Designed by adventure, Outdoor Research design and create high quality outdoor apparel and accessories for everyone and anyone who enjoys the outdoors, and was built on the idea that life is an adventure and that the best quality equipment makes it more fun.
Outdoor Research was founded after 1980, when the founders expedition partner was airlifted from a glacier in Alaska for severe frostbite, due in part to poorly designed gaiters. From this came the X-Gaiter™, a functional and insulated gaiter that was versatile allowing it to fit a variety of boots, and Outdoor Research was born the following year. Outdoor Research focussed on problems faced by outdoor enthusiasts, and created practical, functional solutions, which included the Water Bottle Parka®, which still remains the standard for keeping water from freezing in cold climates. Outdoor Research continued in the '80s and '90s to produce innovative products, including their Modular Mitts™, which revolutionised standards in the outdoor industry; their Seattle Sombrero™, which has become the best selling Gore-Tex hat of all time, and their Brooks Ranger Overboots™, which have since travelled many times to the summits of the world's highest peaks and to both poles, and remain in their product line today. Outdoor Research have continued to revolutionise and innovate solutions for outdoor enthusiasts to this day.
Outdoor Research specialise in the outdoor sports of alpine, ice, and rock climbing, hiking, paddling, and sidecountry and backcountry skiing, and their product lines include men's and womens's jackets, shirts, pants, shorts, skirts, layers, insulation, hats, gloves and gaiters, as well as technical gear, such as dry bags, stuff sacks, compression sacks, backpacks & duffels, backpacking accessories, ditty sacks, electronics protection, bivy sacks, storage, shelter and more.
Born from a need to improve gear available to outdoor enthusiasts, Outdoor Research has come a long way to become a well-respected and well-trusted market leader, all designed for you to greater, safer and better adventures wherever your explorations take you.