The Outdoor Research Axiom is an athletically fitting, lightweight hardshell that uses the Gore-Tex Active air-permeable membrane to keep one dry while working hard in the mountains. In the past, we recognized it as a top pick for skiing, and while we chose to give that award to a different jacket this year (the Mountain Hardwear CloudSeeker), we still think it's a perfect fit for active pursuits. To stay light, it relies on the breathability of its membrane and eschews the use of pit zips for ventilation, which we felt worked just fine. It uses stretchy 30D face fabric that is light, packable, and supremely supple to provide excellent mobility. That said, this jacket has one of the more disappointing feature sets we found on a hardshell. If you are looking for a reasonably priced, lightweight and mobile hardshell for you skiing or climbing adventures, the Axiom is a great place to start your search.
Outdoor Research confirmed that Fall 2017 was the last season for the Axiom, but you may still be able to pick it up on clearance from some online retailers. OR is replacing the Axiom in their lineup with the similar but updated Optimizer jacket.