Gear Review

4 5

Axiom of hardshell performance? Close.

I purchased the Axiom on a whim to use as a touring and resort shell. It serves those purposes well, while remaining lightweight and surprisingly durable.

I'm 5'10"and around 200, with a 41" chest and 34" sleeves. The large fits perfectly. There is room to layer with a fleece or puffy, but it doesn't flap about. The fabric is supple and light, but handles itself well. During my last tour, it scraped on trees and rocks and never protested or snagged. The pockets are placed well - they don't interfere with a backpack at all - and are large enough for skins or various sundries.

The Gore Active fabric breathes better than other Gore fabrics, but I still want pit zips. That's really the only missing feature. I get very hot, easily, and want more ventilation. Thus - 4 stars instead of 5.

Regarding the picture: the photographer was obsessed with victory beer.

Axiom of hardshell performance? Close.
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Commando Run! Deserves a drink at Mangos! I usually use a very light puffy. Would the medium be alright for someone who is 5'9 153 lbs. I'm worried a large will be too big.

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At 153 lbs, you're quite a bit skinnier than me. I probably could squeeze into a medium if I didn't want to layer. It could fit you well. A large would be on the flappy side.