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At Outdoor Research®, we built a company from a feeling: the urge to get out. It's what drives us. We love coming to work every day and inventing ever better solutions to what nature throws our way. But we're more than just the gear we build. We're part of a community of friends whose lives are connected by our common need to be outside. Our tribe is devoted to exploring our outdoor passions and challenging ourselves in the mountains, water and deserts of the planet we love so much.

In 1981, a brilliant scientist and adventurer named Ron Gregg watched his frostbitten partner get airlifted off a glacier on Denali. He'd spent months planning a new route in the purest style, skiing 100 miles from the road to the base of the climb. Barely halfway to the summit, their trip ended with the failure of a simple pair of gaiters. Stubborn to the end, Ron refused a seat on the helicopter and descended alone for two weeks, pondering what had happened. Somewhere along the way he realized he could both fix the gear problem and devote his life to pursuing his passion for adventure. By the end, he knew one thing for sure: He wasn't going back to his old job.

Ron Gregg built Outdoor Research on the idea that life is an adventure, and the best gear makes it more fun. Though he died tragically in an avalanche more than a decade ago, his legacy remains at our core. In our world, it's not about chasing heroes; It's about being on the journey. It's not how often we get out as much as how often we want to be out that makes us who we are. Our goal is to do all we can to expand the tribe of people who share our belief that progress is spiritual and life is unimaginable without the quest.

And we want you in it, because we're pretty sure that the bigger our tribe gets, the better off the world will be.

Outdoor Research. Designed By Adventure.

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Outdoor Research Interstellar Bivy

More spacious than a simple bivvy bag and lighter than most solo tents, this is a first class hooped bivvy. But it's the unique way that you can both sleep in it and practically wear it that sets the Interstellar apart, says Dan Bailey


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Outdoor Research Interstellar Jacket

If you are a multi-discipline outdoors enthusiast and want just one shell to cover all bases - or even to carry just in case - the Interstellar is a great lightweight option, says Rebecca Ting

Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear
Lightweight down jackets montage  © UKC Gear

Lightweight Down Jackets

Whether you're climbing, camping or walking - or even just out in town - a light and packable down jacket is a versatile layer year-round. We compare 10 options.

Great for keeping the wind off without rustling or flapping about  © Sam Lawson
Great for keeping the wind off without rustling or flapping about  © Sam Lawson

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

The Helium II jacket is well named. This ultralight shell is ideal for weight conscious activities like running, lightweight walking and backpacking, or for throwing in your crag pack just in case, says Theo Moore.

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softshell montage test  © martin

Summer Softshells

Lightweight softshell jackets are a summer staple for both walkers and climbers. We compare 11 models here.

It\'s a versatile and breathable outer- or mid-layer that works year round  © Lorraine McCall
It\'s a versatile and breathable outer- or mid-layer that works year round  © Lorraine McCall

OR Ascendant Hoody

Warm for its weight, highly breathable and well-tailored - the only thing this versatile softshell really lacks, says Pegs Bailey, is zipped...

Alpenice montage  © Dan Bailey
Alpenice montage  © Dan Bailey

Outdoor Research Alpenice Hooded Jacket

Marrying weatherproof fabrics with a snazzy pile lining, this is a bit of a cutting edge softshell, reckons Dan Bailey....

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Top 10 products 2017 montage  © UKC Gear

Our Top 10 Products of 2017

Over a year our reviewers get through a mountain of gear. Here, members of our review team pick their personal highlights from the...


Latest News

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Outdoor Research Reinvents the Lightweight Shelter Category with New Bivvys

Re-thinking the entire concept around how lightweight backcountry shelters function, Outdoor Research introduces 3 new line for Spring 2019 that significantly drop weight while simultaneously offering new capabilities.

ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2019 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2019 - New Clothing Roundup

The annual ISPO trade show, which brings the world's outdoor industry together under one roof (or a series of gigantic roofs) in Munich, has just wrapped up for 2019. Heavy snowfall gave this year's event a suitably wintry feel, and if we'd really rather...

Outdoor Research Introduce the Warmest Glove Insulation on Earth

Outdoor Research is combining its decades of experience building highly dexterous, durable gloves with an innovative new material – super-insulating PrimaLoft® Gold Aerogel, a first in the outdoor glove category. The...

Outdoor Research Transcendent Down Hoody: Goose Down Insulation Perfected.

We've updated this versatile range of lightweight down jackets and vests with...

OutDoor 2018 - Camping Equipment  © UKC
OutDoor 2018 - Camping Equipment  © UKC

OutDoor 2018 - Camping Gear

The UKC/UKH team have just returned from the final OutDoor show at Friedrichshafen. We saw hundreds of innovative, colourfuland...

OutDoor 2018 thumbnail  © UKC/UKH Gear
OutDoor 2018 thumbnail  © UKC/UKH Gear

OutDoor 2018 - Our Top 10 Products

We're just back from the annual gear fest that is the OutDoor show in Friedrichshafen. From the thousands of products on...

Outdoor Research Interstellar Jacket

Lightweight and highly breathable waterproof protection.


Articles

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Competition WINNER - Win an Outdoor Research AscentShell® Collection Interstellar Bivy

Sleep under the stars with Outdoor Research's most technically advanced shelter systems, built with thru-hikers, backpackers and ultralight alpinists in mind.

Competition WINNERS - Win 1 of 4 Outdoor Research Down or Synthetic Jackets

For our latest competition we're giving UKC readers the chance to win a choice of down or synthetic mid layer hooded jacket. We've got FOUR to give away – and it's really, really easy – all you need to do is let us know...

Competition WINNER - Win An Outdoor Research Bolin Jacket Plus Active Insulation Mid-Layer Of Y

Rugged waterproofness, air permeability, and unprecedented stretch delivered via AscentShell™ technology put the Bolin at the top of the list for winter athletics. Use it in combination with our...

Competition WINNERS - Win an Outdoor Research Ascendant Hoody

Using the latest technology paired with a forward-thinking mix of materials, the Ascendant family...

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Mountains on Stage with Outdoor Research  © Mountains on Stage with Outdoor Research

Competition WINNERS - Mountains on Stage with Outdoor Research

Mountains on Stage, the film festival dedicated to mountain sports, launches its first Summer Edition in...

OR - Helium II Competition 4  © Outdoor Research
OR - Helium II Competition 4  © Outdoor Research

Competition WINNER - Win an Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

Built for flash-storm protection, the 100% waterproof Helium II Jacket is a staple style of the Outdoor...

Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody Competition   © Outdoor Research
Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody Competition   © Outdoor Research

Competition WINNER - Win an Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody

WIN AN OUTDOOR RESEARCH DEVIATOR HOODY™WORTH £120!Combining cutting-edge fabric and Polartec® Alpha®...


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