Outdoor Research

  1. Real Talk About Using Recycled Materials

    Real Talk About Using Recycled Materials

    Why using recycled materials is difficult and expensive, and how we’re doing it anyway.

    Alex Lauver had an idea—but he decided to keep it to himself for a while, just in case. He wanted to get more recycled materials into OR’s jackets, but as a product manager he was well aware of the cost and sourcing barriers. So instead of making a formal presentation to the leadership team first,

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  2. Graham Zimmerman on Control: Climbing, Climate, and Creating Space

    Graham Zimmerman on Control: Climbing, Climate, and Creating Space

    Outdoor Research Ambassador Graham Zimmerman on the controllables and uncontrollables surrounding his K2 climb.

    Last year, Outdoor Research Ambassador and world-renowned alpinist

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  3. What’s The Difference Between Plus Size, Extended Size, and Straight Size?

    What’s The Difference Between Plus Size, Extended Size, and Straight Size?

    Finding your perfect fit among all our new size options.

    In case you missed it, our new plus size outdoor apparel is available to shop NOW! We’ve created the same best-selling, award-winning technical gear now available in women’s sizes XXS – 3X and 16W – 24W. 


    These new sizes create opportunities to get more people outside, but that starts with finding

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  4. Wondering What to Wear Spring Skiing and Touring?

    Wondering What to Wear Spring Skiing and Touring?

    The best breathable, stretchy, and lightweight jackets, base layers, gloves, and accessories for your spring ski tours. 

    Spring skiing combines two of our favorite things: Soft snow and sunshine.

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  5. What Do I Need for Winter Running?

    What Do I Need for Winter Running?

    The best cold weather running gear for winter outside – and how to layer with beanies, gloves, and more.

    One of the joys of running is that you can do it all year long, through any weather, temperature, and time of the day. For colder months, that just means planning a little extra strategy in order to keep comfortable and safely warm.

    Find the best clothing and accessories

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  6. Bivy Sacks: Part tent, part sleeping bag — pure convenience

    Bivy Sacks: Part tent, part sleeping bag — pure convenience
    The key to buying a bivy is deciding what balance you want to strike between comfort, protection and weight.
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  7. Why Affinity Spaces Are Complicated

    Why Affinity Spaces Are Complicated

    Bennett Rahn began climbing when she worked at an outdoor-focused middle school, and it wasn’t long before she was climbing with friends at the gym, then outdoors, then helping to teach others to climb. Along the way, affinity spaces have made a major difference for her.

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  8. How To Layer With Down

    How To Layer With Down
    Get the most from your puffy jacket by layering it right, so it can do it's job.
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  9. Why We Made a Sport Hijab

    Marjana Tafader climbs in the ActiveIce Sport Hijab.

    Meet the climbers and designers who built a technical hijab for climbing and other outdoor sports.

    For Marjana Tafader, learning to rock climb was, in her words, transformational. “It felt like I was connecting back to my roots in some sense,” she says. “I'm from Bangladesh, and I lived in a village until I came to America when I was around 10. I was actually in New York

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  10. Do you know what avalanche terrain looks like?

    Do you know what avalanche terrain looks like?

    Before you head out this winter, check out these videos.

    Hoping to get out more this winter? Maybe snowshoeing or backcountry skiing? It’s such a great boost for mood and fitness, and a great way to enjoy time with friends. But if you’re heading to the mountains in the snow, there’s one absolutely crucial thing to think about first: Is where you’re going in avalanche

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  11. Introducing VerticalX™ SuperStrand; The Best Down Alternative for Four-Season Warmth

    Introducing VerticalX™ SuperStrand; The Best Down Alternative for Four-Season Warmth

    Feel the difference with our lightest, softest, and most compressible synthetic insulation.

    You’ve already learned how to stay warm while moving fast in the cold with VerticalX™ ECO, the 85% recycled synthetic insulation that’s lofty, breathable, and has an impressive amount of moisture management.

    We’re building on the VerticalX™ name with a new insulation

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  12. Announcing Our New 3-Layer Face Cover

    Announcing Our New 3-Layer Face Cover

    Made in the USA, the new 3-Layer Face Cover features a built-in filter, and improved fit.

    Today we’re excited to expand our Essential Coverage Collection with a new

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