Snowboard Jackets: A Symbiosis of Functionality and Originality
It doesn’t matter whether you prefer to hit the snow park, head out on backcountry expeditions, or just carve up the slopes - there’s one thing you should never leave behind: the perfect ski or snowboard jacket. But what should you look out for when buying a new jacket? The market is just as huge as it versatile, which is why Blue Tomato can here you help you get a good overview of what’s out there.
Water column, breathability, GORE-TEX® and DWR-treatments are fancy words describing the criteria you should look out for when choosing your
Water Column – the secret behind millimetres, columns and drops
Snow is wet, cold and uncomfortable on the skin. But it’s still every winter athlete’s favourite thing, as long as they are well protected by their
Breathability – why snowboard jackets need to breath
Even if many people don’t want to admit it: we all sweat. This is where breathability comes in. It is measured in grammes per square metre. Breathability indicates how many grammes of water vapour can escape through the fabric per square metre in 24h. If a park rider chooses a snow jacket with a breathability level of 5.000 g/m², that means it can transport about 5 litres of sweat away from the body within 24h. That may sound like a lot, but on average, the human body produces about one litre of sweat per hour…
Which features do I really need? Membranes and more
Next to water column and breathability levels, it’s also important to pay attention to the different features offered by different brands. For example, GORE-TEX® technology is currently the
DWR-treatments are also used for ski and snowboard jackets. These are usually used for softshell jackets, which are seen as a compromise between fleece and rain jackets. They are a popular alternative, especially in spring on the mountain for winter sports, but also for hiking. The abbreviation DWR stands for Durable Water Repellent and is a coating that makes a jacket water repellent, but not waterproof!
It’s not difficult to see that the quality of a mountain jacket increases or decreases with its waterproofness. That’s why taped seams are a popular feature amongst manufacturers. Depending on the fabrication and price, all seams or just the critical seams, that are particularly susceptible to letting in water, are welded to make them waterproof.
Features that are guaranteed to sweeten your day on the mountain
If you want to have maximum fun all no matter the weather conditions on the mountain are, these are the most helpful features:
- Powder skirts and wrist gaiters
Gogglepocket (usually with built-in goggle wipe)
- Lift pass pocket
- Ventilation system
- Adjustable hood
Now you have the necessary know-how to pick your perfect style from brands like Burton, Volcom, Zimtstern and Bonfire!