Why We Chose The O’Neill Aplite Jacket: Functional, stylish, and affordable.
Started by the legendary waves man Jack O’Neill way back in 1952, O’Neill began its existence as a Californian surf wear and surfboard company. Jack, who sported an iconic eyepatch after being hit in the eye by his surfboard and who lived to the grand old age of 94, is credited with inventing the modern wetsuit. Jack’s son Pat O’Neill, is, it’s worth mentioning, credited with the invention of the surfboard leash (he initially used surgical cord and a suction cup).
“O’Neill began its existence as a Californian surf wear and surfboard company”
With that kind of backstory, and with a salty sea wave as their logo, you might be wondering what the hell O’Neill is doing in the Ski 100. Well, times have changed a lot since the early fifties and O’Neill are now fully part of the winter sports outerwear scene. With the Aplite Ski Jacket, the brand’s served (or should that be surfed) up an absolute ripper.
The Aplite rates 10k / 10k on the waterproofing and breathability fronts. Those numbers are more than enough to see you right within the resort boundaries, and at the park, but not really high enough for big off-piste missions. Don’t let the fact it’s not a serious, out and out, backcountry number put you off though – this jacket has still got more than chops about it to do a good job for you on your classic, week-long, corduroy shred-up in the Alps.
For the gear nerds who really must know everything about their jacket, the ingredients list breaks down as follows: shell – 100% polyester, laminate – 100% thermoplastic polyurethane [TPU], woven lining – 100% polyamide, knitted lining – 100% polyester, and filling – 100% polyester.
Inspired by O’Neill’s 60-year history in wetsuit design, features O’Neill Firewall. Firewall is the result of body mapping research which has looked into which parts of the body require more insulation. Used here, in conjunction with 3M Thinsulate, it’s a way of thinking that’s reduced weight without sacrificing on warmth and comfort. You’ll appreciate it on the cold days, for sure.