Women’s Snowboarding Jackets: Fabrics and Styles
Snowboarding Jackets are often chosen by how good the jacket looks. This is not an issue and of course just like any other item of clothing we want it to look good and fit well. It’s worth checking out however two of the ratings that snowboarding jackets advertise on their labels. One of the ratings refers to how waterproof the fabric is. These ratings are normally between 5,000 mm and 30,000 mm and the higher the figure, the more waterproof the fabric is. Some manufacturers such a Burton have ranges of jackets where no ratings are given. These fabrics are deemed to be 100% waterproof so no rating is required. The next rating refers to how breathable the fabric is. This rating normally falls somewhere in the range 5,000 GM and 20,000 GM. Once again, the higher the figure the more breathable the fabric is. Wearing a fabric that is breathable is highly desirable as lots of physical exercise = lots of sweat and sweat feels awful against the skin under all your snowboarding clothing.
Snowboarding jackets come in two main styles: Insulated jackets and Shell jackets. Both styles have their pro’s and con’s. Insulated jackets have an outer layer which is waterproof and then within the jacket their are many layers of insulating material to keep you warm. These are lovely and warm but can be heavier to wear than the following style which is the Shell style. The Shell Style has no inner insulating material and so these garments are very lightweight and are therefore great for ease of movement. Their downside however is that because they have no inner insulation they can leave you very cold which then means that you have to wear more layers of clothing underneath (which then means you’re probably carrying more weight than if you’d bought an insulated jacket in the first place!)