Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket - Men's

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Ultra light, weatherproof and highly breathable, the Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket for men is designed for aerobic alpine climbs in rugged conditions. Stuffing into the left hand zippered pocket and weighing only 11 ounces, this Outdoor Research jacket is made with premium 3-layer 20D Gore-Tex® fabric to block out rain, snow and sleet while letting body vapor escape to keep you dry inside. This rain shell has stretch for mobility, a helmet compatible hood and a drawcord at the hem. From trailhead to summit and back, whether the Outdoor Research Men's Axiom Jacket stays mostly in your pack or is protecting you from the elements the whole way up, it will be your key to success on the mountain.


  • 2012 Gear of the Year Award by Outside Magazine for Best Shell
  • Fabric: 100% Nylon, 3-layer 20D Gore-Tex®
  • Active Shell fabric
  • Waterproof
  • Highly breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Movement mirroring stretch
  • Fully seam taped
  • Water-resistant zippers
  • Adjustable hood fits over helmet
  • Single-separating front zipper
  • Internal frontzip stormflap
  • Napolean pocket
  • Internal Shove-it™
  • Left hand pocket doubles as stuff sack
  • Hand pockets set above hip belt or harness
  • Articulated elbows
  • Cuff closures
  • Drawcord hem
  • Trim fit
  • Center back length: 30.25 in, 77 cm
  • Weight: 13.5 oz, 382 g (size L)

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Review Summary

4.8 out of 5

6 Reviews

  • Great design: 6
  • Build quality: 5
  • Performance: 4
  • Great value: 2

  • requires dwr refresh: 1
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
Durability: 4.5 / 5
Wind Protection: 4.3 / 5
Water Protection: 4.2 / 5
Fit: 3 / 5

6 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 3 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 2 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Vermont
35-44 yrs

superb light weight alpine shell
January 21, 2014

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.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, packs small, Cons: requires dwr refresh
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 5 / 5

May 01, 2012

My Axiom Jacket doesn't weigh a thing, doesn't feel like a a plastic bag, packs down into nothing and just lives in my pack.. and the thing is stretchy! This is a sweet little hardshell.

Pros: Great design, Build quality
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 5 / 5

Next Generation Hardshell
April 11, 2012

This is the best fully-featured GORETEX hardhsell I've ever used. Lighter, truly more breathable, softer, and stretchier than all past models I've tried.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Lasts forever, Performance
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Seattle, WA
35-44 yrs

My Go-To Jacket
November 16, 2012

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.

Pros: Great design, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
WaterProtection: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 5 / 5

Light, tough and breathable
May 11, 2013

This jacket is totally waterproof (hasn't leaked a drop) and is the most breathable hard-shell that I have used. For its incredible weight it is amazingly burly and can take the abuse that you may dish out to it on snow, ice or rock – and it looks great just walking around town on a drizzly day. I like its simplicity and clean cut. It does have a trim athletic fit so if you want to layer a lot under it you may want to consider moving up a size. Its stretchiness, however, allows for excellent movement. I'm about 6 feet, 190 lbs. and size large fits fine. The fairly short torso and pocket placement don't interfere with harnesses and pack straps. The main zipper ends quite high and allows you easily seal out stormy weather, along with the well designed hood. And when the weather is good, the light weight and compressibility mean this jacket isn't even noticed stuffed into the corner of your pack. This is an attractive, well-designed and versatile jacket.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, Great value
Comfort: 5 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
WaterProtection: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 3 / 5
from Burlington, VT
25-34 yrs

Very Lightweight, Active, and Waterproof!
April 01, 2013

An incredible jacket. The Gore-Tex Active Shell provides great mobility. With excellent water protection and streamlined features this is an easy choice for lightweight, active water protection. I read other reviews referencing a snug waist. I did not find this. I am 6', 165lbs and 31" waist. I always wear a medium (which is what I wear in this jacket). I can comfortably wear 2-3 layers under the jacket.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance, lightweight, excellent mobility

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