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Best Snowboard Jackets & Pants 2018-2019

We pick our favourite outerwear of the new winter

Fashions come and go, but the best jackets and pants for snowboarding will always keep you warm and dry in the toughest of winter conditions.

Generally speaking, the more you pay, the more technical the fabric will be. When hunting for your next piece of outerwear, the two most crucial factors to consider are:

Waterproof Rating

Measured in millimetres, the waterproof rating refers to the depth of water required to penetrate the fabric (based on filling a one-inch diameter tube). Anything under 10,000mm is pretty average; the best snowboard jackets will have ratings of 20,000mm plus. Bear in mind, too, that a garment’s water repellency tends to degrade with age, so it’s worth getting the highest rating you can (unless you’re a park rat eyeing up that salmon pink coach jacket – if we’re honest, practicality usually goes out of the window in the world of freestyle fashion).

Breathability Rating

It’s easy enough to make a fully waterproof snowboard jacket – in theory. After all, a macintosh keeps you dry in the rain, right? The difference is you’re working (and sweating) hard while you’re on the mountain, so to maintain a comfortable temperature and avoid the perils of trapping moisture which later freezes, your snowboard outerwear needs to be able to breathe.

“Testing protocols are far from consistent between brands”

Breathability ratings are measured in grams, and refer to the weight of water that can pass through a square metre of fabric in 24 hours. Testing protocols are far from consistent between brands, but generally speaking the best snowboard jackets and pants will boast a breathability rating of 15 or even 20,000 grams.

It’s worth noting that Gore-Tex – a pioneer in technical fabrics and still the market leader – don’t actually offer a standard waterproof/breathability rating; instead they increase the number of layers as you go higher up the range.

Aside from the quality of materials used, you should always consider how well your new threads fit – and no, that doesn’t just mean whether you prefer ‘em tight or baggy. The best snowboard outerwear is designed with articulation in mind; in other words, it should be super easy to bend those knees, twist those shoulders or reach for those grabs. If it feels constrictive, move on down the rack.

“The trend this year seems to combine modern cuts with a 90s flavour”

There are a ton of other features and gimmicks you can look out for (see our video guide How To Choose Your Snowboard Clothing for more advice) but let’s face it, no purchase is quite so personal as your clothing, and we’re all swayed by that most ethereal of factors: style.


Some riders will always see a snowboard holiday as an opportunity to unleash the inner peacock; others will stick to earthier tones for their jackets and pants (our own rule of thumb is not to choose any colours you’d think twice about wearing on the street back home – that goes double for pants). Today’s market will cater to all tastes, but for what it’s worth the trend this year seems to be toward tasteful block colours that combine modern cuts with a 90s flavour.

One more word of advice: jackets might be more exciting but don’t skimp on your snowboard pants – because no one likes getting a wet backside.

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The Best Snowboard Jackets & Pants For Winter 2018-19


adidas Premiere Riding Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £169 / €199

In true adidas style, the Premiere Riding Jacket features a decidedly relaxed fit, with a lightweight style that looks at home on the street. Make no mistake though, it’s ready for winter, with 10k waterproof/breathable fabric, a helmet-compatible hood and a high collar to keep out the elements. The minimalist look hides some clever little features too, including chest vents, a key loop and powder skirt.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 adidas Premiere Riding Jacket here

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adidas Lazy Man Pants

Waterproof Rating: 5,000mm
Breathability Rating: 5,000g
Price: £129 / €149

Lazy by name, lazy by nature – these tracky-inspired snowboard pants offer a supremely relaxed fit. They’re lightweight and comfortable, making them ideal for hiking rails and hitting kickers, whilst offering enough waterproof protection for most days in the park. The minimalist styling continues through to the waist, which features adjustable webbing – no need for a proper belt to spoil the chill vibes. With these bad boys, though, it’s all about the three stripes. Run-DMC eat your heart out!

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 adidas Lazy Man Pants here

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adidas BB Snowbreaker Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £139 / €159

No other brand can match adidas’ cross-sport heritage and lifestyle cool, so when they entered the snowboard market they weren’t afraid to stay true to their roots. The BB Snowbreaker is a case in point, with a pullover design and bold logo inspired by the “Itasca” sweatshirt from their originals range. Kangaroo pockets, a stowaway hood and bungee cord on the hem complete the sports-casual look.

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adidas Riding Pants

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £149 / €169

Featuring 10k waterproof/breathable fabric, these are a step up from the Lazy Man pants elsewhere in the adidas range. The styling takes its cues from one of their skate trousers – and is sure to get the nod of approval in the park – but with boot gaiters and cuff ties to keep the snow out, they can take on tougher conditions across the whole mountain. Articulated knees offer maximum movement for boning out those tricks.

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adidas Greeley Soft Shell Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 5,000mm
Breathability Rating: 5,000g
Price: £139 / €159

Part hoodie, part technical jacket, the Greeley Soft Shell is one stylish piece of outerwear. There’s a brushed tricot chin guard, raglan-style sleeves and an unmistakable ‘trefoil’ logo slapped across the front; a zippered kangaroo pocket hides an inner media pocket for your tunes, while the fit is as loose as you’d expect from the three stripes. One for the g’s.

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adidas Flanders Bib

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: £179 / €219

When it comes to riding powder, nothing beats a bib pant for keeping you dry – especially when they’ve got a massive 20k waterproof/breathability rating like these. For all their practicality, though, the Flanders Bib loses nothing in style, with tactical chest pockets, subtle logo detailing and that signature loose fit. The lining is 100% recycled, giving these some environmental credentials that will appeal to the big mountain shredders out there.

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Airblaster Freedom Women’s Suit

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £359 / €419

Airblaster are legendary for their best-selling ninja suit thermals and this Freedom Suit carries the all-in-one concept through to your outerwear. The advantage is obvious – with no gaps you are fully sheltered from the elements, backed up by a technical 2-layer laminate fabric and fully taped seams for maximum waterproofing. Zonal insulation keeps you super toasty, while Airblaster treat the outside with an ‘Eco DWR’ that’s gentler on the planet than the standard coating. Oh, and if nature calls, a 360-degree waist zip makes for a fast exit!

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Airblaster Freedom Cargo Pants

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £199 / €230

The Freedom Cargo pants strike the ideal balance between performance, price and style. The fabric is as heavy duty as you’d expect from Airblaster, with a 10k waterproof/breathable rating and critically taped seams that ensure these are the equal of all but the harshest mountain conditions. Earthy colourways, a relaxed fit and that drawstring waist bring a little extra skate cred.

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Airblaster Lady Storm Cloak

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £259 / €299

Tailored, long cut jackets have taken the mountain by storm the last few seasons, and the appropriately-named Lady Storm is up there amongst the best. The bulletproof outer material packs an impressive 15k waterproof protection, while inside Airblaster have managed to incorporate some useful insulation without compromising the figure-hugging style. A strong offering from one of the most legit brands in the game.

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Bonfire Firma 3-In-1 Stretch Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 15,000g
Price: £220 / €269

You get a hell of a lot for your money with the Firma 3-In-1. For one thing, it comes with a removable fleece liner that offers maximum insulation for the coldest days or lightweight warmth worn on its own in the spring. There are also a ton of useful features, including mesh-backed vents, waterproof YKK zips, a lens pocket, built-in goggle wipe, lift pass holder and audio pocket with a touchscreen window so you can scroll through your tunes in the harshest of weather without worrying about your phone. Above all, though, it excels at the basics of keeping you warm and dry, thanks to its “Platinum Level” 20k waterproof fabric and a seamless jacket-pant connection system.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Bonfire Firma Jacket here

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Bonfire Tactical Pants

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £150 / €179

Bonfire have justifiably earned a reputation for bulletproof outerwear that doesn’t sacrifice performance at the altar of flimsy fashion. The Tactical Pants pick up this theme, with triple-stitched reinforcement in crucial areas, no-nonsense cargo pockets and solid waterproof/breathability credentials. For all their functionality, though, these are supremely comfortable to wear thanks to a taffeta tricot mesh lining and lightweight insulation at the knees and seat. Fully-sealed seams and a jacket-to-pant connection system keep unwanted snow at bay, while a ‘Mega Vent’ lets you cool off as the powder turns to slush.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Bonfire Firma Jacket here

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Bonfire Strata Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £190 / €219

Sitting at Bonfire’s “Gold Level” of technical fabrics, the Strata Jacket offers superior shelter to most of the products on the market without breaking the bank. It also comes packed with features – including pit vents, a powder skirt, a pass pocket, headphone cable routing and a helmet compatible hood. Wallop!

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Bonfire Reflect Bib

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £200 / €229

The Reflect Bib comes in what Bonfire describe as an “ergo” fit – essentially, relaxed enough for riding without looking like MC Hammer in dungarees. The bib design is popular in the park these days but still remains the best way to stay dry on powder days, so these would be an excellent choice for someone looking to ride the whole mountain. Bonfire’s trademark “Strata Flow” venting system is an effective form of climate control as you work up a sweat, while an “E-Z Pee Fly” ensures you won’t be wrestling with your shoulder straps should you be caught short in the backcountry.

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Bonfire Vector Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £170 / €199

V for Vector, V for versatile… this popular mid-range jacket from Bonfire comes in both shell and insulated varieties; either option comes loaded with the same impressive list of features – from goggle wipe and so-called “Ghost gaiter” to a storm-accessible pocket and a touchscreen window for your phone. With a solid 15k/10k waterproof/breathability rating and a broad selection of on-trend colourways, the Vector continues to hit the proverbial sweet spot.

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Burton Breach Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 5,000g
Price: £200 / €230

Burton are squarely focused on sustainability these days, and like much of their range the Breach Jacket come bluesign approved, meaning it meets strict standards for environmentally-friendly production. It is insulated using 40% recycled fibres, and also boasts Burton’s cutting edge “Living Lining” which becomes more permeable the hotter you get – increasing breathability. Fully taped seams and a lifetime warranty give you maximum peace of mind.

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Burton [ak] Gore Cyclic Jacket

Waterproof Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Breathability Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Price: £350 / €400

The Cyclic is a staple of Burton’s premier [ak] range of outerwear, offering serious shelter to backcountry seekers thanks to liberal use of Gore-Tex fabric and heavy duty construction. This 2-layer model is super breathable (ideal for hiking) and firmly focused on keeping out the snow – keeping exterior pockets to just the essentials and featuring water-resistant YKK zippers throughout. A contoured hood with micro-adjustable cinch adds the finishing touch.

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Burton [ak] Gore Cyclic Pants

Waterproof Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Breathability Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Price: £260 / €300

Burton’s high end men’s pant is supremely warm and dry thanks to a 2-layer Gore-Tex outer shell. It’s also lightweight and comfortable, with an articulated “backcountry-tested” fit that will help you tackle the whole mountain. Thigh vents come into their own when you ditch the jacket for that spring shred, while the Cyclic Pants’ bluesign approved status mean you can rest easy that they’re manufactured with due care for the planet.

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Burton Lelah Women’s Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 5,000g
Price: £185 / €220

With its slim fit and faux fur hood, the Lelah takes its fashion cues from the street, but rest assured it offers Burton’s usual capability on the mountain. A so-called “Living Lining” becomes more breathable as you warm up, helping you maintain an optimum temperature throughout the day, while the removable waist gaiter features a jacket-to-pant interface to help keep out the snow. Dedicated goggle and media pockets keep your valuable cargo safe.

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Burton Jet Set Women’s Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 5,000g
Price: £180 / €200

The clean lines and bold colourways of the Burton Jet Set Jacket have made it a best-selling model in their range. It’s a deceptively simple piece of outerwear, packing loads of useful tech under the hood including mesh-lined sleeve vents, 2-layer 10k waterproof fabric and Thermolite insulation made from 40% recycled material. All this, as well as a highly breathable “Living Lining” and bluesign approved eco credentials, is wrapped up in a stylish slim cut.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Burton Jet Set Jacket here

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Burton Society Women’s Pants

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: £140 / €160

As worn by Burton’s legendary pipe slayer Kelly Clark, the Society Pant offers some tough-as-nails performance thanks to fully-taped seams (minimising water ingress), hard-wearing 2-Layer fabric and anti-scuff cuffs. Further protection is added via ‘elevator cuffs’ that keep the heel material out of harm’s way when you’re traipsing through town, while Thermolite insulation keeps you toasty through the worst that winter can throw at you. Burton are making massive strides in sustainability, and these are a case in point, having achieved bluesign approval for their manufacturing standards.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Burton Society Pants here

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DaKine Eliot 3L Jacket

Waterproof Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Breathability Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Price: £400 / €475

DaKine built their name upon backpacks that last for season upon season, so it should come as no surprise to learn that their outerwear is similarly rugged. The Eliot features 3-layer Gore-Tex (read: as technical as it gets) for maximum weather protection and breathability, while the design prioritises timeless mountain function over throwaway trends. There are fully-taped seams (natch), storm-accessible pockets and a heavy-duty hood, as well as some nice little details including a flannel lining inside and split hem on the rear for improved articulation. Winner.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 DaKine Eliot Jacket here

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DaKine Stoker 3L Bib

Waterproof Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Breathability Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Price: £400 / €475

Serious powder fiends need look no further. The DaKine Stoker 3L combines burly waterproofing and breathability – courtesy of 3-layer Gore-Tex – with a bib design that is super practical in deep snow. A ton of funky pockets will keep your backcountry extras to hand, while water-resistant “Aquaguard” zips from YKK will ensure they don’t get wet. Reinforced zones at the bottom of the leg and easily-adjustable shoulder straps complete the formidable package.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Dakine Stoker Pants here

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DaKine Brentwood Women’s Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 15,000g
Price: £230 / €275

Snowboard garments don’t get much more plush than this. A 2-layer brushed twill outer fabric is paired with a fleece and taffeta lining, while PrimaLoft insulation is deployed zonally to keep you cosy even on January powder days. The DaKine Brentwood Jacket also boasts class-leading tech specs, with 15k waterproof and breathability ratings and fully-taped seams for maximum protection from the elements. It’s easy on the eye too, thanks to its faux fur-lined hood and a long, tailored cut that’s bang on trend.

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DaKine Brentwood Women’s Bib

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 15,000g
Price: £210 / €250

The Brentwood Bib is an exact match for DaKine’s jacket of the same name, with some super technical features including 15k/15k waterproof protection wrapped up in a soft, brushed twill feel. The dungaree style design promises to keep you dry even if you take a stack in the deep stuff, there are some useful extra pockets compared to a regular pair of pants, and it all comes with the tough build quality we’ve come to expect from DaKine.

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Holden M51 3-Layer Fishtail Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: €379

Holden make premium quality snowboard outerwear for grown-ups, twinning super durable textiles with subtle, earthy colours that wouldn’t look out of place in downtown Portland or Shoreditch. The M51 is typically bold in its design, with a long fishtail cut more commonly seen on women’s jackets but which makes perfect sense given its backcountry credentials – sit down in deep snow on this thing and the triple-layer, 20k waterproof fabric is guaranteed to keep you dry. Articulated sleeves and super soft wrist gaiters add the kind of finishing touches that Holden are known for.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Holden M51 Jacket here

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Holden 3-Layer Burn Pants

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: €300

Having sprung for a nice jacket, people often cheap out on their pants, but the 3-Layer Burn from Holden shows just why it’s worth digging deep. Let’s face it, your legs see more contact with the snow on a typical powder day, so the 20k shelter offered by this high end Japanese fabric is more than welcome. So too are the extras, including water-repellent YKK zips, Cordura kick guards, magnetic pocket closure and genuine leather detailing. Classy.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Holden 3L Burn Pants here

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Holden Oversized Denim Women’s Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: €295

Holden take great care when selecting their fabrics – as this technical, denim-like “chambray” goes to prove. This is a stylish-yet-functional piece of outerwear, boasting a 20k waterproof and breathability rating that will perform on the longest hikes and in the harshest of winter conditions. The powder skirt is removable should you wish to wear it out off the hill (and when it looks like this, why wouldn’t you?) while there are also side vents, an adjustable hood and dedicated smartphone pocket with a cord port.

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Holden Lotus Women’s Bib

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: €320

“Other brands make outerwear for girls; we make outerwear for women,” Holden founder Mikey LeBlanc once told us. The Lotus Bib epitomises that philosophy, combining genuine performance with a subtle, on-trend look – and not a drop of pink in sight. The bib design is well thought through too, with quick release buckles and a drop seat for easy access. A stretchy mesh back panel keeps things über comfy.

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Horsefeathers Prowler Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £175

Horsefeathers are celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2019, and with the likes of Eiki and Halldor Helgason on the team these days, they’re going from strength to strength. The Prowler Jacket offers a typically loose fit and some solid technical specs. You get plenty of features for your dough, too – such as fully taped seams, a mesh goggle pocket, media pocket and brushed fleece chinguard (because no one needs a chin rash!).

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Horsefeathers Havoc Pant

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £169

In case you hadn’t noticed, massive baggy pants have been out for a long time now. If you’re still rocking a pair then you might want to trade them in for the Horsefeathers Havoc, whose slim fit is firmly on trend while still offering plenty of movement thanks to its articulated cut. They’re non-insulated, which cuts down on bulk, and pack in some quality extras like a detachable snow skirt, mesh-backed vents and reinforced heel protection.

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Horsefeathers Getty Women’s Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £219

Bold colourways with contrasting details mark out this tall fitted jacket from Horsefeathers that’s seriously current. The Getty is no slouch in the technical department either, featuring 15k waterproof fabric and fully taped seams for reliable protection from the weather. The hood includes a super cosy sherpa lining, while PrimaLoft insulation keeps you warm elsewhere.

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Horsefeathers Alba Women’s Pants

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £175

Solid construction meets classic style in the Horsefeathers Alba women’s pant. There are reinforced sections on the fly and heels, fully taped seams and 40g insulation throughout. It’s a slim fit, with a zip at the ankle to help fit over your snowboard boots. The detachable snowskirt and 15k waterproofing keep you from getting wet.

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Nikita Ash Women’s Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £250 / €299

Founded in Iceland, Nikita have been specialising in women’s snowboard outerwear for nearly two decades. Their attention to detail shows through in the Ash Jacket, which offers a fashionable slim cut but is stretchy enough to ride comfortably in. Thermodore Ecodown insulation is deployed generously on the body and more lightly on the arms and hood – again, keeping movement in mind. The addition of a “Radiant Heat Pocket” made for stashing any standard heat warmer near the organs in your bag makes this one of the cosiest garments on the market.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Nikita Ash Jacket here

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Nikita Evergreen Women’s Bib

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £210 / €249

Bib pants are always a practical way to stay dry on the hill, but the denim-style Evergreen from Nikita brings a welcome dash of style to the party. A reinforced back hem and double-stitched seams ensure they’re bulletproof enough to last several seasons, the straps are fully adjustable and there are mesh backed vents for warmer weather. 15k waterproof fabric takes care any powder days.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Nikita Evergreen Bib here

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Nikita Hemlock Women’s Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £170 / €199

Smocks, anoraks, pullover – call them what you will, zipperless jackets have been making a comeback over the past few seasons. The advantages are obvious: they’re lightweight, cleanly styled and there are less places for water to get in. The Hemlock is an affordable option from Nikita featuring a jacket-to-pant connection system, waist cinch and toasty insulation. Three muted colour options complete the understated good looks.

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Nikita Cedar Women’s Pants

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £130 / €149

One day shoelace belts are the preserve of prisoners in the US, the next they’re desirable fashion features in their own right. Ah, snowboarding! As well as being cooler than a Whistler powder day, the slim cut Nikita Cedar pants offer 10k waterproof protection, comfy taffeta lining and a choice of eight colours.

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Nikita Madrona Women’s One-Piece

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £290 / €329

Once the preserve of the 80s ski crowd, onesies are now a legit staple of the snowboard outerwear market. Naturally, though, we do it better. Just check out the Nikita Madrona – super technical and rad-looking to boot. It features 15k waterproof fabric, mesh-backed vents (arms and legs), a radiant heat pocket (see the Ash Jacket above) and routing for your headphones. The print options are equally uncompromised: camo, or snakeskin.

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Patagonia Powder Bowl Jacket

Waterproof Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Breathability Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Price: £380 / €449

Patagonia are synonymous with ethical manufacturing, and the latest version of their Powder Bowl jacket is no exception. Its 100% recycled Gore-Tex is an environmental leap forward for this most technical of fabrics, while other parts of the garment use recycled bottles to minimise landfill.

All this would be in vain if the outerwear didn’t perform its job, but the Powder Bowl is as good as any jacket we’ve tried. Patagonia have also simplified this year’s design to increase durability and make it easier to repair, meaning it should last for ages.

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Patagonia Powder Bowl Pants

Waterproof Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Breathability Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Price: £270 / €299

Doing the best by the planet isn’t always the cheapest option but Patagonia know their market – people will pay more for a greener product, especially if it offers top end performance to boot. As such, their ski and snowboard range is beloved by serious freeriders who approach the mountain environment with respect.

The Powder Bowl Pants are one of the most popular offerings in their range. This year’s version deploys recycled Gore-Tex and a useful set of features in a pared-back design that prioritises function over fashion.

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Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Women’s Jacket

Waterproof Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Breathability Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Price: £420/ €499

For many years, Gore-Tex represented the pinnacle of breathable and waterproof outerwear fabrics but its environmental credentials left much to be desired. Working in close partnership with the guys at Gore, Patagonia have been able to develop a new range of jackets and pants featuring a 100% recycled version – including the latest Powder Bowl.

Available in three colours, the women’s jacket also includes Thermagreen recycled insulation for yet more tree-hugging points.

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Patagonia Insulated Powder Bowl Women’s Pants

Waterproof Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Breathability Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Price: £300 / €349

If you tend to run cold then the 60g of “Thermogreen” insulation in the Patagonia Powder Bowl pants will keep your legs seriously cosy. As with all Patagonia kit, the cut has been refined from season to season to ensure excellent articulation. Fabric wise, 2-layer Gore-Tex provides top end shelter, while the brushed-tricot lining aids breathability by wicking away excess moisture. All in all, a clean and stylish set of pants that hits the sweet spot between technical performance and environmental credentials.

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Picture Panel Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £235 / €259

French softgoods company Picture have exploded into the wintersports market in just a few short years. Their winning formula is a combination of bold colourways and a firm commitment to environmental issues that appeals especially to millenial skiers and snowboarders.

The Panel Jacket is 60% recycled (right down to the embroidered logo) and produced in one of two factories with whom the owners have focused on building a solid, long term partnership. A “Dryplay” membrane, critically-taped seams and 80g of insulation promise to keep you warm and dry.

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Picture Under Pants

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £179 / €199

Whilst the name might have got lost in translation, there’s no confusing the fact that the Under Pants have some impressive green credentials. With 58% recycled polyester, and using no PFC’s in their water repellent treatment, they still offer reliable performance on the mountain. There’s some nice extras too, like hand warmer pockets and lightweight insulation, all wrapped up in a relaxed cut Picture call “Street Fit”.

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Picture Xena Women’s Suit

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: £499 / €549

Not only is the Xena suit a one-piece – meaning minimal opportunity for snow to penetrate – it’s also made from the most technical fabric in the Picture line, with hand gaiters and YKK waterproof zips for the ultimate protection from the elements.

As you’d expect from this upstart French answer to Patagonia, the manufacturing process is right on too, using 58% recycled polyester, zero perfluorinated chemicals and an ethical partnership with their factory that’s committed to the long term.

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Quiksilver TR Stretch Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 30,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: £330

Travis Rice is a no-holds-barred, big mountain bad ass, so it’s to be expected that he accepts no compromises in his signature jacket. The Quiksilver TR Stretch incorporates an astonishing 30,000 mm waterproof rating (seriously, is this thing a dry suit?) into Quiksilver’s most advanced, stretchy outer fabric. “CELL” technology is a seamless lining that deploys varying degrees of breathability across different zones. Wrist gaiters, a built-in lens wipe and YKK Aquaguard zips ensure this thing has you covered should you tomohawk in the pow, and it’s all finished off with Trice’s typically bold choice of print.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Quiksilver TR Stretch Jacket here

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Quiksilver Alto-Stratus 2-L Gore-Tex Bib

Waterproof Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Breathability Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Price: £310

If you’re in the market for a high spec pair of snow trousers then the Alto-Stratus Bib from Quiksilver should be high on your list. 2-layer Gore-Tex means you can shred Alaskan steeps (or just sit on your arse doing up your binders) without fear of getting wet, and there’s even a secure chest pocket for your avalanche transceiver. Fully taped seams, a jacket-to-pant attachment system and little touches like the lycra panel on the boot gaiter consolidate its position at the top of Quiksilver’s vaunted High Line range.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the 2018-2019 Quiksilver Alto-Stratus Bib here

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Quiksilver Black Alder 2L Gore-Tex Jacket

Waterproof Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Breathability Rating: n/a (Gore-Tex)
Price: £380

Quiksilver’s seamless “Mega Stretch” lining works using different zones around the jacket that breathe according to where you need it most. In the Black Alder 2L, it is deployed alongside a host of other great features including a three-way adjustable hood, stretchy wrist gaiters (there’s a theme here), separate goggle and phone pockets, water-resistant zips, and of course, super dry Gore-Tex.

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Quiksilver Forest Oak Pants

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £160

No tree is as reassuringly strong as the mighty oak, which is probably why the peeps at Quik decided to use it to name this rugged piece of mid-range snowboarding legwear. The Forest Oak pants have a denim feel to the fabric and come loaded with fully taped seams, snazzy waist drawcord, lift ticket holder and zip-up boot flap. Solid as a kitchen work surface.

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Rip Curl Pow Pow Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: £225 / €249

Rip Curl’s “Search” series brings an environmentally conscious approach that was originally born on the ocean to their mountain outerwear. Though super technical (a 20k/20k rating is about as good as it gets) the membrane on the Pow Pow jacket is PET recyclable, while the whole product is PFC free – in layman’s terms, those are the nasty chemicals found in some spray coatings. Best of all, it is super light and comfortable to wear.

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Rip Curl Revive Pants

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: £149 / €169

Lightweight, well priced and seriously waterproof, there’s much to like about Rip Curl’s Revive Pants. As part of the “Search” series, they are also manufactured with minimal damage to the planet, using recycled fabric. A soft feel and a modern (read: slimmer) cargo fit complete the package.

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Rip Curl Amity Women’s Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: £259 / €289

The Amity Jacket manages to offer high end technical shelter whilst minimising its environmental footprint, thanks to its use of recycled fabric, recycled insulation and no harmful PFC chemicals. The styling is in point, with a long cut and fish tail at the lower back, while there are enough pockets and weather-sealing features to keep even the most discerning shredder happy.

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Rip Curl Liberty Women’s Pants

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: £139 / €169

Rip Curl have gone hard on the environmental angle recently, developing a flagship “Search” series – including these Liberty Pants – that deploys recycled materials wherever possible, without compromising on performance. These are light and warm, offering a classic fit that’s rounded off by an on-trend drawcord at the waist.

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Roxy Premiere Women’s Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: £390

The Premiere range from Roxy does exactly what it says on the tin, incorporating the highest quality materials into a functional-yet-stylish set of garments. This jacket is nicely fitted yet stretchy and articulated to help you ride. It also offers top-end waterproofing and breathability, loads of useful pockets inside and out, PrimaLoft Gold insulation and a “Hydrosmart” collar that – get this – actually moisturises your skin! Bye bye chin rash.

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Roxy Premiere Women’s Pants

Waterproof Rating: 20,000mm
Breathability Rating: 20,000g
Price: £265

As well as the feminine cut, Roxy’s Premiere Pants are distinguished by their stretchy feel – including a super snug neoprene waist panel. There’s some useful insulation and cooling vents, but aside from keeping you comfortable they are also packed with the latest in outerwear tech, such as the 20K waterproof rating and a YKK Aquaguard zip.

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Sessions Supply Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £190 / €229

The Sessions Supply Jacket has a definite earthy cool that stems from the washed canvas fabric. It’s a rugged piece of insulated outerwear, fully seam-sealed and jam-packed with extras including audio cable routing, lycra wrist gaiters, pit vents and a stretch powder skirt. The curved drop tail keeps things dope as f**k.

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Sessions Bleach Bib

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £190 / €219

Sessions’ entry into the increasingly crowded bib market brings a dash of urban appeal. Workman-style knee patches and YKK faux metal zips combine with some heavy duty tech, including 15k waterproofing, mesh-backed vents, boot gaiters and a jacket-to-pant connection system. The shoulder straps are fully adjustable, and there’s 40g of useful insulation in the seat and knee.

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Sessions Lithium Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £140 / €159

It might not be first choice for big mountain days, but the Lithium jacket packs more than enough punch for a rail or park session. It’s insulated (urban shredders, take note) with a cosy sherpa-lined collar and critically-taped seams. Washed canvas fabric and corduroy cuffs bring added street cred.

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Sessions Hammer Pants

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £140 / €169

Sessions began life in 1983 as the first ever snowboard shop in the USA. From early team riders like Terry Kidwell and Steve Caballero through to recent recruits like Frank Bourgeois, their freestyle heritage is second to none.

The Hammer Pants pick up on those skate-inspired roots, featuring a slim cut and a choice of subdued colourways that wouldn’t look out of place on the street. 15k waterproofing and fully-sealed seams ensures they’re 100% mountain ready.

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Volcom Anders 2L TDS Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 15,000g
Price: £240 / €279

If staying warm using less bulky layers is a priority, then Volcom have you covered. The “Thermal Defense System” (TDS) in this Anders 2L Jacket deploys panels of 40g insulation in strategic places around your body, retaining heat whilst maximising movement.

A two-layered fabric offers excellent breathable weather protection, and as with all Volcom kit there are loads of clever extras – such as a “Zip Tech” jacket-to-pant interface, stretchy wrist gaiters, handwarmer pockets and whistle zipper pull.

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Volcom GI Pants

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 15,000g
Price: £199 / €229

Cargo pants remain amongst the most functional bits of kit (just ask the army) and these military-inspired trousers from Volcom are more than ready to launch an all-out assault on the mountain. Windproof, waterproof “V-Science” fabric meets fully-taped seams and a triple-reinforced rise at the back for bulletproof winter shelter. The relaxed fit is baggier than a lot of today’s skinnier efforts, and the brushed tricot-lined handwarmer pockets add a touch of luxury. Volcom love to incorporate their logo in subtle places, and in the case of the GI Pants, a stone patch on the butt brings up the rear – literally!

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Volcom Pine 2L TDS Jacket (Women’s)

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 15,000g
Price: £240 / €279

Volcom are one of the most legit names in the outerwear biz, having been 100% snowboard focused since they began making winter wear in the early 90s. The Pine 2L TDS Jacket brings all their experience to bear, with strategically-placed insulation keeping you warm on the coldest of days and a seriously tech two-layered fabric ensuring you stay dry. The fashionable long cut is fitted in the sleeves and body, and features an oval-shaped hem.

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Volcom Bridger Insulated Women’s Pants

Waterproof Rating: 15,000mm
Breathability Rating: 15,000g
Price: £135 / €159

The Volcom Bridger Pants are guaranteed to keep you toasty thanks to 60g of Low Loft insulation that is combined with some careful tailoring to maintain a modern slim fit. Hand warmer pockets add to the cosy feel, and you’ll be kept plenty dry enough thanks to a hidden zip in the waist that connects directly to your jacket for a perfect seal. Elsewhere the Bridger features all the touches you’d expect from Volcom, such as triple reinforcement, boot gaiters with lace hook, and a lift ticket ring.

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WearColour Horizon Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £189 / €210

WearColour are known for their block colours and a smart-casual scandi style that is often imitated but rarely matched. The Horizon Jacket epitomises this vibe, with its long tail and prominent pockets on the front featuring contrasting poppers. It’s more than just a looker, though, thanks to the heavy duty 10k fabric and all the mountain extras you might expect, such as lycra wrist cuffs, pit vents (with mesh guard) and a helmet-compatible hood.

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WearColour Tilt Pants

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £165 / €180

The Tilt Pants are a simple, timeless design that will futureproof you for several winters. The 10k fabric isn’t the most technical out there but provides more than enough shelter for typical piste and park shredding. Articulated knees mean you’ll barely notice them when you’re riding, and there are no fewer than four pockets to lose your lift pass in.

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WearColour State Parka Women’s Jacket

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £175 / €190

Hailing from Sweden, WearColour offer a fine line in Scandi chic for both skiers and snowboarders. The State Parka is something of a signature jacket in their women’s range, with its tailored, long cut and trademark drawstrings at the collar and waist. A fleece chin guard eliminates any scratchiness, and the fleece-lined pockets complete the cosy feel. While its 10k waterproof fabric and powder skirt are made to tackle the mountain, this is one of those versatile jackets that look equally at home in the city.

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WearColour Cork Women’s Pants

Waterproof Rating: 10,000mm
Breathability Rating: 10,000g
Price: £149 / €160

The WearColour Cork offers everything you need in a snowboard pant and nothing you don’t. The slim fit is super current, and by using “ecological impregnation” the waterproof outer fabric is free from perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) which damage the environment. Vents on the inner leg allow you to cool off on warmer days, and there’s a fleece lining on the inside of the knee and at the seat – making these one of the comfiest models on the market.

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