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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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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!

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.

5 5

This one is sweeettttt!

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

Gore-Tex 3L Active Shell fabric is as good as it gets for a hard shell.
A little stretch and solid dependibility outdoors. Decent hood, great cuffs, nice zips and perfect sizing on the Axion.

Hard to ask more of a shell.

5 5

Axiom in the Amazon basin

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

A tropical storm came though and destroyed our camp, but the Axiom jacket kept me plenty warm and dry throughout many days of rain in the jungles of Bolivia.

This is the one shell i brought to south america, for rain protection while fly fishing in the low lands, and backpacking and snowboarding in the Cordillera Real. It can handle just about any kind of weather conditions and keep you comfortable. I am a big fan of the left pocket/stuff sack. Very waterproof, breathable and durable.

Axiom in the Amazon basin
5 5

Great Jacket!

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Used this jacket ~100 days last winter in the Wasatch backcountry. Only time I did not was when it was super cold. At first I was worried about there not being pit zips but it is plenty light and breathable. The fit is trim (read: tight) so on cold days I had to use a different jacket because I could not fit enough layers underneath, not a complaint just an observation.

5 5

Best Gore Shell

The Axiom is really the perfect gore shell in my mind. OR did a great job with fit on this jacket. Super light and packs up to nothing, but keeps me bone try. But the biggest thing in this jacket seems to be the Active Shell. Never had a gore jacket more breathable as this one.

5 5

Simply the Best

I hate hard shells. Living in the Wasatch, we rarely need them but this year I somehow ended up in storms all too often. I started bring the Axiom when the weather was burly and the jacket was just as burly. Fortunately, it's about as light as Gore Tex jackets come and I actually noticed the stretch and increased breathability of the Active Shell which was a huge improvement over previous iterations of Gore Tex materials.

It fits really well over a small puffy making layer work well. The torso and sleeves are plenty long for one with a big ape index like myself. Also, the hood fits nicely over my helmet.

Overall, I give it a bunch of thumbs up and have changed my opinion of hard shells...

5 5

What a gem

I got this jacket for spring backcountry skiing and it is an amazing addition to my gear. The Gore-Tex Active fabric does a great job of breathing so on those warmer spring days, I have to peel less often. And when it does have to get shoved in my pack, it compacts down much better than a typical Pro-shell fabric. Its weight-cutting measures are much appreciated, too. No powder skirts or unnecessary zips bog it down. It's just a perfect outer weather layer. Even when a spring squall blows it, it holds its own beautifully which makes me think I may just use this beyond the warm spring days. From a style perspective, it fits a tall lean guy really nicely - none of the boxy square looks that make me look like I could use an extra patty with my burger at the end of the ski day. Lots of compliments on this one but while the black is slick, it doesn't show up in photos very well. If you're waffling on whether to buy it, buy it!