2020 By The Numbers

We made it! Here’s how we rose to the challenge and gave back, too.

It’s true, 2020 has been a difficult year. But as a company Outdoor Research was born from a challenge—and with your support we’ve risen to this one. By quickly pivoting to produce masks and working tirelessly for the safety of our employees, we’ve continued to provide great gear to help you connect in the outdoors. We’ve also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of masks to support safety and wellness in our community.


We’re constantly reevaluating our methods, striving to do better, and we want to thank you for joining us along the way. Here’s a rundown of all the ways we adapted and worked together to make the best of tough conditions this year.

We adapted in a big way.


We designed, tested, developed, mass produced and delivered our best-selling Face Mask Kit in 2.5 months. (Our usual product cycle, start to finish, is 18-24 months.)

In addition to our commercially available Face Mask Kit, we proudly produced PPE for essential medical staff and frontline workers in our U.S. factories. All together we produced:

We donated $242,400 worth of masks, distributing them throughout the U.S. this year.

We shifted to remote work.

  • Sent more than 540,000 messages in Microsoft Teams 
  • Scheduled 9,900+ Teams meetings
  • Made 8,900+ direct Teams calls
  • Connected to the server remotely 23,500 times
  • 44,000 “Likes,” “Hearts,” and “Thumbs-up” between colleagues in Teams chats

Typically we develop, test, fit, poke and prod our new product in person as a team—but this year, our mannequins traveled hundreds of miles around the Puget Sound to visit designers, tech designers and fit experts in their individual homes so we could review our new products as a team through video calls instead.

Fit mannequins arrive at the home of Lead Tech Designer Charity Fox.

Snowboarders wear our award-winning Carbide kits.

We won awards.

Our gear received 14 industry and media awards, including the following and many more.

Adventure Journal: Editor’s Favorite Face Masks, Face Mask Kit

Powder Magazine: Best Women’s Jackets of 2021, Women’s Carbide Jacket

Powder Magazine: Best Women’s Pants of 2021, Women’s Carbide Bibs

Powder Magazine: Best Men’s Jackets of 2021, Men’s Tungsten Jacket

Powder Magazine: Best Men’s Pants of 2021, Men’s Tungsten Pants

Ski Magazine: Best Men’s Ski Apparel of the Year, Men’s Carbide Jacket & Bibs

Forbes: Best Men’s Ski Jackets for 2020 & Outdoor Gear Lab, Men’s Helium Down Hoodie

Outside Magazine: Best Hiking Pants for Women, Women’s Ferrosi Pants

We gave back—and celebrated our people. 

Together we supported social justice and environmental causes.

  • OR employees personally donated nearly $10,000 to three different social justice organizations this summer
  • The company matched these donations 
  • That resulted in a grand total of $20,000 donated
  • Employees donated more than 258 hours of volunteer time
  • We helped raise $115,000 for 14 different causes through purchases by outdoor industry professionals

2,738 healthcare workers took us up on our exclusive “thank you” discount, and we supported US veterans by offering a new exclusive Veterans Day discount.

We created jobs, hiring 320 new people across our facilities in Seattle, Des Moines, Wash., and El Monte, Calif.—bringing us to 660 employees, nearly doubling our workforce.

Two of our employees celebrated 30-year anniversaries at Outdoor Research this year, and 20 employees celebrated 25+ years.

Graham Zimmerman with the Link Sar team and staff in base camp.


Our team grew.

We welcomed
7 new athlete ambassadors to our lineup. A few 2020 team highlights:

  • Graham Zimmerman was awarded a Piolet d'Or for his 2019 ascent of Link Sar (7041m) in the Pakistani Karakoram
  • Sean Bailey sent multiple v15+ climbs 
  • Keenan Takahashi: established several first ascents in the Eastern Sierra and sent multiple 5.14+ routes
  • Kathy Karlo sent the T-wall Triple Crown, becoming the first woman to send the three iconic 5.12+ trad roof lines at the Tennessee Wall in Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Quinn Mason qualified for the USA Youth National Team for the 6th consecutive year and became a World Cup Qualifier
  • Connor Herson sent multiple 5.14+ sport routes, put up the First Ascent of Milligram (5.13+), and on-sighted the legendary multipitch trad route High Times (5.13b)


Clockwise from top: Sean Bailey, Quinn Mason, Keenan Takahashi.


Thanks for coming with us on this adventure. Here's to 2021!