In case you need reminding, snowboarding takes place in an environment that, while incredibly beautiful, can quickly turn into your worst enemy. Things can get pretty brutal on a mountain when the weather closes in, and having the right jacket and pants is absolutely essential.
The things to keep in mind are waterproofing, breathability and insulation. More info can be found in our guide to snowboard outerwear, but the rule of thumb is to get the best specs you can afford, in a style that suits your needs. For example, don’t go buying a technical puffer jacket if you’re only getting away for a week in spring. Likewise a simple coach’s jacket is great fun in warm weather, as well as easy on the wallet, but won’t do for navigating exposed peaks at well below freezing.
“The rule of thumb is to get the best specs you can afford, in a style that suits your needs”
It’s also worth remembering that your outer layer is only part of the equation, and just as much attention should be paid to what’s underneath it. If you’re not sure, bone up on our guide to layering.
We’ve collected the best offerings from 26 of snowboarding’s top outerwear brands – some that cater for specific conditions, or focus solely on one gender, and others that cover the full spectrum. You’ll find every conceivable style and colour scheme in here too, and prices to suit any budget.
For a closer look at some of our top picks, be sure to check out The Snowboard 100. In the meantime, here’s out comprehensive overview of outerwear for 2016/17:
Scroll down to view all snowboard jackets & pants, or skip to a particular brand using the links below
686 | adidas | Atrip | Billabong | Bonfire | Burton | Colour Wear | DaKine | DC | Holden | Homeschool | Horsefeathers | Neff | Nikita | O’Neill | Oakley | Patagonia | Protest | Quiksilver | Rip Curl | Roxy | Sessions | The North Face | Thirty Two | Volcom | Westbeach
Click any picture to enlarge. All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi
Production: Tom Copsey / Andrew Duthie / Tobias Grünwald / Sam Oetiker / Sami Tuoriniemi