How to Design Your Own Snowboard Jacket

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How to Design Your Own Snowboard Jacket
You can look great while snowboarding. (snowboard girl image by Maxim Petrichuk from

A snowboarding slope is a fun place for outdoor activities. It is also a site to be fashionable and show off your great taste. Many companies manufacture high quality snowboarding jackets. Choices are almost unlimited. However, if you want to design your own jacket, you can do that. However, snowboarding wear has specific requirements that you should know about before pouring your creative juices into the design work.

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    Choose the colour for your jacket. It can be anything from white to rainbow-coloured. If you want a classier look, match your jacket with the rest of your gear. If you already have trousers, think of what colour will suit them. You can always match any colour with black trousers. Snowboarders who wear bright colours are called "Skittles," but that should not scare you from choosing vivid colours. Just remember that the colours will look twice as bright under the sun. You can also add neon stripes matching the colour of your jacket.

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    Choose the fabric. The fabric has to be windproof, breathable and waterproof. Snowboard jackets should be more waterproof than any other outdoor jacket. When selecting the fabric, check the waterproof rating. A "mm/24 hours" rating refers to the amount of rainfall fabric can withstand in a single day. Thus, a 10,000mm waterproof rating means the garment can withstand over 32 feet (10,000mm) of rainfall in a single day without letting moisture in. The higher the number, the more waterproof the garment will be. You also should consider the main location you are going to ride in. Some areas, such as Utah and Colorado, have dryer snow, so you can get away with a lower waterproof number. Gore-Tex fabric is considered best for its protective yet breathable qualities.

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    Design a powder skirt to protect you from snow getting to your skin. It is a panel at the bottom of your jacket with an elastic cord that ties snugglely around the waist. The elastic should be adjustable so you can tighten or loosen it easily. You can attach a powder skirt to the inner layer with the zipper and make it removable. Good-quality snowboard jackets have snow gaiters at the wrist. The sleeves and the jacket itself should have Velcro closures. Use large tabs on the zippers or any moving parts to allow you to do adjustments with your gloves or mittens on. A brightly coloured tab is also a plus, as it is easier to see through goggles.

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    Add "pit zips" to your jacket--zippers that open underneath the arms to let heat escape when needed. Other venting zippers across the chest or back will make your jacket more comfortable. Design the radial tailored shoulders. Snowboarders move their arms a lot to keep their balance. The shoulder panels and sleeves should allow for easy arm movements.

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    Design external goggle stashing and iPod pockets. iPod pockets are wired up to the neck, with the loops attached to the inside layer of the jacket. You also might want to add a magnetic lift ticket holder.

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