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How to Choose Between Sleeping Bags

Three and four-season sleeping bags come in two varieties: down insulated and synthetic insulated. Each insulation offers a distinct set of advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to do some research before you pick your sleeping bag. Temperatures, weather, and sleeping style are all considerations when making your choice.

Down
Down is the lightest, warmest, and most packable form of insulation. However, down loses some of its insulating properties when wet and tends to be more expensive than synthetic insulation. Shop Down Sleeping Bags
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Synthetic
Synthetic insulation can better handle wet conditions and usually has a lower price tag than down, but it's also bulkier and heavier. Take this into consideration when planning long trips. Shop Synthetic Sleeping Bags
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How to Choose a Snowboard Jacket

 

Your snowboard jacket should keep you dry when you’re riding wet, sloppy snow, breathe enough that you don’t sweat hard when you’re riding hard, and be warm enough that you don’t freeze on the way up the lift for another lap. Most people will want a powder skirt to keep out the snow. Insulation, venting, helmet-compatible hoods, pockets, fit, and fabric choices come down to what’s best for your riding style.

Waterproof Rating:

A jacket’s waterproof rating tells you how well its fabric, membrane, and seam construction protect you from wet weather. Look for a higher waterproof rating (20k+) if you spend lots of time in stormy weather or in a wet climate like the Pacific Northwest.

Features:

Generally, most snowboarders want a powder skirt to keep the snow out and venting to help them stay cool. A jacket designed for resorts will have features focused on comfort or convenience whereas a jacket designed for the minimalist or backcountry snowboarder will keep things simple to save weight.

Insulation:

Heavily insulated jackets are inherently warm and can be worn over minimal layering. Jackets without insulation require extra mid layers or an insulation layer, but they allow you the flexibility to dress down on warmer days.