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Sessions Radio Jacket 2018

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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.

Fabrics

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

Insulation

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.

Layering

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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Sessions Radio Jacket 2018

Sessions is a company with deep roots in snowboarding, skating and music dominating the 90’s and early 2000’s snowboard scene before taking a brief hiatus. Sessions is back with a bang keeping true to its heritage with awesome offerings like this Radio jacket. The Radio jacket is one of Sessions top end pieces and comes in a waxed canvas finish which looks and feels great. To back this up it also comes with a very high 15,000mm waterproofing and 10,000gm breathability rating meaning warm and dry no matter how long you stay on the mountain for. To back up the warmth this is one of the warmest jackets in the sessions range with a low loft insulation added and they didn’t scrimp on it either! 120g in the body and 80g in the sleeves and hood and with it being a low loft insulation the jacket is not bulky as a result. Keeping with Sessions history and roots with music the Radio jacket comes with Sessions’ brand new external media pocket. Now media pockets may not be a new thing but the way Sessions have gone about it is. The front external pocket is what is used for the media pocket, the top flap flips up and then the whole pocket Velcro pulls down to reveal your phone. This pocket is insulated to prevent your battery from dying and uses a touch screen plastic meaning you can text, change tunes, answer calls without removing it from the pocket. The entrance for your device is at the bottom of the jacket meaning it won’t drop out of the pocket when open and is always help in place, plus audio routing to the interior of the jacket so headphone cables are out of the way. With this all being external there is no need to open your jacket and get cold! A very clever solution!

To add to this Sessions added wrist gaitors, mesh backed pit zips, stretch powder skirt, cuff adjusters, lens sleeve and tie dye liner for a splash of colour. The Radio jacket not only performs well it looks great too. As with all Sessions jackets the centre zip doubles as a whistle too, a winner for sure!

Key Features

  • Mesh-backed pit vents – Underarm on hand easy pull vents to easily vent heat and moisture

  • Cuff adjustments – With faux suede cuff to clinch your glove as you like
  • Hand gaiters – Keeps snow out of your glove with built in hand gaitors
  • Stretch powder skirt – Keeps the powder out of your pants and on the mountain on those powder days
  • External Audio Pocket – Insulated with touch screen plastic so no need to open your jacket and get cold when you need to text or change tunes
  • Audio routing – Routes from the external pocket inside the jacket and through audio cable loops to keep them out of the way
  • Lens Sleeve – Interior lens sleeve pocket
  • Goggle Wipe – Removable goggle wipe in pocket
  • Interior pocket – Interior mesh storage pocket

Technical Features:

  • 15,000mm Waterproofing – Highly Waterproof
  • 10,000gm Breathability – Highly Breathable
  • 120g Body and 80gm Sleeve and Hood Insulation – Very warm low loft insulation for less bulk
  • Foundation 15k Fabric – Tough enough season after season very robust with wax coating on mid section
  • Fully Seam Sealed – All seams are waterproof tape backed to stop water ingress
  • Standard Fit - The classic fit, roomy enough and perfect for performance
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