When choosing a new jacket for your snowboarding trip, you can hardly go wrong with a Burton one. But which of the tens of Burton models is the best for you and most importantly – why? Well, while there are some jackets that will be a perfect match for someone’s needs, there are others that are simply universally good. The Burton’s Covert Jacket is exactly that. It is well-built, provides a decent amount of insulation and comfort, and is a great bang for your buck. In this review, we will go over all of its features and see how it stacks up against other similarly priced jackets on the market.
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Overview & Features
The Covert line of jackets is one of the simplest in terms of its design. It does look pretty plain at first but has some unique practical features when you look closer. Still, the jacket is a straight-cut one, meaning it doesn’t have a lot of curves or tightenings along its length.
In terms of its type, this is an insulated shell jacket meaning it is practically an outer shell with a good inner insulation layer which isn’t detachable. That helps keep the production costs down and allows the jacket to be easy to wear and lightweight. The insulation here is made out of 45% recycled polyester (and 55% new polyester) which is one of Burton’s goals for their upcoming models. That doesn’t stop it from being bad at keeping the warm air in, though. The lining and outer shells here are 100% nylon which helps with weight reduction and waterproofing. The colors used in all of the color variations of the jackets are also blue-sign approved.
At your waist, there is a waist gaiter to keep snow and cold air from entering from below. Your sleeves also end with wrist gaiters that work excellently with most gloves. That creates a feeling of being well-insulated from all sides and keeps the warmth where it needs to be. Another thing that helps keep the wind out is the zipper protector and the relatively high collar that continues into the large helmet-compatible hood.
Material Quality & Durability
The material quality here is at a level you’d expect from this brand. Everything you touch feels premium and all the nylon and polyester layers are engineered to work perfectly together. The jacket is very quiet when you’re moving if that is a thing you keep an eye out for. The durability is also top, notch with the pockets, zippers, and velcro wrist straps being the typical weak spots after a few years of wear and tear.
Thanks to the nylon outer shell and lining, this jacket is quite waterproof from the outside. From the inside out, it has great moisture-wicking capabilities mainly thanks to the LivingLining technology. The outer shell’s DryRide two-layer nylon composite fabric has a 10,000mm and 10,000G of waterproofing and windproofing. While that isn’t a lot, it certainly helps with keeping wind and water out for the most part. If you get in some deep powder or are snowboarding in a heavily snowing day, the jacket might not be able to keep up.
Breathability and Venting
Breathability isn’t stellar here but is much better than some 3-in-1 or hardshell jackets out there. The materials and inner insulation layer allow for proper heat retention with decent moisture-wicking properties but you can still overheat in this even when you aren’t putting too much effort into your ride. Luckily, there are zippered armpit vents that allow for quite the ventilation.
This jacket has 4 symmetrical front pockets that aren’t zippered and one on the bottom left that is. The zippered stash pocket is actually the biggest one on the Covert snowboard jacket.
One thing that I really like about this jacket is that there is a Therma pocket which keeps your device warm. Modern smartphones and mp3 players have lithium-ion batteries which tend to underperform in less-than-ideal conditions such as sub-zero temperatures. This is why it is important to keep your phone warm in order to protect its battery and be able to rely on it in case you need it.
There is one more zippered opening to this jacket which is at the pits. The venting pit zips are very large and are excellent for those moments when you feel your body quickly overheating from the ride.
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There aren’t many features that we haven’t touched on already. In fact, this jacket is pretty straight forward when it comes to accessories and anything additional.
One more thing that often gets ignored is the hood. While the one here looks fairly typical, it is indeed helmet friendly and can fit most helmet sizes without disrupting their ventilation too much.
The last thing I want to touch on is the sizes and colors. The Covert jackets come in 30 different color options and 8 size options which is way beyond what most other brands have to offer you in terms of size and color variety. My personal favorite color option is the Green-Blue Slate/Deep Teal one.
Advantages & Disadvantages
- Nice looking design
- Insulated shell
- Active wicking materials
- Does a good job at keeping you dry and warm
- Comes in a large variety of sizes and colors
- Has a lot of pockets
- Very durable
- Good value for your money
- Even though it’s a good bang for the buck, it still is an expensive jacket for people that are on a tight budget
- No additional (zippered) inner layer that will provide further insulation
- Waterproofing isn’t as good as you’d expect it to be from a Burton jacket
Burton Covert vs DC DCLA Snowboard Jacket
Another jacket that offers a very straight-forward experience and has a minimalistic design is the DC DCLA Snowboard jacket. It is yet another insulated shell type of jacket that has similar waterproofing and windproofing properties as the Burton Covert Jacket. Unlike it, however, it is slightly more expensive and has a bit less inner lining, making it suitable for warmer climates and sunny rides.
In terms of its practicality, the Burton Covert definitely blows the DCLA out of the water mainly thanks to its many pockets. Both jackets have waist and wrist gaiters and both of them have wind protection for their front zipper. The hood on the DCLA is slightly smaller meaning it will be harder to fit a big snowboarding helmet in there. One really cool thing about the DC jacket is that it has a jacket-to-pant connection system that is typical to most new DC models.
You can check my DC DCLA snowboard jacket review by clicking here!
Conclusion & Rating
The Burton’s Men’s Snowboard Covert Jacket is, without a doubt, a strong contender no matter what you’re looking for. It is a versatile jacket that can work in both warmer and colder mountain climates. It truly excels in slightly colder conditions since its insulation might make you sweat on a sunny ride. Luckily for you, there are zippered armpit air vents that are huge and provide a ton of airflow in case you need it. There are also a lot of pockets both inside it and outside that can house your electronic devices as well as other items. As a whole, this jacket is a good all-rounder for people that aren’t exactly on a tight budget and are looking for something that will perform as good as it looks. I gave it a score of five out of five stars!