Men’s Burton [ak] GORE‑TEX® 3L Hover Jacket

Burton AK Hover 3L Jacket Review

This year I had the opportunity of testing the latest high-performance shell from the [ak] line, the Burton [ak] GORE-TEX® 3L Hover Jacket.

Burton [ak] GORE‑TEX® 3L Hover Jacket Review

What is it that makes this jacket a must-have for snowboarding deep powder? First and foremost is Burton’s use of the 3L GORE-TEX® Pro material. GORE-TEX® 3L is the most waterproof, durable lightweight material available from W.L. Gore & Associates. You can literally stand outside during a rainstorm and stay perfectly dry while wearing the Hover jacket, making this piece a stand out for anyone riding in wet zones like the Pacific Northwest.

Burton AK GoreTex Hover Jacket Chest Pockets

Burton and W.L. Gore & Associates looked to the surf industry for inspiration on how to keep water out of this jacket. One of the best features of the AK Hover Jacket is the use of taped seams, which in the surf world are used from keeping cold water out of your wetsuit. This design stops water from being able to penetrate between any exposed stitching. Making the Men’s Burton [ak] GORE‑TEX® 3L Hover Jacket a truly waterproof piece of outerwear.

The only downside that comes from wearing such waterproof material, is the sound you make while walking in this jacket. It’s a little bit crinkly due to the use of the GORE-TEX® Pro membrane. That being said, would you rather make a little a bit of noise while staying dry, or do you prefer being wet and cold while sneaking around quietly? The choice is a no-brainer.

Burton AK Hover Jacket Avalanche Snow Safety

Burton AK 3L Hover Fit

This shell is designed to be used with layers and offers plenty of room to do so. Burton’s [ak] Hover 3L Jacket comes in a regular fit. To be honest I felt it was a little on the tall/long side, which I personally like in a snowboard jacket. At 5’11 155lb I had plenty of room in a size Medium.

Burton Snowboards AK Hover Jacket Neck Gasket Collar

Terje Haakonsen, a professional snowboarder and Burton team rider helped to design this jacket, and it shows. Some of the best features include a new trend we’re starting to see in snowboard jackets, a neck gasket – collar that’s built into the jacket. This little bit of extra material is placed so that snow and wind are essentially blocked from every going down your neck. Once you put the Burton [ak] GORE-TEX® 3L Hover Jacket on and feel how the neck gasket works you may be wondering why it’s taken the ski and snowboard industry so long to figure this out. Moving forward most likely all top of the line jackets will feature this tech.

I really dig the 2 deep chest front pockets, especially for splitboarding. You can easily put a compass and phone in one pocket and an avalanche notebook in the other. Being able to have these crucial pieces of your kit easily accessible, is one of the reasons I pick this particular jacket to use day in day out for touring and working in the backcountry.

The Hover Jacket also comes with a removable powder skirt, however not sure why you would ever want to take this off a snowboard jacket that was designed and built for playing in deep snow.

Burton AK Hover Jacket Powder Skirt

Overall Impression

With a lifetime warranty, it’s will be hard to find another jacket that will outlast the [ak] line from Burton. If you are serious about spending time in the snow and want a piece of outwear you can trust and rely on, the Burton [ak] GORE-TEX® 3L Hover Jacket ($629.95) is the best jacket money can buy, especially if you enjoy supporting snowboard brands.

Burton [ak] GORE-TEX® 3L Hover Snowboard Jacket Review

Another great 3L option from Burton is the tried and true Freebird Jacket.  Check out my Burton Freebird 3L Snowboard Jacket Review to learn more.

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Burton AK Hover 3L Jacket
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About the Author

Mike Hardaker
Mike Hardaker grew up surfing and snowboarding in Orange County and followed his love of surfing to Hawaii before eventually moving to the mountains to concentrate on snowboarding. When not on a board, Mike worked for Snowboarder and later oversaw TGR's online publication. He went on to found Mountain Weekly News where he is still CEO and Editor in Chief.

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