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Outdoor Research Bases Spring 2022 Collection on 5 Values: Community, Collaboration, Innovation, Passion, Curiosity

August 9, 2021

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Dave Simpson

Seattle, WA

With its new Spring 2022 line, Outdoor Research, the Seattle-based leader in outdoor apparel and gear, releases a collection of products directly tied to core company values — community, collaboration, innovation, passion and curiosity. The new collection yields an exceptionally groundbreaking and thoughtful program, highlighting the results of working thoughtfully with collaborative partners.  An overview of the Spring 2022 line: 

  • Community — Creating greater access to the outdoors means trusted gear being available in more sizes. In Fall 2021, OR unveiled extended sizing in 24 men’s and women’s core products. In Spring 2022, it is expanding with women’s Plus Sizing. Sizes XS-3X and 0-24 are available. 

  • Collaboration — A collaboration between Outdoor Research and women’s workwear brand Dovetail helps enable women to enter and succeed in non-traditional occupations with the most reliable, durable outdoor gear – gaiters, gloves and headwear. 

  • Innovation — For 40 years innovation has been core to what Outdoor Research does. This season a project with fabric-maker Pertex® creates the most durable, lightweight and breathable waterproof shell on the market. Another innovation, VerticalX™ SuperStrand insulation, results in the best warmth-to-weight layering package OR has ever offered. 

  • Passion — Passion for the activities Outdoor Research employees love drives its product line. Often, that involves the passion of ambassadors and friends as well. This season, in collaboration with Marjana Tafader, climber/mentor for Young Women Who Crush in NYC, OR introduces the first technical hijab for outdoor sports. It is also introducing sportswear lines designed in collaboration with climbing athletes Quinn Mason and Keenan Takahashi. 

  • Curiosity — The OR team is constantly striving to learn and improve — in products, as a brand, as a team, and as individuals. Curiosity drives that. And curiosity, along with the quest for constant improvement, drove updates and upgrades to already best-selling lines like Ferrosi softshells, Foray and Aspire waterproof shells, and Echo sun and base layers. 

The following overview offers key highlights of the Spring 2022 Outdoor Research line. 


Helium AscentShell Jacket — In 2022, Outdoor Research introduces the most durable, lightweight and breathable waterproof shell on the market today – the Helium AscentShell Jacket. The product of collaboration with fabric technology partner Pertex® and athlete team members Graham Zimmerman and Emilie Drinkwater, the Helium AscentShell jacket uses an exclusive fabric construction that combines the durability of Pertex Diamond Fuse fabric with the breathable comfort and waterproof protection of OR’s electrospun AscentShell™ technology. AscentShell™ x Pertex® Shield Air is built to perform with the highest caliber of light weight, durability and reliable waterproofness. This combination pairs two premier technologies in a 326-gram shell (men’s large) with high-mobility fit and functional features ideal for fast and light alpine adventure. Men’s and women’s. $399 

SuperStrand LT Hoodie, Jacket and Vest — SuperStrand LT styles employ a unique new synthetic insulation — VerticalX™ SuperStrand  — that helps create the best warmth-to-weight layering package Outdoor Research has ever offered. Ideal for four-season warmth, this collection features a unique quilt pattern that reduces stitching, creating an uninterrupted flow of insulation and warmth. Soft and supple construction creates an amazingly comfortable wearing experience. The unique lofted polyester strands in VerticalX™ SuperStrand mimic the shape of thousands of down clusters connected along a strand, truly blending the best properties of down and synthetic insulation. This material has extremely high loft, offers warmth if it gets wet, and is more resistant to compression over time than down. This ultra lightweight layering package (309 grams, men’s medium hoodie) is capped with a bluesign® approved, windproof 12D nylon shell fabric. Men’s and women’s. $219 


ActiveIce Spectrum Sun Hoodie — Combining UPF and active-cooling technologies to offer optimal performance in hot, sunny climates, the ActiveIce Spectrum Sun Hoodie is the ultimate protective, versatile summer layer. The platform starts with soft, chafe-free and ultra-lightweight polyester/spandex fabric that’s comfortable against the skin, airy and quick-drying in hot climates, stretchy for movement and protects against the sun with a UPF 50+ rating. Outdoor Research adds in thermo-regulating and cooling ActiveIce technology, which feels cool to touch (as opposed to feeling cool after responding to moisture). The top is cut with OR’s Dynamic Reach design, so that the body doesn’t ride up when arms are overhead. Other details include a three-panel hood, and thumb holes. Men’s and women’s. Also available in long-sleeve tees for men and women, and short-sleeve tees for men. $79

Echo Hoodie — For warm weather, the Echo Hoodie is a sought-after piece in the Outdoor Research collection because it is light, airy and protects against the sun with UPF 15 and 20 protection (depending on color). For Spring 2022, it also uses a new bluesign-approved 100% recycled polyester fabric with a softer hand feel and better stretch. Men’s and women’s. Also available this season in men’s and women’s Extended sizing and women’s Plus sizing up to 3XL. $69 


Women’s Ad-Vantage Leggings with DuraPrint — Leggings provide outstanding mobility for climbers, but durability is an issue. Working with ambassador and climber Quinn Mason, Outdoor Research created the Ad-Vantage Leggings with DuraPrint, a printed overlay on the knee and hip pockets that add abrasion resistance in key wear areas. A customized resin-based formula creates a 3D topical barrier, adding wear-and-tear protection where it’s most needed. Though built for durability while climbing, these versatile high-waisted 7/8 leggings provide great coverage and comfort for a variety of activities with two drop-in side pockets for handy storage. Their soft nylon/lycra fabric provides form-fitting stretch with 30 UPF sun protection. Also available in 6” and 10” shorts. $99 

Women’s Vantage Bralette and Bra — A stylish strappy look combines with functionality for hot temperatures in the Vantage Bralette, a collaboration between the Outdoor Research design team and climber/ambassador Quinn Mason. Soft, stretchy and durable nylon/lycra fabric paired with elastic offers comfort with light support in a design with minimal straps on the back — perfect for warm weather. $55 

Method Cord Pants and Shorts — The first Outdoor Research collab with climber/ambassador Keenan Takahashi, the Method Cord Pants and Shorts are corduroy bottoms designed with climbing in mind, with a gusset and hint of stretch for excellent mobility. With a standard fit, 5-pocket design, contrast color thread on key seams and a waist drawcord, these hit the sweet spot for stylish but functional. Men’s only in pants, men’s and women’s in shorts. $89 and $69 

Women’s Chehalis Overalls — Ideal for everything from running errands to field work, these overalls are built using a durable and breathable ripstop fabric with a DWR treatment. Built with a number of stowage pockets, adjustable suspenders and button closure on both sides, these will quickly become a wardrobe staple. $109

Men’s Zendo Multi Shorts / Women’s Zendo Multi Shorts — These multifunctional shorts offer versatility in an easy pull-on silhouette that works well for hiking, climbing and everyday activities. Using a bluesign approved recycled nylon/spandex fabric, these shorts are durable and quick-drying. The men’s come in a 7.5-inch inseam and the women’s is a 2.5-inch inseam. $59


CarryOut Duffel 80L — The CarryOut Duffel is built to be a go-anywhere, stash-anything travel companion. A durable 600D polyester with TPU lamination exterior is rugged, highly water-resistant and up for any adventure. This versatile duffel features an interior expandable pocket to separate dirty clothes as they build up, and an ergonomic shoulder strap makes for a more comfortable carry. In addition, the two handles means you can throw it on like a backpack when running between gates for a tight connection. $199

Field Explorer Pack 20L/ 25L — This burly rolltop pack will easily become a go-to bag for everything from the trail to work. The 600D polyester shell is durable and water resistant. A roll-top closure makes it easy to get in and out of the pack, and the ergonomically shaped shoulder straps provide a comfortable carry. Commuter-specific features include reflective webbing for after-hours trips home, and the padded laptop sleeve doubles down as a reservoir pocket for trips to the trail. The Field Explorer Pack is available in 20- and 25-liter capacities. $99 and $140


ActiveIce Hijab — The ActiveIce Hijab,  is the first-ever hijab built with climbers, skiers, mountaineers and hikers in mind. Built in partnership with Marjana Tafader, a climbing mentor with Young Women Who Crush, a climbing and leadership development program that provides opportunities for high school girls in NYC. It is made from a bluesign approved nylon treated with ActiveIce technology, a treatment that reacts to your body temperature by dynamically adapting to cool you down as you heat up. The material is wicking, breathable and quick drying — the ideal solution for anyone who spends serious time in hot, sun-baked conditions. The design is helmet-compatible and has a fitted stretchy knit around the face to keep it in place. A hidden shock cord cinches down for high exertion activities, and the UPF50+ protects you from the sun. $40 

Dovetail + OR Collab: Field Hat, Glove and Gaiter —When it comes to making workwear for women, Dovetail Workwear is an expert, which made the female-founded company an obvious fit for Outdoor Research to collaborate on women’s workwear accessories. Outdoor Research and Dovetail Workwear are introducing a Field Hat, Gloves and Gaiters built in partnership. The OR x Dovetail Field Hat is built with a breathable and durable blend of cotton and Cordura nylon and is ready for long days on the trail. The brim provides sun protection on hot days and an ultralight wicking UPF 50+ fabric neck cape can be deployed to cover your neck, ears and shoulders when you need extra protection. The OR x Dovetail Women’s Leather Field Gloves are designed specifically for a woman’s hand and are ready to be put to work in rough terrain and weather. Goat leather with cow leather overlays on the palm provides durability and is water resistant. The gusseted entry makes the gloves easy to get on and off.  The waterproof, durable and breathable OR x Dovetail Women’s Field Gaiters are built specifically for women working on the trail and in the field with back stretch panels for larger calves and better movement. Hat- $52, Glove – $65, Gaiter- $79


Granite Glove — The Granite Glove is built for long days on steep granite. These full-grain leather belay and rappel gloves provide back-of-hand padding and highly dexterous protection for quick transitions in the alpine. The outer material and palm is a supple goat leather with cow leather overlays at the palm on crucial wear points. The back of hand has additional padding for protection, and minimal fingertip seams add long-term durability. A neoprene cuff provides all day comfort and a gusseted wrist entry and hook/loop wrist closure make it easy to take the gloves on and off. $55 

Upsurge II Paddle Gloves — The Upsurge II Paddle Gloves come with improved fit in a package offering all the details paddlers are looking for in their gloves — UPF 50+ sun protection, durability, padded palms for grip and dexterity, and EVA cushioning in key contact areas. They are touchscreen compatible, and their bluesign-approved stretch knit fabric is quick drying and durable. $39


Alpine AscentShell Bivy — The new Alpine AscentShell Bivy offers greatly improved breathability in a lightweight, durable alpine shelter. The next generation of OR’s cult-classic alpine bivy, the new incarnation uses an outstanding new fabric that pairs exceptional durability with less condensation build up for a more comfortable night’s sleep.OR’s AscentShell membrane technology has set the standard over recent years in a waterproof fabric with exceptional breathability. This Helium AscentShell fabric pairs that membrane technology with Pertex’s Shield Air Diamond Fuse 30D 3L fabric. This unique fabric uses diamond-shaped filaments that lock together, increasing tear strength and abrasion resistance many times over other lightweight fabrics, resulting in a truly light but highly durable bivy. Ideal for alpine pursuits when potentially battling extreme weather, this fully seam-taped shelter has a large mesh screen as well as extra room at the head and feet for extra gear storage and cold weather sleep systems. . A new step-in  design makes it easy to get in and out of, and an updated diagonal pole design offers more headroom. 528 grams with pole, 479 grams without pole. $299 

About Outdoor Research 

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