When it comes to choosing snowboard outerwear, there are a few different schools of thought. For some, snowboard outerwear is a chance to get away with weird, wild colours and designs that you wouldn’t risk donning on the high street, lest you wind up being scraped off the pavement outside Wetherspoon’s.

For others, however, it’s about wrapping up in muted, earthy colours and letting the riding do the talking.

"There are some new kids on the block, alongside legendary brands that have been making winter gear since the days of bungee-cord bindings"

A lot of brands cater for both, as well as all points in between, resulting in a range so big that you could choke a killer whale with the catalogue. Others are more specialist, with a laser focus on one particular style. There are some new kids on the block, alongside legendary brands that have been making winter gear since the days of bungee-cord bindings.

Before pulling the trigger on any snowboard jacket or pair of pants, consider the following:

Waterproofing: the higher the spec, the drier you’ll stay. The ‘mil rating’ refers to how tall a column of water can be stacked on the fabric before it starts to seep through. 10,000ml is the most common rating, as it’s just the job for typical resort riding. Higher ratings cost more, but tend to last longer. Lower ratings aren’t ideal for anything other than spring conditions, but they’re a great lower-cost option for when it’s sunny and slushy.

Breathability: Again, 10,000 is the most prevalent number (measuring how much moisture can escape through the fabric in an hour). If you work up a bit of a sweat when you’re riding, this helps keep your skin from getting clammy and uncomfortable. Backcountry hikers and splitboarders benefit the most, but most casual riders can get away with a lower number.

Features: From the obvious (vents, hoods and pockets) to the obscure (built-in avalanche safety systems), you can find all sorts of clever stuff going on. These can have a huge effect on price, so check you're not paying through the nose for something you'll never use.

Aside from that, it’s whatever takes your fancy. From uber-serious Gore-Tex kit to on-trend bib pants and coach jackets, here’s our look at the best snowboard jackets and pants for 2017/18.

Scroll down to view all snowboard jackets & pants, or skip to a particular brand using the links below

686 | adidas | Analog | Atrip | Bonfire | Burton | DC | Holden | Horsefeathers | Nikita | Oakley | Patagonia | Protest | Quiksilver | Rip Curl | Roxy | Sessions | Snooks | The North Face | Volcom

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686 GLCR Gore-Tex Smarty Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

686’s ‘Smarty’ Tech technically makes this three jackets for the price of one.

Rock the liner and jacket together for the colder days, or just go with the latter if the weather only calls for a shell. Then on slushy days (or trips to the pub), just the liner will do.

So although it doesn’t come cheap, it’s actually a pretty canny investment.

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686 Satellite Snowboard Bib Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £350 / €380
  • Waterproofing: 20,000ml
  • Breathability: 15,000g
  • 686.com

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686 Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £260 / €300
  • Waterproofing: 20,000ml
  • Breathability: 15,000g
  • 686.com

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686 Geode Thermagraph Women's Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £220 / €240
  • Waterproofing: 20,000ml
  • Breathability: 15,000g
  • 686.com

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adidas Gonz Civillian Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

With its hood detail, Gonz graphic and head-turning colourway, the adidas Gonz Civillian will be pretty hard to miss this year.

Bolder riders the world over will no doubt appreciate it, and thanks to its all-rounder specs it won’t crap out on you midway through the winter like so many fashion-forward jackets tend to do.

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adidas Slopetrotter Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

Technical, these ain’t - but for fun spring sessions, the adidas Slopetrotter is a winner.

Low-priced and ridiculously light (so much so that they pack away into their own back pocket), these pants are just the thing for the late-season slush.

Plus you get to channel Run DMC on the hill without getting totally soaked.

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adidas Gilsan Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

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adidas Gilsan Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

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adidas Major Stretchin It Jacket 2017-2018

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adidas Major Stretchin It Pants 2017-2018

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Analog Frazier Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

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Analog Breakneck Snowboard Bib Pants 2017-2018

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Atrip Nuuk Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £175 / €200
  • Waterproofing: 10,000ml
  • Breathability: 10,000g
  • atripapparel.com

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Atrip Pedernales Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £220 / €250
  • Waterproofing: 10,000ml
  • Breathability: 10,000g
  • atripapparel.com

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Atrip Flour Lake Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £130 / €150
  • Waterproofing: 5,000ml
  • Breathability: 5,000g
  • atripapparel.com

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Atrip Pite Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £175 / €200
  • Waterproofing:10,000ml
  • Breathability:10,000g
  • atripapparel.com

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Bonfire Aspect 3L Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

This high-spec jacket from Bonfire is robust enough for any big backcountry missions, and looks great too.

Fully-taped seams and Tufftech fabric give the Aspect 3L impressive longevity, and there are enough pockets to have all the essentials handy on the hill.

We also love the meshless vents that let you cool down on long hikes without having to stop and de-layer.

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Bonfire Zone Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

Boasting impressive waterproofing and breathability ratings for the price, the Bonfire Zone pants will be a fine choice for anyone looking for a serious pair of breeks.

That counts double if you’re a fan of earthy colours, as that’s what’s mainly on offer here. The size range is also fully comprehensive, and with the stretch fabric you’re bound to find the right fit for you.

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Bonfire Strata Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

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Bonfire Tactical Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

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Bonfire Onyx Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

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Bonfire Ruby Women's Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

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Burton Covert Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

With no fewer than fourteen different colourways and a very reasonable price, the Burton Covert is truly for everyone.

The all-rounder specs should keep all but the most committed adventurer happy whatever the weather, and depending on your preference you can buy it either as an insulated jacket or a weatherproof shell.

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Burton Covert Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

It's roughly the same idea for the Covert pants as it is for the jacket; for a dependable all-rounder, you'll struggle to find another at this price.

A single cargo pocket is ideal for a board tool or similar, and there's bonus peace of mind courtest of the one-year warranty.

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Burton Dunmore Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

Thanks to some clever design work, the Burton Dunmore lets you carry hoody style to the slopes without all the potentially day-ruining downsides of wet cotton.

It’s just one feature that makes the Dunmore a winner in the fashion-meets-function stakes. Read our full review to find out more.

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Burton Cargo Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

These is about as legendary as snowboard pants get. The Burton Cargo has been keeping many a rider’s legs in check over the years, and shows no signs of disappearing any time soon.

Naturally it’s available in many colours, but what’s also neat is the variety of fit styles. Unless you really hate pockets, you’ll love these no matter what your style.

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Burton Prowess Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

The Prowess doesn't look like your average snowboard jacket at first glance, but it's got lots more tech than its outward appearance might suggest.

With its fully taped seams, powder skirt and shred-specific hood, and you've got a perfect blend of fashion and function.

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Burton Gloria Women's Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

These slim-fitting pants boast sleek zippered cargo pockets, so you're able to take the essentials to the mountain without too much bulk. The fabric is stretchy enough to let you ride exactly how you like, too.

DryRide keeps you warm and dry, whilst thigh vents let you cool things down on demand - and it's all wrapped up in a fine-looking package.

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Burton [ak] Cyclic Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £330 / €400
  • Waterproofing :2-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Breathability: 2-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Buy Direct From Burton

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Burton [ak] Swash Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £290-315 / €350-370
  • Waterproofing: 2-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Breathability: 2-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Buy Direct From Burton

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DC Cash Only Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £125 / €160
  • Waterproofing: 10,000ml
  • Breathability: 5,000g
  • dcshoes.com

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DC Nomad Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £165 / €210
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 10,000g
  • dcshoes.com

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Holden Roan Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

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Holden Division Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

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Holden Shelter Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

Shelter by name, shelter by nature; this Holden jacket will keep you cosy in just about all conditions.

The fully taped seams make this jacket a tough nut, but it’s not so techy that you have to save it for backcountry missions. With that look, you can be just as happy wearing this off the mountain as on it.

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Holden Drifter Women's Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

It may boast a medium fit, but there’s nothing middle-of-the-road about the specs of the Holden Drifter.

There’s enough insulation to keep you comfy in the height of winter, but the high breathability rating means that you won’t cook on warmer days.

Plus, like all Holden stuff, they look the business.

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Horsefeathers Hector Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

Designed with Tyler Chorlton for their ‘Addicted To Powder’ line, it’s clear that Horsefeathers don’t expect to see the Hector jacket on the nursery slopes.

It’s a lightweight shell that’s suitable in all conditions, provided you get your layering right. There are too many impressive features to list here, so read the full review to get all the details.

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Horsefeathers Korbu Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

When getting kitted out for the backcountry, overlook a good pair of pants at your peril. An uber-tech jacket isn’t much good if you're sweating buckets below the waist.

The Hoprsefeathers Korbu is fully equipped for long pow hikes, as well as those all-important descents. The price is right too, so resort-dwellers looking for quality can consider these too.

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Horsefeathers Nela Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £150 / €160
  • Waterproofing: 10,000ml
  • Breathability: 5,000g
  • horsefeathers.eu

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Horsefeathers Marcy Women's Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £150 / €170
  • Waterproofing: 10,000ml
  • Breathability: 10,000g
  • horsefeathers.eu

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Nikita Aspen Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

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Nikita Cedar Women's Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

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Nikita Maple Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

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Nikita White Pine Women's Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

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Oakley Timber Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £240 / €319
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 15,000g
  • oakley.com

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Oakley Timber Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £240 / €287
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 15,000g
  • oakley.com

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Patagonia Powslayer Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

You get what you pay for with these; the crazy tech found in the Patagonia Powslayer jacket doesn’t come cheap, but its effectiveness is in no doubt whatsoever.

The three-layer Gore-Tex fabric and tough waterproof zips have the potential to outlive your board, boots, bindings, knees…

Put simply, this thing is like donning a superhero suit.

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Patagonia Powslayer Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

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These tough, versatile and immensely-spec’d snowboard pants are the favouite of many a backcountry explorer.

Patagonia’s eco-credentials are boosted further still by the presence of 100% recycled fabric, but as always there’s no compromise on performance.

If you’ve got powslaying on your mind, you should have the Powslayer on your legs.

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Patagonia Powslayer Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £600 / €700
  • Waterproofing: 3-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Breathability: 3-Layer Gore-Tex
  • patagonia.com

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Patagonia Powslayer Women's Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £500 / €600
  • Waterproofing: 3-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Breathability: 3-Layer Gore-Tex
  • patagonia.com

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Protest Mayfield Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £170 / €190
  • Waterproofing: 10,000ml
  • Breathability: 10,000g
  • protest.eu

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Protest Denysy Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £80 / €100
  • Waterproofing: 10,000ml
  • Breathability: 10,000g
  • protest.eu

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Quiksilver TR Stretch Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £295 / €380
  • Waterproofing: 30,000ml
  • Breathability: 30,000g
  • quiksilver.com

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Quiksilver Altostratus 2L Snowboard Bib Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £300 / €350
  • Waterproofing: 2-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Breathability: 2-Layer Gore-Tex
  • quiksilver.com

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Quiksilver Arrowwood Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £260 / €300
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 15,000g
  • quiksilver.com

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Quiksilver Highline Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £ / €
  • Waterproofing: ,000ml
  • Breathability: ,000ml
  • quiksilver.com

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Rip Curl Pro Search Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £330 / €400
  • Waterproofing: 30,000ml
  • Breathability: 40,000g
  • ripcurl.com

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Rip Curl Pro Search Snowboard Bib Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £280 / €350
  • Waterproofing: 30,000ml
  • Breathability: 40,000g
  • ripcurl.com

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Rip Curl Amity Search Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £230 / €290
  • Waterproofing: 20,000ml
  • Breathability: 20,000g
  • ripcurl.com

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Rip Curl Liberty Search Women's Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £140 / €170
  • Waterproofing: 20,000ml
  • Breathability: 20,000g
  • ripcurl.com

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Roxy Torah Bright Stormfall Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £300 / €429
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 15,000g
  • roxy.com

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Roxy Torah Bright Ride Up Women's Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £175 / €189
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 15,000g
  • roxy.com

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Sessions x Metallica Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £200 / €250
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 10,000g
  • sessionsmfg.com

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Sessions Bleach Snowboard Bib Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £170 / €220
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 10,000g
  • sessionsmfg.com

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Sessions Scout Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £145 / €180
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 10,000g
  • sessionsmfg.com

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Sessions Agent Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £135 / €170
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 10,000g
  • sessionsmfg.com

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Snooks Union Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

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The North Face Fuse Brigandine Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £700 / €800
  • Waterproofing: 3-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Breathability: 3-Layer Gore-Tex
  • thenorthface.com

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The North Face Purist Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £350 / €400
  • Waterproofing: 3-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Breathability: 3-Layer Gore-Tex
  • thenorthface.com

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The North Face Purist Triclimate Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £480 / €550
  • Waterproofing: 2-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Breathability: 2-Layer Gore-Tex
  • thenorthface.com

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The North Face Powder Guide Women's Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £250 / €280
  • Waterproofing: 2-Layer Gore-Tex
  • Breathability: 2-Layer Gore-Tex
  • thenorthface.com

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Volcom Creedle2Stone Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £170
  • Waterproofing: 10,000ml
  • Breathability: 5,000g
  • volcom.com

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Volcom Militia Snowboard Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £200
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 15,000g
  • volcom.com

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Volcom Walk On By Women's Snowboard Jacket 2017-2018

  • Price: £140
  • Waterproofing: 3,000ml
  • Breathability: 3,000g
  • volcom.com

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Volcom Verdi Women's Snowboard Bib Pants 2017-2018

  • Price: £290
  • Waterproofing: 15,000ml
  • Breathability: 15,000g
  • volcom.com

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