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 Summer Equinox

The Equinox range from Outdoor Research has been around before. The summer see's the Equinox look the same but a little different, just like the real equinox. Same durable stretch fabric, new modern design and trimmer fit, the Equinox perform on the trail and anywhere else your travels take you.

The Equinox Pants might just be the best looking outdoor pants you can find. Their lightweight, quick-drying fabric is loaded with stretch for long days on the trail, at the crag, or jet setting from planes to trains and everywhere in between. UPF 50+ sun protection shields your skin from the sun, and a water-resistant DWR finish deflects rain, so no weather forecast will keep you inside. Plus, the slimmed-down style will make you look and feel ready to tackle whatever objective lies on your horizon.

The Equinox comes in three distinct designs with the classic pants, some versatile shorts and the women's specific convertible pants. Although they obviously has differences the main features which make the range so successful are pretty well designed into all of them. These include:

  • Fabric Performance: Water Resistant, Wind Resistant, Movement-Mirroring Stretch, Quick Drying, Breathable, Lightweight, UPF 50+
  • Design Features: Snap Front Closure, Internal Drawcord Waist, Drop-In Hand Pockets, Security Zip Pocket at Right Hand Pocket, Back Drop-In Pockets, Gusseted Crotch, Articulated Knees

Layering Up

Building on the success of the Vigor Collection, the full zip and quarter zip options for Women have increased the options. This is your guaranteed ticket to layering intuitively and effectively for adventures in changeable weather conditions.

Outdoor Research's Vigor Full Zip Jacket is a comfy, stretchy fleece with some great technical features. The versatility of a full zip means ventilation is always quick and easy. The next to skin comfort is second to none. 

Each Vigor piece is powered by ActiveTemp, the thermo-regulating technology that adjusts to your body temperature to keep you cool, dry, and comfortable during high-exertion activities. The clever hybrid construction gives zones of greater breathability with the classic grid pattern on the back and under the arms. Elsewhere warmer though still really stretchy fabric is used giving you great thermo regulation. You get 2 hand warmer pockets and a chest pocket. Thumb loops keep the warmth in and keep the sleeves in place when layering.

Staying Cool in the Sun

The Astroman is a best-selling lightweight sun shirt that offers UPF protection and ultimate stretch for exposed climbs and sun-drenched hike.

Inspired by one of the hardest long free climbs in Yosemite Valley, El Cap veteran Hans Florine collaborated with our design team to create the perfect woven technical shirt. Built with UPF 50+ sun protection, this shirt will protect you from harsh rays while big wall climbing, and is stripped of sleeves for less weight and better hand jamming. Additional sun protection comes from the shirt’s Sun Snap Collar™, which folds up and snaps in place to shield your neck from solar rays.

The Wanderer is an ideal shirt for travelling. Simple, practical and comfortable it has stretch, wicks moisture well and provides some sun protection.

Globe trotters that only have space for one or two shirts in their luggage will appreciate the simplicity and functionality of the Wanderer Shirts. Durable and technical fabric that's cool to the touch, these collared shirts can button up for a dinner out in town, or stand up to the rigors of the trail without sacrificing a soft, natural feel.

The classic style of the Mojave Sun Hat gives a good amount of protection from the sun without losing the look! With both sun and insect protection it is a great hat for staying out in the sun.

Best-selling Western style sun hat now infused with Insect Shield® technology to ward off insects that can be just as pesky as they are dangerous. As beautiful as its desert namesake, our Mojave Hat offers broad-brimmed feminine-silhouetted shade. With charming grace, this gorgeous and functional hat is perfect for music festivals and gatherings with friends throughout the long days of summer.

The Nomad offers wide brimmed sun protection for hot climates where you need to let heat vent off your head.

When you can't catch a break from the sun or heat - and staying inside just sounds boring - it's time to don the Nomad Sun Hat. Combining the very best in wide brimmed sun protection, and breathable mesh panels, the Nomad is the easiest way to let heat vent off your head without sacrificing style. The crown and brim maintain a UPF 50+ rating for the very best UV protection, while a TransAction headband wicks sweat before it has a chance to disrupt your focus.