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At 6'3" and 190 lbs I struggle to get a shells and jackets to fit correctly, I fall right between large and XL. I have an XL Taiga Works Gore-tex Alpinist shell that fits like a parachute and is now relegated to being a rain and snow blowing shell because its just too big.

 

I purchased the new OR Axcess shell/Pant combo in a large size this fall and have used twice this season skiing, the days were not cold and temps stayed in the low 20`s.

 

The Axcess shell fit me very well, I`m thin  and wear a 43 long suit jacket size. Sleeve length was  just right and the shell fit my torso well.

 

Jacket features

 

Waterproof/breathable, 2-layer 70D GORE-TEX® Performance fabric

 

Integrated RECCO® reflector

 

Fully adjustable hood that fits over a helmet; adjustable collar- I prefer a removable hood so this feature was not a positive for me.

 

Zip-out Thermodynamic™ balaclava with internal tuck-away pocket- I did not use this as it wasn't very cold and I wear a helmet but think this feature would be helpful on days with changing conditions

 

Instead of pit-zips, OR uses a pair of large chest zippers to vent heat for the Axcess and IMHO this approach is much easier to operate, especially when wearing gloves. Additionally, the two zippers also acts as a secondary entrance point to the 2 large internal pockets

 

EnduraLoft™ insulation; 60g front and arms, 40g back and under arms- I`m a bit torn on this feature. I prefer a straight non insulated shell and will have to rethink how i use insulating layers when wearing this jacket. With the included arm insulation I may use an insulating vest more.

 

Plenty of Internal pocket storage

 

Zippered napoleon pocket with media port and hand pockets

 

Inner lift pass pocket with drawcord key-clip attachment

 

Nylon/spandex-knit mesh powder skirt with gripper elastic

 

Axcess pants

 

These are a large and fit my 35 inch waist just fine, the waist is adjustable as well and the pants accept suspenders

 

Same gore-tex as jacket

 

EnduraLoft™ insulation; 40g on seat and knees- The reason I loved these pants- the insulation was perfect. I typically wear just one insulating layer on the legs and really like this feature for cold days

 

The other features mimic the jacket and include:

  • Integrated RECCO® reflector
  • Fully seam taped
  • Water-resistant zippers
  • Brushed tricot lined waist band; snap and zipper fly with adjustable elastic tabs
  • Accepts accessory suspenders
  • Inner and outer thigh vents
  • Nylon/spandex-knit mesh gaiters with gripper elastic
  • Zippered hand pockets; one with beacon pocket with key clip attachment
  • Two cargo pockets and one back pocket
  • Reinforced ankle scuff guards
  • Articulated knees
  • Gusseted crotch
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This Jacket/pant combo is the perfect weight, not too heavy for warmer days and not too light, easy to layer underneath and has plenty of venting. Everything you need and nothing you don't with the exception of the non removable hood.470x500_55065_195_15.jpg470x500_55075_008_12.jpg