The OR Story

At Outdoor Research, we built a company from a feeling: the urge to get out. It's what drives us. We love coming to work every day and inventing ever better solutions to what nature throws our way. But we're more than just the gear we build. We're part of a community of friends whose lives are connected by our common need to be outside. Our tribe is devoted to exploring our outdoor passions and challenging ourselves in the mountains, water and deserts of the planet we love so much.

In 1981, a brilliant scientist and adventurer named Ron Gregg watched his frostbitten partner get airlifted off a glacier on Denali. He'd spent months planning a new route in the purest style, skiing 100 miles from the road to the base of the climb. Barely halfway to the summit, their trip ended with the failure of a simple pair of gaiters. Stubborn to the end, Ron refused a seat on the helicopter and descended alone for two weeks, pondering what had happened. Somewhere along the way he realized he could both fix the gear problem and devote his life to pursuing his passion for adventure. By the end, he knew one thing for sure: He wasn't going back to his old job.

Ron Gregg built Outdoor Research on the idea that life is an adventure, and the best gear makes it more fun. Though he died tragically in an avalanche more than a decade ago, his legacy remains at our core. In our world, it's not about chasing heroes; It's about being on the journey. It's not how often we get out as much as how often we want to be out that makes us who we are. Our goal is to do all we can to expand the tribe of people who share our belief that progress is spiritual and life is unimaginable without the quest.

And we want you in it, because we're pretty sure that the bigger our tribe gets, the better off the world will be.

Outdoor Research. Designed By Adventure.

Demystifying Down Fill Power

Updated for the Fall of 2018, the award-winning Men's Transcendent Down Hoody and Women's Transcendent Hoody have been staples for backpackers, climbers and outdoorspeople of all stripes for years. We kept what you loved about the old Transcendent and added what you were asking for: Injected with all-natural, 650 fill power responsibly sourced down, the new Transcendent uses wider quilting and a rebalanced, compressible down fill, allowing for faster lofting when the temperature starts to drop in camp. (If hoods aren't your thing, the Men's Transcendent Down Jacket and Women's Transcendent Down Jacket offer the same warmth and feature set in a hood-free package.)

Withstand brutal alpine punishment

Built for 8,000-meter peaks and Arctic expeditions – stay warm, protected and focused on the terrain in the Alti Mitts. Constructed with breathable and waterproof Gore-Tex, highloft Moonlite Pile™ fleece, PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation, removable liners layer on protection while durable water-repellant Pittards® leather palms and Kevlar stitching withstand brutal alpine punishment.

How To Layer, From Baselayer to Hard Shell

At OR, we certainly love a badass hard shell. We’re born and bred in the PNW, after all. But we also know that a good shell is only as effective as the layers you use underneath. The wrong system can leave you clammy, or too hot, or too cold. Here, we chatted with outerwear product manager Alex Lauver to find out the best layers to use under our hard shells.

Avoid the Russian doll effect.  When you're layering, aim for a baselayer, a midlayer and shell - at most, three or four layers, Alex says.

Don’t overheat. "If it's wet and you need that hard shell, don't forget that even the most breathable shell will have a backlog of moisture," Alex says. “You should almost be a little chilly when you start, as things will warm up with movement. You don't want to get soaked from the inside out!” Our lightest baselayer, perfect for layering under anything else without overheating is the Echo Collection.

Your shell is only as flexible as the layer underneath. "Shells these days are getting more stretch, but they aren't perfect yet. You don't want midlayers to bind if you know that shell isn't super stretchy!" Movement-mirroring stretch layers are perfect for making sure you can reach and flex when you need to.

The better your baselayer, the less your hard shell has to do. “Don’t take too big or heavy a shell if you don’t have to!” Alex says. “In many cases, if you’re moving fast and it’s not crazy humid in just a little mist or drizzle, you may be okay without a shell. Your body heat can keep inner layers pretty dry and a good insulation layer with a nice face with DWR can repel more precipitation than you’d think.” That way, you can wait until a real downpour to add a hard shell on top.

A summer staple - hats and caps

The Spring/Summer 2018 range of hats and caps from OR are perfectly designed to keep out the elements, whether that is sun, rain or just heat with a range of UV protective, waterproof and highly breathable items. Some of the highlights of this range include an extension to the wide brimmed category, including the super breathable Transit Sun Hat and the classic Seattle Sun Sombrero while the women specific Solar Roller and Oasis Sun Sombrero also offer great protection from the sun. In the caps category the waterproof Halo Rain Cap and the breathable Throttle Cap give you great options for the outdoors and the Radar Visor gives an additional option for those who prefer a sun visor.