So we’re well into the ski and snowboard season now and the top designers have had a chance to release all their best snowboard jacket designs into the market. This year there is more choice available than ever before for buyers, but it can get super confusing trying to pick a star jacket out of the hundreds. So we at Extreme Sports Trader decided to do the hard work for you and pick out 10 of our favorites, and give them a good going over. So here are the best snowboarding jackets for the 2010/2011 season.
Animal are one of the best know action sports brands out there and they never fail to produce a great range of Animal snowboard jackets each year. The reason we like this one so much is that its simple, functional, well-priced and still looks great. Little features such as easy one-handed adjusters in the hood and hem, and a nifty little lift pass cuff, make this the jacket for anyone just wanting to just get the job done without showing off too much.
We think this is one of the best looking Quiksilver snowboard jackets on the market right now. Quirky without being OTT and right on trend. This jacket is great if you’re heading somewhere with a warmer climate or planning on doing some hardcore riding as its incredibly breathable (5000grs breathability, polymide shell and great underarm vents). It’s also got pockets for your goggles, lift pass and even your MP3 player.
If you’re heading off-piste this season or just riding in big powder you’ll appreciate this Analog Snowboard jacket. Not only is it bright enough to be seen from space (making it a safe choice for off-piste riding), but its also super heavy duty and waterproof (1000mm). And if you start overheating just open the chest pocket to vest some steam.
We couldn’t have a line up of the best snowboard jackets without including Burton. This very prestigious name in snowboarding always delivery the goods and you know what you’re getting is quality. Like the Animal Sidewinder snowboard jacket, the Poacher is understated and classy. Unlike the massive baggy jackets that you often see freeriders wearing, this one is stylishly cut to fit the body and is for the more sophisticated rider.
Love them or hate them, Nike know how to make sports apparel and their Nike 6.0 snowboard jacket range really does delivery to snowboarders. When it comes to insulation this bad boy has got it nailed with a complete detachable hoody inside the outer jacket. Layering is the best way to keep warm, but we took this jacket out on a warm day and were riding in just the hoody half the time. Not the cheapest jacket out there, but very practical and stylish (if you can get over the whole Nike thing).
Popular riders have been putting their name to products for as long as the sport has been around, so why shouldn’t Seth Morrison do it too? The good thing about rider-endorsed products is that you know they wouldn’t put their name on any old tat, but the bad news is you often pay a premium for the name. We actually think on this occasion the Primed Snowboard Jacket is value for money and whilst it’s loose-fitted (as you would expect of a rider known for doing crazy acrobatics off huge air), this jacket still looks cool on the more gentiel rider
Santa Cruz are well known for their designs that push the boundaries of fashion (and taste) and can never be described as tame. Thankfully many snowboarders posses the same qualities and so Santa Cruz snowboard jackets are very popular. The Rob Yellow Transfer Jacket is for the rider who wants to stand out and doesn’t want people getting in their way…I mean come on, would you cut up someone who had a screaming head on his back?
Special Blend are a company that perhaps hasn’t got the notoriety they deserve, especially as they produce excellent products that always innovate. This jacket allows great maneuverability without being over-sized, is super dry and insulated and included loads of cool features like a yo-yo lift pass holder, adjustable powder-skirt and lots of pockets! We reckon the styling is 2012, you heard it here first.
Volcom are another fantastic brand with great heritage, but who are also always smack bang on trend and turn out brilliant Volcom snowboard jacket designs each season. This is a 2-layered shell jacket with loads of adjustable features so suit your shape and riding style. It’s got a great super suede chin guard as well to keep you face looking pretty. This is actually one of the most popular jackets right now, so be sure to get one before they all go.
Last but by no means least, we have great jacket from Vans. Vans are traditionally a skate brand so like to keep things urban, and this is evident in the plaid design. Plaid has been huge in the skate and surf scene over the last couple of years and we think it looks great on the slopes as well. A lot of thought has gone into the Vans snowboard jacket designs as well, incorporating useful things such as cosy comfort hand pockets and an audio interface.