I'm looking for a new snowboard jacket that won't break the bank. I have found a couple of jackets I like, but I can't decide between them. They all seem similar to me, so if anyone could tell me which one is the "best" it would be much appreciated. If there are better alternatives, please tell me.
The 32 Hawthorn and the Special Blend seem like the best jackets out of the three. Both have 10k waterproof and critically taped seams. I like the look of the 32 jacket, it also has wrist gaiters which the special blend doesn't... and style looks better imo.
Someone might have a better opinion if they've owned any of the three brands tho, i'm going by the specs on the links you've provided
Personally I won't buy a jacket without a powder skirt or wrist gaiters... Just make the jacket so much nicer. And if you get same brand pants and jacket the powder skirt snaps together witch is great to have. I have a scar on my left forearm from my sleeve sliding up and shitty snow, and having your jacket come up and getting snow all up in you sucks as well.
I have some Oakley stuff and they make nice outerwear if your still looking a little. You can usually get a good deal on oakleyvault.com
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i agree with henery06x. I used to rock a jacket with only a powder skirt, no wrist gaiters, didn't realize how necessary they were until i had them. I got a nice foursquare 2 seasons ago, super warm, doesn't let water through, powder skirt and gaiters. I'd say if your not in a huge rush, to keep your options open and keep looking a little. You could find nicer jackets out there for a good price.