Award Winner - Outside Magazine Gear of the Year Award 2012
Award Winner - Men's Journal Magazine Gear of the Year Award 2012
The Outdoor Research Men's Axiom Jacket is a storm shell for alpine climbing and skiing. When the rain, sleet, snow and wind are factors in your climbing day, the Axiom steps up with Gore-Tex Active 3L fabric to protect your upper half. The Active fabric is the most breathable waterproof fabric in the Gore-Tex line, making it ideal for high-output activities. The jacket also has a bit of stretch in it so you can move and reach freely to the next hold. The hood is helmet-compatible and adjusts so you won’t lose peripheral vision. The dual hand pockets zipper shut to secure a pair of liner gloves while staying up and out of the way of your harness. The left hand pocket also doubles as a stuff sack for packing away on bright, sunny days.
FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Men's Axiom Jacket
Movement- Mirroring Stretch
Fully Seam Taped
Fully Adjustable Hood Fits Over Helmet
Single-Separating Front Zipper
Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
Zippered Napoleon Pocket
Two Zippered Hand Pockets
Hand Pockets Set Above Hip Belt or Harness
Left Hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Men's Axiom Jacket
Weight: (L): 13.5 oz / 382 g
Center Back Length: 29" / 74 cm
Gore-Tex Active 3L, 100% nylon 20D
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I've worn this jacket - and its prototype - since June and it has quickly become my go-to jacket. That's the jacket that I grab 80% of the time, and have to justify replacing it with something else. I've skied big multi-day tours and climbed long alpine routes in this jacket, and it has a degree of ventilation and stretch that I never thought possible with a Gore-Tex fabric. I'm really looking forward to using it this winter skiing.
This is the best waterproof jacket I've ever used. I had nearly given up on GORETEX and fully waterproof layers for 90% of my days in the mountains, but the Axiom really is much more stretchy, breathable, and slimmed-down than older shells. It isn't as breathable as a light softshell such as the ferrosi, but it is a step in that direction yet the Axiom is 100% waterproof and I've had it out in some big storm days to prove it.I was provided this jacket by OR for product testing/expedition use.
If you want one jacket to take care of you no matter what you're doing, this is it. It's practically a softshell - stretch, soft and crinkle free. And, this new Gore-tex is really breathable - really. For me though, the best part of this jacket is its simplicity... no silly chapstick pocket or stuff like that, just a trim fitting shell with a couple pockets. I expect I'll be wearing the Axiom on most of my adventures for a while now, it's just so much lighter than any comparable softshell. A stretchy, soft, hardshell... Love it.