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What Does UPF Mean?

Here we explain what all those sun-related acronyms mean—UV, UPF, SPF—and how to choose the best protection.

Why Everyone Should Try Backpacking at Least Once - And How to Get Started

Setting off on your first backpacking trip can be intimidating. Here are tips to find your way to walking meditation.

OUTDOOR RESEARCH FILMS: ESCALADORA

It’s easy to say “the outdoors doesn’t discriminate” if you’ve never faced discrimination yourself. For Monserrat Alvarez Matehuala, bringing her full identity as a woman of color to rock climbing has been both challenging and healing. That’s why she’s building safe, women-of-color-led experiences to empower others in the outdoors.

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Award-Winning Outdoor Clothing and Gear

Outdoor Research has been building award-winning outdoor clothing and gear in Seattle since 1981. We stand behind every product we make with the Outdoor Research Infinite Guarantee® warranty. Find out how we were born from our founder Ron Gregg’s research-led approach to problem solving, and discover the origins of our first products – mountaineering gaiters, modular mittens, and GORE-TEX hats – in Our Story. Discover our roots in U.S. manufacturing, our legacy in Made in the USA tactical gloves, and our response to the COVID-19 pandemic with the development of face masks and medical-grade personal protective equipment in Protection. Learn about our product processes using recycled materials, how we enforce the safety and wellbeing of our workplaces, and our commitment to all people and the planet in our Responsibility. Meet some of our community members who work to create safe, accessible, and equitable outdoor spaces in our Community Partnerships and our Ambassadors. We’d be thrilled to have you join the team and find your Career at Outdoor Research, and become your go-to source for the best outdoor clothing for women and men, including down jackets, rain jackets, sun hats, ski jackets, neck gaiters, balaclavas, face covers, hiking and climbing clothes, hiking gaiters, flannels, extended and plus sizes, handwear, headwear, and outdoor gear including stuff sacks and duffels.

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