What does the Frozen Wave jacket by O'Neill have to offer? Find out in our review
O’Neill 88 Frozen Wave Anorak RRP£199.99
Anoraks are a bit of a blast from the past on the ski slopes (hence the ‘88’ in the name of this example, the look of which was inspired by the snow anorak designed for the first ever Snowboard World Cup, sponsored by O'Neill). But as long as you don’t mind having to take them on and off over your head, and the lack of a full-length front zip, they can be a very warm and effective piece of ski gear.
The Frozen Wave scores on both these counts – it’s warm thanks to a mix of 80g and 60g insulation, and DWR-treated 10k waterproof and 10k breathable outer fabric further helps keep you dry and your temperature regulated (the fabrics are recycled, incidentally).
The large, fully-adjustable hood has a bright 80s-style lining, below which neon pink drawcords add another 80s touch, whilst a three-quarter length zip allows for easy on/off and temperature regulation; this also has a poppered flap to help keep cold draughts out. A single zip and popper arrangement under the left arm of the anorak further assists with getting it on and off, but I’m surprised O’Neill didn’t make this a two-way zip so it could be used for additional temperature control like a pit zip.
There’s a zippered lift pass pocket on the left arm and a large kangaroo pouch front pocket which fastens with a Velcro flap and also doubles as a zippered handwarmer pocket, but no internal pockets, presumably due to difficulty of access; you do get a powder skirt however. I really liked the Frozen Wave, although I can see that the anorak design and the fact that it’s quite bulky and heavy won’t appeal to everyone.
FOR Fun piece of gear harking back to the neon-bright 80s; not too expensive.
AGAINST Anorak design won’t appeal to everyone.