An Expert Guide to Volcom Snowboard Jackets

Published on 06/14/2023 · 9 min readStay warm and stylish on the slopes with our expert guide to Volcom snowboard jackets. Discover the perfect blend of performance and fashion!
Gaelen Mast, Snowboarding Expert
By Snowboarding Expert Gaelen Mast

That’s me (the author) in my go-to jacket for Colorado winter conditions! Photo courtesy of Gaelen Mast

TL;DR: When buying a Volcom snowboard jacket, consider what climate you’ll use it in. When choosing which of their jackets is best for you, consider jacket features such as waterproofing and breathability, appropriate insulation, taped seams, ventilation, adjustable hoods and cuffs, powder skirts, and ample storage.

Hi! My name is Gaelen, and over the past 11 years, I’ve been able to snowboard 50+ days yearly in locations such as Vermont, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska. Throughout all this snowboarding, I’ve had plenty of time to perfect my snowboarding outfits and have learned through experience what features you need and don’t need in a snowboard jacket. I’ve also been able to work in a dedicated snowboard shop as well as with thousands of customers online at Curated. This experience has helped me gain extensive knowledge of outerwear tech, as everyone’s needs and wants are different, and there’s no single solution for everyone when trying to find a jacket.

Why Volcom?

The Volcom Men's Longo Gore-Tex Jacket. Photo courtesy of Volcom

Volcom was founded in 1991 in Orange County, California, as an action sports apparel brand focused on skateboarding, snowboarding, and surfing. Their "True to This'' philosophy denotes that we should all chase our passions, and their products aim to help customers do just that. They produce outdoorsy outerwear that’s both functional and stylish and is known to focus on youth and young adult adventure culture.

What to Consider When Buying a Volcom Snowboard Jacket

1. What Types of Conditions Will You Be Riding In?

First things first, consider the climate and conditions where you'll be snowboarding. Is your local mountain constantly receiving fresh snow? Is it consistently below 10°F, or is it a more mild climate? Will you be frequently snowboarding in other places that have drastically different climates? Volcom offers jackets designed for many different weather conditions (we’ll discuss these different types of jackets later), so you want to ensure you get a jacket best suited for your specific needs.

2. What Size Volcom Jacket Should You Choose?

Having a proper fitting is essential for both comfort and practicality. You can start with the Volcom sizing chart, which is a great place to begin. However, you should also consider other factors, such as if you prefer a snug or a looser fit for a better range of movement and how many layers you plan to wear underneath your jacket.

3. How Much Should a Volcom Jacket Cost?

This is a tricky question to answer as Volcom offers many different styles of jackets, with prices ranging from $120-$950. However, this is not a case of “more expensive is always better,” each jacket has its specific use case, and it’s more important to choose one that will fit your needs and wants than buying the most expensive one you can afford. However, in general, most Volcom jackets will fall in the $200-$400 range, and the products within this price range should be sufficient for most riders.

4. What Waterproofing and Breathability Ratings Should You Look For?

A jacket's waterproofing and breathability ratings indicate how well it protects against moisture and allows sweat to escape. Volcom's jackets feature its “V-Science technology,” where higher ratings provide better protection and comfort in wet conditions. These ratings range from 10K to 20K.

What Are the Types of Volcom Snowboard Jackets?

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As mentioned, Volcom has many different jacket styles designed for different climates and rider preferences. While this isn’t an exhaustive list of every style of Volcom jacket, these are the main four:

1. Insulated Jackets

Insulated jackets are the move for colder climates as they come with various insulation levels. Volcom offers jackets with synthetic insulation called “V-Science polyfill.” This synthetic insulation provides excellent warmth while keeping the jacket lightweight and insulates even when wet.

  • Benefits:
    • Built-in insulation eliminates the need for excessive layering
  • Keep in Mind:
    • Can be too warm for milder conditions
    • Can't remove the insulation when needed

Examples: Volcom Women's Fawn 2L Insulated Jacket Volcom Men's 17Forty 2L Insulated Jacket

2. Shell Jackets

These jackets are like they sound; they’re designed to be an outer shell, so they’re lightweight, waterproof, and breathable and can provide excellent protection from wind and moisture. However, they have no insulation in them. Therefore, they’re good as a stand-alone jacket for milder conditions (like spring riding), but they’ll require layering if a rider wants to stay warm on colder days.

  • Benefits:
    • Less bulky than other jackets, making them easy to carry around and store
    • Excellent breathability, preventing overheating for warmer days
    • Versatile and can be used for layering to suit varying temperatures
  • Keep in Mind:
    • Not suitable without base layers and mid-layers on colder days

Examples: Volcom Men's Guide GORE-TEX Shell Jacket Volcom Men's Longo 2L Pullover

3. Parkas and Anoraks

Volcom parkas and anoraks are more generalized jackets that aren’t just meant for snowboarding. These jackets often have a longer cut and are more style-focused than performance focused. While they provide weather protection and warmth, they aren’t the best option for those looking for a dedicated snowboarding jacket.

  • Benefits
    • Typically cheaper than a dedicated snowboarding jacket
    • Longer cut offers added coverage and protection from the weather
  • Keep in Mind
    • Less technical and performance-oriented compared to other jacket types
    • Won’t offer the same level of weather protection or warmth

Examples Volcom Paxson 2L TDS INF Parka

4. 3-in-1 Jackets

Volcom 3-in-1 jackets feature a waterproof shell and insulated liner, which may sound like a normal insulated jacket. The key here is that you can remove the insulated liner; however, you can wear the liner and shell together or just the shell or the liner. So you can adjust depending on the weather conditions and your desired level of warmth. This is an excellent option for snowboarders who frequently ride in varying temperatures and want one jacket to cover their needs.

  • Benefits
    • Highly adaptable to various weather conditions
    • Cost-effective, as you essentially get two jackets (shell and insulated liner) for the price of one (although usually closer to the price of 1.5)
  • Keep in Mind
    • May not provide the same level of performance as specialized jackets

Examples: Volcom Iris 3-in-1 GORE-TEX Women’s Jacket

Features to Look for in Volcom Snowboard Jackets

Now that we have a broad overview of the main styles of jackets that Volcom makes, it's time to look at common features that may appear on jackets. Consider which features are important to you, which’ll help you narrow down your jacket choices.

  1. Waterproofing: We already touched on this one, but to reiterate: Volcom's V-Science technology offers various levels of waterproofing on a scale of 10k to 20k (with the higher, the more waterproof it is).
  2. Seams and Zippers: The location of a zipper and seams can be a point of water entry. Look for “critically taped” or “fully taped” seams and waterproof zippers to ensure a jacket is weather-resistant. Volcom also offers some jackets with their Zip Tech system, allowing you to zip your jacket to compatible Volcom pants.
  3. Ventilation: Volcom incorporates pit zips and mesh-lined vents in many jackets to help you stay cool when needed, making these jackets more versatile for different temperatures.
  4. Adjustable Hoods and Cuffs: Hoods and cuffs with adjustable features like drawstrings or Velcro straps can help seal out cold air and snow and are handy when actively snowing or particularly cold. Volcom jackets often include adjustable hoods that are helmet-compatible, meaning they can fit right over your brain bucket.
  5. Powder Skirt: A powder skirt is a great feature if you ride a lot of fresh snow. Many Volcom jackets come with a powder skirt that can be snapped or zipped to the jacket.
  6. Pockets: Ample storage is always useful on the mountain. Volcom jackets often feature various pockets, including dedicated pockets for goggles, media devices, and lift passes, keeping your essentials secure and easily accessible. Look for ones that zip up so you don’t lose your belongings during your run.

How to Choose the Right Volcom Jacket for You

Now that we’ve covered the main types of jackets that Volcom produces and specific features you should consider for your next jacket, it’s time to put it all together and run through some examples! Below are three different scenarios of snowboarders looking for a new Volcom jacket. I’ve highlighted their needs, wants, and recommendations based on these factors.

Tony

Tony spends most of his time snowboarding in Alaska, and he’s looking for a jacket to keep him warm against the freezing winters. He hopes to find a jacket that can withstand lots of snowfall and cold temperatures.

Features to look for:

  • An insulated jacket for maximum warmth
  • A jacket with a high waterproofing rating since there’s lots of fresh snowfall
  • A jacket with a powder skirt for deeper powder days

Products to consider: Volcom Men's Guide GORE-TEX 3L Jacket Volcom Men's 17Forty 2L Insulated Jacket

Rachel

Rachel is new to snowboarding and doesn’t want to invest much money into outerwear. She just wants a functional and practical jacket that’s a good deal and will keep her warm when she goes snowboarding during her February break.

Features to look for:

  • A jacket under $250 as this is on the lower end for a jacket
  • An insulated jacket, as she’ll be riding during the middle of winter

Products to consider: Volcom Women's Bolt 2L Insulated Jacket Volcom Women's Strayer 2L Insulated Jacket

Harry

Harry requires a jacket for East Coast spring laps as his current winter jacket is far too warm when it’s 45°F and sunny. He also wants something with zipper pockets to keep his phone on him for music.

Features to look for:

  • A shell jacket for breathability and warm weather riding
  • A high waterproofing rating as spring snow is often very slushy/wet
  • Zipper pockets to securely carry his phone

Products to consider: Volcom Men's Guide GORE-TEX Shell Jacket Volcom Men's Brighton 2L Pullover

Finding the Right Volcom Snowboard Jacket for You

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While this buying guide is meant to give you a headstart on your Volcom jacket research, you don’t need to continue your shopping journey on your own. You can chat with me or one of my fellow Snowboarding Experts here on Curated in real-time. We can offer you any sort of snowboard gear recommendations!

Whether you’ve got no idea where to start or just want to confirm a couple of specs, shopping with a Curated Snowboarding Expert is the easiest way to get the right gear the first time. With free shipping on orders over $50 and free exchanges, what are you waiting for? Find your new Volcom jacket now and have it at your door in just a few days!

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Volcom Women's Bolt Insulated Jacket
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Volcom Men's Guide GORE-TEX Jacket
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Volcom Men's 17Forty Insulated Jacket
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