Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket
Source: received it as a personal gift
THE lightweight breathable hardshell.
- Super lightweight
- Gore quality waterproof
- Not a lot of warmth
The arms are a little long, which is OK with me in a climbing jacket. I am an average built guy and it fits good, the previous owner complained that it was a little short at the waist, due to a long torso. There are a surprising number of adjustable features on this jacket considering how light it is.
It's GORE-TEX. I'm pretty sure they cover submarines in that stuff. This is the best waterproof breathable shell available. Outdoor Gear of the Year 2012 awarded to prove it. Not very warm, but it's not supposed to be. There's plenty of room for fleeces and insulation, it is designed to be a hardshell. I'm curious to see how strong the material is against rocks the first time I climb with it, but it brushes off branches and sticks no problem.
All I have to say is that this jacket was designed by people who know what their doing. If you want a packable waterproof shell that you won't even realize your wearing, this is the one.
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Outdoor Research's Outside Magazine "Gear of the Year" award-winning storm shell is engineered for fast-and-light alpine climbs and all-day lapping of untracked slopes. Innovatively lightweight and extremely breathable GORE-TEX Active technology, 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.
Winner of the Outside Magazine "Gear of the Year" award, the Outdoor Research Axiom jacket is engineered for fast-and-light alpine climbs and all-day lapping of untracked slopes. The incredible breathability negates the need for pit zips, allowing further weight savings in this amazingly streamlined, durable, and functional shell.
Outdoor Research's pinnacle storm shell is engineered for fast and light alpine climbs, utilizing innovatively lightweight and extremely breathable GORE-TEX Active fabric technology for protection and comfort during highly aerobic ascents in rugged conditions
Innovative, lightweight and extremely breathable, the Outdoor Research Axiom storm-shell jacket is engineered for fast and light alpine climbs and all-day lapping of untracked slopes. The Axiom excels during highly aerobic ascent in rugged conditions; even after the 4th lap of your favorite backcountry stash, your jacket will still be breathing easily. Made with Gore-Tex(R) Active shell fabric, it provides complete waterproof protection while remaining highly breathable; rapid moisture transfer helps keep you dry and warm. The inner backer fabric is integrated directly into the membrane, allowing exceptional breathability and excellent next-to-skin comfort. This incredible breathability negates the need for pit zippers, which further saves weight in this streamlined and durable shell. Helmet-compatible hood shields head from the elements; side and back volume adjustments tailor the fit without impairing vision or limiting mobility. Interior stormflap behind front zipper keeps chilling wind out; chin guard protects sensitive skin. Low-proflile, water-resistant zippers protect from moisture and save on overall weight. Drawcord hem and rip-and-stick cuff closures seal in warmth. 2 hand pockets and a zip chest pocket provide quick stash options; hand pockets are set so they won't interfere with hip belt or climbing harness. Left hand pocket doubles as a stuff sack. Articulated elbows provide a natural fit and superior movement. Outdoor Research Axiom jacket has a trim fit that keeps jacket close while still allowing for athletic and dynamic movement.