List Price US $400
Oakley B-52 Ski Jacket Review
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
Waterproofing Good
Breathability Average
Warmth Excellent

Semi Tight


Very Thick

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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