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.

Active Insulation

The change in insulation has been huge in recent years with the introduction of 'Active Insulation' which is able to allow heat and moisture to escape when you're working hard but still keep you warm when you need it most. OR have developed their own active insulation in the form of VerticalX which is in use to great effect in the Refuge Air Jacket.

OR state "When you’re worried about retaining warmth when you’re working hard, and sweating hard, the Refuge Air Hooded Jacket is your solution. Fittingly named after its VerticalX Air technology, the Refuge Air uses adaptable insulation that keeps you warm when you need it, and rapidly moves moisture the moment you start to perspire. Each Refuge piece is also amplified by ActiveTemp, another thermo-regulating technology that keeps you cool, dry, and comfortable during high-exertion activities. Water-resistant and resilient against harsh climates, the Refuge Hooded Jacket combines the best of weather protective ruggedness with lightweight compressibility that packs into its own pocket."


  • Internal thumb loops
  • Carabiner loop
  • Key clip
  • Low-Pro binding cuffs
  • Elastic drawcord hem
  • Single-separating center front zipper
  • 1 chest, 2 zipped hand warmer and 2 internal drop pockets

Something Different

The humble balaclava has been redesigned with NASA to bring you a seriously impressive piece of kit. The space age technology bring the performance of the Tundra Aerogel to a whole new level.

The Tundra Aerogel Balaclava celebrates the insulation trusted and tested by NASA with PrimaLoft Aerogel: The world's - and as far as we know, space's - most reliable warmth. A polyester crown, windproof construction, and strategically placed Aerogel insulation add durable warmth where you're most susceptible to frostbite; along the cheeks, over the nose, and under your eyes. Over-the-mouth neoprene blocks wind while providing stretch and insulation, and venting around the mouth allows condensation to escape so your goggles won't fog up.

Fabric Performance

  • Wicking
  • Windproof
  • Breathable
  • Aerogel Insulation Across Nose and Check Bones

Design Features

  • Laser cut breathing vents
  • Flat-Seam Construction

Layering Up This Winter

Vigor Hybrid

Hybrid-mapped fleece and thermo-regulating synthetic insulation with supreme breathability and moisture management.

The Vigor Collection is your guaranteed ticket to layering intuitively and effectively for cold weather adventures. 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. This tech works hand-in-hand with Vigor’s grid fleece fabric, which wicks sweat and allows total breathability when you’re gunning it uphill. The Vigor Hybrid Hooded Jacket is complete with a hybrid-mapped design using VerticalX Air, the adaptable insulation that keeps you warm when you need it, and rapidly moves moisture the moment you start to perspire. A flat seam construction lets you feel threadless and eliminates uncomfortable chafing, while thumb loops hold your sleeves down and layer well under gloves. Take on each new adventure with Vigor.


Another great piece from the Vigor Collection, this is your guaranteed ticket to layering intuitively and effectively for cold weather adventures.

Outdoor Research's Vigor Full Zip Jacket is a comfy, stretchy fleece with some great technical features. The next to skin comfort is second to none.

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.


Lightweight next-to-skin layer to keep you warm and dry while skiing in the backcountry or summiting your next peak.

Riddle me this: You have a single layer that wicks sweat, dries quickly, weighs next to nothing, inhibits odors, and is built with sustainable materials? Don't let the features list fool you - the new Enigma Collection does all that and more. Blended drirelease merino wool and E.C.O. (Environmentally Correct Origins) fabrics provide temperature-regulating warmth that's committed to your comfort and to the conservation of the outdoor places in which we love to play. A flat seam construction ensures that fabrics won't bunch, rub, and chafe uncomfortably, and thumb loops keep your sleeves where you want them. Layer under your favorite hard shell jacket or wear on its own as a lightweight next-to-skin top.