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.

Run with the wind

Building on the reputation of our original Tantrum wind breaker we have improved it to let you charge headfirst into gusty rides, runs, or summit assaults with the updated Tantrum II Hooded Jacket. This windbreaker does more than guard against less-than-ideal weather conditions; its movement-mirroring stretch lets you shift and flex on the move, while nylon 20D ripstop adds durability against trail debris. Thumb loops and an elastic drawcord hem let you cinch down its length for extra protection, and a zippered chest pocket doubles as a stuff sack so you can stow, carry, and whip out this 4.7-ounce wind shell whenever it's needed most.

  • Fabric Performance : Water-Resistant; Wind-Resistant; Breathable; Quick-Drying; Lightweight; Movement-Mirroring Stretch
  • Design Features : Zippered Chest Pocket Doubles as Stuf Sack
  • Functional Details : Single-Separating Front Zipper; Internal Thumb Loops; Elastic Drawcord Hem; Low-Pro Binding Cuffs; Low-Pro Binding Hood


OR Guarantee: By placing quality first, we can offer the finest guarantee in the industry for each and every product – the Outdoor Research Infinite Guarantee™. We believe so strongly in the quality of the apparel and gear we make that if our product fails to meet your needs at any time, we are happy to replace it. Our products are guaranteed forever.

Staying out in the rain

We all know that the spring and summer provide more opportunities for us to get out and explore. However, we also know that this doesn't mean you won't get wet, especially in the UK! Having a lightweight, dependable waterproof shell is an important part of making the most of your adventures and staying out longer. Two awesome options from OR come in the form of the Optimizer (shown in grey) and the Interstellar (shown in blue).

  • The Optimizer is for full on conditions. Heavyweight weather is no match against this lightweight powerhouse of a hard shell. Pairing best-in-class durability, superb breathability, and Gore-Tex Active for ultralight waterproof protection – the Optimizer Jacket does just that: Provides an optimal balance of rugged weather resistance and mobility for light-and-fast mountain missions.
  • The award winning Interstellar was voted "The Holy Grail of Waterproof Jackets" -- Outside Magazine's 2018 Gear of the Year Winner. It is the lightest, most breathable hard shell with real stretch that keeps you dry without keeping you constricted. With dynamic reach underarm panels allow total mobility, above-the-harness pocket placements, and a fully adjustable helmet-compatible hood that offers versatility across different activities and seasons - the Interstellar tips the scales at 310g without compromising on functionality. Featuring exclusive AscentShell technology to give you unprecedented stretch and moisture management wrapped in a completely stormproof outer layer.
Optimizer: Gore-Tex Active for ultralight waterproof protection
Optimizer: Adjustable, helmet compatible hood
Interstellar: Smart design details

Finding your zen

The Zendo collection is all about versatility. Super stretchy and comfortable, the Zendo collection works just as well on the hills as it does around the home or in the gym. Light and breathable, they are great for warm conditions.

Designed to provide complete freedom of movement for climbing, hiking, yoga or simply kicking back and relaxing, the semi-fitted Zendo Pants feature a super light stretch fabric body and flattering wide knit waistband. The ankle cuffs cinch allowing you to wear as capris, just in case you need to spot a toe hold.

  • Fabric Performance: Water-Resistant; Abrasion-Resistant; Breathable; Lightweight; Quick-Drying; Wicking; Movement-Mirroring Stretch; UPF 50+
  • Design Features: Front Pockets with Overlay Knit; Script Embroidered Logo at Waist Seam
  • Functional Details: Low Profile Knit Waistband with Drawcord; Elasticized Ankle Drawcords; Hem Roll-Up Tab


Ligthweight, breathable, and wicking stretch fabric provides ultimate comfort for five-hour flights to fifteen-mile trail runs.

  • Fabric Performance: Water-Resistant; Abrasion-Resistant; Breathable; Lightweight; Quick-Drying; Movement-Mirroring Stretch; Wicking; UPF 50+
  • Design Features: Or Logo Embroidery; Stealth Waistband Stash Pocket; Secure Zipper Pocket; Fits A Passport
  • Functional Details: Cinch Adjustment at Side Seams; Low Profile Knit waistband with Drawcord

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.