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Wantdo Snowboarding Hooded - Women's Review

This inexpensive jacket was able to keep us warm and dry in most low-exertion skiing
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Wantdo Snowboarding Hooded - Women's Review
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Price:  $70 List
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Manufacturer:   Wantdo
By Jacqueline Kearney ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 13, 2023
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RANKED
#17 of 18
  • Warmth - 20% 8.0
  • Weather Resistance - 20% 5.0
  • Comfort and Fit - 20% 5.0
  • Ventilation - 20% 1.0
  • Style - 10% 5.0
  • Features - 10% 5.0

Our Verdict

The Wantdo Snowboarding Hooded is a very low-priced option for those on a super tight budget. While this jacket was able to perform the simple tasks of keeping us warm and dry, it lacks many of the ski-specific features and thoughtful touches of the higher-end models. Specifically, it lacked any breathability or ventilation, so if you need that in your ski jacket and can afford to spend more, we recommend looking at the top women's ski jackets from our review.
REASONS TO BUY
Warm
Resort-oriented look
Quite inexpensive
REASONS TO AVOID
No ventilation
Bulky insulation
Chafes chin
Ineffective hem and hood adjustment

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Bottom Line When we didn't push this inexpensive jacket too hard, it was able to perform adequately at keeping us warm and dryA top performer where it counts, this insulated jacket also comes in at a reasonable priceA high performance technical shell that performs well in or out of bounds and won't break the bankThis jacket looks good but leaves us wanting when the weather gets badA steal of a deal in a market filled with seriously high-dollar jackets, this utilitarian option is a budget-friendly skier's dream
Rating Categories Wantdo Snowboarding... Patagonia Insulated... Outdoor Research Ca... Burton Jet Set Wantdo Mountain Hoo...
Warmth (20%)
8.0
8.0
2.0
6.0
8.0
Weather Resistance (20%)
5.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Comfort and Fit (20%)
5.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
6.0
Ventilation (20%)
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7.0
9.0
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Style (10%)
5.0
7.0
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Features (10%)
5.0
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5.0
Specs Wantdo Snowboarding... Patagonia Insulated... Outdoor Research Ca... Burton Jet Set Wantdo Mountain Hoo...
Main Fabric 150D Dull Mechanical Elastic 75D postconsumer recycled polyester 100% nylon Polyester, nylon 150D Dull Mechanical Elastic
Insulation Insulating padding Body: 80g Thermogreen recycled polyester; sleeves: 40g Thermogreen recycled polyester None 80g Thermolite 240g synthetic insulation
Waterproofing DWR, PU membrane 2-layer H2No waterproof membrane 3-layer Pertex Shield DryRide 2L DWR, PU membrane
Pockets 2 zippered hand 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest, 1 zippered internal stash, 1 internal drop-in 2 zippered chest, 2 zippered hand, 1 zippered arm, 1 internal mesh, 1 internal zippered chest 2 zippered hand, 1 mesh, 1 media 2 zippered hand, 1 internal stash, 1 internal zippered 1 zippered chest, 1 forearm
Weight 2.5 lb 1.7 lb 1.2 lb 1.6 lb 3.0lb
Hood Option Yes, removable fur Yes Yes Yes Yes, removable
Pit Zips No Yes Yes Yes No
Cuff construction Snap Velcro Velcro Velcro Wrist gaiters
Powder skirt Yes, snap away Yes, snap away Yes Yes Yes, snap away
RECCO No Yes No No No

Our Analysis and Test Results

There are myriad winter jackets available on the online marketplace, and the Wantdo Snowboarding Hooded jacket is one of the most popular. Perhaps the most standout quality of this jacket is its low, low price relative to many other ski jackets out there. We found that this jacket performed adequately, and if you are on an incredibly tight budget, we can say it did, in fact, keep us warm and dry.

Performance Comparison


wantdo snowboarding hooded for women - the wantdo is a budget-friendly option that will keep you warm, but...
The Wantdo is a budget-friendly option that will keep you warm, but it's not very versatile or breathable.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

Warmth


If the Wantdo is one thing, it is warm. The high-pile fleece liner of this jacket is extremely warm. We found that we began to get very warm if we put this jacket on in the lodge before putting on boots, helmet, and goggles. The insulated hood provides even more warmth, even when already wearing a helmet or goggles.

The heavy insulation in the arms of this jacket also provides great warmth. There were no cold spots with this jacket fully battened down. The adjustable hem also kept the drafts out on windy test days. Unfortunately, the Wantdo allowed some drafts in through the sleeves, as there are only two button settings for adjusting the cuffs. Overall, though, this jacket definitely kept the cold out and body heat in.

wantdo snowboarding hooded for women - high pile fleece kept us toasty warm in this jacket, but all that...
High pile fleece kept us toasty warm in this jacket, but all that fleece did not breathe very well and could trap moisture.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

Weather Resistance


The exterior of the Wantdo is made of a PU waterproof membrane stretchy weave backed with heavy insulation and fleece. The DWR-treated membrane beaded water and broke the wind very well during our cold, windy, and snowy test days. An additional layer of protection is the bulky, helmet-compatible hood with removable faux fur trim. The faux fur is lofty and large enough that it blocks the wind and weather around the face very well.

Unfortunately, several elements of this jacket allowed the outside in. While the two exterior hip hand pockets are equipped with water-resistant, taped zippers, the central zipper is not water-resistant and has exposed fabric that began to absorb moisture on wet days. We also found the drawstring system of this jacket to be poorly designed. The drawstring could not cinch tightly because the faux leather pieces did not tightly hold the string. Overall, the Wantdo had the capability to keep out the elements as long as we didn't push it too far in terms of duration or moisture.

wantdo snowboarding hooded for women - the wantdo's large and fluffy faux fur is an extra layer of wind...
The Wantdo's large and fluffy faux fur is an extra layer of wind protection.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

Comfort and Fit


There are some real highs and lows in this metric for the Wantdo. The soft and fluffy fleece lining the body of this jacket was extremely comfortable. We liked how it felt cozy, no matter which base layers we were wearing.

The bulk of the insulation is a double-edged sword here. The bulky insulation is not very compressible and negates this jacket's stretchy outer layer, making it challenging to bend arms even in a well-fitting jacket. Also, we found the waist-cinching feature to feel constricting when skiing hard or riding lifts. The sleeves also ran a little bit short for our longer limbed ladies, leaving gaps between gloves and cuffs.

wantdo snowboarding hooded for women - we found the sleeves of the wantdo to run a little bit short .
We found the sleeves of the Wantdo to run a little bit short .
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

Ventilation


To be blunt, this jacket did not have any ventilation features. While the exterior material is purportedly waterproof and breathable, we had a hard time finding the breathability in practice. This jacket also does not have any external pit zips or vents. This trapped in moisture from exertion, and if we had been sweating, we began feeling clammy and cold after a few hours in this jacket.

wantdo snowboarding hooded for women - there were no pit zips in this jacket, and the quilted foam...
There were no pit zips in this jacket, and the quilted foam insulation combined with heavy outer material did not breathe very well at all.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

Style


What can we say, the Wantdo is definitely a particular kind of resort-specific look. If you seek a few extra style features, this jacket sports a removable faux fur hood and faux leather clamps on the drawstrings. It also has a drawstring at the waist to provide some shape.

Unfortunately, we found that the additional drawstring did not truly provide a waist-slimming effect. This jacket still trended a little bit on the bulky and square shape. Outside of this jacket's shape, there are many colors to choose from, ranging from very bright to more low-key, like the navy we tested.

wantdo snowboarding hooded for women - this adjustable drawstring didn't cinch the waist very well.
This adjustable drawstring didn't cinch the waist very well.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

Features


This jacket checks the boxes for resort-oriented features. The Wantdo has four pockets: two exterior zip pockets, one interior dump pocket, and one interior zip pocket. It also has several drawstrings to adjust the hood, hem, and waist, but we found these drawstrings tended to lose their tightness over time.

In the realm of resort-specific features, there is also a powder skirt, but we wished it was removable or that it had a more breathable attachment fabric. The hood's faux fur trim is removable, allowing for a variation in warmth and style.

wantdo snowboarding hooded for women - we really wished the powder skirt was removable or even had a...
We really wished the powder skirt was removable or even had a breathable attachment fabric.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney


Should You Buy the Wantdo Snowboarding Hooded Jacket?


If you're on an incredibly tight budget, this jacket will keep you warm and dry for a fraction of the price of many ski jackets on the market. This is a resort-oriented jacket. If you stick to the groomers and only get out skiing a couple times a year, this jacket could be a decent choice. If you need breathability or the flexibility to go into the backcountry, you'll be better off spending more money on a more versatile jacket.

wantdo snowboarding hooded for women - the wantdo is an extremely downhill-only oriented jacket for the...
The Wantdo is an extremely downhill-only oriented jacket for the lift lovers out there.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

What Other Ski Jacket Should You Consider?


For those truly on a budget, this is a solid option. Wantdo does make another jacket we think is a bit better-performing for about the same price — the Wantdo Mountain Hooded. If you are seeking a high-quality jacket at a reasonable price and can afford to spend a little bit more for a jacket that will hold up better over time, check out the versatile Outdoor Research Carbide. Looking for an insulated jacket to hit the slopes in? Check out our favorite, the Helly Hansen Powderqueen 3.0.

wantdo snowboarding hooded for women - our main tester having a little bit of fun slashing about the snow...
Our main tester having a little bit of fun slashing about the snow in the Wantdo jacket.
Credit: Jacqueline Kearney

Jacqueline Kearney