Men's Axiom Jacket™

Style# 242961OR

"Top Pick 2015" – Outdoor Gear Lab
"Best of 2015 Storm Shells" – Gear Institute
"Gear of the Year Fall 2012" – Men's Journal

“The true four-season shell not only supported us on everything from spring trails to winter slopes, but also breathed better than any other piece we tested.” – Men’s Journal

Our Outside Magazine and Men’s Journal “Gear of the Year” award-winning storm shell is engineered for fast-and-light alpine climbs and all-day backcountry tours.
Trim Fit


Typhoon/Hot Sauce




  • Fabric Performance: Waterproof, Breathable, Fully Seam-Taped, Laminated Construction, Windproof, Lightweight, Movement- Mirroring Stretch
  • Design Features: Helmet Compatible Wire-Brimmed Halo-Hood, YKK® AquaGuard® Zippers, YKK® AquaGuard® Vislon Zippers, Internal Front Stormflap, Integrated Hood Cordlocks, Zip Chest Pocket, Zip Hand Pockets, Key Clip
  • Functional Details: Dynamic Reach™ Underarm Panels, Double-Separating Center Front Zipper, Pocket Placement Above Harness, Hook/Loop Cuff Closures, Elastic Drawcord Hem


Fit: Trim Fit

Fabric: GORE-TEX® Active 3L, 100% nylon 20D mechanical stretch ripstop face with 100% polyester backer

Center Back Length: 30˝ / 76 cm

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 14.5oz / 411g (L)

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Customer Reviews

Finally a breathable shell (Review by Marty)

I got exactly what I needed for muggy South Carolina weather. Humidity provides the proving ground for breathability here. I kept waiting for the inside of the jacket to start getting damp, never happened. I'm very pleased. Only downside is the finicky zipper that other mentioned. The pros far outweigh the single con.

(Posted on 1/31/17)

Best jacket I've ever had (Review by Swixman)

After getting this jacket for my friend as a graduation present and seeing how awesome it was in all conditions, I had to get one for myself. He and I are constantly in awe of how awesome this jacket is.

He and I are always outside, running, biking, climbing, kayaking, winter backpacking on backcountry skis, nordic skiing, you name it and we probably do it. Everywhere we go we both take them with us. I once found myself running up a mountain above 11,000 feet in a hail, lightning, and thunderstorm (I was actually looking for a group of lost hikers, otherwise, I would not have been running up it). The entire time I was laughing at how comfortable I was (outside of burning lungs and of course the concern for the lost hikers). Even in a hail storm with the torrential downpour and a high amount of exertion the jacket kept me dry while also not getting overheated. I am extremely impressed with the durability and the breathability of the jacket. As with anything else, maintenance is key to the performance and longevity of the product, always use a waterproofing cleaner and waterproofer, never wash without (I recommend Nikwax products). Choose this jacket and you won't be sorry.

NOTE: with the help of search and rescue I was able to find the lost hikers safe and sound.

(Posted on 1/18/17)

Outstanding (Review by Matt)

Just picked this jacket up, absolutely love it. Took it out in a rainstorm in Northern California and it held up perfectly, waterproof and breathable. Ordered a large, great fit (6'4 200 lbs), arms are long enough, trim fit so layering underneath could be a challenge

(Posted on 1/8/17)

Awesome! (Review by Joshua)

This is an awesome jacket!! It is super lightweight and breaths pretty well thanks to the gore-tex active.This jacket still holds a little condensation and needs vented with the front zipper. The jacket is also pretty durable. I haven't had any problems with it brushing up against branches and brush. This make a great jacket for ultra light packing and even bike commuting! I'm still waiting for OR to fix the breaking wire brim problem on all of their jackets. Otherwise this is an awesome hoodie!!

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Fantastic lightweight shell (Review by Phil)

This jacket is very comfortable and lightweight. Great form and fit for a 5'10" 155 lb. guy. Med. - true to size. It's a valuable purchase and is my go to jacket for wet days, year round in Wyoming. Plenty of room for layers below. I'm not so sure about the durability of the Gore-tex active (?) but it weighs less.

(Posted on 9/22/16)

Great versatile jacket (Review by SUP33)

This jacket is great for all activities. I used it during alpine, XC skiing, winter climbing, multiple day SUP paddles, cycling etc.. I had some moments during heavy downpours and kept me dry and warm. It's also quite light and compact for a Gor-Tex jacket.. Quality is superior has like other OR gear. The black/hydro blue color also looks sharp.

(Posted on 7/16/16)

Best Rain Jacket I've Owned! (Review by LifesNextAdventures)

As My first Outdoor Research purchase back in 2013 i was skeptical about spending this amount of money on a rain shell but had plans to be outside hiking and traveling so I needed one to keep my layers dry. I bit my tongue and bought it and now 3 years later its still my go too rain jacket. I love how flexible the material is and all the adjustments throughout the jacket (hood, wrist cuffs, waist) Whether its just raining or wind is blowing the rain sideways this jacket stays in place and is very breathable! Another plus for me is that the stow pocket is large enough to fit this jacket in without straining or cramming and it also has a little extra space to where i can fit my rain pants in the pocket as well. Best investment I've made on a rain jacket! If i could give it more stars i would.
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(Posted on 3/19/16)

sweeet (Review by Jube)

The other 5-star reviews here have highlighted the positives: impermeability, flexibility, feel, and breathability... all great. I thought I'd be specific about fit for those who are thinking of buying.

I am 5'10.5, 180-185ish, and have a short torso for my height, but a wide-ish chest. I'm 42 chest, or 43.5 when flexing. I also have a 32 waist but an extra large rear end. I have a Medium and it JUST fits. In the chest it's trim but comfortable, and the tightest place is actually around my hips. This jacket cinches around your hips if they are substantially wider than your hips.

That being said, I love it. It cinches but doesn't ride up as a result--it stays neatly in place without being stiff. The material is awesome, rugged but malleable. I cannot fit more than base layers and a single non-lofty layer underneath (an OR exit hoody in fact). But even when tight, the jacket is not awkward or restrictive.

It's formed well to keep out blowing snow and wind, and it has stood up to multiple days now of rolling around in thick, melting snow after the Jan '16 blizzard on the east coast. Great stuff.

(Posted on 1/26/16)

Updated Axiom (Review by Gavin)

I bought an axiom back when they first came out a few years ago and it has been a great jacket. When I saw it had been updated, and because I liked the old one so much, I wanted to see if the newer one was any better... and it is!

So what are the differences and do I still feel it is worth the money? First off, I love the Gore-Tex Active material. It really does breathe well and I like the idea of having less zippers (no pit zips) because in prolonged downpours that's just a few less places for water to seep in. If the active shell isn't breathable enough when you're really going at it you can zip open the pockets and they vent well because they are mesh lined.

The main front zipper is beefier and easier to use than the old one. There's also a pliable wire brimmed adjustable hood which wasn't on the old model and I think that is a great improvement. After the jacket has been stuffed in a backpack or wherever, it allows the hood to maintain a good shape and keep your vision clear. The chest pocket has a small compartment inside to hold your media device in place and there's a spot to run some headphones through on the interior. Really thoughtful features.

Same outstanding quality from OR as always! Build and material quality is top notch, and in my opinion it's worth the extra dough if you plan on keeping your gear for a long time. The fit is a bit more trim it seems (yes!!!), and the torso as well as the sleeves are a little longer (yes!!!). Sleeves are also articulated and comfortable. There's a little stretch to the fabric too so it definitely promotes movement. Attractive fit for sure and my favorite shell I've ever owned. This sucker seems bombproof and I find myself looking for excuses to wear it! Recommended piece for your active gear closet, you won't be disappointed!

(Posted on 9/23/15)

great shell! (Review by g.nectarine)

I have owned an Axiom for about two years now and it has proven to be a great shell! Never had any issues with leaking and it blocks wind very well. The GoreTex Active material breathes great! During high output activity I never find myself looking for pit zips, and it has a little stretch to it was well to help you move. The fact that it packs down so small into its own pocket makes it great for outdoor pursuits. High quality construction as always from OR! This is my go-to shell when I know there's nasty weather ahead.

(Posted on 3/12/15)

Good but not amazing (Review by Clayton)

This review is for the first edition of the Axiom jacket. I had never used GoreTex Active before but I liked the idea of a more breathable version of GT that had a little stretch. I have used the jacket for skiing in Colorado (both in resort and backcountry) and then I took it on a 7 month South America trip that covered basically every ecosystem and a bit of alpine climbing in Patagonia.

Overall the jacket is a pretty good alpine layer but there were some drawbacks. In my experience it performs best in dry alpine conditions for climbing.

Pros: It's VERY light, breathes better than normal gore tex, has a nice feel to it, stuffs into own pocket w/ biner loop
Cons: The hood wasn't big enough to fit a helmet (maybe fixed on the new version?), wind cuts through when it's howling, rain gets through if it's coming down, zippers are finicky and tough to use with gloves, fabric gets worn

This jacket is a good, light alpine shell but if you're doing some burly stuff, I would recommend getting a more bombproof 3-layer jacket. It's sufficient in many situations but I wouldn't take it on an expedition as your main shell.

(Posted on 2/26/15)

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