Equip: Snowboarding Jackets, Week of May 4th


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Winter means snow, ice and the perfect chance to get out there and shred the slopes with your board. However, you’ll need the proper gear before you can hit the backcountry with your friends. If you’ve been shopping for snowboarding jackets, look no further. Below, you’ll find coats that offer the best bang for your buck this season. All of them are less than $400, too. In the snow, sludge, ice and wind, these snowboarding jackets have you covered — literally. 

Burton Covert Insulated Jacket

Premium waterproofing and classic style unite to form the Covert Insulated Jacket. A breathable tech taffeta lining provides warmth without overheating you, and venting Pit Zips allow your sweatiest areas to move and breathe. Designers also taped all major seams to keep the elements out and the warmth in. 

This jacket is available in a wide variety of colors. You can be sure it will last the winter and won’t be out of style before the next one.

The North Face Free Thinker Jacket

This durable, minimal-weight shell jacket features Gore-Tex, a breathable membrane that wicks away sweat and keeps you dry as you make your way down the slopes. The Free Thinker also comes with a helmet-compatible hood, zippered hand pockets and a built-in goggle wipe. There’s also a chest pocket big enough to hold your phone, complete with a headphone jack so you can jam out while you board. 

Your purchase also comes with a lifetime warranty.

Dakine Smyth Pure GORE-TEX 2L Jacket 

The relaxed fit Smyth Pure Gore-Tex 2L, which is available in three colors, offers comfort for all. Embrace stormy daytime riding with a two-layer shell that protects against the harshest conditions. The jacket also features wrist gaiters, a powder skirt, fully taped seams and an adjustable hood. Like the Free Thinker, the Smyth also comes with an internal media pocket so you can stay plugged into your tunes on the slopes.

DC Command Jacket 

Regardless of snow conditions, the DC Command Jacket is fit for the job. A fully waterproof Sympatec shell and adjustable hood will keep the snow out and the warmth in. Plus, a removable powder skirt makes it dependable in both deep midwinter snow and slushy springtime conditions. 

This jacket is also a good deal cheaper than comparative jackets. If you can overlook the fact that the DC Command doesn’t feature Gore-Tex, you’ll end up with a top-performer at a fraction of the price. 

Quiksilver Mamatus 3L Gore-Tex Jacket 

Perfect for both backcountry lines and powder days, the Mamatus 3L features C-Knit tech to maximize support and breathability without sacrificing waterproof durability. Additionally, special backer technology allows you to easily layer underneath the shell. Deep chest pockets keep all your belongings — and a built-in lens cleaner —within reach. Available in black and bright orange, you’re sure to be the talk of the town in this stunning jacket. 

Oakley Division Biozone Insulated Jacket 

If you catch this jacket on sale, you can easily snag one for just over $100. Customizable cuffs, a cinch hem and a lock-down fit ensure this jacket will stay in place while you ride — or fall. The Division Biozone also features breathable FN Dry 10K technology to form a protective layer against the snow, ice and wind. Plus, an RFID blocking pocket and media pouch allow you to safely keep passes, phones and other essential mountain gear on you at all times. 

Hit the Slopes in Style

These snowboarding jackets are both practical and stylish, which is a truly winning combination. Pick one up before your next snowboarding session and make the most of the slopes.