Not only does your ski and snowboard outerwear have to keep you warm and dry, but it also has to fit well and look good. At the Uptop Shop, we’re not satisfied until we get you into something that checks all of the above boxes. Looking for a specific size, style or colour? Contact us to see if we have it in stock!
WHAT MAKES SKI AND SNOWBOARD JACKETS WARM?
The short answer? Insulation. The long answer? The right kind of insulation, in the right places. While a down winter jacket will keep you very warm, a lighter winter jacket with insulation in the areas where your body generates the most heat (ie. your chest), can keep you just as warm by retaining heat in important areas.
HOW DO WATERPROOFING AND BREATHABILITY WORK?
Fabrics used in the manufacturing of ski and snowboard outerwear can be both waterproof and breathable because they’re porous materials. These pores, or holes, are small enough to allow water vapour to pass through, but not large enough to allow water droplets through. Let’s consider a jacket or pair of pants with a 10k/10k rating as an example. If you put a 1″ x 1″ tube over a piece of said fabric, you could fill that tube with 10,000 mm of water before it would leak through – this is the first 10k. This same fabric would allow 10,000 g of water vapour through a square meter of fabric within 24 hours – this is the second 10k. An ideal piece for winter in Ontario should have a waterproof and breathability rating between 10k and 15k.
WHY DO I WANT MY JACKET TO BE BREATHABLE?
Your jacket and pants should be breathable to work in conjunction with a proper baselayer. Skiing and snowboarding are active sports, and, if you’re riding hard, you’re probably going to sweat. If your outerwear isn’t breathable, your sweat is going to evaporate on your skin and actually make you colder. Breathable outerwear allows the water vapour that’s created when your sweat evaporates to escape, thereby keeping you warmer.