Product: Burton Horizon Women’s Snowboard Jacket
Price: $199.00 (USD) recommended retail
My rating: 8.9/10
Hello and welcome to SnowboardingProfiles.com’s latest jacket review. In this review we look at the Burton Horizon Snowboard Jacket.
The Horizon will be assessed on waterproofness, breathability, overall functionality, style and value for money.
All right let’s get straight into it!
Waterproofing is assessed in two different ways. Firstly based on the waterproof rating of the fabric of the jacket and secondly based on how the seams are sealed.
If you are interested in learning more about waterproofing and the other things to look out for in a snow jacket, check out the link below.
These ratings are usually between 5,000 and 20,000mm.
The Horizon has a rating of 10,000mm. My own jacket is rated 10,000mm and I have always been bone dry under it. Mine is also fully seam sealed which is a big part of the reason it keeps me dry.
So is the Horizon fully seam sealed….?
Waterproof rating score = 10,000mm = 1.6/2.0
Yes – the Horizon is fully seam sealed!
A combination of 10,000mm and fully seam sealed should keep you dry in most conditions – it certainly has for me.
Seams sealed score = fully sealed = 2.0/2.0
The Horizon has a fabric breathability rating of 10,000 grams. Anything over 8,000 grams should be pretty good at wicking away sweat and being generally comfortable. So 10,000gs should do a good job.
Again my own jacket is 10,000gs and I find it does a good job in wicking away sweat – and I’m a sweaty male!
Breathability score = 10,000 = 1.6/2.0
If you are riding in cold conditions or tend to feel the cold, then some extra insulation will help to keep you warm.
The Horizon comes with insulation to the tune of 40g thinsulate. This should add a good bit of warmth to the jacket.
Insulation score = 0.8/1.0
Don’t want pants full of snow all day? Then a powder skirt you will want.
The Horizon has a removable powder skirt with jacket-to-pant interface. Whilst powder skirts aren’t 100 percent foolproof they do a pretty good job of keeping snow out most of the time.
Powder skirt = yes = 1.0/1.0
Yes – another tick for the Horizon – it also has a hood. Whilst most snowboard jackets do (but certainly not all) it is a nice-to-have – especially on those cold windy days.
Hood = yes = 1.0/1.0
Arm pit vents are a great way to help with the breathability of the jacket – and yes the Horizon has this covered too, with zipped vents under the arms.
Venting = Yes = 0.25/0.25
This doesn’t sound like a big thing – and probably shouldn’t ultimately decide on your jacket – but it can be quite impractical if your jacket doesn’t have enough, or the right kind of pockets.
Typical of Burton jackets, the Horizon has plenty of pockets and all the functional ones that you want including hand pockets (microfleece lined), media pockets, goggle pocket and a lift pass pocket.
Yes – plenty and functional = 0.25/0.25
And finally we come to style. This is of course a very subjective thing. No doubt important – as looking good on the mountain (whether we want to admit it or not) is desirable – but I haven’t allocated too many points here because what I think looks good may be different to what you think looks good.
There’s nothing particularly interesting about the Horizon’s style but there’s nothing particularly ugly about it either. They definitely played it safe style-wise with this one.
It does come in a good few different colors so there should be something you like in there.
Style score = 0.40/0.50
O.k. let’s see how the Horizon did overall.
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8.9 out of 10 is a great score and this jacket would serve you well on the mountain in almost any conditions.
The one thing we haven’t looked at yet is value for money so let’s see how this rates for its price.
Value for Money
The Horizon has a recommended retail price of $199 (USD). This is a fantastic price for a jacket of this quality!
Of 7 jackets that I assessed in the $150 to $200 price range (all of which were between $180 and $200) the average score was 7.7 out of 10, based on this rating system.
This is The best jacket that I found in the $150 to $200 price range.
Where to Buy
I found the Horizon at a couple of stores (see links below).
At the time of writing (mid March 2015) the Horizon was on sale for just $149 at the The-House.com and $139 at Backcountry.com! That makes it even better value for money.
If the Horizon isn’t your thing or not in stock you can check out links below for more women’s jacket options.
Thanks for reading and I hope this review has helped you in your research. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them in the comments section below.