Every skier and snowboarder knows the pains of being underprepared on a trip to the snow. Finding the right balance between insulation, water resistance and breathability can be tricky. Finding a jacket that keeps you warm, dry and sweat-free often means the difference between a great day in the powder and a freezing wet slog that you can't wait to escape.
Burton 2L Gore-Tex Maestro
Burton's 2L Gore-Tex Maestro jacket ($749.99 as of 2010) is a prime example of getting what you pay for. For the skier or snowboarder who's willing to shell out some cash, the Maestro's Gore-Tex shell blocks out wet weather while allowing your sweat to escape, and on warmer days, armpit vents allow air to circulate. Added details like microfiber-lined hand pockets, a removable waist gaiter, and conveniently-placed goggle/media and pass pockets will keep you riding worry free. And with a lifetime warranty, you may never need another jacket.
Millet Great Day GTX
Millet's Great Day GTX jacket ($449.90 as of 2010) aims to live up to its name with the waterproof breathability that comes with its Gore-Tex shell, and a fleece-lined back to keep you warm and comfortable even in the most extreme conditions. Reinforced shoulders keep pack straps from wearing the fabric thin, and waterproof zippered waist and chest pockets keep your wallet and keys safe and dry. Underarm zip vents cool you off when the sun comes out.
Volcom Magma T.D.S Gore-Tex
Volcom evokes images of a volcano's interior by naming their premier skiing and snowboarding jacket the Magma T.D.S Gore-Tex ($549.95 as of 2010), and it doesn't disappoint. The Gore-Tex exterior keeps the elements out while allowing your body heat and perspiration to escape, and the adjustable powder skirt integrates the jacket to your pants to provide seamless weatherproofing. In addition to taking care of the necessities like keeping you warm and dry, the Magma pays attention to the little things as well--goggle clips and pockets for media, passes and a suede chin guard to keep your face irritation-free go the extra mile to helping you enjoy your day on the mountain.
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
An avid rock climber and trail runner, he's been writing about outdoor activities, fitness and gear since 2005. He regularly contributes to "The Record Searchlight," uncooped.com, and Trails.com, as well as other print and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Simpson University and is a NASM-certified personal trainer.