List Price US $499
Volcom Baldface Guide Snowboard Jacket Review
Type Partially Insulated
Hood Type Contoured
Powder Skirt Yes
Jacket to Pant Interface Yes
Layer Count 3 Layer
Waterproof Rating
Breathability Rating
Manufactured in China


Waterproofing Excellent
Breathability Great


Packability Thin

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Volcom Baldface Guide 2015 - 2014 Review by The Good Ride

The Volcom Baldface Guide Jacket is one of Volcom’s more conservative looking jackets but it offers up a very solid technical 3 Layer shell. Volcom is known for its great construction and durability.  This jacket has some serious waterproofing going on with 3 Layer Gore-Tex as well as some pretty solid breathability.  Three Layer Gore-Tex isn’t cheap so that is why this jacket is $500.  It’s also really well made and will last a very long time. This is really best for those that do a lot of time in the backcountry or those that ride a ton in really wet weather and want the highest waterproofing tech.

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.

The jacket feels light and it’s easily packable but it also feels sturdy and not too light.  Even with the flannel lining in the back It still packs well. It also gives you a little more warmth than a normal shell.

This is all about shielding wind and water incredibly well and with a few good layers underneath you will be pretty much free from the elements you are playing in.  I’m also personally happy to see a continuous hood so it completely shields your face from the elements when your goggles are on and it’s fully zipped up. I know a lot of people love articulating hoods but I’d much rather have a contoured hood like with Volcom. Also, Volcom’s jacket to pant interface is pretty nice because it’s a zip interface. They have a patent on this so you will only find this zip interface with Volcom.

Let’s face it. For most this is overkill and most don’t really need this much waterproofing.  However, those that actually need it will love it and those that are into high-end tech will like it too.

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