buyers guide, I think its safe to say that the perfect jacket that fits every rider does not exist. There are too many different preferences and types of riders out there.
The key to finding the perfect snowboard jacket is trying out enough jackets to know what you can exclude. Do not rush with the decision which jacket you will choose, take your time and compare enough different jacket types to find one that you can fall in love with eventually.
So the key tip is to start early in summer and to keep up with the new releases. With enough passion and effort, I’m sure you will find your perfect match to swipe right on 🙂