The Outdoor Research Refuge pants are an innovative, insulated trouser designed for the active wear in cold conditions.
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High-loft VerticalX™ insulation keeps you warm, dry, and comfortable even when wet.
The Refuge Collection is the pinnacle release of VerticalX™, the high-loft insulation that delivers resiliency, breathability, and stretch in a vest that keeps you warm even when wet. Water-resistant and resilient against harsh climates, the Refuge Pants combine the best of weather protective ruggedness with lightweight compressibility. Built for the coldest, wettest slogs, the Refuge Pants will keep comfort high when temps are low.
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Outdoor Research's Refuge pants are an innovative, insulated trouser designed for the active user. The pants are built around VerticalX Air technology which provides exceptional breathability and moisture management as well as great insulating properties (think Polartec Alpha).
The stretch insulation is zoned to allow free movement plus more warmth where you need it and less where you don’t. The shell fabric is wind and water resistant with movement mirroring stretch. The lining is coated with ActiveTemp finish which is a heat reactive polymer. The polymer becomes more active in absorbing moisture as it gets warmer. The more you exert yourself, the harder it will work. It’s most effective close to the skin so ideally just over a base layer.
The Refuge pants can be used as an outer layer over a base-layer or hiking pants or under a shell. The full-length leg zips make them easy to put on and take off without removing boots and can also be used for ventilation. They pack up small into the rear pocket for stowing in your pack until you need them.
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