O’Neill Original Anorak Snow Jacket | Review

A reimagined classic made from recycled plastic bottles

Why We Chose The O’Neill O’Riginals Anorak Snow Jacket: Snowsport heritage, recycled materials, funky styling meets functional.


With its barreling wave logo and surfing roots, O’Neill will, for many, always be ‘salty sea’ rather than ‘snowy summit’. That’s nobody at O’Neill’s fault. It’s just that when a brand is founded on the Californian coast by a man who invented the wetsuit, wore an eyepatch after a surf accident, and whose son invented the surfboard leash – these assumptions are always going to be made. Big up Jack O’Neill, by the way. He died in 2017, at the age of 94; a true action sports legend.

“Big up Jack O’Neill”

Rocking up to the mountains as an updated version of a jacket designed for the first ever Snowboard World Cup, the O’Neill O’Riginals Anorak Jacket is inspired by the past; a throwback Thursday served with big side helpings of modern trends and modern performance. It’s a reminder that when it comes to snow gear, O’Neill knows what they’re doing.


The O’Riginals Anorak is made from O’Neill’s Blue Repreve recycled fabric. What this means, in layman’s terms, is that old plastic bottles have been put to good use here; becoming a fundamental part of your ski outerwear’s origin story rather than litter in the ocean. More and more ski and snowboard brands are doing this sort of thing these days, and it’s great to see O’Neill playing their part in this progressive shift with the product’s shell fabric in this instance.

“Plastic bottles have been put to good use here”

This anorak rates 10k / 10k on the waterproof and breathability front. This makes it perfectly well-suited to fun times round the resort, in the park, and at the après. It means it’s not really cut out for proper backcountry missions, but you sort of knew that already didn’t you? 

The O’Neill Hyperdry treatment the anorak’s gone through keeps rain, snow, and spills at bay. It also speeds up the drying process no end, without negatively impacting on the item’s softness and breathability as a result.


There’s nothing particularly mindblowing on the features front. That being said, there’s more than enough going on here to satisfy the needs of corduroy rippers and snow park flippers. 

The anorak, for example, has critically taped seams. Critically taped seams do exactly what they say on the tin. They shield the wearer in the most critical, and exposed, areas with waterproof taping. Taped seams are nothing new or revolutionary, of course, but their presence in the key areas here should help to put your mind at ease. Like we said, this isn’t really the type of jacket you want to be wearing on backcountry jollies but it’ll definitely keep you dry round the resort.

While it doesn’t exactly have the kind of features to make a backcountry ultra froth, we do like that O’Neill have gone to good lengths when considering the comfort of the wearer. Take the chin guard protector, for example. It’s a protective piece of comfortable fabric to keep the zip soft and cosy against your skin. 

“It’s got a big kangaroo pouch pocket”

Shoutout also to the elasticated cuffs that’ll help to stop chills from rushing up your sleeves and ruining your day completely, as well as the well-implemented snow gaiter and wrist gaiter – features which will stop the snow going where it doesn’t belong. The thumbholes on the wrist gaiter will help to keep your palms warm too.

Other things worth mentioning are the ergonomic shaped pattern to enhance freedom of movement, the smartly designed hood with built in visor for maximum coverage, the zippered lift pass pocket on the left underarm and the RECCO Avalanche System. 

Remember this jacket isn’t really suitable for hardcore backcountry missions so if you are going off-piste in it, stay close to the slope. Also, of course, backcountry missions should always be done with a transceiver system and a knowledgeable guide anyway. Never just rely exclusively on a RECCO reflector in your jacket. It’s better than nothing, sure, but transceivers, when used properly, are always a significant improvement. 

Final comment on features. It’s got a big kangaroo pouch pocket. Big fan of those. 


There’s obviously more technically advanced ski jackets out there but if you’re looking for something eye-catching and functional to wear while you’re ripping it up at the resort, you could do a hell of a lot worse than this updated classic from O’Neill. 

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