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You don’t have to leave your style behind when you hit the slopes. On the contrary, a good snowboard jacket will keep you warm, dry, and looking like a million bucks as you explore the resort. From technical shells that are made for those who enjoy exploring the peaks of the backcountry to more streamlined designs that are best for those who spend most of their time on the resort, there’s a jacket out there for everyone.

When you start looking for your snowboard jacket this season, consider where you most often snowboard (East Coast or Pacific Northwest, for example) and the type of terrain that you most enjoy. Above all, these two factors can help guide your decision-making when it comes to more of the features of the jacket. We’ve put together a guide to the best women’s snowboard jackets to help you through the process. Check it out, and see you out on the slopes this winter!

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Quick Answer - The Best Women's Snowboard Jackets

  1. Burton Jet Set
  2. HOLDEN Abbot Puffer
  3. Arc’teryx Sentinel LT
  4. Columbia Lay D Down II
  5. 686 Athena
  6. Arc’teryx Ravenna
  7. Columbia Whirlibird IV Interchange
  8. Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle
  9. PICTURE ORGANIC CLOTHING Apply
  10. Roxy Jetty

 

Comparison Table - Best Women's Snowboard Jackets

PictureNameInsulationHoodStylePriceRating
Burton Jet SetYesYesFull Zip-Up Insulated Jacket$$4.8
HOLDEN Abbot PufferYesYesPull-Over Quarter Zip Puffy Jacket$$$4.8
Arc’teryx Sentinel LTNoYesFull Zip-Up Shell$$$$4.9
Columbia Lay D Down IIYesYesFull Zip-Up Down Insulated Jacket$$4.7
686 AthenaYesYesFull Zip-Up Insulated Jacket$4.7
Arc’teryx RavennaNoYesFull Zip-Up Shell$$$$4.7
Columbia Whirlibird IV InterchangeYesYesFull Zip-Up 3-In-1 Jacket$$4.9
Patagonia Insulated SnowbelleYesYesFull Zip-Up Insulated Jacket$$$4.5
PICTURE ORGANIC CLOTHING ApplyYesYesFull Zip-Up Insulated Jacket$$4.6
Roxy JettyYesYesFull Zip-Up Insulated Jacket$4.6
PictureNameInsulationHoodStylePriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Snowboard Jackets for Women

Burton Jet Set

Specs
  • Insulation: Yes
  • Weight: 2 lbs., 1.9 oz.
  • Style: Full Zip-Up Insulated Jacket
  • Ventilation: Pit Zips
  • Insulation Type: Synthetic
  • Hood: Yes
  • Powder Skirt: Yes
Features
  • Slim Fit Design Hugs Closer Into The Body For A Sleeker Fit
  • Hood Is Helmet Compatible And Adjustable In The Front
  • Jacket Features Zippered Micro-Fleece Hand Warmer Pockets, Easy Access Media/Goggles Pocket, Mesh Pocket On Interior

BEST FOR: ON-AND-OFF THE MOUNTAIN PERFORMANCE 

The Burton Jet Set Insulated jacket has enough style to take you from the city to the slopes and enough performance features to keep you warm and dry all day while you’re out snowboarding. The exterior of the jacket is made of a breathable waterproof membrane with critically taped seams to keep foul weather out, while the  pores of the lining will help you stay cool on the warmer, spring snowboard days. 

There are also mesh-lined sleeve vents to help you release heat from the interior of your jacket. Finally, for those days with heavy snow and lots of fresh powder, the jacket includes a hidden hem cinching mechanism and a powder skirt that can attach to compatible snow pants to ensure that the snow doesn’t get into your jacket or your pants.

HOLDEN Abbot Puffer

Specs
  • Insulation: Yes
  • Weight: N/A
  • Style: Pull-Over Quarter Zip Puffy Jacket
  • Ventilation: Pit Zips
  • Insulation Type: Synthetic
  • Hood: Yes
  • Powder Skirt: Yes
Features
  • Longer Hem On The Backside Of The Jacket Provides Additional Coverage
  • Kangaroo Pocket On The Front Of The Jacket Holds Everything You Need For A Day On The Hill
  • Oversized Hood Is Compatible With Most Snowboard Helmets

BEST FOR: INSULATED WARMTH

The quilted design of this Holden snowboarding jacket is not only stylish and unique but also super warm. It’s filled with synthetic insulation that not only keeps you toasty but also keeps you dry. It dries quickly and doesn’t retain water like some down insulation counterparts. The nylon fabric on the exterior of the jacket and the taped seams work together to keep out all the foul weather, and for those warm weather days, underarm ventilation will help you release heat from the interior of the jacket. 

Finally, the unique kangaroo pocket on the front of the jacket is perfect for holding your ski pass, ID, or anything else you might need to grab while you’re on the lift or heading into the lodge for lunch. For everything else, an interior media pocket will hold your phone and anything else you need to keep warm and safe.

Arc’teryx Sentinel LT

Specs
  • Insulation: No
  • Weight: 1 lb., 3.7 oz.
  • Style: Full Zip-Up Shell
  • Ventilation: Pit Zips
  • Insulation Type: N/A
  • Hood: Yes
  • Powder Skirt: Yes
Features
  • Integrated Powder Skirt With Gripping Elastic Keep Out Snow And Wind
  • Hood Is Helmet Compatible For Use During Stormy Days
  • Interior Pockets Provide Protection For Media And Other Valuables

BEST FOR: POWDER DAYS

This Arc’teryx Sentinel LT snowboard jacket is made for powder days. Its longer cut is designed for more coverage on both the back and front sides and the integrated powder skirt with the extra gripping elastic provides even more assurance that you won’t get snow in your gear when the conditions are deep or you take a fall. 

The jacket is also compatible with Arc’teryx snow pants; the sliding mechanism on the powder skirt easily attaches to the corresponding pants for even more coverage. This jacket is a shell, meaning it doesn’t have any insulation integrated into its design, so on warm spring days, you can open the vents and strip away some layers for added comfort and heat release. This jacket loves powder days as much as you do!

Columbia Lay D Down II

Specs
  • Insulation: Yes
  • Weight: 2 lbs., 9 oz.
  • Style: Full Zip-Up Down Insulated Jacket
  • Ventilation: Pit Zips
  • Insulation Type: Down
  • Hood: Yes
  • Powder Skirt: Yes
Features
  • Faux Fur Lined Storm Hood Is Removable For When You’re Taking This Jacket From The Slopes To The Streets
  • Down Insulation Traps Heat Close To The Body For Added Warmth
  • Underarm Venting Allows For Cooling If Needed

BEST FOR: VERSATILE STYLE & PERFORMANCE

If you’re someone that tends to run cold in the winter, then a down jacket might be the right fit for you. In addition to its down insulation, this jacket also features thermal reflective technology that reflects the heat back towards your body for extra warmth retention. The hood is lined with faux fur to keep your head warm on those stormy days out on the slopes. An adjustable powder skirt keeps the snow out of your pants and off of your back while you’re shredding snow off the slopes. 

Finally, you can feel good about this down jacket purchase because Columbia adheres to the “Responsible Down Standard” that ensures the down does not come from animals that have been harmed unnecessarily, as in the case of force-feeding or live-plucking. This jacket is both stylish and sure to keep you warm on the slopes this winter.

686 Athena

Specs
  • Insulation: Yes
  • Weight: 1 lbs., 14 oz.
  • Style: Full Zip-Up Insulated Jacket
  • Ventilation: Pit Zips
  • Insulation Type: Synthetic
  • Hood: Yes
  • Powder Skirt: Yes
Features
  • Specially Placed Insulation Offers Unparalleled Warmth In Cold Weather
  • Pocket On The Sleeve With A Hook-And-Loop Closure Holds Your Resort Pass Safely And Keeps It Accessible
  • Hood Is Helmet Compatible With Adjustable Hem In The Front

BEST FOR: NO FUSS PERFORMANCE

The 686 Athena Insulated snowboard jacket packs all the performance you need on the mountain into an easy-to-use stylish jacket. The hem of the jacket sits at about thigh height, a fashion consistent with snowboard style trends and useful for those powder days that require more coverage. The jacket is also compatible with 686’s corresponding snow pants, meaning they can clip onto the pants for even more coverage. 

When spring arrives and the temperatures heat back up, you can always unzip the pit zips to release extra heat and cool off as you charge down the hill or ride up on the lift. Finally, the kaleidoscope design on the exterior of the jacket ensures that your friends will be able to spot you on the hill and that you’ll feel hip and on-trend as you enjoy your turns.

Arc’teryx Ravenna

Specs
  • Insulation: No
  • Weight: 1 lbs., 9.6 oz.
  • Style: Full Zip-Up Shell
  • Ventilation: Core Vents
  • Insulation Type: N/A
  • Hood: Yes
  • Powder Skirt: Yes
Features
  • Specialized Water Repellant On Exterior Of The Jacket Causes Moisture To Bead Up And Roll Off Without Soaking In
  • Added Side Zippers For Easy Venting On Warm Spring Days
  • Brushed Flannel Panel On Back Interior Of The Jacket Provides Added Warmth

BEST FOR: ALL-DAY COMFORT

The Arc’teryx Ravenna Shell snowboard jacket was designed with the resort snowboarder in mind. Its Gore-Tex outer layer repels water and watertight zippers ensure that no wind or precipitation seep into your jacket. But for those warmer spring days, the jacket also features side core zippers that help you to cool off and dump extra heat as those trails heat up under the sun. 

If you’re looking for a slim-fitting, refined look in your snowboarding jacket, this might be the one for you. It’s designed to sit at hip height and hug the body closely for a refined and streamlined look. And the best part is, the fabric doesn’t restrict your movement; in the spirit of a softshell jacket, four-way stretch promotes movement while also retaining its shape.

Columbia Whirlibird IV Interchange

Specs
  • Insulation: Yes
  • Weight: N/A
  • Style: Full Zip-Up 3-In-1 Jacket
  • Ventilation: Pit Zips
  • Insulation Type: Synthetic
  • Hood: Yes
  • Powder Skirt: No
Features
  • 3-In-1 System Allows You To Wear The Shell By Itself, The Liner Alone, Or Both Together
  • Insulation In The Liner Jacket Provides Added Warmth
  • Underarm Venting Helps You To Regulate Temperature And Not Overheat

BEST FOR: VALUE MEETS PERFORMANCE

You can’t find much better value than with this 3-in-1 design. In one jacket, you get a shell (an uninsulated jacket), a liner that can be worn alone (a mid-layer, insulated jacket), and a fully insulated winter jacket (shell and liner worn together) perfect for a day snowboarding on the mountain. The shell features taped seams to ensure that inclement weather doesn’t get in, and the liner jacket has full synthetic insulation to keep you warm on the slopes and while walking around town after snowboarding. The shell of the jacket also has a hood that can be worn over a helmet on those particularly cold or snowy days. And at this reasonable price point, this jacket is the true definition of value meets performance.

Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle

Specs
  • Insulation: Yes
  • Weight: 31.1 oz.
  • Style: Full Zip-Up Insulated Jacket
  • Ventilation: Pit Zips
  • Insulation Type: Synthetic
  • Hood: Yes
  • Powder Skirt: Yes
Features
  • Powder Skirt Keeps Snow Out Of Your Jacket And Pants, And It’s Compatible With Any Patagonia Snow Pants
  • Insulation Compresses Easily For Packing And Insulates Even When It’s Wet
  • Polyester Lining Wicks Away Moisture From Your Body

BEST FOR: TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL

This Patagonia Insulated Snowbelle snowboard jacket has everything you’d want in a snowboard jacket and more. Embedded in the jacket is a RECCO reflector, a piece of equipment that enhances radio signals from search-and-rescue radios to aid a rescue in the event of an avalanche. So, if you’re thinking of taking your skills from the slopes of the resort to the backcountry this season or next, this might just be the jacket to invest in. 

The jacket also features a helmet-compatible hood with a laminated visor that repels precipitation for added visibility in snow conditions and microfleece lining around the chin and neck for added comfort. If you love snowboarding and are looking forward to years and years of exploring the slopes, then this jacket might be the right one for you.

PICTURE ORGANIC CLOTHING Apply

Specs
  • Insulation: Yes
  • Weight: 2 lbs., 10 oz.
  • Style: Full Zip-Up Insulated Jacket
  • Ventilation: Pit Zips
  • Insulation Type: Synthetic
  • Hood: Yes
  • Powder Skirt: Yes
Features
  • Sherpa Fleece-Lined Collar Adds Comfort And Warmth
  • Liner Wicks Away Sweat From Your Body And The Interior Of Your Jacket
  • Longer Length Adds Coverage For Powder Days And Warmth

BEST FOR: LOOKING COOL WHILE SNOWBOARDING HARD

For the snowboarder who wants their gear to look as cool as they do while heading down the slopes, this is the jacket for you. Picture Organic Clothing’s Apply Insulated snowboard jacket has all the style of a designer jacket with all the performance of a more technically-oriented piece. 

Waterproofing on the exterior of the jacket and taped seams keep out the winter weather, while pit zips allow you to dump out heat on warmer spring days or when you’re working hard snowboarding down the mountain. The jacket also includes a goggle cleaning cloth if you need to wipe away condensation or fingerprints. The exterior of the jacket is made of 64% recycled polyester, so you can feel good about your purchase as you’re enjoying your turns on the mountain.

Roxy Jetty

Specs
  • Insulation: Yes
  • Weight: N/A
  • Style: Full Zip-Up Insulated Jacket
  • Ventilation: Pit Zips
  • Insulation Type: Synthetic
  • Hood: Yes
  • Powder Skirt: Yes
Features
  • Jacket Features Extra Insulation Around The Core To Keep It Warm In Even The Coldest Temperatures
  • Jacket Is Compatible With Roxy Snowboard Pants; They Snap Together For Added Snow Protection
  • Lining Of The Jacket Cinches At The Wrists On The Interior Of The Jacket For Protection Against Snow And Cold

BEST FOR: ULTIMATE COMFORT

For this Roxy snowboard jacket, ultimate comfort means proper insulation in the body of the jacket and the hood and sleeves for those super chilly days on the mountain. It means including specialized pockets for your goggles, your media, your ski pass, and a clip to hold your keys. It means that the powder skirt can snap off when you don’t need it to reduce the bulk in your jacket. It means having a chin guard that protects against pinching your skin in the zipper and a jacket-to-pants attachment system to keep snow out of your jacket and your pants on powder days. This Roxy Jetty Snow Insulated snowboard jacket will keep you warm, comfortable, and stylish on the hill throughout this season and the next.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING WOMEN’S SNOWBOARD JACKETS

COST

As with all outdoor gear, you have to find the best balance for you between performance and economy. It is important, however, to think of a snowboard jacket as an investment in your winter season. A jacket that will keep you warm all day, that will prevent you from getting soaked, that will breathe on those warm and sunny spring days, and that will make you feel good and stylish out on the hill can make the difference between an awesome day and a passable or miserable day. If you love snowboarding and are eager to continue to ride season after season, then a quality women’s snowboard jacket will allow you to enjoy the slopes winter after winter.

 

TYPE OF SNOWBOARDING & SNOWBOARD GEOGRAPHY

The type of snowboarding that you do and the geography in which you typically snowboard may have an impact on your choice of snowboard jacket. For example, if you typically snowboard at Northeast ski resorts (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine), you’re going to want an insulated jacket that’ll keep you warm all day.

If you spend most of your time at Colorado or Utah Rocky Mountain resorts, you may opt for a shell rather than a fully insulated jacket because temperatures out west are typically more mild with more sunshine. If you’re into riding the terrain park, jacket styles tend to lean toward baggier or more roomy, whereas if you’re looking to head into the backcountry, you may want to invest in a more technical shell. Check out Evo’s informative article for information about how to choose your snowboard jacket based on region of the United States.

 

FIT

There are three main types of fit in women’s snowboard jackets: slim, regular, and loose fitting. With a slim fit (sometimes known as “alpinist”), your jacket will fit much closer to your body with less room for under layers. A regular fit is that happy medium between slim and loose. There’s plenty of room to fit more layers underneath without feeling like you’re swimming in your jacket. A looser jacket has traditionally been preferred among snowboarders as a style statement and is worn today by riders that prefer more coverage overall and more room for mid- and under layers. Fit is a matter of preference for each individual snowboarder.

 

TYPE OF WOMEN’S SNOWBOARD JACKETS

There are five main types of women’s snowboard jackets: shells, insulated jacket, technical shells, soft shells, and 3-in-1 jackets. When choosing a jacket type, it’s important to consider your comfort, the places that you like to snowboard, and the type of snowboarding that you’ll be doing most often. If you run colder or typically snowboard at resorts located in colder climates, consider an insulated jacket to give you that extra warmth. 3-in-1 jackets can be economical as well as practical. For more information, check out REI’s Advice Column on choosing what to wear for snowboarding.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

SHELL

A shell is a non-insulated snowboard jacket under which warm layers can be worn. Shells are versatile in all weather because more layers can be added underneath for colder temperatures while venting and less insulation provides comfort in warmer, spring temperatures.

INSULATED JACKET

Insulated jackets have a layer of synthetic or down insulation that keep you warmer than just a shell alone. These jackets are most popular in colder climes like Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine and for those that tend to run colder.

TECHNICAL SHELLS

These jackets are preferred by boarders who spend time in the backcountry. They are made to breathe while providing best-in-class waterproofing. They feature high-end fabrics and technical bells and whistles.

SOFTSHELLS

Softshell jackets are made of soft, stretchy fabrics that move with you. They tend to be water resistant, rather than waterproof and aren’t as warm as insulated jackets. These are great for spring snowboarding days.

3-IN-1 JACKETS

These jackets feature an outer shell with a fleece or mid-layer jacket that zips into and out of the lining. Those who know that they’ll be riding in a variety of conditions in all sorts of climates might opt for this type of jacket as a practical, economical option.

POWDER SKIRT

Powder skirts are a stretchy, waterproof piece of the jacket that can often snap or zip onto snow pants as well as cinch around the waist. The goal of this piece of waterproof fabric is to keep snow out of your snowboard pants and off of your back.

INSULATION TYPE

Snowboard jackets tend to use synthetic or down insulation for added warmth. Synthetic insulation is often less bulky and has quick-drying and anti-bacterial characteristics. Down is very lightweight and very warm.

WATERPROOFING

Technology that keeps the water out of the inside of the jacket with the goal of keeping you warm and dry all day on the slopes. Jackets range from entirely waterproof to water resistant.

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