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While your friends sleep off their hangovers in the yurt, you're zipping up the Outdoor Research Men's Axcess Jacket and preparing to take advantage of last night's two-foot dump. This two-layer Gore-Tex shell is guaranteed to keep you dry, and Outdoor Research insulated it with just enough PrimaLoft Eco to take the chill off until the sun hits.

  • Double-layered Gore-Tex softshell fabric blocks even heavy, wet snow while remaining highly breathable
  • Nylon face fabric is tough enough to handle occasional run-ins with trees
  • Fully taped seams prevent moisture from seeping in through the seams
  • Strategically placed PrimaLoft Eco insulation (60g in front/arms, 40g in back/underarms) traps heat and is easy on the environment
  • Polyester tricot lining is soft and easy to slide into
  • Relaxed fit is laid-back and great for layering
  • CrossFlo chest-to-hip vents dump excess heat when you're hiking to your secret stash and give you easy access to inner pockets
  • Adjustable, removable hood is helmet-compatible
  • Zip-out balaclava provides extra protection from driving wind and snow
  • Removable powder skirt includes loops for LockDown jacket-to-pant interface that completely prevents blower from heading up your back when you're in the deeps
  • ThumbDrive keeps snow from getting into your sleeves
  • Beacon pocket keeps essential avy gear handy
  • Integrated RECCO reflector may help ski patrol locate you in an emergency
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Works great

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:True to size

I'm a complete noob to skiing. Bought this jacket and the matching pant based on previous great experiences with OR gear for a trip out to Jackson Hole. I obviously didn't put this gear through its paces in deep powder, but I crashed tested the hell out of it and both jacket and pants look no worse for wear even after a couple of nasty yard sales.

Temperatures ranged from -5 to mid-20s F with some stiff wind occasionally, and I was perfectly warm with just a mid-to-heavy base layer. The vents came in handy when things got a little toasty, but they required two hands to open or close, and the zipper pulls are too short to locate easily with gloves on. Same for the pocket zips.

The built in balaclava is a nice touch and came in handy to keep the wind off my face. Didn't make much use of the thumb drive feature, sleeves stayed put without it.

I'm 6', 185lbs, 16.5/35 shirt, 40R jacket, 32" waist. Medium jacket fits true to the size chart. Relaxed to loose fit - I can get a thin fleece + light down jacket under it very easily. Would have been swimming in a large.

Love it

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

Skied with the 2012 model this past season and I love it. Great waterproofing, clean and cool styling, good colors, very comfortable, and also includes sweat features like a built-in balaclava, pit zips and good pocket placement. Also hood works well with helmet.

OR Axcess

    I have had the OR Axcess for a little over a month now and so far it has preformed flawlessly. Gore-Tex is the best water proof fabric around, however even Gore-Tex can't breath fastest enough to keep up with heavy or strenuous work. That's where the Axcess ventilation system comes it. Most alpin jackets untilize "pit-zips" which in my opion are completely usless as the natural movement of your arms while skiing or snowbaording almost always covers them entirely. The forward facing vents on the Axcess jacket allow air circulation much, much better than traditional "pit zip" style vents. While I was hauling my kids and gear from my truck, to the rental shop, to the ticket windwo to the rope tow I had the vents open all the way and was extremely comfortable and dry inside the coat. It was awesome.

    Another other well thought out feature of this jacket is the placement of the insulation. Rather that take up space and add weight by insulating the jacket entirely, OR has placed the Primaloft insutlation on the arms, back and under arms leaving the chest un-insulatied. The cuffs with the thumb drive are large enough to make pulling them down over your gloves or mittens, easy while you have one already on, and strap down tight. When using the thumb drive, I found that there was no restriction in the movement of the coat, for example when I leaned over to adjust my boot, as I feared there would be and I have found that I prefer this to other systems that are swen into the inside of the sleve. The hood is large enough for a helmet, but easy enough to cinch down over just my hat. And last but not least, that built in balicalva is really, really handy.

    All in all it is a great jacket. I would recomend it to anyone.

    Help me out with the insulation...the description says PrimaLoft (60g) in the Front and Arms, and PrimaLoft (40g) in the Back and Underarms. Are you telling me there isn't PrimaLoft (60g) in the Chest? I would have thought Front meant Chest from the jacket's description. Thanks in advance for the clarification. -TJ

    Great Jacket

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    This is a great jacket that is comfortable, warm, stylish, dry and technical. I have never been cold or gotten wet in it and it includes great features for example the built-in balaclava. I also like the bigger cuffs because it makes it easy to get over my gloves for full storm protection. The hood is great because it fits over my hood. The only problem I have had, which doesn't happen often is that the zipper gets stuck sometimes. One last thing is that you can also use this jacket as a raincoat.

    Outdoor Research Axcess Jacket and Pants

    Outdoor Research® Skiing Ambassador Zack Giffin talks about the warm, waterproof Outdoor Research® Axcess Jacket™ and Axcess Pants™. With a relaxed fit for comfort, this Sidecountry ski jacket and these ski pants fend off the wettest, fresh falling snow. Venting allows heat to escape when a steep, secret powder stash gets your legs burning.

    Hi I'm hoping to do a bit of skiing in...


    I'm hoping to do a bit of skiing in Canada this yr. I'm 5 ft 8 tall and 39-40 inch chest. Which would be the best size for or down to a small?

    Hey Wai Sun Chan,

    I think the medium will fit you best in this jacket. Your chest will fit it well and with the relaxed fit you will have room for layers under it. My fear with the small is it would be too tight in the chest area. If you find the medium is loose in the chest and the sleeves are too long then just contact us and we can arrange an exchange or return.

    Hi I'm 5'9 and 135 and was wondering about...

    Hi I'm 5'9 and 135 and was wondering about sizing, I need some room inside there. I have the Axiom in a Med and its a very close fit, almost too small. Do you think I'd have the same problem again?

    Both jackets are not identical. The Access is a standard fit and the Axiom a trim fit. I'm 6'2" 185 and wear a large with plenty of room inside while the axiom in a large I can barely fit a puffy under it. The large will fit you fine with long length of arm and body. but may be too baggy for your liking. I'd say the Medium Access will be good for you. If not just return it for a size up. Hope that helps

    Thinking about getting this jacket, but I...

    Thinking about getting this jacket, but I have a sizing question. I have about 44inch chest which would suggest the large size however I am only 5'6 tall and worried that because it says that the centre back length is 31inches it will sit too long. Has anyone had experience with this jacket as to weather they think it would be too long? The large Salomon zero 2 fits me pretty well. Cheers for any help.

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    Hi Andrew, I'm 5'8" with a 40" chest and I wear a small. It's close to being too small, but it's just about as fitted as you can get for an off the rack design. It sounds like a medium would fit you better in the chest. If you have a long torso, I wouldn't worry about the length. I tried the medium before I picked up the small and I didn't notice too much of a length issue, meaning not much difference. This was my daily driver jacket in the PNW and I got in roughly 50 days with this jacket this year. Absolutely love it! The detachable hood is a great option and I didn't think I'd ever use the built in balaclava, but I wound up using it about 10 times. It's not too heavy, but heavy enough to stop the wind and keep the sleet from burning your face when you're ripping it up. The detachable powder skirt is a nice feature as well and even in the worst PNW conditions, I never got wet from this jacket. I'll be in my Cheddar Axcess jacket for years to come!

    Thanks Cody. I ended up going with medium and it fits perfect. Theres good room around the chest, firm around the mid but unzip the powder skirt and its great. The hood is large but I usually ski with a helmet and fits with that really well. Looking forward to using it, will be mostly in the Australian and New Zealand mountains and Japan at the end of the year, probably about a month all up, so the jacket should fare well or the next few years at least. Thanks again for your comments.