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Rugged protection that won't weigh you or your pack down.

Engineered for summer and shoulder-season alpine climbing, the lightweight Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket features a Gore-Tex waterproof breathable membrane for peace of mind during those light-and-fast expeditions.

  • Gore-Tex 3L Active Shell fabric is built with the same legendary waterproof protection as other Gore-Tex fabrics but with a lower weight and greater breathability
  • Fully taped seams and water-resistant zips mean water won’t roll down the shell and sneak in through the fabric joints
  • Hand pockets set higher for easy compatibility with a harness
  • Articulated elbows mimic the normal anatomical shape of your arms and provide greater freedom of movement
  • Left-hand pocket doubles as a stuff sack for easy storage

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does this jacket have pit zips?

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No, The Goretex active shell is pretty breathable. I've used it running, touring, alpine climbing, layered up and over a simple base layer. It breaths better than every goretex jacket I've used.
A few times I have opened to pockets to get a little breeze but it doesn't need it.

October powder days on Mt Rainier

October powder days on Mt Rainier

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Awesome picture Reid!!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com homepage! Congrats on being amazingly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5

A Must Need Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs small
  • Height: 6' 0"
    Weight: 165 lbs
    Size Purchased: Medium

This is the Cadillac of jackets. High end with a higher but not rediculous price tag. I would say this jacket is worth every penny. Outdoor research nailed it on this one. The fit I read in other reviews appealed to me and I couldn't have been happier. I like a jacket that fits snug to my tall, lanky body so it doesn't look as though I'm swimming in my jacket. The jacket also has generous length which is usually my struggle. The athletic fit of this jacket is perfect but if you plan to layer under it I would go a size up. To me the looks and fit of a jacket don't matter if it cant stand up to its functional promises. The Gore-Tex active shell is what sets this jacket apart from competitors. The jacket breathes extremely well. I normally get clammy in rain jackets but not the case here. With this great breathability the question may be does it sacrifice rain protection. The answer is no. I was excited to put this jacket to the limits and did so right away. Straight out of the box I threw it on and started up the shower. After 15 minutes of this exaggerated simulation of a down pour I found myself completely dry. The jacket proved its ultimate function of keeping water out. The only minor problem I noticed is that around the chest pocket the fabric darkened in little spots revealing minor saturation areas but I still remained dry inside the jacket. This jacket is one that should be in everyone's pack. It packs into its own pocket and is light enough to make it a no brainer to pack on every trip. The flexibility and range of motion is not an issue with this jacket whatsoever. It is my favorite jacket to play a round at the course. This jacket is perfect for casual wear around town, hiking trips, fly fishing, backcountry touring, golfing, and running. Definitely a jacket that could be worn every day no matter the activity and temperature. The axiom is worth every penny and will get used on a daily basis.

A Must Need Jacket
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Hey Connor, Leta here with OR. Thank you for the great review. I know lots of guys with this jacket and they swear by it. Definitely a "trim fit" and athletic cut, hence the sizing feeling small. Thank you so much, and great picture! I am so used to seeing that piece on the side of a mountain... this is a refreshing change! :-)

Leta

Another day in the life

Another day in the life

SW Winter Spire, North Cascades

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Hey Reid, Leta with OR here. Great photo! How do you like your Axiom?

Leta

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Hey Leta, I just seen your question. Feel free to contact me via email. rapid_descent@live.com
I love it. This one was a sample I got before the jacket came out. its been on more adventures than my other hardshells, I pass up my mentor and inertia shells unless its 100% going to be wet.

I know this isn't the lightest jacket that a person may carry as part of their backpacking rig, but for what it's packing as far as waterproof features go, would anyone recommend this as part of a rain suit setup to carry if one was to encounter days of consistent rain? The last MH jacket I had used Dry.Q Core waterproofing, but after hours on trail hiking in rain storms it would invariably wetout, in part due to sweat from the inside, but in part because the jacket's waterproofing simply could not stand up to consistent rain over hours, even if it was light. I'm wondering if I would have the same problem with this, or if anyone has used this jacket in similar conditions and has words they could proffer from experience. Also, what's the fit light? I enjoy a more defined, athletic cut when it comes to my gear. Thanks in advance for any advice or wisdom.

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Hey James, Leta here, rep for OR. This jacket is perfect for what you describe. I can thing of no better option. Gore is, arguably, the most durably tested waterproof breathable product on the market. And, in this "Active Shell" technology, it is their lightest and most breathable jacket with the same awesome waterproofness that Gore is known for.

If, for whatever reason you are not fully satisfied with its performance, please know that OR has an Infinite Guaranty, and will take the jacket back! James, you will be psyched with this jacket. I own the women's one called the Clairvoyant, and absolutley love it.

Hope this was helpful!

Leta

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Thanks for your quick reply, Leta! That certainly sways me in the direction of purchasing this jacket, but here's a second question, specifically tailored to the gentleman of the community.
If I've purchased clothing before that was listed in the sizing chart as being appropriate for smaller chest measurements than what I have, but it fit well (i.e. the sizing chart recommended having a max 36" chest measurement, but I have a 38" and the piece still fit me well), would that same principle apply in this situation? Based off the size chart, I think a Medium would be too large for me, so I was considering the Small size, should I pursue this jacket, but are there any gentleman who can speak from experience? I have an athletic build, apx. 38 - 38.5" chest, ~33+" sleeve, 28-29" waist. What say ye, gentlemen? Do you think a small would work, or would this jacket be too tight if I decided on that size?

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Hey James, Leta is spot on. I love the Active shell fabric. I can ski tour in this jacket and it breaths well.
As for size, if you're on the fence of sizes, go larger. It has a more athletic fit than other OR shells and you will want that bit of extra room for layering. This is hands down the best hardshell for alpine adventures and those "its going to rain on this hike" situations. I re apply a DWR after hard rains.
I'm 6'2" 175lbs, long arms, 32 waist. Plenty of sleeve room and space for my climbing skins inside the jacket..

Hey James, Leta is spot on. I love the Active shell fabric. I can ski tour in this jacket and it breaths well. <br/> As for size, if you're on the fence of sizes, go larger. It has a more athletic fit than other OR shells and you will want that bit of extra room for layering.  This is hands down the best hardshell for alpine adventures and those "its going to rain on this hike" situations.  I re apply a DWR after hard rains. <br/> I'm 6'2" 175lbs, long arms, 32 waist.  Plenty of sleeve room and space for my climbing skins inside the jacket.. <br/>

I'm 6'5" 215 lbs. What size?

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Here is a sizing chart for OR.
I will *guess* that a Large will be snug on you, and an XL will fit with room to layer.
I have sized jackets from OR before based on the Chest Size in the chart and it's worked well for me.

Here is a sizing chart for OR. <br/> I will *guess* that a Large will be snug on you, and an XL will fit with room to layer. <br/> I have sized jackets from OR before based on the Chest Size in the chart and it's worked well for me.
3 5

Strange Hood

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: True to size

The hood adjustment just pulls the hood brim back from your forehead . When you have it adjusted so you can see clearly the rain could pour down the front of your face or the hood could blow around in the wind. I was happier with my last jacket (Rab Momentum) that had a hood adjustment around the crown of the head and a wire brim. Returned it. I'm going with Rab again. Rab has eVent fabric and is cheaper!

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I used this jacket in crazy alpine storms, and the one pull hood adjustment is perfect and keeps the weather off of you and allows you to see clearly. THere is a great wire bead in the brim to adjust it as well. I would strongly disagree with this review, especially since they didnt even use it!

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I too disagree, the hood on the Axiom (like all 4 OR jackets I've owned) works really well. Does its protective job, AND is adjustable with mitts on. I've worn it bare-headed while summer hiking and over a helmet while skiing.

What purpose do the black lines on the back of the shoulders have?

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Someone correct me if I'm wrong going out on this assumption, but to answer your question MHarm, I posit this answer presuming the following is true: there are alternative color schemes pertaining to each jacket and the preeminent seams. Following this line of supposition, I would say those black lines are fully-taped seams that join the chest/abdomen section of the jacket with the rear section of the jacket. The different color is to easily distinguish where the seams on the jacket are, as well as to provide an easy identification method for determining that they are part of the fully-tapped seam system employed in this particular piece.
Hope this helps (and I hope I haven't misinformed you!).

5 5

Best shell I've owned

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

Lightweight and super breathable this is the best shell ive owned. I it's durable enough to use backcountry skiing but light enough to use as a summer backpacking shell. Gor Tex Active is very effective. I'm 6'1" 165 and I wear a large.

5 5

Ultralight and breathable

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I compared a lot of jackets at this price point. Once I tried on Gore Active shell I was sold. It's super light and breathable, durable yet somehow it's slightly stretchy. I narrowed it down to a couple active shell jackets and went with OR again. I love the way they keep it simple.

5 5

Great hardshell jacket for the Wasatch.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I got this jacket in Red and love the color. Looks great and fits perfect. I've used this jacket for ski touring and alpine climbing in the Wasatch. I haven't used it in a heavy down pour but i've been caught out in a couple afternoon storms. This jacket prevented me from getting wet and kept me warm.

What I really like about this layer is how packable and lightweight this jacket is. Super simple and good ventilation.

5 5

Light, Breathable, and Dry

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I purchased this jacket to replace an older one I had that was fit very poorly. This one fits amazingly, and has just enough wiggle room to be comfortable over a layer or two, but no so much that it feels super baggy if using it in the middle of the summer.

The fabric breathes incredibly well, and while I've only used it extensively in the winter, it has kept me dry, even when backpacking. The fabric breathes well, so well that you need to make sure you aren't relying it as a wind breaker, it does not do a good job for that. While it does cut some wind, wearing it alone you can feel a breeze cutting through the fabric, which I expect will be nice come summer.

It feels rugged and very well built, as are most OR products. My only tribe is that the neck area of the zipper is irritating when fully zipped, it bends inwards and feels constricting, but that is a minor flaw, and hopefully it will work its way out as the zipper becomes a little more flexible.

5 5

Packable and Waterproof

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This jacket has been my go-to shell for the past year or so in a variety of activities, mainly because of its amazing performance and packability. I can stuff it into its pocket and throw it into my pack knowing its there when I need it, but not taking the space that most Gore-tex proshells require. The waterproofing and breathability really proved themselves on a cross-country ski touring trip where I encountered lots of freezing rain, even without pitzips I had no issues. I would recommend this jacket to skiers and everybody looking for a lightweight yet very performant shell.

Does this jacket have a drawcord at the...

Does this jacket have a drawcord at the hem?

Hello, I was wondering if anyone can tell...

Hello, I was wondering if anyone can tell me if any the pockets might be able to fit a 70-200mm camera lens? It is roughly 9 in. long and 3.5 in wide. Thank you.

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I don't have this jacket, but I do have that lens. I can't imagine it fitting into the pocket of any jacket...

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True, it is a beast. I have an old Bonfire Jacket with freakishly large pockets that it fit in, so I just thought I'd dream big.

5 5

Light Weight, Comfortable, Waterproof

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Awesome. It's amazing how breathable this Jacket is. If you're looking for a bomber hard shell that acts and feels more like a soft shell, then this may just be the jacket for you. It's light weight, has a surprising amount of stretch and flexibility, and offers incredible protection from the elements - as you should expect from a Gore product. I love the ability to stuff this jacket easily into the left hand pocket for quick, light weight storage. It's tough too. I've scraped this thing up rock and ice and she's held up perfectly.

Fit is perfect over a base & insulating layer. I'm 5'10", 155 lbs, 30" waist, and I got the Medium. Waist and hood adjustments ensure a good fit. Hood works well with or without a helmet.

Highly Recommend.

Light Weight, Comfortable, Waterproof
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That all-black everything is way too cool man! Sharp look.

Good review, I'm sold.

4 5

a superb light weight alpine shell

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

6'1" 175lbs, I wear a Medium. I have about 30 ski tour days and 20 hiking days in my Axiom. The Axiom stuffs into its own pocket and packs to the size of a water bottle. There are some smaller-packing “insect wing” shells on the market, but none that offer true alpine wind and weather protection like this. This isn’t a gossamer layer, it’s real Goretex that cuts wind and sheds snow. The sleeves fit long for active movement, the overall cut is slim and athletic so nothing is left flapping in the breeze. The hood adjustment works well w/ or w/out a helmet, even while wearing gloves. Fair warning though, this Goretex active fabric does require that you refresh the DWR. If you think outerwear should never be cleaned or re-treated, then this isn’t the jacket for you. My only gripe is that the side pockets are un-useable while wearing a pack.

a superb light weight alpine shell
4 5

OR Axiom Jacket

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

Lightweight and breaths well. I have a large, 5'8 195, big shoulders/chest. Fit is good with enough room to layer. Don't like the collar. Unless it's zipped up all the way , collar is annoying. Have worn it in rain, cooler temps and high winds.