Bonfire Cache Zone Mapped Technology Shell 2020-2021 Snowboard Jacket Review

  • Waterproof/Breathability: 20K/10K
  • Shell/Insulated: Shell
  • Fit: Regular
  • Category: Resort
  • Size: XS/S/M/L/XL/XXL
  • Colour: Black/Beige and Grey/Red
  • Price: $270

Stepping up its game, the Bonfire Cache Jacket has been re-tweaked for 20/21, making it an even more sought after piece in the 2-layer jacket market. By adding Bonfire’s Zone Mapped Technology to the shell, the jacket is more forgiving and lightweight than before, perfect for resort riding or the occasional powder adventure.

Bonfire’s Zone Mapped technology strategically places a Cordura stretch material in both the hood and the shoulders of the jacket. This makes it easier to wrap the hood over your helmet while allowing for more mobility in the shoulders, without having the jacket lifting up when reaching for something and thus letting cold air in from underneath.

“Stepping up its game, the Bonfire Cache Jacket has been re-tweaked for 20/21, making it an even more sought after piece in the 2-layer jacket market”

As for weight loss, Bonfire’s cracked that code too. They’ve placed some lightweight and breathable vertex fabric underneath the arms and on the sides, resulting in a lighter jacket. For added warmth, the Cache jacket comes with a detachable second layer, which is made out of a mishmash of fleece and synthetic insulation.

2-layer jackets are in general bulkier than 3-layer ones, as the fabric lining is separated from the rest. However, thanks to the Zone Mapped technology this isn’t an issue with the Cache jacket.

When choosing a good snowboard jacket, you’ll also want to make sure that the seams are fully sealed. When putting together a jacket, the sewing needle leaves hundreds of holes in each seam, and if not fully sealed, water will get through. So, even a jacket with a 20K waterproof rating won’t be waterproof if the seals aren’t seamed. No need to worry about that here though.

The Cache jacket has also got a few nice features going for it. For extra breathability, there are mesh-backed vents underneath the armpits while the brushed tricot placed at the top of the zipper prevents your chin from rubbing on the uncomfortable surface. There is also a sleeve pocket, making it easier for you to scan your pass when queuing to the lifts.

The model in the photo is 5’10” (178cm) tall and wearing size M.

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