The Best Snowboard Jackets in 2021

There are so many components of your snowboard setup that are critical for your comfort. Your goggles need to fit well and your ski gloves need to be warm enough without resulting in sweaty hands, the list goes on, but there is no doubt that your jacket is the number one part of your attire.

With so many great winter jackets available, we have specifically selected some of the best snowboard jackets and broken down the pros and cons to make your decision that much easier. There is a wide selection of excellent ski jackets as well, but we think our selection have a unique style and function that make them particularly ideal for snowboarders.

Check out our top picks!

patagonia powslayer jacket mens
  • Main material: three-layer ripstop Gore-Tex Pro
  • Weight: 643g
  • Waterproofing: DWR
  • Helmet-compatible hood
  • In-brand jacket to pant integration
  • RECCO reflector
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This jacket is lightweight and sleek, designed for those who like to explore the backcountry and rip up that powder. The jacket is quite thin which means you will need extra layers to keep warm, but that also makes it highly versatile in terms of spring skiing or warmer winter weather in general. It fits quite large, even with extra layers underneath, so it may be worth dropping down a size unless you love a really baggy fit.

Patagonia has managed to integrate pockets for everything without compromising the PowSlayer’s sleek design. With multiple inner pockets as well as two handwarmer pockets, a lift pass pocket and two chest pockets, one of which is a media pocket with a cable hole, you won’t be lacking storage space. Pit zips, a snow skirt and the option to connect to any Patagonia snow pants make this jacket more than ready for powder and adventure.

You can expect great durability with classic Patagonia quality from this high-tech, stylish shell jacket.

Pros:
  • extremely durable
  • lightweight
  • underarm vents
  • snow skirt
Cons:
  • fits quite large
  • not very warm

Volcom Stone GORE-TEX Jacket

The Best Snowboard Jacket for Durability

volcom stone gore-tex jacket
  • Waterproofing: 2-layer Gore-Tex laminate
  • AquaProofed waterproof zippers
  • Helmet-compatible hood
  • In-brand jacket to pant integration
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This jacket is designed to keep the outside out! The thick Gore-Tex material does add some weight, but it delivers excellent waterproofing and great durability. The waterproofed zippers are great quality and the main zipper is two-directional allowing for some extra flexibility. The zipper grip of the main zipper is actually an emergency whistle!

Large, easily accessed pockets are a plus and include a waterproofed media pocket with a cable hole and fleece-lined handwarmer pockets. There is also a simple mesh goggle pocket on the inside. The two lower front, down entry pockets make the jacket look a bit bulkier and are not completely waterproof due to the Velcro closures.

The Volcom Stone is a shell jacket, meaning it isn’t especially warm on its own and you will need to select your layers to suit the weather; however, it is very versatile and with the right layering can be well suited to all winter conditions. Between the durable waterproof material, the adjustable snow skirt, integrated face mask and snug cuff closures at the wrists, the Volcome Stone is just about guaranteed to keep you dry even on the wettest of days. It is also designed to connect to any Volcom snow pants.

Pros:
  • extremely durable
  • excellent waterproofing
  • many functional pockets
  • adjustable snow skirt
Cons:
  • not very warm
  • bulky construction

The North Face A-CAD FUTURELIGHT Jacket

The Best Snowboard Jacket for Breathability

the north face a-cad futurelight jacket
  • Weight: 680g
  • Waterproofing: Futurelight 3L
  • AquaGaurd waterproofed zippers
  • Helmet-compatible hood
  • In-brand jacket to pant integration
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If breathability is at the top of your priority list or you tend to overheat easily, then this is the jacket for you. North Face’s newly innovated, breathable, waterproof fabric, FUTURELIGHT, lives up to its promise. There are a lot more tech and details packed into this jacket than just its material: offset pockets allow for easy access even when wearing a backpack, AquaGuard zippers keep things dry and a pass-through pocket provides easy interior access without needing to unzip. It has a standard snow skirt, well-fitted Velcro closures at the wrists and can be connected to North Face snow pants.

Though technically a shell jacket, the A-CAD tests warmer than most ski shells with its soft brushed interior making it versatile and appropriate for most winter conditions. It fits somewhat looser which allows for extra layers if need be and the long cut is ideal for even the tallest riders. All in all, it is a super stylish, well-fitted jacket that is ideal for intense activity.

Pros:
  • extremely waterproof
  • extremely breathable
  • lightweight
  • designed for backpack wear
  • pit zips
Cons:
  • relatively expensive

Burton GORE-TEX Putnam Parka

The Best Insulated Snowboard Jacket

mens burton gore-tex putnam parka
  • Waterproofing: 2-layer 7 denier Gore-Tex down heavy
  • Insulation: 80 / 20 650 RSD down heavy
  • Waterproofed zippers
  • Helmet-compatible hood
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Here is a jacket that will keep you cozy no matter what kind of temperatures threaten your snow weekend. Down-lined with a full waterproof, breathable shell layer, the Putnam Parka is ideal for those cold days. Magnetic closure handwarmer pockets make it that much easier to slip your hands in and drawcords located within the handwarmer pockets let you adjust the fit as needed. Ribbed cuffs and a fleece-lined chin area contribute the cozy feeling.

The zippers are all waterproofed and the main zipper is two-directional which offers a little extra flexibility or easy access to your snow pants. The main zipper also has a magnetic storm flap for extra protection. This jacket is a bit too bulky for the backcountry and given that is has no snow skirt it is better suited to inbounds riding.

If you want to warm and cozy on the hill, then Putnam Parka is a great bet!

Pros:
  • very warm
  • comfortable, functional hood
  • adjustable fit
  • magnetic closure handwarmer pockets
Cons:
  • no snow skirt
  • bulky

Columbia Wild Card Interchange 3-in-1 Jacket – Men’s

The Best Value Ski Jacket

columbia wild card interchange 3-in-1 jacket mens
  • Weight: 1333g
  • Waterproofing: Columbia’s OmniTech membrane
  • Main fabric: nylon
  • Insulation: 80g MicroTemp Synthetic
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With three jackets in one, the Wild Card Interchange provides a lot for bang for its buck. While the jacket isn’t designed for the backcountry or intense aerobic activity, it is very versatile – in part thanks to its components, which can be worn alone. It is ideal for the resort or really any other winter activity. The level of waterproofing is acceptable for moderate conditions and when zipped together it is quite warm.

The seams and zippers aren’t waterproof so this jacket likely won’t hold up all day in a downpour or extreme weather. The other downside of the 3-in-1 design is that the Wild Card only has mediocre breathability, which may not be a big deal for resort riding.

The adjustable hood is also a nice touch and fits comfortably with or without a helmet. Three large of pockets make for no shortage of storage space: there are fleece-lined hand warmer pockets as well as an internal drop pocket. All in all this jacket provides great versatility and great value.

Pros:
  • 3 jackets in 1!
  • ample pockets
  • pit zips
  • snow skirt
  • very warm
Cons:
  • no waterproofed zippers
  • poor breathability
  • bulky construction

Burton Covert Insulated Jacket – Men’s

The Best Budget Snowboard Jacket

burton covert insulated jacket mens
  • Insulation: THERMOLITE® (60g jacket, 40g hood)
  • Waterproofing: DRYRIDE™ 10,000mm / 5,000g
  • Waterproofed zippers
  • Adjustable, helmet-compatible hood
  • In-brand jacket to pant integration
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If you are looking for an affordable jacket that does it all, then the Burton Covert is a winner. With moderate insulation, it offers the perfect middle point in terms of temperature: warm enough to keep you comfortable for most winter days with space for an extra layer in case you are riding in deep-freeze conditions. The insulation is 40% recycled material so it’s environmentally conscious as well.

The contoured hood and standard waterproofing may not be anything exceptional, but they get the job done, providing more than adequate wind and water protection. Waterproofed zippers and a removable snow skirt as well as the possibility to connect to any Burton snow pants makes this jacket stand out compared to others in its price category. The Covert also has pockets for just about everything: cargo pockets, a pass pocket, fleece-lined handwarmer pockets and an internal stash pocket.

Pros:
  • removable snow skirt
  • mesh-lined pit zips
  • ample pockets
  • good waterproofing
Cons:
  • mediocre breathability

Volcom Shadow Insulated Jacket – Women’s

The Best Fully Insulated Women’s Snowboard Jacket

volcom shadow insulated jacket womens
  • Material: 100% synthetic
  • Waterproofed zippers
  • Helmet-compatible hood
  • In-brand jacket to pant integration
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This fully insulated jacket is not only stylish and warm, but it provides a good level of waterproofing and great breathability as well as extra details like fully taped seams. Two mesh-backed underarm vents help shed some extra heat if need be and the snow skirt can be connected to Volcom snow pants to keep the snow out on those powder days.

The adjustable, helmet-compatible hood has a removable faux fur trim and the main zipper pull is actually a whistle. With 60g insulation, this jacket is warm, but also slightly bulky. The Volcom Shadow doesn’t pack down particularly well, but it is surprisingly lightweight and flexible meaning that your mobility will not be restricted. The long torso makes it ideal for taller riders too and the sleeves have a nice long fit as well.

An awesome option for anyone looking for a jacket that is lightweight and warm!

Pros:
  • great durability and construction
  • snow skirt
  • lightweight
  • allows a good range of motion
  • mesh-backed pit zips
Cons:
  • bulky

Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle Jacket – Women’s

The Best Women’s Snowboard Jacket for the Resort

patagonia insulated snowbelle jacket womens
  • Weight: 880g
  • Waterproofing: 2-layer H2No Performance
  • Insulation: Thermogreen (80g body, 40g sleeves)
  • Waterproofed zippers
  • Adjustable, helmet-compatible hood
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The Snowbelle is Patagonia’s entry-level insulated jacket and is designed for the resort. It is a bit too heavy and not breathable enough to be a real candidate for the backcountry, but if you are riding inbounds in colder temperatures and looking for excellent quality then it could be perfect for you!

Excellent waterproofing means you can count on this jacket to keep you dry in any conditions – even the handwarmer pockets have rain guards. The helmet-compatible hood can be cinched to fit snugly and the deep collar shields a lot of you face on the ski lift or while riding in stormy conditions.

Five pockets provide plenty of storage including handwarmer pockets, an internal drop pocket and a media pocket with a cable hole. All of the pockets are zippered and angled to prevent things from falling out. This jacket has been constructed with the environment in mind with 70% recycled polyester in the shell and 90% recycled insulation.

Pros:
  • excellent waterproofing
  • great quality
  • ample pockets
  • pit zips
Cons:
  • relatively heavy
  • poor breathability

What to Consider When Buying a Snowboard Jacket

There is no denying that your choice of the jacket needs to reflect your own personal style, nonetheless, there are some important technical aspects to take into consideration to ensure that your jacket isn’t holding you back on the hill.

Waterproofing

One of the most important features of any outdoor gear is the waterproofness. Whether you are dealing with snow or rain, having a well-waterproofed jacket can make or break your day. While most waterproof fabrics are truly quite waterproof, the length of time they can withstand water without leaking and their breathability are the two factors that set some fabrics and coatings apart from the rest. Many high-end sportswear companies have their own patented waterproof materials – most of which perform quite well.

The two basic types of waterproof materials are those that have a waterproof coating applied to their surface (often referred to as a DWR) and those that are a waterproof membrane. The coatings have become so advanced that they are often equally effective as waterproof fabrics: the disadvantage is that a coating can wear off and degrade with time, the advantage is that the coating can easily be renewed with a kit at home.

Waterproof membranes allow vapors to pass through but not water, one of the most functional and well known being Gore-Tex. The advantage is that they never ‘wear off’, although they tend to be more expensive.

If excellent waterproofing is important to you, don’t forget to make sure your jacket has sealed seams and waterproof zippers!

Breathability

This is more important than many people think! Breathability and ventilation become more important as your riding becomes more intense – especially if you are hiking up before you ride down. If you are planning on spending your time in the resort, riding the lifts and enjoying the groomers, then ventilation and breathability won’t be make or break features for you. Unless you tend to overheat, in which case you may also want to make sure your jacket features underarm vents.

Type of Riding

If you happen to be a split boarder, enjoy backcountry touring or heli-boarding then you will need to make sure that your jacket is not only breathable but that it is relatively lightweight and sleek enough in design to make sure that it is unlikely to get caught up in brush or trees.

Other considerations are whether a baggy or fitted jacket suits your riding style better. If you are cruising down groomers then mobility may not be your top concern; however, if the park is where it is at, then you will definitely need a jacket that doesn’t restrict your range of motion.

A helmet-compatible hood and snow skirt are another two features whose importance will be determined by your preferences and riding style. Many powder skirts can be attached to in-brand snow pants which is definitely a plus if you enjoy riding in deep powder.

Recco

Recco Avalanche Rescue Technology is become the industry standard and consists of a reflector chip that is integrated into your jacket and can be detected from a rescue team if need be. The chip itself is nearly undetectable at only 4g and it has an unlimited lifetime. If you spend time in the backcountry or enjoy riding out of bounds then it is a recommended feature: a rescue team could detect you from 200m through the air and 30m through the snow.

Additional Details

As for the rest, it is up to you to decide which features are important to you. Do you prefer lots of pockets to stash your stuff or would you rather have a sleek design? Do the pockets need to be offset to allow access while wearing a backpack? Do you love having a two-directional main zipper for easy access to your snow pants? If a waterproof media pocket with cable routing a must-have? What about a pass pocket? Should the hood be adjustable for wear with and without a helmet?

There is a lot to consider, but hopefully, we have made you aware of what to look for and helped you narrow down your choices – happy shopping!

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