Outdoor Research Axiom (2013)

Cut from top-notch fabric, the Axiom is only let down a little by the hood, which is not very adjustable and only has a soft, floppy peak. The Gore-Tex Active Shell fabric feels great and does a great job of keeping water out, and also offers impressive levels of breathability, despite some quite stiff ascents in testing. The handwarmer pockets double as vents – handy if you run hot – and are a good size, but the Napoleon is a bit small for a map.


Sizes: XS-XL
Fabric: Gore-Tex Active Shell
Weight: 330g
Women’s version: No
Contact: 0191 296 0212; www.outdoorresearch.co.uk


* Review from Country Walking magazine, May 2013.