A Stretch Gore-Tex jacket with all of the features needed for the harshest weather conditions, complete with understated, statement style. Roxy hits the intersection of performance and style with this 2022 Platinum Pick.
In 1997, Roxy launched their first line of snow outerwear, bringing their iconic aesthetic, saturated with color and sprinkled with bold patterns, to the mountains. Since then, the California-based brand has combined their distinct sensibility with the latest cold weather tech for gear that goes the distance, whether lapping the resort or setting the skin track.
The Gore-Tex Stretch Essence Jacket sits at the intersection of high performance and considered style. First off, the 2-Layer Gore- Tex jacket is built for inclement weather. It is top of the line, waterproof, breathable, and has all of the technical features that you want in a coat designed to keep you warm and dry in even the harshest conditions: taped seams, YKK Aquaguard zippers, stretch powder skirt, three-way adjustable and helmet- compatible hood, and wrist gaiters with thumbholes. 60g of PrimaLoft Eco insulation provides warmth without bulk, and the tailored fit is comfortable and easy to move in. On the style side, a sublimated print in inky colors and black colorblocking is stand out, but in a subtle way.
Roxy has taken things one step further, though, with their Hydrosmart Technology. What is Hydrosmart, you ask? Well, it is an innovative fabric that actually soothes your skin. Specific areas of the Essence, like the lining on the collar and the handwarmer pockets, are enriched with micro-capsules filled with an a 100% natural, organic and eco-certified skincare formula. Everyday friction against the fabric causes the micro- capsules to burst, hydrating your skin. Next level. The Essence also comes with a Hydrosmart storm mask, offering further protection from cold and dry air.
Finally, the Essence is made with 100% recycled polyester and is PFC-free, so not only will wearing it help you enjoy powder days this winter, you’ll be supporting sustainable manufacturing to help keep the snow coming in the future, too. – Mary T. Walsh
Roxy Gore-Tex Stretch Essence Jacket – $429.95
This year, the Snowboard Magazine Platinum Picks Awards are sliding into their fourteenth season as the largest, most in-depth gear review of its kind. Thousands of great products from every category on the market have been narrowed down to a select few that our editors have reviewed, tinkered with, analyzed, and photographed. Our goal is to inform, educate, and help guide your buying decisions this winter, so you end up with the very best gear for your time on the mountain. In the 2022 Platinum Picks, you’ll find an assortment of amazing boards, boots, bindings, goggles, helmets, jackets, pants, and more that we have deemed The Best of ’22.