After fifteen years in the snowboard outerwear game, Holden have developed a sterling reputation for making quality outerwear that doesn’t just pay lip service to the quest for sustainability (their new offices are even fully solar powered).

Above all, they endeavour to create pieces that are just as suitable for the town as they are for the mountain, and that steer clear of flash-in-the-pan fads in favour of lasting style. Items like this, the Holden Shelter women’s snowboard jacket, sum the whole brand up pretty well.

The Holden Shelter jacket has a ‘military’ cut, perfect for taller riders as well as those who prefer a slightly longer fit. It’s been designed with female-specific function in mind from top to bottom, without going overboard on the tech side of things.

With 10K specs it’s good for resort riding, but considerations have been made for those who are keen to venture a little further afield. A powder skirt will keep you warm and dry in the deep stuff, as will the wrist gaiters. If that’s not on the agenda, you can remove the skirt to keeps things simple.

"Above all, Holden endeavour to create pieces that are just as suitable for the town as they are for the mountain, and that steer clear of flash-in-the-pan fads in favour of lasting style"

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With its light insulation, the Holden Shelter jacket will keep you warmer than a standard shell, but it’s not too big or bulky. Colder weather will require some layering underneath, but that’s always the best way to manage your temperature anyway. Then when it’s toasty, you’re not so wrapped up that you need to ditch the jacket altogether - just open the mesh-backed vents and you’re good to go.

"Unlike a lot of ‘all rounder’ jackets, this one has fully taped seams - another example of the considerations that have been made to improve durability"

Unlike a lot of ‘all rounder’ jackets, this one has fully taped seams - another example of the considerations that have been made to improve durability. That’s another solid eco point earned, along with the use of environmentally-friendly waterproofing treatment and bio-degradable packaging.

With three classic colourways to choose from - including the ever-present camo option - the Holden Shelter women’s snowboard jacket is a strong choice for those who want something functional, reliable, and not too showy.

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