Down jackets are super warm. Until they get wet, then they are useless. If you are using it for snowboarding, climates like those found in Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado, you should be fine. Other places like Cali or the PNW it might not hold up. Then again, I doubt you would need to ride in a down jacket in those spots anyway. For going out at night and around town, they are perfect and toasty warm. One warning, if you are snowboarding with the jacket, they can get torn pretty easily in the trees. Nature of the jacket.