High Performance Freeride Ski Jacket & Snowboard Jackets – What You Need To Know!
The adage: “There is no such thing as bad weather . . . only bad clothing,” says it all.
If you don’t want the weather holding you back when you’re on the mountain, having the right outerwear, that ‘works,’ is critical. There are amazing days to be had even when the weather is less than perfect!
Three things you need to know about ski and snowboard jackets:
- Waterproof & breathability ratings
Manufacturers typically describe the waterproof and breathability of fabrics using two numbers. The first is in millimeters (mm) and is a measure of how waterproof a fabric is, and the second is in grams (g) and indicates how breathable a fabric is. Waterproofing keeps the moisture out and breathability allows perspiration to leave. 10.000, on both measures, is typically at the lower end of the scale, with anything over 20.000 being reserved for the highest quality products where comfort and dryness matter most.
Over the last 10 years, outstanding new fabric technologies have emerged that compete directly with, or even outperform ‘Gore-Tex.’ In particular, ‘3-layer’ or ‘3L’ fabrics provide amazing ski and snowboard jacket performance with 25.000 mm waterproofing and 25.000 g breathability ratings. This superior quality is the choice of skiers and snowboarders who go out, no matter what the weather.
- Durable Water Repellancy (DWR)
DWR also plays a part in keeping you dry. In simple terms, it’s a coating that is applied to the outside of snow wear that causes water to bead and roll off your jacket. Keeping water off of you, and not letting it soak into the fabric in the first place, ensures the continued breathability of your jacket so that you can stay dry and comfortable. Jackets treated with a DWR finish, make the best fabrics water-repellent, on top of being waterproof.
- Taped Seams
Sealing the seams where outerwear is sewn together is referred to as ‘seam taping.’ The tape covers the tiny holes made by the needle in the sewing process so that water can’t leak in. Typically, seams are first sewn then taped. Without adequate seam taping you’ll get wet even with the best waterproof / breathable fabric.
At Virtika, all our Signature and Vir-Tek Shell outerwear use ‘3L’ fabrics with 25.000 mm waterproofing and 25.000 g breathability ratings, are DWR coated and 100% of the seams are taped. This, in combination with features designed and tested with real athletes, allow our jackets to excel in the most demanding conditions and environments. This makes Virtika outerwear ideal for action sports riders that need superior functionality in a lightweight, durable and waterproof package.