Designed By Adventure: The Plaza Collection

Mix worktime and loungetime without compromising on either. Here at Outdoor Research, we’re all about balance. We applaud the hard-charging women who ritualize afternoons at the crag, even through the chill of winter. And we can understand the appeal of waking up on alpine-start time to maximize the daylight, even as it dwindles. But we also know how important it is to let our muscles rest at the end of the day with a soft, stretchy, and warm bear hug of comfort.

This is the type of balance that inspired our Plaza Collection, a fusion of two things we’ve mastered here at Outdoor Research: Technical down-insulated outerwear and super comfortable athletic sportswear. These feathery fleece and toasty down insulation pieces let you work, stretch, and launch into your next adventure without missing a beat (or an extra layer).

The most surprising thing about our Plaza pieces? Their two-punch combo of superior warmth matched with unbeatable coziness, delivered by a 700-fill down paired with the buttery soft poly-spandex blend of our best-selling Melody Collection. This high-performing down warmth protects in frigid environments, while the Melody fabric makes any adventure more flexible and comfortable.

Let’s take a deeper dive into each piece within our Plaza Collection.

Women’s Plaza Down Hoody: The perfect antidote to post-workout frump. Slide your arms into pure comfort with the Women’s Plaza Down Hoody. The feathery fleeced inside of this hoody’s sleeves is so soft, it’s perfect even for bare, post-yoga class arms. Add the quilted down in the torso and hood, and you’ve got the coziest option for keeping your post-savasana muscles warm and limber. Handwarmer pockets and thumb loops keep you comfy even if your workout doesn’t end in the studio.

Women’s Plaza Down Jackette: Retro styling meets modern comfort. We took the warmth of down, the style of vintage snap-front puffy vest, and the comfort of our super-soft Melody fabric and whirled them into one powerhouse of a jackette. 700-fill down hugs your torso in warmth, while the stretchy poly-spandex arms move with you. An adjustable poly-spandex hood adds even more flexibility so you can keep working your boulder problem in style even when the mornings are crisp with frost.

Women’s Plaza Down Vest: The vest you’ll want to keep on indoors. The same insulating down that fills the Plaza Hoody and Jackette keeps your torso toasty, but side panels of stretchy Melody fabric lets you breathe and move without feeling weighed down. Thumb loops keep the same super-soft sleeves in place and trap in even more heat. Layer it over your favorite long sleeve, or even just a T-shirt, for those days when a full-on puffy is just too much.

Women’s Plaza Down Skirt: The unicorn of winter wear: Puffy. Skirt. Two nice words that, when you put them together, make magic. The Plaza Down Skirt is truly one of a kind; the first-ever down skirt created by Outdoor Research. Our designers love to wear this over their Melody Tights on long alpine tours, or pack it along on a hut trip to warm up the end of each day. Keep your buns toasty whether you’re working hard uphill, or working hard on your recovery time.

Each Plaza piece is super stretchy to allow total freedom of movement for climbing and bouldering, while staying flexible and versatile enough to layer over other cold-weather clothing. They also feature a hybrid-mapped construction that keeps you warm where you need it, yet still cools you off before overheating.

Plus, we chose a 700-fill down that complies with the Responsible Down Standard (RDS), an important certification for the humane practices and processes of collecting down insulation. By purchasing products that comply with RDS, you’re making an impact and creating demand for more responsible practices on farms and processors to ensure that down-producing animals receive the care they need throughout their life.

Trust us; once you put these pieces on, you won’t want to take them off. Shop the Plaza Collection to instantly upgrade your layering system today.