Winter weather is finally upon us! The snow has already begun to blanket the best mountains in the world, and riders have been ready. If you’re stoked on this season – and I know you are… check out or list of the 6 best women’s snowboard jackets of 2016/2017
1. Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Altitude Jacket. Toping the list and taking the #1 spot for best women’s snowboard jackets is **drum roll please** the Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Altitude. Made to handle the roughest backcountry conditions and the toughest female riders, this zip-up jacket delivers guide-worthy protection with legendary breathability. Additional features include a neck gasket collar and powder gasket cuffs so you’ll be sealed in tight – away from windy weather and frigid snow. Featuring an exclusive Gore-Seam® technology, the Burton AK Gore-Tex 2L Altitude also keeps your body temperature adjusted so you never have to worry about overheating inside and soaking yourself with sweat. Additional features include, micro-adjustable hood and exterior-access media pocket.
Mammut Biwak Down Jacket. Nothing protects your sensitive skin from winter weather like this puffy jacket from Mammut. Made with an exclusive Pertex Endurance outer shell, the fabric is water resistant and highly compressible so you can stuff this all-purpose jacket in any sack. 880-fill goose down will keep you warm, and the three-point hood allows you to adjust, with or without a helmet. My favorite part about this jacket is the fibrefill body mapping inserts. It can really warm up inside down jackets, but the Mammut Biwak Down Jacket includes this unique underarm transfer to wick moisture away and keep things dry inside.
2. Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Jacket. Ok ladies… if you’re craving powder – this is the jacket for you. Made with a 2-layer Gore-Tex outer membrane to lock moisture out even in high winds, you’ll be snug and comfortable as the strategically placed vents give you breathability to sweat freely AND stay warm. Ventilated and completely environmentally friendly, this jacket features 100g Thermogreen insulation in just the right spots, where you need warmth the most. Additionally, this all-condition backcountry jacket was made for the deepest snow days plus wind chill and bitter ice blasts. It’s all good in the Patagonia Women’s Insulated Powder Bowl Jacket.
3. FlyLow Gear Bille Coat. Made for backcountry beauties, this jacket has a triple-layered shell that handles cold, wet conditions easily. Its high-functioning design includes a waterproof membrane, DWR coated mid-layers and underarm vents especially positioned for gnarly female riders. Additional features include a helmet-compatible hood, removable powder skirt, 7 stash pockets, and an ultra-tall hood so you can ski with your helmet on. Just incase you get a little too hyped-up out there, and find yourself smothered in POW, the removable powder skirt will keep your assets dry.
4. Arc’teryx Tiya Jacket. Nobody said you can’t look fly AF in active snowfall. Take the Arc’teryx Women’s Tiya Jacket along for the ride on the next trip you take into the backcountry. It’s there for you in every way a reliable jacket should be – with zippered vents for breathability, fully taped seams, helmet compatibility & a drop hood, a slim-looking silhouette, a laminated brim that stays out of sight, and Coreloft® body-mapped insulation for extra comfort and all-weather warmth. Adjustable hem and cuffs make it easy to swap out gloves & mittens, and you’ll never need to look for a place to stash anything with plenty of pockets,, specifically designed for goggles, passes and more!
5. Patagonia Down Sweater Jacket. Made to fit Janes of all trades, this down Patagonia jacket is ideal for every cold weather situation. Don’t let the #5 spot fool you, this is still one of the best women’s snowboard jackets of the season. Lightweight and windproof, it’s made with a 100% recycled polyester shell and 100 fill power Traceable Down. What’s traceable down? This jacket is filled with goose down from geese that are tracked from farm to apparel factory, to ensure the birds are not force-fed or live-plucked. All certified by NSF – an independent third party, you can feel good about your jacket while you stay protected from the elements. Ultra-comfortable, and ultra-versatile this jacket was made just for ladies who rip, with a classic zip-up style.
Get online and grab these 6 best women’s snowboarding jackets for the 2017 season – STAT! They’ve made our list, now add them to yours!
Another jacket that nearly made the list is the Women’s L.L. Bean Ultralight 850 Down
6 Essential Womens Backcountry Gear Must Haves
by Stephanie Buelow
Do you have a female backcountry skier or snowboarder in your life? This winter get a girl what she really wants. We compiled this seasons must haves for any backcountry shredder. These are not just accessories; they are staples to those who want to explore this winter.
The The North Face – Women’s Sickline backcountry specific jacket is designed for all weather and steep terrain. Any female would love the freedom and protection this jacket provides. The Sickline has insulation throughout the body of the jacket with less insulation in the sleeves. This design adds to the two-way stretch for maximum freedom of movement. Ideal for hiking or skinning up a slope. This fully featured jacket is also made of HyVent, a waterproof, breathable fabric.
Patagonia’s Capilene 3 is made from moisture wicking polyester. Making them an ideal layering piece for the backcountry. Don’t let cotton affect your bid for the summit and layer smart for the weather.
Another great baselayer we have been raving about is from Polarmax, checkout the line of polarmax technical base layer options for skiing and snowboarding.
Quick changing lens systems have taken over today’s goggles. Show her you care by gifting the top of the line, Smith’s I/07s. These spherical lenses have a single pivot, quick release lens system. Switch lenses quickly to prepare for any type of light. We liked these soo much they made our list for the best snowboard googles of the year!
Both the Black Diamond – Carbon and Pure Carbon Ski poles are ideal for going the distance in winter conditions. The Carbon Compactor poles are great for snowboarders because of the weight and collapsible technology. While the Pure Carbon are more ski-focused poles, light and durable for going up and down the mountain.
The Ortovox Zoom + transmitter is a great gift to empower your favorite shredder because the first step for getting out in the backcountry is being prepared. The Zoom + combines design and function with the latest technology in transmitting. An LED display allows clear transitions between transmitting and searching. We dug this beacon so much it made the list of the Best 3 Antenna Avalanche Beacons.
With the Burton Approach glove you have 2-in-1 versatility with touch screen technology. Both weatherproof and breathable this is the glove designed for all seasons. The ergonomic fit brings functionality to the backcountry. This is one of the most versatile gloves on the market today.