Ready, Set, Snow: My Top Snowboarding Jacket Picks
Winter is coming, so here’s a little snow video to get you all amped up for the snowboarding season. They sneaked in a couple of Go-Pro surf frames to my delight. 5 More Minutes Please by Lipstick Productions.
I have snowboarded since I was 16, but I took a hiatus for a few years because so many of my friends who used to ride either moved away, had kiddies, or just don’t do it anymore. I got motivated to start again last season pretty much b/c of my girlfriend Allie who is a kick ass boarder. We were up at Cypress a few weekends ago and it reminded me of how I used to go ride with all my girls at Seymour.
Snowboard gear and clothing have come a long way and nowadays, the women’s jackets and pants actually look good. In the old days, the ladies stuff were just shrunken baggy versions of the guyswear. I remember guys always thought I was a little boy. Great.
Today, bright colours, patterns, and unique cutting dominate, and they all enhance your slope style. It’s easier for your friends to spot you should you lose them in the pow. So whether you’re a shredding Betty or more of slide-down-on-your-butt Betty, look cute in my top picks for best women’s snowboarding jackets for winter 2011-2012. In no particular order:
Nikita Coronet Jacket - tiger stripes in hot pink or black and white (as shown). Sassy.
Volcom Ayers Jacket - a play on the popular Navajo design.
Nikita Hillside Jacket - colourful stripes are always in.
Roxy Torah Bright Jacket - I really love this jacket. It’s sporty but feminine, and so different from what’s out there. The faux fur hood is a plus.
BettyRides Jacket - this is kind of gritty but still cut in a sharp way as to not look too bummy. Tough but sweet.
Burton Tabloid Jacket – I’ve got the Tabloid in Baby Yellow and I have to say, it’s my fave. I’ve sported Burton ever since I started riding, and their stuff lasts forever. This jacket in royal blue and red dots is killah.
For more snowboarding, see Weekender in Whistler where I stayed at the amazing Four Seasons Whistler.
Will I see you on the mountains?