Find the right jacket for your riding style and weather conditions
When it comes to staying warm and comfortable on your sled, there is a huge selection of snowmobile jackets to choose from. Here are five of our favorites.
Finding the right snowmobile jacket is key to making sure you have a safe, warm, dry and enjoyable ride out on the mountain, trail or wherever it is that you like to get your snow fix. With so many options it’s hard to know what to choose, but once you have an idea of what jacket is best for what type of riding, your choice will be much easier! We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite snowmobile jackets to help get you started.
The type of snowmobile coat you need will vary based on the type of riding you are doing. For those of you who ride in the mountains and enjoy a higher range of activity on your sled, choose a lighter weight jacket that doesn’t make you overheated or get drenched in sweat. If you’re riding in -20 degree or colder weather then you want a jacket that is thicker and will keep the cold air out.
Fit is also an important consideration. A quality jacket will let you move freely both on your sled and off. And keep in mind that a jacket that fits one rider may not work for another. Women snowmobilers don’t always appreciate the fit of men’s snowmobile gear, so our list includes one jacket designed specifically for women riders.
Editor’s Choice: Klim Inversion Jacket
Klim is an industry leader when it comes to high quality snowmobile gear. The Inversion jacket is incredibly versatile. This is a non-insulated snowmobile coat that is ideal for high activity mountain or backcountry riding. It features Gore Windstopper weather protection and is very breathable, meaning it doesn’t trap moisture inside while riding. This jacket was redesigned to be lighter, and it has additional stretch materials added for a more comfortable fit. It’s undoubtedly one of the best and snowmobile jackets in the industry.
Divas SnowGear Women’s Lily Collection Jacket
Also an industry leader, Divas Snow Gear features a variety of snowmobile jackets and gear for women riders. Its designs appeal to all types of riders with a variety of color options. The Lily jacket is built around a durable 420D nylon shell with reissa, a breathable and waterproof coating. Other features include 200 grams of 3M Thinsulate in the body, 150 grams in the sleeves and hood, seal taped seams to keep moisture out, underarm vents for temperature regulation, and 3M Scotch lite reflective logo for improved nighttime visibility. This women’s snowmobile jacket is available in a variety of colors, so choices are plentiful.
Ski-Doo Helium Enduro Snowmobile Jacket
One of the most versatile snowmobile jackets available is the Ski-Doo Helium Enduro. This Ski-Doo snowmobile jacket features mid-weight insulation and a 100% windproof and waterproof membrane. Zippers and seams are sealed, and four vents are great for cooling down if you get warm while riding. This jacket has a number of pockets, is designed as “backpack friendly” for those avy-pack riders, and has additional features such as a powder skirt, hem, collar and wrist adjustments to prevent snow from getting in, and reflective components for safety at night.
Best Value: Castle X G6 Jacket
For those of us with a tighter budget,the Castle X Platform G6 is a great all-around snowmobile jacket that features a tough polyester/nylon shell with fixed Castle ColdShield quilted insulation on the inside with 200 grams of insulation in the body and 150 grams in the sleeves. Other features of this solid budget snowmobile coat include water resistant PU coated shell, double stitched seams, 3M Scotchlite reflective materials, zippered internal chest pocket, fleece-lined collar, and a tether D-ring.
More Than a Jacket: FXR CX Lite Monosuit
The decision to move to a monosuit is a big one. If you’ve already done it, you likely aren’t going to go back to riding in normal snowmobile jackets again. The biggest plus to wearing a monosuit is that there are fewer areas for snow to get past your outer layers. Nobody likes snow down their pants! FXR is a big player in the monosuit game with its bright colors and flashy designs. This monosuit features a durable polyester shell, mesh/fleece lining, snowproof and moisture resistant venting, waterproof zippers, removable hood, padded knees, and so many more features. A monosuit is great for active riding, on backcountry trails and more, keeping you warm and dry at all times.
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