The updated Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket is a pinnacle storm shell, fully engineered for fast and light alpine climbs. Now featuring a tougher 30D mechanical stretch ripstop face fabric.
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Since 2012, the Axiom has had “gear of the year” medals pinned to its chest—well, not literally pinned to its chest, because that would punch a hole in the Gore-Tex Active 3L that makes it our mega-lightweight-but-bulletproof four-season shell, but you get the picture. We’ve tweaked the Axiom design ever so slightly, giving it an updated modern look and a slightly more sophisticated face fabric—but the same performance that’s endeared it to athletes and testers since we introduced it.
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The Outdoor Research Axiom Gore-Tex Jacket is basically the same as the previous version but with small improvements on the face fabric and styling. The fabric is now Gore-Tex Active 3L with a 30D mechanical stretch ripstop face, the most breathable Gore-Tex fabric to date while still retaining high levels of waterproof protection.
The combination of a light weight, highly breathable Gore-Tex and stretch fabrics for manouverability makes this a jacket designed for users who are active in the mountains, be it climbing, scrambling or making fast headway fastpacking over rough terrain.
The outer feel of the jacket is quite soft (for a hardshell) and it feels comfortable to wear - it also moves freely without excess noise. The Wire-Brimmed Halo-Hood is helmet compatible and the pockets have been placed so you can still use them while wearing a harness. Internally the pockets have a mesh lining, this enhances the jacket's breathability as its not compromised by more than a single layer of fabric.
With a 30D outer fabric its a pretty tough jacket too, suitable for all year round use
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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