Outdoor Research Axcess Pants Review

When I’m skiing at the resort my go to pair of pants are the Outdoor Research Axcess Pant.  They are a full GORE-TEX® pant (great for when you are forced to sit on a wet chairlift all day long) with a light layer of PrimaLoft insulation.  At the resort I always get too warm on the ski down and too cold on the lift up.  With the insulation in these pants I never get cold on the lift and because they have double vents (located on the inside and outside of the thigh) easily regulate my temperature when I’m skiing hard or need to boot pack it up a peak to ski some side country.

I also really like the amount of pockets these pants have – two uppers, one on the butt and two gigantic thigh pockets.  I’ve never been a fan of wearing a backpack when I’m at the resort but I do like bringing a few items with me and these pants store it all.  One of the upper pockets also has a internal beacon holder and clip.  I never ski without my beacon, even at the resort, so I appreciate this feature.

Other things we have come to expect on ski pants, like reinforced cuff guards, an adjustable waist, suspender attachment points, etc. are all included in these pants. They are a relaxed fit and run pretty true to sizing.  I am 5’7″, weigh 160 lbs. and wear a small.

Back at the car after a particularly nasty day of backcountry skiing in freezing rain.  Loved the GORE-TEX® protection the Axess pants provided that day.

Back at the car after a particularly nasty day of backcountry skiing in freezing rain. Loved the GORE-TEX® protection the Axcess pants provided that day.

While I primarily use these pants at the resort I do rock them in the backcountry when conditions get real nasty.  Nothing beats the protection a GORE-TEX® shell provides when the weather turns sour and hits you hard.  With the Axcess pants on you will stay dry, warm, and protected from the elements keeping you on the slopes.

Conclusion:

If you are looking for a super versatile pair of ski pants that you can wear all season long, from -20 degree temperatures to sunny spring days, look no further.  The Outdoor Research Axcess pants are for you.

Outdoor Research Axcess Pants

UPDATE: It appears Outdoor Research no longer manufactures this product.