Do you love riding in a hoodie? Me too! The coziness and flexibility are amazing. But if you don’t choose the right one, you’re gonna have a bad time.
Luckily I tracked down the best snowboarding hoodies available. Drumroll please…
The Best Snowboarding Hoodies:
- 686 Waterproof Hoodie
- Volcom Hydro Riding Hoodie
- Burton Crown Hoodie
- Dope Yeti Snowboard Hoodie
- Outdoor Research Vigor Hoodie
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The Best Snowboarding Hoodies Ever Made
When it comes to choosing a snowboard hoodie, you need to be picky!
Some hoodies will leave you miserable, soggy and questioning whether riding in a snowboard hoodie is even a good idea.
To avoid this, look out for the following essential features:
- Waterproofing: A regular hoodie will absorb snow instantly! Look for a decent waterproof rating or at least DWR (durable water repellent).
- Pockets: Must have a zip! Last thing you need is a full yard sale every time you fall.
- Face Cover: Not strictly necessary but a nice bonus!
- Wrist gaiters: Wrist gaiters, thumb loops or thumb holes prevent snow getting into your sleeves. They also prevent ice burns to the elbows!
- (Style): I know this shouldn’t really matter, but there’s no point rocking a hoodie if it makes you feel like your old gym teacher!
You’ll find that each hoodie on the list meets most of the above requirements. I pushed each one hard during product testing, both in the park and when riding powder.
So let’s take a look!
The absolute best snowboarding hoodie available (in my humble opinion of course).
This hoodie smashed all of our tests, from Japanese powder to slushy park laps.
Fair enough, it does cheat slightly as it’s sort of a cross between a hoodie and a jacket (a hacket?) but that’s what makes it so awesome!
I actually barely needed my regular jacket when testing this, other than for the absolute coldest/wettest days.
You’ll still need to layer up underneath (which is the case for most snowboard hoodies).
On the downside it’s one of the more expensive options. However, the hoodie’s versatility means you’ll likely be able to wear it on more days of the year.
Awesome "storm cinch hood".
Probably the warmest listed.
100% Hydrophobic Fleece.
Volcom just make great gear!
I love Volcom gear and this hoodie is no exception.
Super comfortable, this is definitely one of the best snowboarding hoodies available this year. I’m not ashamed to admit that I even wear mine to bed on cold days (much to the dismay of my girlfriend).
The cinch hood is awesome and for the helmet wearer’s out there (most of you I hope!) the hood is designed to fit over helmets. This forms a nice warm cocoon for freezing cold chairlifts and peaks.
As with any DWR hoodie, the waterproofing won’t match up to a well-rated jacket. But it can certainly handle spring riding and back to back park laps.
The burton crown hoodie has really stood the test of time.
Boasting all of the essential features you’d expect of a snowboarding hoodie, you really can’t go wrong.
It won’t be as waterproof as 686’s offering, however it’s much more like a “regular streetwear hoodie”. I can wear mine around town or in the gym and not look out of place.
I did find it to be slimmer fitting than some of the other brands. I personally choose a size higher than my regular size when wearing it for snowboarding. This helped to avoid it riding up and letting snow in!
Whilst Dope are sometimes seen as a controversial snow gear brand (being dubbed as “fast fashion”), I was super impressed by the quality of the Yeti Hoodie.
It’s super comfortable, packed full of essential technology, and most importantly… kept me dry.
The fit is nice and roomy, allowing for full tweakability (is that a word?) and room for layering should you need it. If you rock a baggier fit like me, I’d still recommend sizing up slightly though.
Personally, I’ve had great experiences with Dope gear and I’m happy to recommend giving them a try.
I’m currently writing up a full review of the Yeti Hoodie, so stay tuned!
The Best Mid-Layer Hoodie!
Built-in balaclava hood
UPF 30 sun protection
Laser-cut thumb holes
This is by far the best snowboard hoodie to use as a mid-layer.
It’s unrestrictive, super comfortable and extremely warm.
It also includes an in-built balaclava hood; this came in super handy when I found myself stuck in a minor Canadian blizzard!
I did try wearing this as an outer-layer, but I wouldn’t recommend it. There’s no water resistance and the material can become damp very quickly.
Instead, add this to your layering arsenal!
There you have it, the very best snowboarding hoodies available.
I tested dozens of hoodies in order to figure out which deserved a place on the list.
If you have your own favorite snowboard hoodie… let me know in the comments so I can check it out!
Happy riding my friend.