The name kind of gives this one away; when hitting kickers, boxes and rails or jibbing your way down a piste your jacket choice is as much about style as it is about comfort and features. “This kind of riding is about expression. I want to look and feel good when I’m in the park. I want a jacket and pants that are stylish,” says Marion. For Marion, this means longer, slimline jackets engineered. And for Victor, stretch is important. “That’s why I love FUTURELIGHT. You don’t even think about what you’re wearing you just focus on the present moment and that’s amazing.”
You also don’t want a heavy, fully insulated jacket for park riding. You get pretty warm, so something lighter will be way more comfortable. Marion sometimes rides without a jacket, just in bib-pants and a long-sleeve insulated top.
If your idea of skiing and snowboarding is exploring the entire mountain, using pistes to access pow in the morning and park sessions in the afternoon then you need your jacket to do more. “I like to look cool when I’m riding and hanging out with friends on the mountain,” says Marion, “but the visibility of the jacket is also really important so you can be seen.” Conditions can change quickly in mountain environments, so being able to be seen – even in a white out – is really important.
Pockets are important in an all-mountain jacket. You might not be riding with a backpack. So a few extra ‘homes’ in your outerwear for phone, wallet, even a bottle of water, come in really handy.
“I really like having a hood and soft collar when I’m riding in the resort, for comfort but also for protection from bad weather,” says Marion.
Underarm zips or a super-breathable fabric like FUTURELIGHT™ make switching between piste, park and pow a smooth and comfortable experience. Getting too hot is not just uncomfortable (and smelly); when your sweat starts to evaporate you cool down and on top of a mountain, even on a sunny day, this can be dangerous. You never want to get too hot or too cold.