There are a few things everyone needs to consider when picking out the right ski or snowboard jacket. Think about where and how you ride. Is it cold and dry like many resorts on the East Coast or is it warmer and often damp like the Pacific Northwest? Do you do lots of hiking or stick to the groomed runs?
Shell include an outer shell to protect you from the elements and do not include any insulation. These jackets and pants are great for people who ride in traditionally wetter climates like the West Coast, do a lot of hiking or just tend to be warm while they ski.
Waterproof ratings measured in mm/24hrs can help you decide on which materials are waterproof enough for where you play. While this rating system appears to be a great way pick out a jacket, the subjective nature of the testing has caused many companies like Gore-Tex and The North Face to stop using it. So be sure to include those brands in your search even if they do not use that system.
With so many companies are now producing their own proprietary fabrics this can become a bit tricky. While we all know Gore-Tex and its “Guaranteed to keep you dry” abilities many companies are making great competitive fabrics which Sturtevant’s and its employees trust and uses in our own gear. Along with Gore-Tex some of these fabrics include; The North Face HyVent, Mammut’s DryTech, Defender, Pertex, Dermizax, Spyders XT.L and 360 Stretch, Marmot MemBrain, and many more. If you are curious about a certain brands fabric give us a call 425-454-6465 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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