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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

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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...

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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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New for AW'20: The Outdoor Research Helium Down Hooded Jacket

The Helium Down Hooded Jacket from Outdoor Research infuses ultra-durable Pertex Diamond Fuse fabrics into the lightweight down jacket category, adding several degrees of durability along with added weather protection to ultralight, pac...

New for AW'20 - Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket and Pants

Using a unique fabric with diamond-shaped filaments that lock together, the new Helium Rain Jacket and Pants have five times the tear strength of the current Helium fabric, as well as a 50 percent higher waterproof rating.

Hats, hats, hats…

Hats, hats, hats… Outdoor Research has a style to suit everyone and every outdoor activity, which one would be your choice?

ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC
ISPO 2020 Clothing  © UKC

ISPO 2020 - New Clothing

We spent earlier this week catching up with brands at the big winter gearfest: ISPO. Despite the fact the show was quieter than...

Outdoor Research Handpicked Handwear: Shop Staff Favourites.

We bring you the low down from those who know the products best...SHOP STAFF!! This list of...

OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC
OutDoor 2019 - Clothing and Packs  © UKC

OutDoor 2019 - New Clothing and Packs

We're just back from the annual summer gear-fest that is the OutDoor trade show. As Europe sweltered in the heat the...

Outdoor Research Reinvents the Lightweight Shelter Category with New Bivvys

Re-thinking the entire concept around how lightweight backcountry shelters...


Articles

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Competition Win a Pair of Outdoor Research Bitterblaze gloves

The Bitterblaze gloves from Outdoor Research are the perfect glove for Alpine or Scottish winter use. They offer a huge amount of insulation whilst maintaining dexterity to allow you to keep your hands fully protected at all times.

Competition WINNER - Win an Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket

Be one of the first in the UK to own the latest waterproof technology from Pertex with the new Outdoor Research Helium Rain Jacket

Competition WINNERS - Outdoor Research Handpicked Handwear: Shop Staff Favourites. Now Win Your

Staff from Britians best-love outdoor stores recommend their favourite Outdoor Research gloves. Now win yours!

Competition WINNER - Win £500 Worth of Outdoor Research Winter Kit

There's a nip in the air, the latest gear has hit the shops and we're super-excited to be on the...

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

Sleep under the stars with Outdoor Research's most technically advanced shelter...

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...

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

Rugged waterproofness, air permeability, and unprecedented stretch...

Competition WINNERS - Win an Outdoor Research Ascendant Hoody

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

Competition WINNERS - Mountains on Stage with Outdoor Research

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

Competition WINNER - Win an Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

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

Competition WINNER - Win an Outdoor Research Deviator Hoody


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