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.

The Ascendant Collection

Building on the glowing reception of our Uberlayer Jacket, we ratcheted up the breathability while cutting the weight a little more to build the Ascendant Collection—Pertex Microlight movement-mirroring stretch fabric and Polartec Alpha insulation create the perfect combination for skinning uphill, belaying, or layering under a ski jacket on cold days at the resort. Meet your new favorite layer for fall, winter and spring.

We bet the farm that once you put this puppy on for the season, you won’t take it off. Because it works perfectly whether you’re breaking trail or breaking for donuts. When you’re moving, the fuzzy Polartec Alpha Direct Insulation breathes and wicks moisture away from your body. When you stop, it holds your warmth, while Pertex Microlight 20D ripstop on the outside fends off whatever happens to be coming from the clouds.

  • Fabric Performance: Active Insulation, Water-Resistant, Wind-Resistant, Breathable, Lightweight, Movement-Mirroring Stretch
  • Design Features: Adjustable Helmet-Compatible Hood, Internal Thumb Loops, Zip Chest Pocket, Dual Hand Warmer Pockets, Internal Front Stormflap, Key Clip
  • Functional Details: Single-Separating Centre Front Zipper, Low-Pro Binding Hood and Cuffs, Elastic Drawcord Hem


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.

The 2017 Axiom Gore-Tex Jacket

Since 2012, the Axiom has had “gear of the year” medals pinned to its chest—well, not literally pinned to its chest, because that would punch a hole in the Gore-Tex Active 3L that makes it our mega-lightweight-but-bulletproof four-season shell, but you get the picture. We’ve tweaked the Axiom design ever so slightly, giving it an updated modern look and a slightly more sophisticated face fabric—but the same performance that’s endeared it to athletes and testers since we introduced it.

The updated 2017 Axiom has improved the performance of the original jacket with subtle changes to the design and the materials used. A hard-wearing, high performance jacket that will get you through the worst of the winter with ease.

  • Fabric Performance: Waterproof, Breathable, Fully Seam-Taped, Laminated Construction, Windproof, Lightweight, Movement-Mirroring Stretch
  • Design Features: Fully Adjustable, Helmet Compatible Wire-Brimmed Halo-Hood, YKK AquaGuard Zippers, YKK AquaGuard Vislon Zippers, Zip Chest Pocket, Zip Hand Pockets, Internal Media Pocket, Internal Front Stormflap, Key Clip
  • Functional Details: Dynamic Reach™ Underarm Panels, Double-Separating Center Front Zipper, Pocket Placement Above Harness or Pack Belt, HookLoop Cuff Closures, Elastic Drawcord Hem
Adjustable hood and chest pocket
Adjustable cuff and 2-way zip

The Shiftup Collection

Our Shiftup collection is not some Rocky-Balboa-running-through-Philadelphia sweatsuit— we built them for mountain training (like in Rocky IV). The Polygiene-treated stretch polyester blend moves with you on trail runs and interval workouts, and resists odor over the long run (so you don’t have one more reason to hate working out).

The secret ingredient to the Shiftups cozy performance is Hexagon Fleece, which is lightweight, wind-resistant and keeps you warm through whatever cold pursuits you put it through.

Each piece of kit in the Shiftup collection has been designed specifically with trial running in mind and each has a range of features to allow you to focus on your performance on the trails rather than thinking about the performance of your clothing.

With design features the gloves that include touch-screen compatible fingers, soft nose-wipe material on thumbs, reflective logos and graphics and anti-slip silicone palm print. While the Hoody has a balaclava style hood, thumb loops, tonal contrast stitching and trims along with functional details like a 14" front zipper, LowPro Cuff, flatseam construction, curved hem and slight droptail all to aid comfort, fit and performance.

  • Fabric Performance: Breathable, Lightweight, Movement-Mirroring Stretch, Anti-Odor

Winter Warmers - Hats and Gloves

The Autumn/Winter 2017 range of hats and gloves from OR are perfectly designed to keep out the elements with a range of windproof, waterproof and high insulating items. Some of the highlights of this range include the Baseline Beanie with highly insulating Primaloft Gold, the windproof Crest Hat which uses WINDArrest fabric, the Gripper Convertible Gloves with Gore Windstopper fabric and the versatile, high performance Overdrive Convertible Gloves with high wicking, touch-screen compatible gloves and the windproof, water resistant mitts which tuck into the wrist band until needed.