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Best Snowboard Jackets and Pants 2021-2022 | Our pick of the top snowboard outerwear to wear in resorts and the backcountry

Whether you're planning on cruising the resort or venturing out in the backcountry, we've chosen the best outerwear to do so in

It’s important to put some time and effort into choosing your snowboard jacket and pants. It’s as important as choosing the right snowboard, and the right pair of bindings to match. Whether you’re a keen backcountry explorer or an in-resort rider, a certain amount of thought should go into picking the best outerwear for you.

First of all, you need to consider where you will be doing most of your snowboarding, what kind of conditions you are likely to face, and how much time you will spend wearing your outerwear. Once you’ve answered the basic questions about the kind of snowboarder you are, it’s time to look at the more technical aspects of your outerwear.

“What’s important to remember is that it’s all a balancing act between being waterproof and being breathable”

If you’re looking for a more in-depth guide to choosing your outerwear, take a look at our ‘how to choose the best snowboard jackets and pants’, but if you’re just here for the basics, scroll down.

Waterproofing and Breathability

What’s important to remember is that it’s all a balancing act between being waterproof and being breathable. If something’s extremely waterproof but doesn’t have that breathability, you begin to sweat. In turn, this means your sweat will have nowhere to go and you’ll be soaked after only a couple of laps.

The waterproof rating is measured in millimetres (mm). This refers to the depth of water that is required to penetrate the fabric (based on filling a one-inch diameter tube). The higher the rating, the more waterproof the outerwear.

Breathability is measured in grams. The ratings refer to the weight of water that can pass through a square metre of fabric in 24hours. Bear in mind though, that the testing protocols aren’t universal and can lack consistency between brands. Usually, you’ll find the breathability ratings to be somewhere between 5k and 20k – with the higher number being a more breathable option.

Shell / Insulation

Another two key factors when it comes to choosing your snowboard outerwear is the fabric and insulation. You can choose between a hard shell, soft shell or an insulated model.

The main benefits of a hardshell is its ability to resist the most extreme weather conditions you’re likely to face on the mountain. The jackets / pants are designed to provide shelter against rain and wind. They’re also designed to be extremely breathable and durable, hence the reason why they’re so often preferred by backcountry enthusiasts.

“You can choose between a hard shell, soft shell or an insulated model”

If you’re looking for something a bit more comfortable, a softshell jacket / pants combo might be more up your street. Softshells often allow for more mobility, whilst also offering a decent amount of waterproofing and breathability.

You can also choose to go with an insulated option. Head over to our best snowboard mid-layer to get the low down on the difference between down and synthetic insulation.

Sustainability and Durability

Choosing more sustainable options has become the norm these days. It’s also, we’re happy to report, something that’s become much popular within the snowboard industry. Brands are putting more effort into producing products sustainably, and this is clear when looking at this season’s outerwear.

When purchasing a new product, you should bear in mind that even though the manufacturing of products has become more sustainable – the key to sustainability lies in the durability of the product itself. It may, for example, be worth spending a bit more money on a jacket that can last you up to five years rather than a cheaper option that might only take you through one season and has to be replaced sooner.

In the end, it’s down to you what you choose to spend your money on. Just make sure that whatever you choose has the right fit, as it’d be a shame if you couldn’t fit an extra layer underneath or the pants started falling off mid-way down the slope.

Best Snowboard Outerwear 2021-2021

The Best Snowboard Jackets and Pants For Winter 2021/22


686 Gore-Tex Willow Jacket and Gore-Tex Utopia Pant

Price Jacket: £280 / €320 / $320
Price Pants: £280 / €300 / $300

686 has never overlooked their women’s collection. Now, just one year shy of their 30th birthday, the brand has an impressive women’s line that covers everything from outerwear to socks. For winter 21/22 they’re expanding their female line by introducing a new jacket to their Performance Fit line that’s been developed together with world-class shredder Hana Beaman: the Gore-Tex Willow Jacket.

Who Are The 686 Gore-Tex Willow Jacket and Gore-Tex Utopia Pant For?

Gore-Tex is the crème-de-la-crème of outerwear fabrics: durable, waterproof and windproof. Ladies who are serious about tackling unpredictable climates and gnarly terrain will find that the Willow Jacket and Utopia Pants are going to serve them well, both within and far beyond the resort boundaries. With added insulation in both the jacket and the pants, there’s no need to worry about getting cold either – something you may appreciate when hiking beyond the beaten path without knowing when you’ll come across shelter next.

MORE INFO:
686.COM

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 686 Gore-Tex Willow Jacket and Gore-Tex Utopia Pant

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Adidas Resort 3-in-1 Jacket and Resort 2L Insulated Pant

Price Jacket: €400
Price Pants: €200

Known for their freestyle and more urban-focused outerwear, Adidas are forraying into the world of technical resort and backcountry outerwear by launching the new Adidas x Terrex snowboard collection for winter 21/22. For the first time in over seven years, the new collection now offers an extensive women’s range too.

Who Are The Adidas Resort 3-in-1 Jacket and Resort 2L Insulated Pant For?

The Resort 3-in-1 Jacket is made for men and women who want something to ride in every condition. It is the pinnacle of multi-functionality while also setting a new standard for sustainability and style. The inner Primaloft Parley insulation is an ideal addition for the colder days and works perfectly well when used on its own on clear, dry days too.

MORE INFO:
ADIDAS.COM

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the Adidas Resort 3-in-1 Jacket and Resort 2L Insulated Pant here

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Brethren Apparel Softshell Anorak and Joggers

Price Jacket: £140
Price Pants: £115

Founded by the Kyte siblings back in 2013, Brethren Apparel started off by selling their crowd-pleasing signature Thug Ruggs. Last year the brand moved on to selling outerwear and introduced the snowboard scene to their unisex-sized Softshell Anorak and Softshell Joggers.

Who Are The Brethren Apparel Softshell Anorak and Joggers For?

This isn’t ultra-technical outerwear designed for long hikes in the backcountry, and unless you’re the next Jeremy Jones, you probably won’t need it to be either. Snowboarders looking for fashionable technical streetwear with a maximum level of comfort will find that in the Brethren Softshell Anorak and Joggers.

MORE INFO:
BRETHREN APPAREL.COM

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the Brethren Apparel Softshell Anorak and Joggers here

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Burton AK Japan Gore-Tex PRO Guide Jacket and Bib

Price Jacket: £740 / €800
Price Pants: £580 / €640

Burton’s AK line offers the brands most premium outerwear and has been Burton’s team riders first choice for over two decades. Originating in Alaska, where the product was first developed and tested, the AK line is built to withstand the harshest of climates while providing both solid performance and style.

Who Are The Burton Men’s AK Japan Gore-Tex PRO Guide Jacket and AK Japan Gore-Tex PRO Guide Bib For?

If hiking through nipple deep Japow is your cup of tea, then the AK Japan Gore-Tex Pro Guide Jacket and AK Japan Gore-Tex Pro Guide Bib will help you keep dry in the deepest powder and through the most hardcore adventures.

MORE INFO:
BURTON.COM

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the Burton AK Japan Gore-Tex PRO Guide Jacket and Bib Pants here

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Horsefeathers Atrip Line By Halldor: Halen Jacket and Charger Pant

Price Jacket: £289 / €310
Price Pants: £196 / €210

In 2018, after two successful seasons on the market, Halldor Helgason decided to team up with Horsefeathers and introduce Atrip as his signature line within the brand. Since first hitting the shelves back in 2018/19, the Atrip line is back this season with a bunch of colourful, unique, technical outerwear including the Atrip Halen Jacket and Atrip Charger Pant.

Who Are The Horsefeathers Atrip Line By Halldor: Halen Jacket and Charger Pant For?

There might not be a better snowboarder out there when it comes to the ability to combine technical snowboarding with absolute piss-taking. Halldor is known to ride everything and anything whilst making it look incredibly easy.

Continuing to make bold moves within the snowboard world he needs an outfit to match. The Atrip Halen Jacket and Charger Pant are made for the guys looking for a unique design made to match their personality, whilst being technical enough to take them through whatever they set their minds to.

MORE INFO:
HORSEFEATHERS.COM

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the Horsefeathers Atrip Line By Halldor: Halen Jacket and Charger Pant here

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Jones Shralpinist Jacket and Pants

Price Jacket: £700 / €700 / $700
Price Pants: £550 / €550 / $550

After crushing the snowboard game for years and successfully jostling its way into the binding market, Jones now has its sights set on outerwear. The entire inaugural collection is technical as hell, but the Jones Shralpinist jacket and pants stand out even in that formidable field. When Jeremy Jones undertakes yet another bonkers mission to one of Mother Nature’s least-hospitable locations, this is what he’ll be donning.

Who Are The Jones Shralpinist For?

Honestly, we don’t love the name, but it does help to clarify the target audience: shredder + alpinist = shralpinist, apparently. So if you know your way around a skin track or a set of crampons, but are just as interested in pushing your limits on the way down, this clobber’s for you.

MORE INFO:
JONES.COM

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the Jones Shralpinist Jacket and Pants here

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Nikita Eco Hemlock Aquarius Pullover Jacket and Eco-White Pine Relax Fit Pant

Price Jacket: £200
Price Pants: £175

One of the few female-only outerwear brands, Nikita, has always been committed to producing products for women by women. Driven by the purpose of creating clothes for girls who ride, the iconic street- and outerwear brand started its journey in the back of a skateboard shop in the late ’90s and has come a long way since.

Who Are The Nikita Eco Hemlock Aquarius Pullover Jacket and Eco-White Pine Relax Fit Pant For?

Nikita is known for their well fitted, good-looking, quality snow outerwear. The Hemlock Jacket and the Pine pants have been big favourites amongst female riders for a few years now, thanks to their clean-cut, modern design, and slight insulation. By adding the new Eco-Aquarius Dye-fabric to the look, Nikita’s created something that isn’t just appealing for us mere mortals, but Mother Nature too. If style and comfort are what you’re after, but struggling to find a sustainable solution, this is it.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the Nikita Eco Hemlock Aquarius Pullover Jacket and Eco-White Pine Relax Fit Pant here

MORE INFO:
NIKITA.COM

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Oakley Sage Kotsenburg Sub Temp RC Gore-Tex Jacket and Gore Pant

Price Jacket: £421 / €430
Price Pants: £294 / € 300

For season 21/22, Oakley’s line caters for the specific needs of their team athletes, including Sage. Every line tells a different story, and Sage’s one is about exploring beyond the beaten path. With sustainability in mind, Oakley’s developed something that is both rigid and warm – the Sage Kotsenburg Sub Temp RC Gore-Tex Jacket and the Sage Kotsenburg Sub Temp RC Gore-Tex Pants.

Who Are The Oakley Sage Kotsenburg Sub Temp RC Gore-Tex Jacket and Gore Pant For?

Made for the people who take their backcountry missions seriously and designed to keep you dry whether blasting through nipple deep pow.

It isn’t just about staying dry though, as this outfit has also been designed with warmth in mind. If no stranger to spending hours trying to catch the perfect photo or building your own kicker in minus degrees, you want to make sure you’re dressed for it.

MORE INFO:
OAKLEY.COM

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the Oakley Sage Kotsenburg Sub Temp RC Gore-Tex Jacket and Gore Pant here

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Oakley Stale Sandbech Tc Gunn Shell 2L Jacket and Evocative RC Shell Pant

Price Jacket: £294 / €300
Price Pants: £176 / €180

Building on last year’s success, Oakley is back with their Stale Sandbech collection developed together with the wonderchild himself. The 28-year-old Norwegian is taking the world by storm and becoming one of the most recognised snowboarders of our time, so it seems only fair that Oakley’s giving him a platform outside the slopes to express himself.

Who Are The Oakley Stale Sandbech Tc Gunn Shell 2L Jacket and Evocative RC Shell Pant For?

With pieces designed to transition from on-mountain to off-mountain, the TC Gunn Shell 2L Jacket and Evocative RC Shell Pants live up to high technical standards whilst reppin a cool street style look.

Perfect for a casual sideways slide in the resort, an occasional powder splash and laps through the park, this outfit is for the guys who demand the best in tech, style, and comfort – just like Stale himself.

MORE INFO:
OAKLEY.COM

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the Oakley Stale Sandbech Tc Gunn Shell 2L Jacket and Evocative RC Shell Pant here

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Picture MT Xpore Jacket and MT Xpore Bib

Price Jacket: £500/ €550 / $550
Price Pants: £320/ €350 / $350

Picture Organic Clothing is at the forefront when it comes to producing eco-friendly durable outerwear. At a time when the textile industry is responsible for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions, innovative brands like Picture are developing alternative solutions for non-petroleum-based fabrics.

Who Are The Picture MT Xpore Jacket and MT Xpore Bib For?

This is for the ladies who are no strangers to hiking off the beaten path. Being exposed to the uncertainty of changes in both weather and terrain requires not only experience and knowledge but also a proper outfit. The MT Xpore jacket and bibs are made for freeride enthusiasts who appreciate the beauty of nature and want to do their best to preserve it.

MORE INFO:
PICTURE ORGANIC CLOTHING.COM

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the Picture MT Xpore Jacket and MT Xpore Bib here

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Volcom Arthur Longo GTX Jacket and Pant

Price Jacket: $310
Price Pants: $245

With his seemingly effortless flow and ability to tackle any kind of terrain with grace, Arthur Longo has become one of the most influential riders in the game. With chameleon-like adaptability, this Frenchman is all about versatility, which is why together with Volcom Arthur has designed an outfit that works for it all – the updated Arthur Longo GTX Jacket and Pant are back for their second season.

Who Are The Volcom Arthur Longo GTX Jacket and Pant For?

This is for the rider looking for an outfit that can do it all and do it well. Guaranteed to keep you dry, the Gore-Tex fabric is as rigid as it gets, while the signature Arthur Longo design will give you a confidence boost and get you flying like the man himself (or at least you’ll feel like it).

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the Volcom Arthur Longo GTX Jacket and Pant here

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