One would think that you would want a heavy jacket when snowboarding to help keep you warm; however, that is completely wrong. A snowboarding jacket should be light weight and offer no restrictions when it comes to being able to move freely. Your jacket, if too heavy, could hinder your performance on the snowboard by not allowing you to move the way that you want or the way that you need to.
Another important aspect of a boarding jacket is that it should be water resistant. As we all know snow melts and therefore, can make your clothing and everything else become wet. If this happens, you will become cold and that too could hinder your performance on the snowboard. Your jacket, whether lightweight or not, will get heavy after time because of the chemicals that are used to make it water resistant. This really doesn't matter as long as the jacket is a reasonable weight.
A snowboarding jacket can offer many options to the snowboarder and you will want that. A jacket that contains a lot of pockets will enable you to carry and store your items with you. For instance, you may want to carry an iPod or store your goggles in those compartments. The jacket should also offer a hood. Let's not forget that your head and neck can become cold too and the added feature of a hood will help to keep that from happening. Make sure that your jacket has a "skirt" at the bottom. This will help to ensure that the snow that is flying up won't penetrate under your shirt or down your pants.
Your snowboarding jacket should also be well insulated. Yes, you can get a lightweight jacket that is insulated. You will want an insulated jacket so that it will help you to retain your body heat and help keep your body warm. Remember, being cold can hinder your performance on the board.
Boarding jackets are available in a myriad of different colors and styles. Really, it just depends upon the preference of the wearer and what it is that you like. You can stay sporty and in fashion when it comes to board jackets.
There are differences in the prices when it comes to snowboard jackets. The price usually rises because of the amount of ventilation and water proofing in the jackets. Higher end jackets usually provide more ventilation and water proofing. They are designed to keep out moisture and the products that are used in the higher end jackets are reflected in the price. If you do a lot of snowboarding, your best bet is to invest in a higher end jacket. If you only board once in a while, you will probably be ok with a lower end jacket.
With higher end jackets you can expect to pay upwards of a couple of hundred dollars. Lower end jackets will be cheaper and will help to save you some money. Just remember, no matter what you decide to go with, above anything else, make sure the jacket is comfortable to you and will keep you warm.