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


Hot Sauce/Charcoal




  • 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)

Men's Axiom Jacket (Review by By boeski)

I just got this jacket and have used it in the rain while paddle boarding. Normally nothing works for me since paddling is such an upper body work out if I don't get wet from the rain, it is from condensation on the inside. I have used Gore-Tex for several years and nothing even comes close to how well this jacket breaths. It does not even have pit zips!! I am continually impressed with how well it preforms. I almost want it to rain when I head out now just to keep testing how good it really is.

(Posted on 10/3/13)

Men's Axiom Jacket (Review by By Skiattack)

Since I got the Axiom, it has been a staple while backcountry skiing. It has protected me from drier precipitation as well as wet spring snow and rain. It breaths well so I can work hard while climbing and not feel like I am getting wet from the inside out. The Axion is so light that it is easy to carrying it in the pack when the weather isn't so bad. The color makes me very visible while skiing in the trees. I would recommend it to any of my partners.

(Posted on 5/6/13)

Men's Axiom Jacket (Review by By mike hiker)

The Axiom jacket really does live up to the praise given to it. It's very light and water resistant, yet quite comfortable to wear in a variety of activities.

(Posted on 2/4/13)

Men's Axiom Jacket (Review by By Pat H.)

I recently used this jacket while guiding a 16 day December backpacking trip here in Montana. I found it to be incredibly lightweight, waterproof and breathable. I am 5'9", 165 pounds and am a 38 jacket size. I have a medium. It fits well and when they say it is fitted they are not kidding. It doesn't leave room for many layers under it. I am disappointed that there was no draw string on the hood. Because of its fit, I'm not convinced it is a great piece for colder weather alpine pursuits but will love it for other things. The pockets are rather low and inhibit their use while wearing a pack. The fit and flexibility does allow me to not have to remove it while putting a heavier layer like the Chaos Jacket over it.

(Posted on 12/31/12)

Men's Axiom Jacket (Review by By Chris Simmons)

I have a "Go-To" collection of clothes - pieces that I prefer to wear and it requires extreme circumstances to pull out something else instead. This jacket has become my "Go-To" Lightweight "soft-shell". Even though its not, technically, a soft shell. But it has ventilation and stretch that I never thought was possible with a Gore-Tex fabric, and it has replaced the actual soft shell I was wearing for late spring, summer, and early fall outings. I was lucky to get a prototype for the summer, and the finished production version this fall, and I've worn it on week-long ski tours and fast-and-light summer alpine climbs in the Cascades. It stays in my pack for the next trip, and I'm looking forward to skiing in it this winter.

(Posted on 11/15/12)

Men's Axiom Jacket (Review by By Jason the climber)

I used this jacket on a recent ice climbing expedition to Juneau, AK. I stayed dry and it moved with me. It keeps the wind and the water out while not feeling stiff like most gore-tex jackets. I think this jacket would work well for all-seasons and for both rock and ice climbing. Burly enough for ice, and lightweight enough to take on a summer rock climb that threatened to storm.

(Posted on 5/2/12)

Men's Axiom Jacket (Review by By Evan Mtn Guide)

I have lived in this coat for 1.5 years now, having had a prototype to test for a winter, and now the production coat. All I can say is if you need waterproof/breathable performance like I do (ski touring in the super stormy Selkirks of British Columbia!) then you need this piece. Quiet and supple, stretchy and pretty durable considering how light this piece is. You won't be disappointed if you want and active performance waterproof piece of clothing!

(Posted on 5/1/12)

Men's Axiom Jacket (Review by By PeterDoucette)

I just used the Axiom Jacket for 4 weeks in Alaska--One week on Turnigan Arm backcountry skiing and Three weeks in the Ruth Gorge where we established two new mixed routes on Mount Bradley. I wore the Axiom the entire time I was moving. It performed exceptionally well across the board. When I was stopped, I pulled on my Chaos puffy and recharged for the next push. I was impressed at the end of the trip how well the Axiom took the abuse. This layer is all about keeping it simple and maintains broad functionality. -Peter Doucette, IFMGA/AMGA Guide and Outdoor Research Team Member.

(Posted on 5/1/12)

Men's Axiom Jacket (Review by By Graham Z)

I have been using this jacket in the alpine for the past few months and have been really impressed. While being a fully weatherproof and breathable shell it is still light and the new GoreTex fabric is really suple and comfortable. The torso is cut for an athletic build, the hood is big to accommodate a hood and the cuffs are also nice and big to accommodate going over gloves.It's all that I need and nothing that I don't, psyched about it.

(Posted on 4/30/12)

Men's Axiom Jacket (Review by By Beagle)

This new gore-tex is awesome! So soft and quiet you almost forget your wearing a waterproof jacket. Very light for such a tough jacket and it really breaths. Nice to see a simple design, just what you need. I'm 5'8" and the medium fits good for winter layering, yet still works for the rainy season.

(Posted on 4/30/12)

Write Your Own Review