One specific type of insulated snowboard jacket that is available is a down jacket. Of all the variations of snowboard jackets, a down jacket is the warmest. They are easy to spot because they are extra thick and puffy. If a rider is going to be consistently in colder climates a down jacket is a really good style to consider.

Down is rated by its size and will usually range between 400 and 650. The higher the number is the lighter the down is going to be and it will pack down much smaller. A down jacket will have compartments sewn into the jacket that are designed to keep the down in a targeted area of the jacket.

With down and insulated jackets the manufacturers will place more insulation through the torso and less in the arms. Not only does this promote more flexibility but it is also going to keep your core warmer therefore keeping your extremities warmer. If the body’s primary organs are warm the blood flowing from them out into your arms and legs is going to be warm. The torso also has the greatest amount of surface area, which sadly allows it to lose the most heat, so it is important to keep it insulated.

A down jacket can also act as extra padding if you fall. It takes a little bit longer for the air to escape through the shell so it creates a sort of cushion. For this reason a freestyle rider or beginner might like a down jacket, but for the most part down jackets are most desired by freeriders. A snowboarder out in the backcountry is going to face more elements than a snowboarder lapping the park and they will need that extra warmth and protection.


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