Travis Rice is widely considered one of the best snowboarders in the world. Freethinking, progressive, stylish, and incredibly versatile, the Jackson Hole native has spent enough time in the mountains and cold weather to know what he wants and what works when it comes to outerwear. Teaming up with Quiksilver, Rice helped create a signature collection of outerwear that reflects his personal style and demand for high quality, durable, water-resistant, warm, and breathable materials. The Quiksilver Travis Rice Polar Pillow 15K jacket proves his point.
The jacket combines a traditional down jacket’s cocoon-like warmth with enough breathability so you don’t overheat while riding powder, while still allowing you to move. We put it on in the cold early mornings and appreciated the warmth it provided during the first cold, dark lift ride to the top and then shredded our favorite powder line for 3,000 vertical feet without having to take it off. We didn’t even have to unzip the jacket because it was so breathable. Plus, the jacket-to-pant attachment system, lycra wrist gators, and two-way adjustable hood kept us dry no matter how deep the snow was.
Quiksilver used their DryFlight Technology inside the jacket, loosely sewing custom-printed taffeta lining (with artwork by Rice’s buddy and fellow Quicksilver rider, Mike Perillo) to increase comfort and breathability no matter how much we sweat. Best of all, the 300g Thinsulate 3M insulation creates the type of warmth that can stand up to the sub-zero temps Jackson Hole is famous for. [$323; quiksilver.com]