The Snow Report
When I first picked up the Ride Snowboards Magnolia jacket, its featherweight pleasantly surprised me. In the past, jackets with as much style have generally been heavier, forgoing technological advancements for good looks. But the Magnolia has both. This synthetically-insulated jacket—the most traditional of the bunch, with 2/3 the insulation of the Kamoda—is a comfortable, flattering snowboard coat with some good taper in the waist to make it look feminine.
The plaid flannel lining reminded me of sleeping bags from my childhood that were soft and snuggly—this jacket was no different. The waterproof twill-like face fabric fended off light flutters throughout a day at Ski Santa Fe, but unfortunately, the insulation wasn’t quite enough to do the same for the near single-digit temps, even with a wool baselayer and thick fleece underneath. While most of my core was fine, it was obvious that that’s where the insulation was because my shoulders and arms couldn’t shake the chill.
Not as full-featured as the Kamoda and the Rubicon, the Magnolia still had most of the details I needed—like a powder skirt and hand gaiters—but its chest pocket (where I like to keep my cell phone) was on the outside of the jacket, which drained my battery because of the cold temperatures.