The Outdoor Research Axiom is a lightweight, waterproof, and highly breathable jacket built to keep you dry from the inside and out. The Axiom is a fantastic option for those who run a little warm, or are always highly active when outside. It doesn’t have any pit-zips and yet was one of the most breathable jackets we’ve tested. This is possible because of the Gore-Tex Active membrane which is lighter than the traditional Gore-Tex membrane while still offering bomb-proof protection in the wet snow and rain. The Outdoor Research Axiom is just a shell, so for those who need something a bit warmer, the axiom may not be a great choice, but for backcountry skiers, or climbers the Axiom is fantastic! It does offer an active fit, but doesn’t restrict movement. The Outdoor Research Axiom is made with stretch material that allows for better movement, even with the tighter fit. I also found it to have enough room for layering underneath if needed, and the sleeve length was pretty long. The pockets on this jacket are pretty cool and the jacket can actually be folded into its own pocket when you need it packed down. The only downside for me was that the Outdoor Research Axiom doesn’t have a powder skirt for deep days in the backcountry. It does have an adjustable hem though, so you can cinch down to keep out the snow. I also personally like a bit more insulation, but for the backcountry skier, this is a great choice for its breathability, waterproofing, and light weight. It also comes at a pretty decent price for a highly technical shell. It will need a bit of treatment with DWR throughout the season though. Overall, the Outdoor Research Axiom is a solid jacket for the technical resort or backcountry skier.
Jacket Size – S
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam, 22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort.