Men's Axiom Jacket™

Style# 55145OR

Our Outside Magazine "Gear of the Year" award-winning Axiom Jacket is engineered for fast-and-light alpine climbs and all-day lapping of untracked slopes. Innovatively lightweight and extremely breathable GORE-TEX® Active technology -- which is half the mass of the standard GORE-TEX® membrane -- provides the waterproof protection for which GORE-TEX® is famous, but transfers moisture like no other waterproof shell fabric available. The incredible breathability negates the need for pit zips, allowing us to further save weight in this amazingly streamlined, durable and functional shell. Grab the Axiom when you're planning a highly aerobic ascent in rugged conditions. Even if you start huffing and puffing on the fourth lap of your favorite backcountry stash, it'll still be breathing easy.
Trim Fit


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  • Waterproof
  • Breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Movement-Mirroring Stretch
  • Fully Seam Taped
  • Water-Resistant Zippers
  • 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
  • Articulated Elbows
  • Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
  • Drawcord Hem


Fit: Trim Fit

Fabric GORE-TEX® Active 3L, 100% nylon 20D

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 13.5oz / 382g (L)

Customer Reviews

Does It All (Review by LiquidLiquid)

This is a phenomenally light, very tough piece that packs down to nothing in its own pocket. I am 6' 2", 180 with a 41" chest, long torso and it fits beautifully. I like my shells slightly larger than necessary, to allow for insulation underneath and a wide range of body movement without riding up or pulling back. Very quiet for X-C in backcountry trips, and in high exertion or warmer weather breathes like crazy, preventing the momentum-stopping nightmare or doffing extra clothing.

Hood is big if not wearing a helmet or hat, and the single-point adjustment does not do the same job as a 3-or 4-point rig does. The zip is a single slider, well flapped from the inside, and stays put. A double slider would make it perfect, but the breathability of the Gore Active membrane lessens the need for it. However, this jacket meets its design goals and provides a super packable, all-elements package for last-layer wear.

Fit and finish are superlative, with all seams taped, welded, and sewn on-line. Cut allows great range of movement. A keeper.

(Posted on 1/13/15)

Unstoppable (Review by Apud)

In the summer I'm backpacking in the southern rockies where I get caught in daily monsoons, and in the winter/spring I'm in Tahoe skiing. I depend on my Axiom just about every day, and it never fails me. Considering the price though, I wish the hood could cinch down as it falls off even when the jacket is fully zipped up when it is windy (hence the 4 stars). However, this jacket is unstoppable and is great in all weather. It is the most affordable Gore-Tex Active rain jacket among all the other top brands like Patagonia and Marmot too making it silly not to invest!

(Posted on 12/11/14)

Axiom Jacket (Review by Gavin)

Had this shell for a few seasons now and it has shown no signs of wear. Perfect for continually wet and/or windy environments when you are being active. Used it for climbing, hiking, backpacking, and as a shell while snowshoeing. Vents well enough that I have never seen a need for pit zips. I'm 6'4" 160lbs (so pretty tall and trim) and I bought a medium. I continue to buy from OR for their great trim fit and sleeves that aren't cut too short. Medium was barely long enough thankfully. My go to shell for active and likely wet pursuits.

(Posted on 11/23/14)

Top Notch (Review by Dale )

Another jacket that's a go-to for just about everything. Very water and wind resistant yet breathable and being so versatile for it's weight, it comes with me more than the helium II. Perfect for ice climbing in medium temps [greater than 15F] and for ski touring and mountain days where the weather is questionable, wind and precip could be a factor and the temps aren't too warm. This is part of an ideal layering system from OR: echo base, radiant hybrid, axiom jacket for when the wind picks up, and the filament for taking the edge off on the summit.

I'm 6'1", 185 lb, 43" chest, neutral ape index and the medium couldn't fit better. I would label it as 'trim' or 'athletic' fit, with an amount of stretch that prevents it from tearing when brushing sharp granite on scrambles or chimneys, or when you swap tools on a cross over, and the fabric moves with you. Worthy of the praise bestowed upon it.

(Posted on 4/2/14)

superb light weight alpine shell (Review by Peter)

This is a superb light weight alpine shell. 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.

(Posted on 1/19/14)

The Axiom Jacket is well suited to all those situations in which rain and wind leave no escape and, at the same time, intense physical effort is required. (Review by Go Out Project)

Check out the results of our tests on our website:

(Posted on 1/6/14)

Excellent Shell (Review by Clayton)

Got this jacket last winter and I love it. Very breathable but still waterproof. The new goretex active fabric is a great addition. I've used it for skiing, ice climbing, alpine climbing, regular old rock climbing, etc and it always works great. Also extremely light weight compared to most other hardshells.

(Posted on 11/7/13)

Excellent jacket (Review by Gerhard)

Got this jacket right after it came out and I have to say this is way better than any jacket I have ever owned. I use it mainly for ski mountaineering and alpine climbing in the PNW. In terms of breathability it is a significant step up from pro shell. I have worn it during nasty down pours and during cold morning hours as an insulation layer while climbing. I even take it if I don't expect any rain and use it like a soft-shell. It is perfect for mountaineering. The stretchy and lightweight material OR chose is a blast to wear and truly moves with you without getting in the way. The tightish cut also makes it easy to get to your harness. In terms of wear the jacket held up well. I was a bit worried about it initially since it is very light, but all my worries are gone. No rips or tears in mine after abusing it for a year - and I am not easy on my gear. I wear a medium at 5'11''; 175lb. It fits a light-medium puffy underneath. Anything more serious needs to go on top. Don't mess with it OR :) I'd give it 10 stars if I could.

(Posted on 11/4/13)

best ever (Review by Freddy Grossniklaus IFMGA guide)

The Axiom jacket got all the awards last year for the simple reason: it is a very light but full on protection rain/wind protection. It is with me on all trips so I can pull it out when it get's nasty. It allows me to move freely and do my job while looking professional. The choice for the IFMGA team for a reason.

(Posted on 11/3/13)

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