Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Just the Right Jacket for Winter Weather Sports

When you are out on your snowmobile, it will get cold. You will be whipping through chilly wind and it could be actively snowing. You need a snowmobilejacket that is going to keep you warm and comfortable for the entire length of your ride.

Waterproof and Breathable
You want to look at the MM rating to determine how waterproof the jacket is and at the GM or G to determine breathability. You want to find the highest number possible because this will ensure maximum breathability and waterproofing.

Where you will be snowmobiling plays a major role in how much breathability and waterproofing you need. If you are in a wet climate, like the climate in Oregon, you want a minimum of 10,000 when it comes to breathability and waterproofing. If you are in Colorado, or a similarly dry climate you could choose a breathability and waterproofing rating as low as 5,000.

While breathability and waterproofing are the most important, you can still consider style. Keep in mind that you need to be able to move freely and at the same time, not be trapped in your jacket. So, do not go too big or too small, but do go with your personal style. For example, if you tend to wear clothes that are fitted, choose a fitted jacket, just make sure it is not too tight. On the other hand, if your style is more relaxed, choose a looser fit, but no so loose that you are swimming in your jacket. You want to be comfortable and still be yourself as you snowmobile through the snow.

Consider Features
Some jackets will have removable liners, some will have a powder skirt and some will have vents. You need to figure out where you will be snowmobiling, the climate there, how your body reacts to this climate and what you will need to have your best ride. For example, if you tend to snowmobile in the really, really cold weather, then a removable liner is a good idea.

You also want to consider pockets. If you are making a day of this, you probably need to carry your wallet, ID, car keys and another small item or two. You want to be able to fit all of these things into the pockets on your jacket. To ensure that you do not lose anything, choose a jacket that has pockets that can be zippered closed. 
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  1. Thank you for this info!

    When my kids were little, their coat had to be waterproof, with an added windbreaker liner too..

  2. Thank goodness we don't need such a jacket in Florida, LOL! It is a beautiful jacket and if I were still in NY it would be on my list.

  3. a snowmobile jacket is something I wish I could one day wear :)thank you so much for this info :)