Outdoor Research

In 1980, Ron Gregg, a physicist and dedicated moutaineer, found himself on Alaska's Denali in a perilous situation. His climbing partner had suffered extreme frostbite due in part to poorly designed gaiters. After his friend was airlifted to safety and the expedition over, Ron reacted by searching for a solution to keep this situation from happening in the future. The result was a functional, insulated gaiter, the X-Gaiter™, which held snug and was versatile enough to fit a variety of boots. From this original inspiration and its resultant innovation, Outdoor Research was born the following year.

Innovation and inspiration

Outdoor Research considers daily improvement through details as one of its core beliefs. The goal is always the same: to provide the relentless adventurers with equipment that suits their needs and answers their expectations.

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Sun Protection

Award-winning sun protection, which is lightweight and breathable for a full day out in the sun! From spending a day on the trail, on the water or on rock, have confidence you will stay cool and protected for hours with UPF 15 to 50+ protection.

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