Price US $400

Oakley B-52 2015 Review by A Better Ski

The Oakley B-52 Down jacket is a seriously warm jacket with a decent amount of waterproof protection. This would be a great jacket for those in colder climates who may occasionally see some wet weather.

Oakley B-52 Down Ski Jacket Review

Tester: Matt

Size: S

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Oakley B-52 Down jacket is equipped with a Hydrogauge 15 laminate that offers decent waterproofing and breathability. At 15k the Hydrogauge laminate will be fine in a light to heavy snow and I’d have no problem recommending it. This is almost perfect for skiers that may see a lot of snow, but will almost never see rain. Breathability of Hydrogauge is also middle of the road, but with such a heavy amount of insulation, the B-52 doesn’t feel like it breathes really well. This would be a much better jacket for those in cold areas than for those who see a good mix of warm weather days as well.                

Warmth: The Oakley B-52 Down jacket is a serious warm jacket that is perfect for colder climates. It has 550g of down fill along with a heavy denier outer shell for protection against the cold. I’d have no problem recommending the B-52 for those who ski in really cold areas often. Also if you’re the skier that runs cold, the B-52 would be a good option.

Fit: The Oakley B-52 Down jacket has a parka fit that is true to size. The fit is relatively form fitting, while still giving enough room for layering underneath. Sometimes thick down jackets can feel bulky, but the B-52 feels great. Its fit is flattering, but still very functional. The length is pretty long, and covers the butt. Shoulder width is great, and the arms are plenty long.

Features: TheB-52 is a great combination of superior warmth and solid waterproof protection. It has plenty of cool features including wrist gaiters, powder skirt, pit zip ventilation, contoured hood, and a ton of pockets for gear. The B-52 is a heavy feeling jacket that can hold up to some abuse. Overall, this is a fantastic jacket for those in colder climates that may also need solid waterproofing.

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Type

Fully Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

Other

Insulation Type

Down

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

No

Hood Type

Contoured

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

Yes

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

Waterproof Rating

15K

Breathability Rating

15K

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Very Thick

Waterproofing

Good

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Excellent