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
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.