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The lodge is irrelevant if the lifts are still going.

You are not here to cruise the groomers and sip hot chocolate in the lodge. You take your lunch-break on the lift, and you never go home before the lifts stop running. Outdoor Research designed the Axcess Jacket for extreme conditions and extreme skiers. Gore-Tex tech and weather-beating features keep you warm and safe whether you are slamming the resort or heading into the backcountry.
  • Gore-Tex 2L keeps water out and lets your body breathe so you stay warm and comfortable even in whiteout conditions
  • EnduraLoft insulation is strategically placed so heat-loss is minimized around your core without adding surplus bulk to the arms and back
  • CrossFlo chest-to-hip zipper vents let you get rid of excess heat so you don’t swamp out
  • Fully taped seams and water-resistant zippers keep water from sneaking in
  • Dual drawcord hem adjustments, hook-and-loop cuff closures, and a powder skirt with gripper elastic let you seal out unfriendly weather
  • Zip-out Thermodynamic balaclava gives you extra protection when the weather gets serious or can be zipped into a tuck-away pocket

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5 5

Great Jacket

I order this jacket as well as the Patagonia Primo jacket. I recieved them both the same day and compared what I liked about both. For this jacket, I really liked the placement of the underarm/chest vents, they were easy to reach and open/close. I also really liked the zip in/stowable balaclava. I did not like that the powder skirt had no loops to attach to pants and that there is not a zip closure pocket on the inside. The pocket to put your media player of choice is accessed from the outside which makes me nervous even with the Goretex just from a cold/easier to drop into the snow if fumbled. In the end, I ended up going with the Primo (although about $75 more, got them both about 50-60% off) because the powder skirt links to my pants and although the intended media pocket on the primo is also external, it does have a zippered inside pocket I could use.

Fit wise I am 5'6" with a large build, I worry most about my shoulders when buying jackets. I bought the large and had a perfect amount of room to layer (I am always cold) and had free movement of my arms.

Great looking and sounding jacket. As...

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Great looking and sounding jacket. As this jacket is liner compatible, Just wondering which jackets can be zipped into the Axcess?

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That info is wrong. While there is a helmet liner balaclava that is zip-in (comes with the jacket), there is not liner jacket that zips into this jacket.

How warm is this jacket? I would say the...

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How warm is this jacket? I would say the majoirty of the time I am skiing in weather that is from -5 to -25 degrees celcius. Is it wamr enough for that type of weather?

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Hey Jen,

I'd say this jacket is super warm, but for those temperatures, I'd still layer an extra insulation layer under it. I get cold easily so I'd have a base layer, a mid layer, and a fleece vest under this jacket for those temps. If you don't get cold as easily as my scrawny self, you could probably skip the fleece vest.

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Thanks! And no, my skrawny butt requires layering pretty much all the time. Do you happen to know if the salsa color is red, or dark pink? It's looks dark pink on my browser but I'm not sure about the real life version

Hello I am really confused regarding the...

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Hello I am really confused regarding the insulation material in this jacket I need it for weathers under 30 oC, the insulation of this jacket is Enduraloft vs jackets 750 filled down, which one is warmer? thanks very much!!

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Sooo, what you're saying is that you need an insulated jacket for 30 degree C days--or 80 degree F...? I would get a wicking t-shirt...

Or are you asking for -30 degree C? Cuz that is flipping cold and you should get a giant puffy down jacket, not an insulated ski jacket. And definitely go with down for the ultra cold conditions. Synthetic (which is what Enduraloft is) does work better in wet cold conditions, but dry cold as well as ultra cold conditions, down out performs.

If you're worried about the elements affecting your down jacket, layer a non-insulated shell over your down coat.

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Awesome, warm ski jacket!

LOVE my new Axcess jacket. I've worn it skiing several times this season on really nasty days, windy and sub-20 temperatures, and it has kept my core warm and dry. I love all the little features like the adjustable powder skirt, multitude of pockets, stowable balaclava (which to my surprise I've used every time I've skied; it's the perfect layer under my helmet and keeps the chill off my neck/chin!), well-designed pit zips, and deep hood that easily fits over my helmet. I also like the fit, which is relaxed and leaves plenty of room for layers without being bulky. I'm 5'8'', broad shoulders and long arms, and the Medium fits me perfectly; if you're between sizes, you might want to size down. This will be the perfect jacket that will keep me dry in the wet Pacific Northwest and still keep me warm on ski trips to chillier inland climates.

Being GoreTex with insulation, this is not a cheap jacket, but you won't regret the purchase.

5 5

Awesome, warm ski jacket!

LOVE my new Axcess jacket. I've worn it skiing several times this season on really nasty days, windy and sub-20 temperatures, and it has kept my core warm and dry. I love all the little features like the adjustable powder skirt, multitude of pockets, stowable balaclava (which to my surprise I've used every time I've skied; it's the perfect layer under my helmet and keeps the chill off my neck/chin!), well-designed pit zips, and deep hood that easily fits over my helmet. I also like the fit, which is relaxed and leaves plenty of room for layers without being bulky. I'm 5'8'', broad shoulders and long arms, and the Medium fits me perfectly; if you're between sizes, you might want to size down. This will be the perfect jacket that will keep me dry in the wet Pacific Northwest and still keep me warm on ski trips to chillier inland climates.

Being GoreTex with insulation, this is not a cheap jacket, but you won't regret the purchase.

Is this jacket helmet compatable?

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Is this jacket helmet compatable?

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Professional extreme skiers Zack and Molly meet on the mountain. It's love at first sight. Photo shoots fuel their powder chasing trips around the world and at the end of the day when they cozy up by the fire, they've got each other. Sharing a shoe-string budget, standing on creaking cornices together, watching each other risk life and limb for the camera: their wildest dreams have come true. Or have they?

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This winter, we're subscribing to the gypsy life and taking off on a two-month tiny house road trip in celebration of a passion-driven, low impact, ski bum lifestyle. "We are refining the entire process of living as ski bums. It is really about figuring out what you do and don't need. For me, I want to ski and there isn't much else that I need," says Zack. Over the next 6 weeks, OR ambassadors Molly Baker, Zack Giffin and Neil Provo, along with videographers Sam Giffin and Andy Walbon will be road tripping to North America's most respected sidecountry areas in search of deep powder and influential snow loving locals.

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Perfect ski jacket

I bought this jacket for my girlfriend and she loves it. She's very small, 4'10" and under a 100 lbs. It's been difficult to find a jacket that isn't too long length-wise and/or with too long of an arm-length. This jacket fit perfect. It still has room to layer, but it isn't too bulky or long. In addition to a good fit, it's windproof and the hood is big enough to get over a ski helmet. All it's other features - pockets, powder skirt, and built-in balaclava make this a perfect ski jacket. We ski 40+ days a year and so a good quality jacket is key for the winter, especially in the variable east coast conditions. I'm in the market for a new coat and I might have to get the men's version.

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What size did you buy for your girlfriend? XS? My wife is a similar size (5', <105 lbs).

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Might be a little late, but go with the XS. I am 5'4" and 115lbs and I go with a S...

How much layering does this jacket require...

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How much layering does this jacket require in below 15 degree conditions?

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It has a decent amount of insulation, so you shouldn't need a ton of layering. Below 15 degrees is obviously going to need a bit more than a warmer temp.

5 5

almost perfect jacket!

WOW! I think I'm gonna love this shell! It's loose enough to layer with an inner softshell. The fabric isn't too stiff. Nice detail on all the pockets & hiding places; even a little clip to secure the cord to your earbuds or head phones. The only thing missing that would have made it "perfect" are thumby cuffs. Can't wait to try it out on the hill!

5 5

Dream Jacket!

I absolutely could not be happier with this jacket. It fits perfectly and the features are awesome. It feels tough and strong without being bulky and stiff. Now all I need is the blizzard of the year! Thank you Backcountry!

5 5

great ski shell

I love my Axcess Jacket because of the fit - slighly relaxed - and all of the features: powder skirt, pass pocket, recco and a build in balaclava - seriously cool.