Proper outerwear is what separates you from the guy riding in jeans and a cowboy hat. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s kind of baddass. But if you’re into staying warm and dry, you want some genuine waterproofing and breathability. Most likely, you also want to look good. We took a stroll from booth-to-booth at the annual snowsports tradeshow in Denver, and when we emerged these seven pieces in particular stood out.
Dakine Elliott Jacket
Dakine’s new Elliott Jacket is a new 3L offering with a long fit and split-tail. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Dakine has noticeably been injecting street-inspired style into their high-end pieces, as seen in next season’s Elliott jacket. It’s a 3L shell with a long fit with a split tail and subtle, hidden artwork, that can easily hang in the wettest of conditions.
DC Outlier Jacket
Backed by Iikka Backstrom and 15K weather defense technology. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda
The Outlier’s classic styling is subtle not boring, especially if you’re bold enough to go with the full camo kit like Iikka’s been running. With light insulation and articulated sleeves it’s comfortable enough and casual enough to keep on after boarding.
O’Neill Frozen Wave Anorak
Taking inspiration from iconic ’80s and ’90s O’Neill, the Frozen Wave anorak. PHOTO: Ben Gavela
O’Neill’s aesthetic throughout the ’80s and ’90s helped define surf culture during those decades, and for this coming season they’re taking inspiration from that era and putting it into their outerwear line, as seen in the Frozen Wave anorak.
Volcom TDS INF Gore-Tex Jacket
Volcom’s TDS INF jacket is the brand’s top-of-the-line piece, meant to withstand brutal weather. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Utilizing Volcom’s unique Thermal Defense System which strategically places insulation where you need it, not where you don’t, in combination 3L Gore-Tex, the TDS INF jacket shines on the worst of days but won’t leave you sweating on the nice ones.
Roxy Frozen Flow Jacket
Roxy’s Frozen Flow Jacket features a bold pattern and a snowboard to match. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda
If you want a jacket that resembles no other on the hill, this is it. Part of Roxy’s Pop Snow Collection, the Frozen Flow is a headturner with unique patterns and features like a half zipper flap. And while loud patterns can be obnoxious, this one is quite pleasant.
Quiksilver Travis Rice Jacket
Travis Rice’s new signature jacket is unique as it is waterproof. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda
Travis Rice isn’t afraid to rock a loud kit. Makes sense; he’s not afraid of much. For this season he has a unique organic pattern on a stretch Gore-Tex jacket designed to hold up to the daunting locales that don’t daunt Rice.
The North Face Ceptor Jacket
High-end functionality in a piece with classic The North Face styling. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
The North Face’s recognizable bold linework and styling are apparent in this backcountry-ready jacket. Crafted to withstand serious storm scenarios and casual resort days alike, whatever your day’s agenda, this one can take it.
686 Hydrastash Jacket
The first jacket with a built-in hydration system. PHOTO: Ben Gavelda
The concept of an on-the-go water bladder with a drinking hose has been around since the ’80s, but not until recent did someone think to integrate one into a jacket. That someone is the inventive folks at 686, and the best part is you can forget it’s there.
Airblaster Modern Athlete Jacket
The Modern Athlete jacket is a classic combination of Corey Smith and Airblaster. PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen
Corey Smith’s distinct style of satirical artwork that once adorned CAPiTA’s Stairmaster series provides the liner pattern on this piece from Airblaster. With a long fit and high waterproof rating, it’s perfect for surfing pow on your Spring Break board.