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The 6 Best Men’s Snowboard Jackets of 2020-2021

Fashion icon Coco Chanel famously said: “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.” and while those may be sage words in the world of fashion, we’re pretty sure Ms. Chanel didn’t mean them in reference to snowboard apparel. In fact, her lesser-known quote: “Before you leave the gondola, make sure you’ve got a stylish snowboard jacket that’s plenty waterproof,” might be more appropriate. That’s because Coco knows that while minimalism might be hot in the world of high fashion, when it comes to snowboarding, you want plenty of features and accessories to keep you comfortable. And sure, you can snowboard in a hoodie, but the best snowboard jackets will be just as comfortable, and they’ll keep you dry.

Yes, you’ve got us, Coco Chanel hasn’t said that, yet. But it’s still true, there’s a lot that goes into picking out the perfect snowboard coat, and it’s not just about how it looks. There’s a whole maze of features and materials to wade through, along with various fits, pocket layouts, and styles. So we’ve curated this list of the best snowboard coats we’ve found - the jackets where fashion truly meets function. So make the lift line your runway and find a men’s snowboard jacket that fits and feels as good as it looks.


Burton Covert

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It’s called the “Covert” because it’s low-key classy, but high-key super warm and comfortable. The Covert is Burton’s answer for snowboarders who want classic casual styling but still need a coat that can stand up to whatever winter brings. The Covert comes in a color-way for everyone, from murdered out all-black to retro color blocking that’s reminiscent of the glory days of snowboarding.

The shell is a heavy, durable twill material with a Dryride membrane to keep the water out and Thermolite insulation throughout the coat to keep you warm on the chilliest of mornings. And the Covert’s good looks hide a bunch of technical features like microfleece lined pockets, fully taped seams, and easy-to-use armpit vents that dump heat fast. So if you want a jacket with timeless style that looks as good heading to an outdoor concert as it feels riding bottomless pow, the Covert is your agent.

InsulationShell Material Original Price 
ThermoliteDryride Durashell$209.95

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Patagonia Powder Bowl

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Patagonia built the Powder Bowl jacket around the philosophy that the worst weather conditions often come with the best riding conditions. So the Powder Bowl is built to stand up to whatever Mother Nature delivers, and keep you warm and dry as you take lap after lap. Because if your coat gets soaked early in the day, you’re going to miss out on a whole lot of powder turns. The Powder Bowl uses a hefty GORE-TEX shell with a lifetime warranty to keep water out, and let your body breathe. The shell material is hefty, it shrugs off brushes with trees and snowboard edges without any problems. And Patagonia packed plenty of features into the Powder Bowl, with the usual lineup of pockets, easy to use vents, and waterproof zippers.

If your favorite days on the hill have all been punctuated with challenging weather, the Powder Bowl was made to rise to the challenge and keep you comfortable and focused on riding, not surviving the storm.

InsulationShell Material Original Price 
NoneGORE-TEX$399

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Trew PowFunk

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Snowboarding has always been funky, that’s part of the point. It disrupted the status-quo, showed crusty old skiers that there were other ways to express yourself on snow, and brought just a little more of that funky soul to the mountains. And that’s exactly what Trew’s PowFunk is designed to bring to your wardrobe. It’s the snowboard jacket for the wildcards, the folks who can’t help searching for that next pow stash, that next turn, that next mountain high.

In pursuit of that, the PowFunk features an offset asymmetrical design to help the jacket move with you more easily, and a unique colorblocked pattern that works with the longer, slimmer, freeride fit that looks as good as it feels on the hill. And they didn’t skimp with the materials either, the durable 3L PNW shell will keep water out season after season, while still letting your mid layers breathe and wick moisture away from your body. Throw in articulated arms, laser cut flaps, and a very adjustable hood, and you’ve got a jacket that performs as well as anything the establishment has to offer, but brings a free-spirited energy to every turn. We think this complete package is one of the best men's snowboard jackets on the market.

InsulationShell Material Original Price 
NonePNW 3L$419

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Volcom Brighton Pullover

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On the search for some unique slope style this winter? Look no farther than this Volcom anorak. The pullover style is easy to get on and off, has less potential for water to get in, looks great, and has space for huge gear pockets in the front.

Seriously, the Brighton’s pockets are massive, there’s room for plenty of snacks and accessories to keep you going all day without having to visit the lodge. And while its Anorak cut gives it a more casual style, it’s packed with tech. There are mesh-lined vents, clips to hold your hood up around your goggles, a drop tail, and Volcom’s special zippered jacket-pant interface that helps you create an impermeable barrier to snow. If you like to bring something different to the table with your riding, and want a jacket that can keep up, the Volcom Brighton does the job nicely.

InsulationShell Material Original Price 
NoneV-Science$290

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Burton AK 2L GORE-TEX Swash

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Burton doesn’t pull any punches with their AK line. It’s a combination of premium materials, carefully worked-through designs, and all the little details and features that add up to make high-end outerwear. And while the Swash’s price reflects that high-end market, it’s well worth it. The Swash’s GORE-TEX shell is highly waterproof, and its seam taping and DWR coating help shrug off the gnarliest storms. Under that shell, PrimaLoft Silver insulation traps your body’s heat and keeps you warm even when the temps dip far below zero.

And when it comes to pockets and details the Swash is hard to beat. It’s got eight pockets throughout, with waterproof zippers, each specially designed to hold specific pieces of gear like goggles and passes. Burton went to great pains to make sure the hood works well with a helmet or just a beanie, and the fit is designed to give you a wide range of motion without any extra fabric to bag up and catch on things. The Swash doesn’t make any compromises on performance, and it’s perfect for the rider who's looking to snag one of the best snowboard jackets on the market.

InsulationShell Material Original Price 
PrimaLoft SilverGORE-TEX$429

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Helly Hansen Sogn 2.0 Jacket

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Helly Hansen has a long history of making outerwear for mountain and rescue professionals, and that heritage seeps into the Sogn 2.0. Flat-out performance supersedes everything else. This jacket is designed to keep you dry in the least hospitable environments while also being comfortable and packable. The shell design keeps the weight and size down, while the articulated hood cinches tight around whatever headwear you may prefer.

The Sogn does not mess around. Its pocket layout is thoughtful, with plenty of storage space and watertight zippers to lock everything down. It also integrates with Helly Hansen snow pants to create a snow-proof system, and it’s got a special insulated Life Pocket+ designed to help your phone battery stay warm and charged even when it’s freezing out. The Sogn doesn’t care about casual, it’s here to do a job, and keep you comfortable lap after lap. So go out for that last lift ride, that last skin. The Sogn 2.0 has your back.

InsulationShell Material Original Price 
NoneHelly Tech Professional$350

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