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.
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.See new arrivals