The 10 Best Snowboards In 2021
Flying down pristine snow with the sun flashing at you between trees whilst surrounded by endless mountainous vistas has to be one of the purest adrenaline fixes you’ll ever come across in life. If you’ve never snowboarded – or in fact never seen snow – we strongly suggest you get out there and fix that affliction immediately.
Making sure you have the right board under your feet is a must if you aim to get the most out of your time when you hit the cold stuff. Whether you’re waist-deep in powder, ripping the groomers, or stomping big airs in the park – having the right equipment is key.
Hence why we give you the rundown of the best snowboards your hard-earned cash can buy in 2021.
1. Ride Warpig Snowboard
It seems the lust for tall dark and handsome has done its dance with regard to snowboard design in recent times. The Warpig’s shorter deck gives you a more maneuverable snowboard while the setback stance ensures it still floats like a much longer board.
The shape too gives the impression it’s a pure powder ripper, but what’s under the hood gives it a surprising all-mountain edge. Three carbon stringers crisscross underfoot channeling your energy directly out the contact points, meaning this is ideal for slashing, spraying, taking flight, hitting rails, tree runs, and obviously, hitting the deep stuff.
2. Lib Tech T.Rice Orca Snowboard
If you haven’t heard of Mr. Travis Rice we suggest you stop reading here, find a snowboard movie called The Art of Flight, and watch.
Ok, suitably clued up now? Good.
You could say Travis knows his way around a snowboard and was heavily involved in this board’s makeup. At a glance, a long floaty nose combined with powerful poppy contact maximizing short radius “Whale Tail Technology” is the main feature.
That’s not all though. The balsa enlightened core equates to sprightly precision and extra rotation whilst a tight 7m trench gouging side cut means you’ll float in powder like no one’s business, yet still be narrow enough to get around the groomers.
3. Burton RIPCORD
Burton snowboards have been around since the very inception of modern snowboarding. Some have the view they’ve had their time in the sun, they’re a second rate brand, and quite frankly, there are better boards out there.
Believe this ethos at your peril!
Geared more towards beginners and intermediates, this soft flexing board has been crafted to provide forgiveness when learning how to link those toe and heel turns. A flat to rocker profile with easy bevel technology delivers a stable platform with a catch-free ride – meaning less time spent on your face.
Renowned for being the easiest board to ride in the Burton line up, the Ripcord will have you carving up the mountain in record time.
4. Jones Stratos Snowboard
Sometimes the mountain and the conditions are going to throw all kinds of unexpected terrain in your way. And there’s nothing wrong with that – it’s how you deal with it that matters.
The Jones Stratos takes the ideology of an all-mountain board to the next level, and quite humbly too. The board excels in all aspects of snowboarding, providing a playful feel that’s great for freestyle riding along with a directional shape and camber that gives it the float and carving skills of a true powder board. The Stratos is the quiver killer you need.
5. YES Optimistic Snowboard
How important is having something playful under our feet? Well, if it is, you might just have found the board for you. Firstly, by being a stand out performer in both edging and floating in powder will have you singing out that this is indeed an awesome board.
Secondly, this is the real deal for any all-mountain rider who spends the majority of their time seeking the deepest carves and powder – yet isn’t afraid to venture off-piste. Seriously fast and seriously powerful; the Yes Optimistic requires an advanced rider and certainly not a hopeful like its namesake.
6. Weston Backwoods Snowboard
Taking your riding to the next level will always be firmly high on any all-mountain snowboarder’s to-do list. And with that means adventuring off into the backcountry equipped with only the right gear, right?
Subsequently, splitboards appear to be having themselves quite the moment. Carbon boards have been given a poor rap in recent years – but don’t hold this against Weston, or this board in particular, as we can vouch the quality is tried, tested, and very much delivers.
From deep powder to big-mountain couloirs, uphill climbs, and everything in between, the Backwoods executes everything with minimal effort.
7. Salomon Dancehall Snowboard
Appearing like it may have been custom made for Elton John’s late foray into snowboarding; the Dancehall’s Golden topsheet will mesmerize all those who lay eyes on it and leave you, the rider, smiling once you discover it’s not just a glitter-infused disco dropout. The Popster Core is milled out down the length of the board to deliver pop and power underfoot with decent all-round flex.
Add a smidge of rocker to lift the contact points in the tips, and voila, you’re on track to press longer and butter oh so better. The epitome of a great freeride board, the Dancehall promises to inject glamour into anyone’s riding.
8. K2 Simple Pleasures
The classic camber found on this board complements great grip on the piste and the medium-high flex ultimately increases control when you find yourself on hard-packed snow. Now, insert yourself a wide waist and the K2 Simple Pleasures is on track to change the very way you fundamentally look at turning; you have yourself a stable base for strong arcing turns, but when the time comes it’ll slash and surf the mountain with utter aplomb.
A great choice for intermediate to advanced riders looking to add a carve/surf infused – and capable – board with heaps of personality to their quiver.
9. Bataleon Camel Toe Snowboard
Always guaranteed to raise an eyebrow, Bataleon’s version of the Camel Toe is no different. The board proves its prowess in powder and piste alike owed to the unique POW 3BT + Sidekick profile. There’s a full-length gentle camber which bites into the groomers and adds much needed steadiness when you find yourself hooning through some of the choppy white stuff.
Whether you’re a twitchy newcomer to snowboarding or a seasoned veteran looking to add a powder stick to your quiver, the Camel Toe can’t help but tick so many boxes. Fairly priced and with a great aesthetic to boot you should go and buy one – right this second.
10. Capita Ultrafear Snowboard
As far as good jibbing boards go the Ultrafear has to be one of the best there is. And as a 3-time Transworld Good Wood Award winner, insiders say this model is highly revered amongst the guys at Capita themselves.
Kevlar Titanal Body Armor features as part of the construction (yes, you read that right) naturally giving the board a thick durable core, as well as adding stiffness through the sidewalls.
The Ultrafear will handle all small and medium-sized jumps but anything bigger might show up the board’s overall soft feel: keep the jumps natural and medium-sized and you’ll be golden.
This can vary a lot from what you intend to do with it, your ability, and even your weight. Some people who have been snowboarding for years will swear on standing a snowboard on its end and finding where the tip meets just under your chin. Others believe it’s more complex and should be approached with much more concerted effort.
With regards to weight, if you find yourself in the 160 – 170 lb range your snowboard is likely going to be between 59 – 62 inches. Also worth noting is manufacturers will often have guideline advice for customers on sizing advising whether to ride shorter or longer than what you normally might.
Flex is the keyword here and refers to a board’s ability to bend and twist when a person applies and shifts their weight. There are two directions a board can flex in. A longitudinal flex is a bend in the board along its length and an important factor in initiating turns and maneuvers. The second direction of flex is across the width of your board and is called torsional flex. The torsional flex-direction is a determining factor in the amount of edge hold a board has.
Stiffer boards are generally intended for backcountry and steep hard riding conditions. Whereas softer boards are more at home in the park and making jumps and not at huge speeds either.
Boards vary quite a bit with regards to pricing. Kids boards and last season’s models will always be cheaper, and anything bigger and gnarlier will be unsurprisingly more expensive. As a guide expect to pay anywhere from $400 – $600 for your board — this doesn’t include all of the extras you will need like bindings, boots, etc. Alas, snowboarding is not a cheap pastime.
The Best 14 Leather Jackets for Men in 2021
With the winter months (hopefully) dwindling down, it’s time to start planning ahead to a time where we can wear thinner jackets and fewer layers. While it may be tempting to quickly shed your parka and grab for whatever piece of outerwear is nearby, don’t reach for last year’s wardrobe item just yet. Isn’t it time you try something new, like, say, a leather jacket?
Though it may seem all leather jackets are similar, there are actually many different designs and styles that work for different body types and tastes. In this article, we will take a look at the hottest leather jacket trends that have hit the market this season.
1. Aaron Brown Leather Bomber
The Aaron Brown Leather Jacket from The Jacket Maker is an excellent choice for any guy looking for that traditional bomber look. This awesome jacket features a slim cut and ribbed cuffs and waist. It’s made with incredibly tough, yet soft, goatskin leather, making it a great choice for guys that aren’t used to wearing leather jackets.
One of the best things about the Aaron is that it shirks the classic pouch pockets on the lower half of the jacket, opting for two buttoned patch pockets on the chest instead. This design gives it a more streamlined look than most bombers, without taking away from any of the authenticity.
2. Saint Laurent Leather Biker Jacket
There is a reason why leather jackets and bikers are usually associated with one another. Historically, many motorcycle riders have seen a leather jacket as a stylish way to protect themselves, not only from the elements but also from the possibility of a crash. While this may seem hard to believe – it’s not like leather comes with a large amount of padding, after all – leather has actually been shown to offer more protection than your average vinyl jacket or equivalent.
Maybe you’re not hopping on a motorcycle anytime soon, but you can still treat yourself to this biker-inspired Saint Laurent leather jacket. With a price tag surpassing $5,000, it’s certainly our premium pick on this list, but if you’re looking for the leather jacket of a lifetime, you have it right here. This pick is sure to come with the “for life” quality Saint Laurent is particularly known for.
3. Reiss Keith Leather Cafe Racer Jacket
Reiss is a British fashion retailer that’s been around since the 1970s. For the first 30 years of its brand history, it focused solely on men’s fashion before eventually expanding to carry items for women as well. However, the fact high-quality items for men are at the heart of this brand is very apparent through their simple wardrobe staples such as the Keith leather cafe racer jacket.
This Reiss jacket comes at a considerably lower price point than its counterparts, which makes it a pick that packs a lot of value. It’s made from super-soft leather and features a full lining. It’s the perfect choice for anybody who prefers a slim-fit jacket.
4. Lavendard Brown Leather Bike Jacket
The Jacket Maker has something for everyone, including guys that are a bit intimidated by purchasing their first leather jacket. Not only is the Lavendard incredibly affordable, but it also has a really approachable look despite its biker moniker. With open hem cuffs and a tailored fit, it looks great with badass-inspired outfits as well as everyday wear.
The Lavendard is made of real cowhide, which means it will take on a great patina over time. But it might be a bit stiff when you first get it. The more you wear it, the faster it’ll form to your body, break-in, and soften up. The fact that it goes with so many outfits will help speed up that process.
5. Ksubi Capital Leather Jacket
The Capital Leather Jacket from Ksubi comes in 100% authentic leather and is designed to have a biker fit. It’s heavy-duty with a protective interior quilted lining. It also features retro details such as antique zippers.
Kusbi is an Australian fashion label that’s existed since the 1990s. While the brand was originally focused on high-end denim, they’ve expanded their offerings over time to include other textiles such as leather. Items from Ksubi’s collections have been shown at such high-profile events as New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week, and the company operates a flagship store in New York’s SOHO neighborhood.
6. Acne Studios Off-Centred Zipper Biker Jacket
Swedish fashion powerhouse Acne Studios is well-known for their basic wardrobe pieces, so it makes sense that they would have the classic leather jacket look on lock. We love the way this off-centered jacket packs a punch of personality with its multiple buckles and zippers, but we love even more the way that it does not compromise softness or comfort at the expense of appearance.
This jacket comes with a high-end price tag, but it has the high-end materials to match. It is made of 100% genuine lambskin and comes with an interior lining of 100% viscose. Its unique off-center zip takes its inspiration from street style.
7. Airin G-1 Black and White Leather Jacket
There’s only one way to improve upon a traditional bomber: Add shearling fabric. The Jacket Maker’s Airin G-1 Bomber will have ready to strap into the cockpit, ready to fly over Europe on a midnight air-raid. It has a thick polyester-lined collar as well as ribbed cuffs and waist for a nice, snug fit that keeps the wind at bay.
The Airin is made with real sheepskin, so it’s soft but super durable, making it a great choice for almost any type of casual wear. The dual front pouch pockets are great for a phone and a pair of gloves, so if you’re wearing it on a motorcycle, you’ll have the storage you need.
8. Saturdays NYC Leather Harrington Jacket
If you’re unfamiliar with the brand Saturdays NYC, prepare to fall in love. As a laidback lifestyle brand, Saturdays NYC infuses its love for all things surfer culture in all of its fashion offerings. While primarily known for their loungewear, such as sweats and pullover sweaters, they also happen to make one of the best leather jackets on the market right now.
The leather Harrington jacket features a smooth design and has deep pockets for your convenience. It is made of 100% lambskin leather and features a lining made of polyester. Staying true to its brand’s carefree nature, this jacket features a more relaxed fit than many classic leather jackets.
9. Berluti Piped Venezia Leather Jacket
Unlike the other options we’ve included so far, Berluti is known less for being a fashion brand and more for being a leather maker. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the Paris-based manufacturer has been producing fine leather clothing items and accessories, from belts to bags to jackets.
Berluti’s piped Venezia leather jacket is the apex of luxury leather fashion. Made from a distinctive brown shade, this jacket line has been around since the 1980s – and it’s a style that certainly stands the test of time.
This jacket is made from 100% authentic patinated calfskin leather and features shoulder patches and a buttoned collar. For optimal breathability, the jacket even features ventilation eyelets.
10. Dean Black Leather Biker Jacket
Let’s be honest.. A traditional racing-style biker jacket is about as cool as it gets. With the high band-style collar and heavy-duty zippers on the front of The Jacket Maker’s Dean Leather Biker Jacket, you’re sure to get that badass look.
The Dean is made with 100% real cowhide leather, so it might be a little stiff at first, but it will break in and patina like none other. The Dean features three zippered pockets on the front as well as zippered cuffs, providing that authentic racing jacket-look without killing your bank account.
11. Kingsman Burnished Leather Jacket
Kingsman is a line of high-quality clothing pieces that exists as a collaboration between Mr. Matthew Vaughn, director of the film The King’s Man, and international online fashion retailer MR PORTER. The line features items that are inspired by classic military style and timeless sensibilities.
The burnished leather jacket from the Kingsman line is unique for its length as well as its appearance. It draws direct inspiration from an aviator jacket worn on-screen in The King’s Man, a period piece that takes place in the 1940s. The jacket is made out of sturdy cow leather and buttons made of buffalo horns. It also features two linings – one made of cotton, and one made of viscose.
12. AllSaints Milo Leather Biker Jacket
AllSaints is a British fashion brand from the United Kingdom. Since its founding in the 1990s, it has grown to an international presence that consists of more than 200 retail stores across Europe, North America, and Asia. The brand is mostly focused on fashion for women and men, though it also sells footwear and other accessories. It has primarily seen its popularity grow thanks to its popularity among a celebrity clientele.
AllSaints makes a number of leather jackets, but the Milo biker jacket is definitely one to write home about. This is a jacket that brings out the very best of two very different worlds – including a soft composition and sharp edges – since it is made of tender lamb leather and decorated to the nines with perfectly-placed zippers and buckles. It also has a distinctive slim fit.
13. Golden Bear Sherpa Jacket
San Francisco brand Golden Bear may have its roots in ship workers in the San Francisco Bay since the 1920s, but it’s evolved today to combine both utilitarianism and high-end style. Although not as recognized outside of its native northern California, to know the stylish jackets of Golden Bear is to love them.
The sherpa jacket, in particular, is exquisite. Like any Golden Bear clothing piece, it’s designed to be worn for life, and fortunately, it comes with a style that will be sure to stay in fashion for decades to come, with brown distressed leather and a notable shearling collar that can be detached.
14. Tom Ford Zip-up Leather Jacket
Tom Ford is well-known for their high-end scents and formal clothing, but they have a strong foot in the casual jacket sphere as well. Not that this zip-up leather jacket is something you would wear to a casual house party. Its sleek edges and formal design make it more than suitable for a fancy professional event or night out on the town.
True to its brand’s roots, no attention to detail was spared in the creation of this particular wardrobe piece. Its straightforward design features 100% authentic leather and a cotton and polyamide lining. It is truly meant to last for life. Made in Italy, this jacket has shallow pockets in the front and a zipper down the center.
Leather Jacket FAQs
While there are many different unique leather jacket configurations out there, there are four classic syles you should be most aware of. In no particular order, they are the leather bomber jacket (also called aviator jacket), the leather racer jacket (sometimes called moto), the trenchcoat, and the fencer. While bomber jackets and racer jackets tend to be more relaxed, the trenchcoat and the fencer are more dramatic.
If you care for your leather jacket correctly you should have a wardrobe piece that’ll last you a lifetime. Most leather jackets cannot be washed at home and must only be handled professionally. The first step to taking proper care of your jacket is to adhere to this rule.
You should also keep your leather jacket dry as often as possible and keep it away from extreme heat or cold air. If you are not going to be wearing your leather jacket for a period of time, such as during a warm season, then you’ll want to be sure that you are hanging it up correctly – this means out of direct sunlight and in a properly-ventilated area.
Determining how much to pay for a leather jacket is a very personal matter. For an authentic leather jacket, you will probably be paying, at a baseline, $500. However, this price can easily skyrocket from here, depending on the jacket’s materials and manufacturing process.
Some leather jackets can cost as much as $10,000! There is no right or wrong number – it’s instead about the brands you like and the style that you envision for yourself.