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Technical Snow Outerwear Guide

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Technical snow outwear is not all about looks. Of course you want to look stylish and fashionable when riding but you should really consider the tech as well and choosing the right gear for you and the conditions you are going to be in. After all it does not matter how cool you are looking, if you are cold and wet you will end up looking like an idiot any way. So it's well worth considering a few functional points when choosing your outerwear.


All outerwear clothing from The Board Basement comes with Waterproof and Breathability ratings. Clothing featuring Gore-tex is considered to be completely waterproof and completely breathable. So if you see the Gore-tex logo you are guaranteed to stay dry. All good outerwear comes with a waterproof /breathability rating, displayed as 5k/5k (5,000/5,000).

The numbers display how much water the fabric repels, and how much moisture/sweat it can transport out of the garment. Anything over 5,000 is good quality.

Waterproof ratings: The fabrics are tested by filling a column with water. The garment is then lowered in and the depth that the water reaches before droplets form on the other side is measured. It is usually measured in millimetres, with anything from 5,000 to 30,000 being normal. Essentially, the higher the number, the more waterproof the garment is. The price tag will also go hand in hand with the rating number.

Breathability ratings: As you ride you will become warm and start to sweat. If that moisture can't escape from the garment you will become wet. Wet and cold is not a good combination. The breathability rating tells you how much moisture can pass through from the inside of the jacket to the outside in grams/square centimetre/24 hours (Or GM). Most garments have a rating of between 5,000 GM and 20,000 GM. Again the higher the number the better the garments "Breathes".

In short: 5k/5k is good, 20k/20k or higher is extremely good.

Use the Board Basement filter to find your preferred rating for Jackets and Pants


Insulated snow clothing has an integrated moisture-wicking thermal lining. You will often get several layers of insulation fabric inside an outer layer of waterproof material. If you want outerwear that will perform for most conditions through the season then insulated clothing might be the best option for you. Non-insulated clothing are often referred to as a Shell garment. These are not very warm but with a higher Waterproofing/Breathability rating. These are great for spring conditions or in cold conditions as long as you layer up underneath. Down (Puffa) jackets are really warm and designed to be ridden in the most extreme cold conditions. These jackets often got insulation built into the shell. If you are getting one, make sure it has got good ventilation so you don’t over heat.


The best way to stay comfortable through out the day / season is to make sure you have good layering.

First is the Baselayer. Make sure you have got something that is moisture-wicking and fast drying so you can use for the next day. Avoid cotton as it takes a long time to dry and it will also hold moisture.

Midlayers. If you got a really good insulated jacket you might not need this. For colder days it can be good with a hoody or sweater made from synthetic material such as fleece, recylcled polyester, hemp, Marino wool and Bambo are advised.

Outerlayer. This is your protection against the outer elements and should be both water resistant and breathable. Please see above (Fabrics & Insulation) for more information.

Technical Features

Taped Seams and waterproof zips: For the higher spec garments you find fully taped seams that will stop any moisture getting in through the stitching or fastening of a garment. Garments (Jacket & Pants) with critically taped seams have only got the most exposed stitching or fastening taped. What is it good for? Imagine riding fresh powder… If you spend a long time in the snow you will eventually get wet. If you are spending a long day in extreme conditions, it is well worth staying dry and comfortable.

Venting: Preventing you from over heating. If you been working really hard on the slope and feeling warm it is very nice to be able to let some cool air in without compromising your protection from the elements (Snow). Most garments feature mesh and are found under the armpits and the inside of the thigh.

Powder Skirts and boot gaiters: an Elasticated band that seals the gap between your jacket and pants, and your pants and boots, to prevent getting snow inside your clothing. Often you will find PJ (Pant & Jacket) connect so you can attach your jacket to your pants to make the seal secure. Stay warm and dry.

Each garment has it’s own special features. Just check the key feature list to find all sorts of cool features.

Washing & Care

Very Important!?Zip up all zippers and attach all Velcro before loading!?Zipper sliders and teeth can easily be damaged in the washer and/or dryer.?Velcro gets clogged up with fuzz from other garments and can snag your other clothes, causing damage to both.

Front-load machine wash only! Using an agitator-style top-load washer could possibly do damage to your technical outerwear or clothing.

Gentle cycle should be all that is recommended to clean your technical outerwear. If your outerwear is stained, you may be out of luck.

Use cold water!?Actually, warm is OK, but cold is preferred to maintain the waterproofing.

Use outerwear-specific detergent or powder. Using liquid detergent that is not outerwear-specific clogs the pores of technical fabrics and damages the DWR coating, greatly reducing the performance (waterproof/breathability) of the garment.

Hang Dry in shade or Tumble Dry on Low Heat. Drying with excess heat can damage or melt fabric, zippers, and/or trims.? Leave in until "almost dry" and change to NO HEAT or hang dry to finish. Low heat actually helps re-activate waterproofing after washing. ?

Replenish Waterproofing as needed.?The waterproof coating (the magic that makes water droplets bead up on your outerwear) on all technical fabrics will become less effective over time and use?- especially if you are around campfires, smokers, oily lift pulleys, or other contaminants in general.? Revive the performance of your technical outerwear by washing as instructed, then using a spray-on waterproofing product such as NikWax TX-Direct.

Mens Womens Boys Girls
Thirty Two Size S M L XL
Chest (inches) 34-36 37-40 41-44 45-48
Chest (cm) 86-93 93-103 103-113 113-122
Waist (inches) 29-32 32-34 34-36 36-39
Waist (cm) 74-81 81-86 86-91 91-99
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Bonfire Engine Jacket 2018

The Engine jacket comes from Bonfires platinum range which means the highest quality fabrics and tech on the market with stylish performance driven designs. With 28 years of doing this they know what they are doing and how to do it well! The Engine jacket does exactly that too with a huge 20,000mm waterproofing and 15,000mm breathability. It is the fabrics used here which make this jacket unique though, Bonfire’s Transition Flex fabric is used which is a 4 way stretch material which you notice as soon as you put the jacket on. The entire shell is made from this and it feels supple and stretchy no matter what you are doing on the mountain it doesn’t feel like outerwear! It literally moves with you and stretches every way. Very comfortable especially when combined with the 130g all over Thermore Booster insulation. Now that may sound like a lot but this is very clever insulation, made from very fine fibres the jacket isn’t bulky at all with a low loft profile. It is called Thermore Booster as when the temperature drops the fibres contract giving even a thermal boost trapping even more warm air from your body. This means toasty warm on those really cold days and when it’s a regular day the 15k breathability and the fibres ability contract and relax means it isn’t too hot and the heat can dissipate. Clever stuff! Still too hot? Open the easy pull mesh backed pit vents, easy!

Add to this full seam sealing so every seam on the jacket is waterproof tape backed so you stay dry all day long. Plus double stitched seams to avoid blowouts and if one does all Bonfire jackets carry a LIFETIME WARRANTY! This is against manufacturing defects not wear and tear but still huge piece of mind. An awesome jacket which looks so good! Check all the key features below there are more!

Key Features
  • Mesh Backed Pit Vents – Mesh backed to stop snow getting in
  • YKK® Aquaguard® Zips (centre front zip) – High grade waterproof zips to keep moisture out?
  • Elbow Articulation – Ergonomic design with natural elbow curves to avoid creasing and unwanted excess material
  • Cuff Adjustments with Extensions?- PU (poly-urethane) cuff adjusters with anti-snag
  • Velcro, these are 2 way so can be worn as a thumb loop also
  • Tactical Lens Access?- A lens pocket rather than goggle as who takes spare goggles? Soft cloth divider to store 2 lenses
  • Sleeve Pass Pocket?- For quick access on electronic gates
  • Touchscreen Window Audio Pocket – Made with touch screen clear material so your phones touch screen works without removing the phone from the pocket.
  • Back hood and Fixed front hood adjustment – One hand pull adjusters on back and front of hood
  • Wrist gaiters – Keeps the snow out of your gloves
  • Powder skirt – Full stretch with Bonfire jacket to pant compatibility (works with other brands too)
  • Easy grab centre pull zip – Bigger thumb and finger loop hole on centre zip so it is easy to use with glove or mitts
  • LIFETIME WARRANTY! – Yep that’s right, lifetime warranty against manufacturing defects

Technical Features:

  • 20,000mm Waterproofing – Highly waterproof
  • 15,000gm Breathability – Highly Breathable
  • Thermore Booster 130g Insulation – Low loft material with less bulk and the fibres contract as the temperature drops to hold in more heat.
  • Fully Seam Sealed – All seams are waterproof tape backed to stop water ingress
  • Double Stitched Seams – Double stitched for better durability
  • Transition Flex mobility – Full 4 way stretch material which doesn’t feel like outerwear when worn Ergo Performance fit – Not too slim, not too baggy, performance driven for a more agile free feeling fit
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