The Burton AK 3L Hover Jacket—next level technology for every rider.
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Great snowboarding jacket!
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is a great jacket for those lift accessed days when the powder is deep. It is a heavy jacket as far as shells are concerned, so it sucks to lug it around in the backcountry, but there is no better protection from the elements and keeping the snow out than this jacket.
As a Disclaimer I work for gore, and obtained this garmet for testing purposes.
The build quality of this jacket is excellent. The pro shell for this year model can't be beat, especially for this price. I only wish it had more than two pockets - an internal MP3 pocket would be nice. Definitely worth the price. The vents and powder skirt work great.
Great shell at an unbeatable price!
Super-light and tough Gore-tex Pro shell(2009 Hover uses Performance shell). Can use the side crossflow vents as pockets if necessary. Sizing runs true in torso width and a little longer in torso length (I'm 5'6" 155lbs)for size Medium. Sleeve length is perfect. Could use a removable hood but beggars can't be chooses at the price I paid for it. As usual, BC.com customer service is excellent!
Is the powder skirt removable? And how...
Is the powder skirt removable? And how flexible is the 70D material for a summer rain jacket?
No, the powder skirt is not removable. There are probably better jackets for use during summer but it is an all around excellent shell. The fabric started out quite hard but seems to be softening nicely.
Gets the Job Done, and Then Some
After a few years of leaving the mountain with damp layers due to moisture soaking through my jacket, I decided to upgrade to a waterproof shell. Let's just say I couldn't be more pleased. The venting system is great, keeps a good air flow going when you don want to overheat. I expected the GoreTex to not let any moisture through, and it lived up to that, but I was really impressed by the aquazip zippers. They aren't very smooth to slide up and down, but man, they do their job well. I've been out in a couple heinous rainstorms and they're yet to let anything through. And despite being totally waterproof, it is ridiculously light and packs down tiny, so think there's any chance you might need it, you can just stuff it in your pack.
One thing to note, the handwarmer pockets are not actually fleece-lined like the item description says, but it hasn't bothered me at all, considering I have gloves on 90% of the time when I'm wearing it.
I was looking for a waterproof-breathable that looked good in the city. I almost found it. The sleeves are too short if, like me, you're planning on riding a bike with it. Otherwise, the fit is fantastic. The breathability is very good, and the ingeniously placed vents rock. Its downfall is that the seams at the cuffs and hem are not taped, and thus leak water during serious downpours. If you're never going to see rain, run, don't walk to get this jacket, you won't regret it. Otherwise, perhaps you might want to find a jacket that has 100% of its seams sealed.
I'm trying to decide whether to get this...
I'm trying to decide whether to get this jacket in a medium or small. I don't want it to be too baggy. How much larger is this medium than a North Face/REI type jacket?
Im 5'6 140 lbs and bought this in a small, fits really big even at that! I wear Arcteryx jackets in Medium and this is bigger than those are.
How does this 2008 fit in Large compare...
How does this 2008 fit in Large compare to the Sig Fit of the 2009 Hover Jacket? Will both models in Large fit the same?
Similar-with the '09 sig fit being a little longer
Best For Extreme Conditions
What can I say about Burton's AK 3L Hover Jacket? This jacket delivers in extreme conditions! The jacket has no insulation and I've used it with a fleece pullover over a t-shirt over a long T and I was warm and dry when I was shreding at Seven Springs weeks ago. But, I seriously think the BK Insulator Jacket works even better when worn under this jacket. The vents in the back are so awesome for snowboarding, even better than pit vents.
The price is a steep but you have to pay for both purpose and fashion.
The jacket seems to be of superb built - very neat seams and seals; looks good too, in spite of its raincoat-like color (a greenish yellow rather than the yellow that appears in the picture). Bought it for my husband, but he did not like it, claiming it's not warm enough, as it is just a shell without any padding. Maybe with the right underlayers, it will work.
Clean lines, waterproofing at zippers, Gore-Tex. Would be great in the backcountry . The perfect jacket if you're not trying to draw attention away from your riding...
it's thin and lightweight, and has some excellent vents and pockets. not had a chance to use it outside yet but i think i'd need layers if it's really cold as it has no insulation.