How Is a Snowboard Jacket Supposed to Fit?

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Snowboard jackets aren't necessarily supposed to fit like a jacket you would wear on a cold day. Learn about how a snowboard jacket is supposed to fit with help from a snowboarding professional in this free video clip.

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How's it going? This is Aaron of Eastern Boarder, and I'm here today to talk about how to fit a snowboard jacket. When you walk into a snowboard shop to buy jacket, you're going to have a lot of options in front of you. And there's a few different things you nee to consider before you even start trying the jackets on. First of which is the thickness of the weight of the jackets. You're going to notice that most of the jackets in the snowboard shops are relatively thin to the touch. The reason for this is they're all made out of performance materials that are designed to wick moisture away from your body and keep the elements off of you such as the snow or the wind and the rain. This being said, you have to accommodate the, for the fact that you're probably going to wear under layer under the jacket, other than just a light t-shirt or maybe a thermal layer. You're going to maybe even wear a mid-layer. So, you're going to consider that when fitting the jacket as well. The other thing to consider is that a lot of the snowboard manufacturers these days have some different styles of cuts of the jacket. There's slim-fitting jackets and average thick and there's even loose-fitting jackets. So, this is going to greatly affect how the different jacket, jackets fit even throughout the same size range. So, next step would be to, you know, find some jackets that you're interested in and pull them off the rack and start trying them on. Snowboard jackets by nature are designed to be a little bit loose-fitting. They want to give you enough room to wear layer underneath them and you also want enough room that once you get all zipped up and bundled in that you're going to be able to move around properly and still maintain mobility down the hill. So, what you're looking for is freedom of movement, enough to be able to move your arms around. You definitely want the sleeves long enough to go down and cover down over your top of your mittens or your gloves. And you want enough length of the jacket so that you're not going to have to constantly worry about cold air or snow going up on your jacket every time you bend over to strap into your bindings or to unstrap from your bindings. If you follow these kinds of perimeters and find something you're comfortable with, you should have a good experience out there on the hill.

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