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.