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Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket - Men's

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    The lighter you are, the faster you can be.

    Fast-and-light alpine climbs and backcountry ski tours call for the Outdoor Research Men's Axiom Jacket. Its three-layer Gore-Tex Active shell guarantees waterproof protection in a seriously breathable package for truly active endeavors, and fully taped seams enhance waterproofing by preventing snowflakes and raindrops from seeping through. A trim fit gives less bulk and less weight, and a mechanical stretch ensures full mobility. Dynamic Reach underarm panels help you, well, reach those hard to get holds when climbing, while the HookLoop cuff closures and elastic drawcord hem beef up your protection against the elements when things really take a turn.

    • Ultra-light, highly protective jacket for alpine endeavors
    • 3-layer Gore-Tex Active fabric offers total waterproof protection
    • Slim fit cuts down on both bulk and weight for streamlined design
    • Fully adjustable, helmet-compatible hood keeps you safe and dry
    • Adjustable hem and cuffs add protection against the weather
    • Multiple pockets bring along your adventure essentials
    • Item #ODR00LC

    Tech Specs

    Material
    [membrane/laminate] Gore-Tex Active (3-layer), [face fabric] 100% nylon 30D mechanical stretch ripstop
    Seams
    fully sealed
    Fit
    slim
    Length
    mid-length
    Center Back Length
    30in
    Hood
    yes, fully adjustable
    Pockets
    2 front zip, 1 chest zip
    Claimed Weight
    14.2oz
    Recommended Use
    hiking & camping, backcountry touring, climbing, nordic
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    • Q & A

    What do you think about this product?

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    Very versatile 3 layer Goretex piece

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 140lbs

    As the "recommended uses" may suggest, this shell works wonders in all conditions. I've been using the ever-visible Hot Sauce color as an all season shell and have been very stoked on weight, waterproofing, and fit. I took it in a Medium with plans to layer, but could also easily take a small if I weren't planning on so many layers. I look forward to taking it on some ski tours this winter.

    Quiver of One Hardshell

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Picked this up for ski touring and mountaineering, where it is outstanding, but I did not realize how great it was until I took it backpacking through China and Vietnam during monsoon season.

    Pros: it is HIGHLY breathable, in 80-90 degrees and around 85 percent humidity in Asia I only broke a light sweat while wearing this to protect me from a four day typhoon. And, yes, I stayed completely dry. Light enough and breathable enough to throw in for any possible conditions.

    Cons: The DWR does need extra TLC and refreshing, making it suffer a little in usability for multi-day treks. It is slim fit, which is nice for backpacking, but for my intended use of mountaineering and ski touring it is borderline too slim. Works great with a mid-weight baselayer, and light to mid-weight mid-layer, but you cannot fit a heavier down mid-layer.

    I am 6'1" and the Large fits as described above.

    gore tex active

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    At first I was bummed out because of no pit zips but after I experienced the breathability of gore tex active pit zips are a thing of the past. No pit zips needed. This jacket is awesome and it even has a little stretch. I can't express the breathability of this jacket enough. Outdoor research has the infinite guarantee as well. can't go wrong!

    Great fit and mobility

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 195lbs

    Pros: Athletic fit, extremely mobile, great features, good weather protection, affordable.
    Cons: Front zipper can be difficult, drawstring buckles hard to manipulate, no pit zips.
    A little on the warmer side and would be perfect for ice climbing or resort skiing on a cool spring day.

    Perfect for rain and snow

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

    Outstanding performance!. After 5 hours of a huge snow storm, I was totally dry. My only complain is the hood, i think is a little bit tight

    Pretty Sweet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    40" chest, 32" waist

    My old rain shell bit the dust after a few years of heavy use, so I decided I wanted to upgrade a little. I needed something to check these boxes:
    1. Trim enough to fit a button-down or light fleece and not much else.
    2. Packable enough that I won't think twice about bringing it when I travel.
    3. Durable enough not to get trashed by backpack straps.
    4. Breathable enough that I won't feel like I'm in a sauna when bike commuting.

    After searching around and getting a recommendation from Leta, I decided on the Axiom. It's trim enough to look good with just a t-shirt, but has enough room for my Atom LT if needed. It's packable enough to fit in a medium Eagle Creek cube with a base layer or my wife's rain coat without having to force it. I've used it 6 times and the durability seems to be fine. Based on the other reviews, I have nothing to worry about there. Breathability is activity dependent as always, but this jacket surprised me. I can wear it up to 50 while biking before I start sweating like crazy and actually felt chilly standing around at 60 when the wind was blowing, which is very similar to my running jacket which isn't waterproof and has lots of ventilation holes.

    I know it would add some weight, but I'd still like to see pit zips for when I'm super active (bike commuting). The hem isn't tight enough for me to return it, but a little more room would be nice.

    My biggest regret is that when I stopped to help someone change a flat, I casually laid my jacket on my bike, and got some grease on the hood. Totally goofed on that one..

    Since I'm sure you'll read this Leta, how would you compare this to the Realm? I didn't know about it until I already bought this and put some grease on it.

    Isaac,

    Yes. This review was for the previous model, and got copied over when Backcountry updated their site. I tried a newer medium on at REI a while back, and it felt like they added a couple inches or so to the hem, and maybe just a little bit to the chest/waist while keeping the arms the same. I'd stick with the medium if you're the same build unless you want to layer super heavy stuff under it.

    Thanks for the response!
    I am leaning a little towards a Large, but am still not 100% sure. I'm a bit taller than you, 6'2" with a 31" waist and 39" chest. I don't tend to layer a ton but would like to option since winter is coming here pretty soon. I also tend to prefer a more trim fit. I tried on the Bolin jacket which OR said is an exact size match to the Axiom but but has a 2" larger hem than the Axiom. Did you feel like the newer model Axiom would be large enough to fit a down puffy under? (I know this may be difficult to respond to exactly so thanks for any input you may be able to give)

    I'd go with whatever size you liked in the Bolin if OR says they're the same fit minus the hem. The little extra hem length on the new Axiom is the only thing I wanted. 90% of the time I wear this it'll be with a t-shirt, button-down, or light sweater and while my Atom LT (60g synthetic) fits, I layer it so rarely it doesn't matter. Given that, focus on your primary use and how often you'll want to layer a puffy. Rarely = medium, Regularly = large.

    What are you using this for? If you don't need something super breathable, you could get away with something like the Foray. If you want something for skiing, you're likely going to want more pockets and a more relaxed fit.

    Extremely versatile shell

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is an awesome shell for skiing and snowboarding, along with just about every other activity you can enjoy on a mountain. It is super lightweight, very waterproof and breaths great. Perfecto!

    Extremely versatile shell

    Simple and awesome

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 6'3"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I've been using my Axiom jacket for just over three years now and it's never let me down. From rainy days in New York City to thousands of vertical feet up and down the Wasatch this jacket has been my go-to for every season. I've used tech wash twice and washed it another 3 times, and the waterproof properties are still holding strong - the GoreTex Active is pretty resilient. I've never had reason to use OR's renowned warranty, but a friend of mine with the same jacket had an unfortunate accident with a cliff band on a ski day out, and they replaced his jacket no-questions-asked. I'm 6'3", 165lb. and the XL fits well, without too much extra bulk, but I could probably get away with a L. I just prefer the XL for the longer sleeves, personally. I still anticipate this jacket giving me a few more years of bomb-proof weather resistance!

    Bombproof; the only shell in my pack

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I just returned from a month and a half in Patagonia from a trip during a wetter than usual season. The unsettled weather and rapidly changing conditions meant that I was usually wearing a hard shell, even while approaching and climbing. During periods of heavy movement, I would wear the OR Ferosi, but then layer up with this on the outside when things got real. It saved my bacon and turned out to be extremely durable.

    Durability:

    I climbed plenty of technical mixed and ice pitches that put holes in my pack, pants, and other layers, but this thing looks brand new. I like the larger than normal zipper teeth, which seem more robust than some of those on other jackets.

    Fit:

    I went with a large as I usually wear the jacket as my outer-most layer, sometimes even over a midweight down-layer while burning time in cold, snowy conditions. This fits well for me in the those cases, but I also have broad shoulders. When wearing only over a t-shirt or something, the fit is a tad big. Fits nicely over my helmet without restricting movement and the sleeve length is good for swinging tools.

    Bottom-line:

    Used for what it is meant for (bad weather), this is the shell you want for the price, durability, and fit - though the latter is subjective.

    Bombproof; the only shell in my pack

    very different fit compared to old one

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'5"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I used to have the first version and got this year's version as a warranty replacement. I'm a little disappointed with the current iteration. First the good, it's still a very nice jacket and the quality is superb, I like the addition of the double zipper and the wire brimmed hood. Other than that I much prefer the older version. You can't pack this jacket into it's pocket, this used to be possible, not anymore. The fit is really weird, the older one was also slim fit but the current version is really slim in the hem area compared to shoulders and arms. While the older version seemed to be more of a normal slim fit the current version would be perfect for those with wide shoulders and really long arms, but with a chicken legs, if you size up to have some room around your thighs, the arms are likely to be too long. Old version medium was a perfect fit, current one is just too long in the arms and a little boxy with just about perfect space in the hem around my waist and thighs, if I size down to a small the jacket won't go over my thighs and I'd have to use is above my waist line. No I have to figure out what to do with my warranty replacement that doesn't fit me like the original one.

    I'm still giving 4 starts for the exceptional quality and detail on this jacket!

    Great Shell!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: XL
    • Height: 5'11"
    • Weight: 210lbs

    This jacket has been great for me! Great top layer for cold, wind, and snow. The only complaint I have is when it is -20 or colder the zipper becomes very hard to operate. Otherwise this is a great shell!

    Great Shell!

    Runs small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 190lbs

    This is a really nice jacket but it would have been better if it was a relaxed fit vs slim fit. Couldn't put any layers on under jacket. Have to return.

    Seems Great, Tough Fit for Shorties

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'6"
    • Weight: 135lbs

    This jacket really seemed like it would be awesome except that I have one of those short/muscular chest body types that makes it impossible to get a good fit from most sizing schemes. The small size Axiom had longish length in the sleeves, reasonable length in the hem and was just barely roomy enough around my chest if I had nothing but a very light baselayer underneath. Anything more and it was far too restrictive around my chest and shoulders. The medium had ample (read: too much) room underneath for 4 layers of varying size plus a bulky down jacket. It also had a hem that descended halfway to my knees and sleeves that extended at least an inch past my fingertips. Anyone with a similar body type (39-40 inch chest measurement and below average height) should beware of 'form fitting' or 'slim fit' garments if a proper fit with any reasonable layering underneath is desired.

    Bombproof and ultra compact.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    I bought this model a couple years back prior to it having hand pockets and velcro cuffs. Owning it for two years, it's been my everyday carry jacket as a college student and outdoorsy person in Alberta (winter temps run from 32 to -40). The waterproofing and breathability are solid, the stretch in the material is a lifesaver, and it's ultra lightweight, packable design has been great as I keep it in a small pocket of my backpack at all times in case the weather turns and I have to brave a blizzard on my commute home. The only features I wish I had were hand pockets and velcro cuffs which has since been added.

    The model I own runs quite small. I usually wear size small (I seriously am a size small in most outdoor brands despite being 180), but this jacket is too snug to comfortably layer under in a small. Also, the jacket is cut with long sleeves and a short body, more like a typical softshell than snowboarding shell. Notably, the 20D material does lend it thin enough it provides no insulation of its own unlike the heavy skiing oriented shell jacket I own. Otherwise I have been quite happy with it and surprised by its durability despite being such a lightweight material as I have commuted, hiked, winter camped, and even used it as a shell when running in the winter.

    Bombproof and ultra compact.

    Go To Touring Jacket

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    I have been using this jacket for the past couple years now and absolutely love it. Great athletic fit, lightweight, breathes well, and protects - pretty much everything you could want for touring or alpine pursuits.

    Go To Touring Jacket

    Really nice for a shell

      Walking in this jacket on a windy day, I can feel the wind blasting all around me but this shell just cuts through the gusts like a knife. Excellent waterproofing- moisture just beads right up. I'm 6'1" 220. The L fits but I went with the XL which gives me room for a baselayer and a hoodie.

      failed before i even got outside

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

      Hood draw broke the first time i put it on. The stiching just gave out. Back country? Didn't eve make it out of my living room.