List Price US $299
Burton AK VT Snowboard Jacket Review
Type Puffy
Hood Type Detachable Articulating
Powder Skirt No
Jacket to Pant Interface Yes
Vents 2 Meshed Pit Zips
Layer Count 2 Layer
Waterproof Rating Below 5K
Breathability Rating Below 5K
Manufactured in China

Semi Tight

Waterproofing Poor
Breathability Average


Packability Thick

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Burton AK VT 2014 Review by The Good Ride

The Burton AK VT Jacket is a nice well-built jacket that has a solid amount of warmth but at the same time doesn’t look like a traditional puffy. It’s got a nice cut to it and it’s a big step up in terms of warmth compared to the Burton AK Helium Insulator.  I’m not a traditional Puffy kind of guy but lately, I’ve been liking jackets that have a form-fitting puffy type fit.

Ethics Statement: We don’t get paid by the manufacturer to write these reviews.  No one is perfect and we do make money from the “Where To Buy” links below, but this is our best attempt at an honest and objective review from an average riders’ perspective.

Size Tried: Large
James’ Specs:
Height: 5’10”,
Weight: 195 lbs,
Upper Body-:44” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 19.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body: 33” Waist, 42” Hips, 30” Inseam,  24.5” Thigh
Turn On’s: Size L Jackets that fit well around my chest, size M pants that fit well around my thighs so I can get in and out of my pockets, open roads, Surfy Powder Turns, Riding with Friends, new gear and especially my super-hot super smart super funny wife.
Turn Off’s: Size L Jackets that don’t fit well around my chest, super tight Size M Pants that I can’t get up over my thighs, traffic and people who can’t park inside the lines.

There isn’t really much waterproofing going on but it has a lot of warmth and versatility. If you see a lot of cold dry days then this is a solid quiver jacket.  I run very warm so I doubt if I’d ever put this on under a shell unless it’s like -40 degrees Fahrenheit but I’ve worn it on a few cold dry nights and love how it keeps you warm and seems to regulate your heat a bit. It’s also nice that you can remove the hood if you want to layer up.  So if you run cold this is a great layer that you can use and for the average rider, it’s an about town jacket with the option to layer up on those colder days.  All in all, it’s a nice puffy and I actually prefer this cut and look over the AK BK Down jacket despite this isn’t as techy.

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