The Top 6 Most Recommended Burton Women's Snowboard Jackets

Published on 02/06/2024 · 9 min readHit the slopes in style! Check out the top most recommended Burton women's snowboard jackets, blending fashion, warmth, and durability for winter sports.
Melissa Stevens, Ski Expert
By Ski Expert Melissa Stevens

Burton is known for making high-quality gear and apparel for snowboarders and produces some of the best women's snowboard jackets in the world. As a Ski & Snowboard Expert here on Curated, I have spent years in a local ski shop, helping snowboarders find a jacket that they love. Burton is a brand that I highly recommend due to its fair prices, innovative designs, and long-lasting materials.

If you’re like me, you’ll understand that having a jacket you love can influence how you feel on the mountain. With jacket prices ranging from less than $100 to over five times that price, it can be tough to ensure you are paying a fair price. In this article, I’ll talk about what to look for when shopping for a Burton snowboard jacket and recommend my top picks for the 2024 season.

What to Consider when Buying a Burton Women’s Snowboard Jacket

What Kind of Jacket is Best for Snowboarding?

Similar to ski jackets, the best snowboard jackets are waterproof, breathable, insulated, durable, and have well-thought-out features like large pockets, large hoods to fit over a helmet, and a powder skirt. Snowboarding jackets also need to fit in a way that doesn’t restrict your ability to move freely while at the same time not being so baggy that you are feeling cold air flow through. Snowboard jackets sometimes differ from ski jackets in that they have a more relaxed fit, but for the most part, the two jackets can be used interchangeably. Check out this article on winter sports jackets if you’re looking for more info on how a ski or snowboard jacket should fit.

Do Burton Snowboard Jackets Run Big?

To accommodate both skiers and snowboarders who want to customize their fit, Burton breaks their jackets up into slim fit, regular fit, and relaxed fit. That way, each category will run true to size.

The slim fit will fit close to the body but still have enough room for a full range of motion and a layer or two underneath. If you are always cold and prefer a design that mirrors the outline of your body, this would be the choice for you.

The regular fit allows room for layer and range of motion as well, with a bit of extra space to provide a roomier feel. This option is common in many of Burton’s jackets and a safe option to go with if you aren’t sure how you prefer your jacket to fit.

The relaxed fit has a baggier look and is traditionally a favorite of park skiers and boarders. The sleeve length of a relaxed-fit jacket is typically a little longer as well, so it’s worth looking into if sleeve length is an issue for you.

What is Burton’s ak Collection?

When browsing for Burton jackets, you may notice that many show “ak” as part of the name. Burton’s [ak] line is their most technical, high-performance outerwear collection, with backcountry enthusiasts and big mountain riders in mind. Burton has partnered with GORE-TEX for these products and uses different layering, features, and fabric than in some of their other jackets to provide unbeatable performance. The “ak” stands for Alaska, where Burton has been testing this collection of outerwear since the 1990s.

If you are mostly skiing in the resort, you may not find the ak collection worth the investment, but I would highly recommend these jackets for hardcore riders and those who get out into the backcountry. This is not to say that you won’t find high-quality Burton jackets outside of the ak collection. Many (but not all) jackets in the ak collection are shells, meaning they lack insulation, but have waterproof and windproof, breathable fabric that you can add layers to underneath.

Are Burton Jackets Good Quality?

Burton is well-known in the snowboarding community for pioneering the sport back in 1964 when Jake Burton Carpenter first rode a toy snowboard and knew that “there was a sport here.” Burton has since grown massively and now controls about 30-40% of the snowboard market worldwide.

Burton's rich history has allowed the company the time and resources to test and create all types of Jackets, with Shaun White to back them. Now, Burton shows pride in creating not only high-quality snowboards but also manufacturing excellent apparel that both skiers and riders love. When it comes to snowboard jackets, it is safe to say that Burton is the leader in innovation. Each seam is critically sealed, and jackets are built to last a lifetime.

Are Burton Jackets Sustainable?

Burton has a strong sense of sustainability and is working each day to become more environmentally friendly. As of now, 65% of Burton's jackets are Bluesign standard, with the goal of reaching 100% by 2025. This means that 65% of those products are made with the most strict industry standards when it comes to the environment and the people making those clothes.

They are also known for using easy-to-recycle packaging and are working towards using DWR coating free from PFC(Perfluorochemicals), which can be harmful to the environment. Each year, Burton has increased the volume of its recycled materials used in new jackets and offers lifetime warranties on 100% of its soft goods (jackets, pants, mittens, etc.) to keep its clothing out of landfills.

1. Burton Women's [ak] Kimmy GORE-TEX 3L Stretch Jacket

If you're looking for the most performance-oriented Burton ski and snowboard jacket, look no further than the Kimmy. This jacket is one of my favorites not only in Burton's lineup but also in other brands. Breathability ratings are off the charts, and GORE-TEX allows for a high waterproof rating.

The fabric is soft and comfortable, and the pockets are large and well thought out. It holds up well in extremely cold temperatures but is so breathable that you can wear it on a fair weather day, too. With the 3 layer design, you should be ready to tackle any weather conditions. The downside is that it is one of the most expensive Burton jackets, so those shopping on a tight budget may want to look elsewhere.

2. Burton Women's Prowess 2.0 2L Jacket

Burton's Prowess 2.0 2L jacket is a great deal at less than $250 for a fully insulated snowboard jacket. This gem sports a relaxed fit and is thigh-length, leaving plenty of room for layering and mobility.

Insulation and fabric are lightweight and breathable, but you may find yourself wanting to add an extra layer on super cold days. The insulation is lightweight compared to other Burton jackets, at just 60 grams, whereas others might be 80 grams. The lining fabric is sherpa fleece, making the inside soft and cozy, while DWR (durable water-repellent coating) will keep moisture at bay.

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3. Burton Women's Pillowline GORE-TEX 2L Anorak Jacket

This anorak jacket is one that you won’t want to overlook. The high-quality materials and well-thought-out design make the Pillowline Gore-tex 2L Anorak one of my favorites of all time for 2024.

The large kangaroo pocket on the front is great for phones and doesn’t bulge out like some with smaller chest pockets. I love the features this jacket sports, including pit zips and adjustable cuffs. The anorak design means this jacket is pulled over the head rather than zipped up. Some people love this style, while others prefer a traditional zipper down the front. The jacket is a regular fit, so it is not too tight and not too baggy.

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4. Burton Women's [ak] Upshift GORE-TEX 2L Jacket

This top-notch jacket is technically an outer shell since there is no insulation, but it is perfect for milder days above 35 to 40°F or for layering. This is an excellent option for both the backcountry and the resort, with GORE-TEX polyester fabric that is both waterproof and highly breathable.

The jacket is nicely tapered at the waist, but there is enough room left to layer, making it a relaxed fit with shape. It is also waist-length for those who prefer a more traditional length rather than a long jacket. If you're shopping for outer layers, this isn’t one to be missed.

5. Burton Women's Treeline GORE-TEX 2L Insulated Jacket

Finding GORE-TEX waterproofing technology at a price under $400 is tough, making this jacket an absolute steal. It has a plethora of large zippered pockets, as well as a lightweight design and synthetic insulation to keep you toasty and ensure maximum comfort. It also features breathable fabric, so sweat won't build up.

For a low-priced jacket, you would expect to be missing some key features, but this one seems to have it all. An adjustable hood, removable waist gaiter, and underarm vents for added ventilation. Enjoy a regular fit that isn’t too baggy or tight. If you want an unbeatable deal when it comes to a GORE-TEX insulated jacket, check this one out before it’s gone.

6. Burton Women's Powline GORE-TEX 2L Insulated Jacket

The Powline sports a classic, regular fit, and hip-length, but Burton's materials, technical features, and well-thought-out design make this coat anything but ordinary. This jacket allows for warmth even in cold Canadian winters, with insulation and a GORE-TEX coating to keep out moisture. The Powline will keep you warm in the wind and even has a helmet-compatible hood that stays secure over your head in strong winds.

Features like the large pit zips, ski pocket pass, interior goggle lens pocket, and thermal pocket to keep your phone from dying make your experience on the slopes that much easier to enjoy. I love this jacket because it has every feature I would want in a snowboard jacket, yet it also offers enough versatility in style and design to wear around town.

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6. Burton Women's Powline GORE-TEX 2L Insulated Jacket

The Powline sports a classic, regular fit, and hip-length, but Burton's materials, technical features, and well-thought-out design make this coat anything but ordinary. This jacket allows for warmth even in cold Canadian winters, with insulation and a GORE-TEX coating to keep out moisture. The Powline will keep you warm in the wind and even has a helmet-compatible hood that stays secure over your head in strong winds.

Features like the large pit zips, ski pocket pass, interior goggle lens pocket, and thermal pocket to keep your phone from dying make your experience on the slopes that much easier to enjoy. I love this jacket because it has every feature I would want in a snowboard jacket, yet it also offers enough versatility in style and design to wear around town.

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Finding the Best Burton Jacket for You

Choosing the right jacket can be highly personal, but it is safe to say that any snowboarder should be able to find a perfect jacket in Burton’s lineup to fit their needs. Whether you’re a beginner, frequent resort rider, or backcountry enthusiast, Burton has a jacket that you’ll love. The tricky part is finding which one that is! If you have any questions when it comes to finding your next Burton jacket for any climate, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Curated Snowboarding Expert for help.

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Burton Women's [ak] Kimmy GORE-TEX 3L Stretch Jacket
$619.95
Burton Women's Prowess 2.0 2L Jacket
$224.96$299.95
Burton Women's Pillowline GORE-TEX 2L Anorak Jacket
$292.46$389.95

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Burton Women's [ak] Upshift GORE-TEX 2L Jacket
$459.95
Burton Women's Treeline GORE-TEX 2L Insulated Jacket
$307.46$409.95
Burton Women's Powline GORE-TEX 2L Insulated Jacket
$254.96$339.95
686 Men's GORE-TEX GT Jacket
$258.97$369.95
686 Women's Hydra Jacket
$202.97$289.95
686 Men's SMARTY 3-in-1 Form Jacket
$217.46$289.95
Burton Men's Covert 2L Insulated Jacket
$127.99$219.95

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