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Outdoor Research Blackpowder II Jacket - Men's

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Blackpowder II Jacket

When you ski past a big clump of black powder on a deep day that can only mean one thing—that ski patrol's been hard at work bombing that area to get it open for business. Now you've gotta ski extra hard to make sure that their hard work doesn't go to waste, but that won't be a problem when you've got on the breathable insulation of the Outdoor Research Blackpowder II Jacket. It's got a full waterproof construction with a helmet-compatible hood and fixed powder skirt to keep the snow from sneaking in as you slash and shmear your way through face-shot filled runs, and also features OR's warm yet breathable VerticalX insulation. Designed for intensive high-output pursuits in cold weather, VerticalX helps you maintain a comfortable temperature even as you build up heat bouncing and bumping through knee-deep snow. VerticalX also boasts a lightweight and stretchy construction that ensures full mobility as you make quick cuts in the woods, and in case you really start to build up some steam you've got a set of underarm vents that'll dump heat and cool you off after an insane top-to-bottom run. Now that's how you make patrol proud.

  • Insulated ski jacket that can keep up with you on the deepest days
  • VerticalX insulation offers breathable warmth on thigh-burning runs
  • Waterproof shell keeps your dry when the snow is flying
  • Powder skirt and adjustable hood let you batten down the hatches
  • Underarm vents cool you down after your most grueling lines
  • Media-compatible pocket lets you jam out on the mountain
  • Zippered pockets keep snacks, maps, and neckwarmers safely stashed
  • Item #ODR00XN

Pertex Shield (200D nylon, 2-layer)
VerticalX (polyester)
fully sealed
Center Back Length
adjustable, helmet-compatible
[external] 1 zippered chest, 1 chest, 2 zippered front, [internal] 2 zippered, 1 chest
Powder Skirt
Claimed Weight
1lb 4.1oz
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding
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>Rating: 4

Very nice but smaller than expected

I returned this product before using it
Runs small
Size Bought
5` 11"
154 lbs

I was quite surprised at the fit of this jacket. The size medium was smaller than any size medium ski shell I've tried on and smaller than any size medium hard shell I've tried on for that matter. I actually really liked the trimmer fit throughout the body but the length was short on my 5' 11" frame and the sleeves were *barely* long enough. Yes, I could've made this jacket work, but I didn't just want to make something work, I wanted a very well fitting jacket. The other quite odd thing is what passes for a powder skirt. There is a simple elastic adjustment near the bottom of the jacket, cinched with a single cord on the left side, and it pulls some fabric closer to your body. That's it. There is nothing grippy about it, no snaps, nothing even close to a traditional power skirt. And when you pull the cord on the left, it hangs down below the jacket and seems like it could get in the way occasionally. Now don't get me wrong, this could work extremely well for some people and I do think it's better than not having any type of additional way to stop wind and snow from entering the bottom of the jacket. So it's not useless by any means. In fact, when loosened, this would just wear like a regular jacket that has no powder skirt and some people might find that incredibly convenient. But IMHO, to execute something like this properly, the jacket can't be as short as it is. Motion such as bending to adjust buckles on ski boots could easily pull this "skirt" up above the top of your ski pants. So it's not as convenient or as useful as it could be. The hood fits super well over a ski helmet and, when zipped, the jacket provides great coverage for your face. However, if the hood is not up over a helmet, I found the jacket somewhat annoying when zipped all the way up, as the zipper kept creeping under my chin and irritating it. So I was constantly pulling the zipper out from under my neck. Still, I don't want to be too critical. When skiing with a neck gaiter or face mask, this could become completely a non-issue, thought I suspect it still would've bothered me a bit. The fabric is really quite nice and it was quite easy to operate the pit zips. The dual top/bottom zipper is a very nice touch both for general comfort and for an additional way to ventilate, particularly given that the jacket has some insulation. In the end, I do think this is a nice jacket and I'd like to see OR implement this same jacket with better execution next year. I think it could be a hit and even become iconic given its unique style. Better length, longer sleeves, and stiffer fabric to keep the zipper from constantly going under the neck is all it would take. Despite sending this back for a higher end, beautiful shell (the Black Diamond Mission shell), I would consider buying this for colder days next year with those few changes.