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Burton Prowess 2017-2018 Women’s Snowboard Jacket Review

  • Price: £210-305 / €260-360
  • Waterproofness: 10,000mm
  • Breathability: 10,000g
  • burton.com

Still the biggest name in snowboarding, Burton’s female-specific outerwear line is more comprehensive than most other brands’ entire ranges, so you’re bound to find something that suits you in there. If you’re after an eye-catching all-rounder, the Burton Prowess women’s snowboard jacket could be the one.

“The bottom hem may look a bit fashion-over-function, however it’s anything but”

The bottom hem may look a bit fashion-over-function, however it’s anything but. Underneath lies a waist gaiter to protect you from getting snow up your back, and there’s a jacket-to-pant connection system too. If you’re not going to be getting in any powder, there’s always the option to remove the gaiter using the simple zip system – and the wrist gaiters can be permanently removed if you’d rather ride without.

At the neck you’ll find a synthetic fleece material which is about as comfortable as it gets. The rest of the jacket features ‘Thermolite’ insulation, which traps warm pockets of air in a lightweight yet effective system. Breathability is also very strong, thanks to a larger surface area for moisture to escape through. It’s a little thicker in the torso than in the sleeves, so you’ll get all the warmth you need without feeling like the Michelin Man.

Indeed, it’s no down puffer, so is better suited to inbound riding than Alaskan heli missions in the dead of winter. As the specs indicate, it’ll keep you warm and dry in typical conditions, as well as on your next trip to the pub.

“Smartphone users will appreciate the ‘Screen Grab’ pocket, which allows you to stash your phone in your chest pocket, but still operate it through the touchscreen panel (even whilst wearing gloves)”

Smartphone users will appreciate the ‘Screen Grab’ pocket, which allows you to stash your phone in your chest pocket, but still operate it through the touchscreen panel (even whilst wearing gloves). It’s fully water resistant, and even includes a slot for your credit card to save you from wasting pocket space on a bulky wallet.

With six different sizes and no fewer than ten colourways from which to choose, the Burton Prowess jacket is sure to cover the needs of any rider who wants to look the part whilst tearing up the mountain.

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