Snowmobile Jacket Buyers Guide
The snowmobile jacket you choose can either make or break your ride. It will protect you from the outside elements and is meant to keep you warm and dry. Choosing which jacket to purchase can be confusing due to the number of choices available.
The information presented on this page is meant to help you make that choice. When you are done reviewing this information be sure to visit our snowmobile jacket department where you'll find a wide selection of snowmobile jackets.
Shopping guidelines for snowmobile jackets
What type of rider are you and in what type of weather do you ride
To begin with think about what type of rider you are and the kinds of weather you ride in. If you are a casual rider and only ride on nice days then an lower priced entry level jacket will work for you in most cases. If on the other hand you are a more aggressive rider and/or go out no matter what the weather, then you'll want a jacket with more advance features. An easy rule to remember is that the more features a jacket has usually the higher its price and the greater its breath ability.
Will this jacket fit me?
Next you'll have to consider sizing. The question you are going have to ask yourself is, will this jacket fit me. Determining what size is going to fit you can be tricky. Ideally you'd be able to try it on in person before buying, but often this isn't an option because few dealers carry snowmobile jackets. In the case of ordering over the internet, you're going to have to consider several factors to determine what size to order.
Factors to consider include:
- Is a manufacturers sizing chart provided? If so you should note that most sizing charts are based on averages and work about 80% of the time.
- Don't kid yourself when taking your measurements. If you're carrying more in your gut or have a large tail end take that into account.
- Most jackets are meant to fit a wide range of body types but won't work for everyone.
- If you're the type of person that doesn't want to have to make a return or exchange if it doesn't fit, then you'll need to shop in person.
How to wear snowmobile jackets
Using your snowmobile jacket would seem simple enough. Just slip it on over your shirt. While this will get you on the trail, it isn't going to make you comfortable or allow your jacket to function properly.
So, make sure you wear the right type of layering apparel. What we are referring to is the clothing you wear between your skin and the jacket. The easiest thing to remember is that wearing anything that is made from cotton is a bad idea. The more active you are while riding and the more extreme the weather conditions you ride in the more important this will be to consider.
Major brands of snowmobile jackets
There are several major brands of snowmobile jackets The best known major brands are:
- Katahdin Snowmobile Jackets
- Joe Rocket Snowmobile Jackets
- Arctiva Snowmobile Jackets
- FLY Snowmobile Jackets
These brands usually carry a few different models of jackets. Models usually range from entry level to more advance jackets. In most cases these will be made for a few years and then discontinued to make room for newer models.
Shop By Gender and Age
There are snowmobile jackets made for men, women and youth. These are sized differently to accommodate the differences in gender and age.
Where to buy snowmobile jackets
Your choices for places to shop are:
- Find a local dealer that carries snowmobile jackets
- Order your snowmobile jacket from a mail order company
If you decide to order your jacket via mail order, then visit our snowmobile jacket department. It features brand name snowmobile jackets.