Finding the right set of jacket and pants may be prove to be quite
a headache with all the technical jargon associated with the
great number of garments available in the market. If you are
new to snowboarding, we recommend reading our article on Dressing for Snowboarding if
you haven't done so already. Otherwise, if you already know all
that stuff, then read on!
A good snowboard jacket should be loose enough to be comfortable
without weighing you down or restricting the movement of your arms
and neck. A long cut extending down to your hips will ensure
that your midriff remains warm and dry at all times even with your
Jacket cuffs should fit nicely around or inside your glove
cuffs to ensure proper sealage for keeping the snow out.
Good jackets should also have easily adjustable hoods
which provide full mobility. Some jackets also have removable
hoods for sunny days when they are not required.
Snowboard pants should also be loose enough so as to not restrict movement
of your legs and waist. They should have a high waist while being long
enough at the bottom to cover your boots to prevent snow from
creeping into your legs. Since you'll probably be on your backside
or knees more than you'll like, having reinforced bottoms and
knees on your pants will be a big plus.
This is pretty much a no-brainer. You'll obviously want your snowboard jacket and pants to
be waterproof while keeping you dry as much as possible for the duration
of your ride. Clothing constructed from tried and true materials such as Gor-tex and
Entrant can be reliably assured of doing the job.
Check out and compare the waterproof ratings assigned to the various jackets and pants.
Because washing may sometimes decrease the ability of
the material to repel water, some companies even provide an after-wash
Besides keeping water out, its imperative snowboard jacket should also allow any
moisture or sweat generated from your body to escape. This is where
your jacket's venting comes into play. Perspiration
will probably not affect you all that much while you're in motion
but once you are stationary, for example on a chair lift or
at the end of the day, the cold winds have a tendency to chill
any moisture retained within a poorly ventilated jacket which will
cause you to shiver in discomfort.
Some snowboard jackets come with zippered vents which are under your
arms and are opened when the temperature gets hot and closed when
its cold. Zip-pulls attached to the zippers will allow you to
open and close them without having to remove your gloves.
Due to the physical nature of snowboarding you should look for a
jacket with a tough shell that can withstand the abuse. Double-
or triple-stitched seams and reinforced material on the sides
of your snowboard clothing will help to further prolong their life.
Not essential but hey, everyone likes looking good so once you've
taken care of everything else, go ahead
and choose some snowboard clothing with your favorite style and
color to impress your friends
and anybody else you might meet on the mountain.
Of course, you'll probably prefer to look good by showcasing
your elite snowboarding skills rather than your clothes.