Having multiple jackets... required, unnecessary or a luxury?
So i have my regular insulated bonfire felix jacket which is great... but does feel a little bulky now and again, especially on warm days.
I've had my eye on a shell jacket, nothing special just a 32 shiloh gold jacket and it has suddenly dropped to like 30% RRP in the sales.
Do you guys have multiple jackets and if you do are you finding you only ever use on and neglect the other (hence unnecessary)?
I should mention, I have a 32 reppin pullover hoody I wear on bluebird days instead of a jacket atm.
EDIT: Oh, and i live in the UK so my jackets mainly see indoor freestyle slopes until the one-two trips away a year. Until I finally get round to doing a season (maybe this year :D) anyway.
I own only one shell jacket and layers. Get yourself a really good shell, gore-tex, blah blah and then just layer under it. Imo shell and layers gives you all possibilities.
And in my super personal opinion depending on where you ride you don't even need a gore-tex shell or something crazy expensive. I just have a 686 shell, though it is their higher end line, which is no where near what gore is and I never have any issues with wet or wind, etc. Though maybe you ride somewhere where it does get super wet, etc.
In closing shells ftw!
Unfortunately I splashed the cash on the bonfire Felix jacket at the start of the season and there's no way I can just stick that in a closet now :p
Maybe I should hold fire on buying anymore, even though it's tempting. And then get a shell when this jacket wears out (or I can justify getting rid)
Got 5 jackets of various weights/waterproofing
I find i do have a favourite, but i flip between the others dependant on weather etc, my favourite is a very colourful bright O'Neal jacket, but on wet and dirty days, this stays home, as dirt would be a major problem, and then i have a dark green/black O'Neal that comes out, when the spring comes, then i have a choice of 2 lightweight jackets, again dependant on weather...
I have not bought a new jacket for 3 years though, so i don't feel guilty, and style latest design is not important to me as much as functionality is...!!!
So have as many as you like, as long as you are happy what should it matter what others think... ;)
Lots of gear.
Some for colder days and layering.
Some for wet days.
Some for when they are making snow.
Some for wind.
I layer and have different thicknesses for layers underneath and different 1 shell type jacket and two different regular jackets.
That"s me though I am in it all the time.
A few things required for me on the jackets is Zip vents like that jacket has on the pits, a media pocket , stash pocket, and wind protection.(hence the need for zipper vents)
I do own a second shell type for really wet conditions but it is not snowboard specific.
I have worked outside year round for years and have learned it is best to be as comfortable as possible at all times.
Besides being wet and cold to begin with, you will find that it tires you quicker and causes you to be less aware to your surroundings.
= more likely to fuck up.
I like that shell and if needed one would consider it.
I prefer to blend in more and the brightness is a turnoff for me.
Not to sure about the wrist cuffs as i prefer to wear my gloves over the cuffs.
As you do not get out much a good shell would be ideal with extra layers in your car/locker for different temps and snow conditions. (workout on the slopes)
Be sure to keep plenty of extra layers in your car.
As you are looking at the purchasing online I will say I have a few comments on that too.
If at all possible find a store to visit where you can try it on for fit (remember to add some room for layering) and to get a good look at the real construction.
If you like it then buy it online for the sale price.
Try and not use a clerk if you are not buying in the store as that is a big waste of their time.
Only one shell jacket, works fine for everything, get cold? wear a hoodie underneath
Conditions can change DURING the day, not just day to day.
This setup gives maximum flexibility.
right now i only have my insulated bonfire jacket. I dont usually ever wear much other than that. On a warm day i just rock a hoodie... its never really my torso that gets cold more like my hands and feet. I do see where having more than one could be beneficial.
I have multiply jackets depending on conditions. Some thicker insulted ones and just shells.
I usually find that I like shells with tech shirt, and nano puff vest as my go to setup.
One jacket and onion principle (layering) works best for me (thin jacket, shirt and thin base layer is sufficient while riding. I'll add a fleece if below -15°C, skip the shirt in spring).
I'm never cold while riding, only during lunch break or aprés. Therefore the fleece is always in the backpack.
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