Kit review: AfterJam Big Red Riding Hood

We’ve seen quite a few of AfterJam’s spicy new technical riding hoodies around recently, so we wanted to see what all the fuss was about…

Every snowsports trip needs a staple hoody for layering under jackets, keeping cosy out in resort and adding a bit of style to your look. AfterJam’s latest release is a much more technical option than their previous hoods and jumpers, with a whole host of features to make your day on the slopes comfortable.

So, what have we got?

First off, the hoodies are nice and thick, with a decent weight. You might think you need a thin hoody to layer under a jacket, but if you are replacing a fleece with a hoody, you want to make sure it has a decent thickness. This hoody’s 410gsm 65/35 polycotton blend means you’ll keep cosy on the snow or dedix, focussing on your technique not the temperature. The durable water repellent (DWR) coating means the hood is better equipped than most hoodies at protecting you from the elements. It’s not water-proof, but it’s half way there.

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After getting wet, one of the biggest risks of wearing a hoody on the mountain is stuff falling out of your pocket. From tree runs to park laps, you’re going to be all over the place but your essentials need to stay locked away.  Luckily, the riding hood has zips to keep your gadgets safe and the kangaroo pocket is also waterproof with an extra hidden pouch. It’s pocket-ception in there.

The AfterJam team have also put in some really handy little features including reinforced thumb holes to keep your hands warm, earphone holders at the neckline so your tunes don’t disappear into your salopettes, and four air vents under ear arm to minimise heat retention when you’re charging the piste or park.

You can tighten the waist band to stop snow getting in and the neck and waist ties both come with signature AfterJam branding. The waist ties sit in a weird place to one side, but they do the job. On the front the branding is simple statement white which pops and looks sick on both the red and black hoodies.

Cost: £59.99

Pros: Stylish, comfortable, lots of handy features

Cons: Spenny for a student budget, odd drawstring placement

AfterJam is a snowsports clothing and events brand founded by two ex-seasonnaires and inspired by freestyle culture. Find out more about them here. If you are a student, you can get 20% discount with code STUDENT20.