Satisfy your need for steep lines, deep powder, and technical outerwear.
If you don't know Jeremy Jones, here's a quick scouting report: the most legendary big mountain rider on the planet, the Paul Bunyan of snowboarding, the sultan of shredding. Someone of such mythical status can't just wear any old jacket when he's undertaking month-long human-powered trips into remote parts of BC or Alaska, so O'Neill designed the light, technical Jones 3L Jacket to keep Jeremy dry no matter how ugly the weather.
Perhaps Jones' most noteworthy act in recent years is his decision to forgo helicopters and lifts, preferring to access his lines by foot. Obviously, this requires equipment that can keep up. The Jones 3L is made of 4-way stretch ripstop polyester that moves with you, so you can get up and down your line quickly before the afternoon storms roll in, and has articulated elbows and an ergonomic mountaineering fit that lets you handle technical ascents in bombproof comfort. All the jacket's fabric is 100% recycled, in keeping with Jones' strong environmental ethic (the decision to move purely by foot isn't some ego-driven publicity stunt), and O'Neill works with Jones' group Protect Our Winters to reduce the effects of climate change on winter sports and mountain communities.
The warm-fuzzies are great, but the Jones 3L also has to stand up the gnarliest weather that Alaska can throw at you. To that end, the fabric is DWR-treated and rated 20K waterproof and 15K breathable, which is more water protection than you'll ever need unless you're swimming, and the seams are fully-taped to seal out any rogue moisture that tries to invade your personal ecosystem. There's also a Hyperflow pocket/vent system that's easily accessible while wearing a pack, and a waterproof front zipper with a stormguard placket. The Jones 3L is ready to shred in-bounds, too, thanks to a sleeve pass pocket, an internal audio pocket, and a powder skirt that'll keep you spinning laps from bell to bell in perfect AK-worthy comfort.
- 100% recycled 3-layer ripstop polyester with 4-way stretch
- 20K waterproof/15K breathable fabric with a DWR coating and fully-taped seams
- Hyperflow pocket/vent system
- Powder skirt
- Ergonomic mountaineering fit with articulated elbows
- Waterproof front zipper with storm placket
- Sleeve pass, internal audio, and goggle pockets
- Recco reflector
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Around the world, still kicking
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
For almost a year, I've kicked the living daylights out of this jacket. It has skied off the summit of Denali, hitchhiked on sailboats in Iceland, gotten pummeled with waterfalls while rappelling on first descents in Romania, sea kayaked around icebergs in Alaska, high-fived Jeremy Jones, kept me happy in Ukraine, survived a month of living in a van in Patagonia, and still keeps me dry. I think that the chest pockets have zippers that are too stiff, causing you to get "pregnant-belly" all too frequently, which is only made worse by wearing a beacon beneath it. It is longer in back than in front. The arm pocket is nice. The grey material is stiffer than the yellow. The vents are nice and generous, though they also have zippers that are too stiff.
There are very few pieces of gear that I've tested more than this jacket. Fitting is very "backcountry," so if you're tall or like stuff that fits longer, you're sacrificing your style preferences for quality.
The hood is great, and the breathing holes in the high neck gaiter RULE. Good hood, too.
I'm not crazy about the material--mainly the grey material. It's too stiff. The zippers really don't help that, making you sometimes feel like a robot.