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SHOT Show 17 – Outdoor Research

OR always has lots of new stuff for the warfighter. This SHOT Show they’re unveiling an entire clothing system which can go four layers deep.  They’ve taken their success in modular give Systems and taken it clothing.

We’ll start with their new Foundation crew and zip tops as well as bottom. Made from Polartec Power Wool, which is a plaited knit construction, they can be laundered with adverse effect to the wool. It’s a bicomponent fabric (poly and wool) which also gives moisture management, low odor and low shrinkage. Foundation features an athletic fit.

Next is the Barrow Pant made from Polartec WindPro and is a heavy weight insulating layer which can be worn alone or under a shell. It’s built with stretch and mobility in mind.

On the softshell side they’re offering the Obsidian Pant and Obsidian Hooded Jacket. These are made from Tweave 4-way stretch with a lighter version of Tweave under the arms. In fact, all of the garments feature their Dynamic Reach construction with no seams under the arm. However, they’ve added SuperFabric along the elbows of the Jacket as well as the rear of the Pant. The Jacket has a helmet compatible, adjustable hood. The Pants feature a slated button fly. The Pants also incorporate laser cut, glued pockets which is stitched for added durability. Lots of stretch in these garments and they’ve also incorporated a DWR coating.


The Prevail Hooded Jacket is a super lightweight wind jacket. It is almost silky and has some breathability but the full zip helps with ventilation as well. It has adjustable hood and packaway fabric. This Black version is a prototype.  Production will be Coyote and MultiCam.  


Their puffy garments go by the name of Tradecraft and include Jacket, Vest and Pants. They are all insulated with varying weights of PRIMALOFT Gold. The Vest features 130 gram fill while everything else is 70 gram. The Vest also has stretch panels under the arms. All of the garment shells are DWR treated 40D ripstop. However, the Jacket offers 70D on the upper arm and the Pant also has 70D on the lower leg and rear for abrasion resistance. Full sides zips for don and doff on the Pants.


The Colossus Parka 180 gram PrimaLoft Gold insulation. They’ve taken it down to -26 deg in mountain field trials. It incorporates an internal neck baffle, similar to a sleeping bag and has offset quilting to reduce cold spots. The hood is adjustable and an internal stuff it pocket for water bottles, etc.


Although not commercialized, they’ve made a few in MultiCam Alpine.

The Infiltrator Jacket and Pant is impressive. They’ve incorporated WL Gore & Assoc’s FLEX2FIT stretch fabric in key areas, combines with Gore 3-Layer Light and Fast. In addition to the mechanical stretch, their Dynamic Reach construction was great when I tried the Jacket on. In addition to the Helmet Comaptible Halo Hood design, which moves with your head, they’ve added two TorsoFlo venting zippers at the hips. Additionally, the pockets are mesh so that when you open the zips, you get some decent ventilation.


The Pants have 3/4 zip for don and doff a paling with SuperFabric knees and seat. Here you can see the hybrid construction with FLEX2FIT, SuperFabric and 3-Layer Light and Fast.


The Infiltrator Jackets and Pants will be available in April in Coyote, Grey and MultiCam.


Across the board, this set of garments is available as Berry or TAA compliant versions.

Outdoor Research products are available for unit and agency order through ADS Inc.

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11 Responses to “SHOT Show 17 – Outdoor Research”

  1. ThatBlueFalcon says:

    Excellent looking products. I’m curious what the final cost will be and how accommodating they will be of individual orders through their pro purchase setup.

    • Bill says:

      On OR’s mil site the pants are going $860 in multicam and $800 in solids, same pricing for jackets. Between the mas grey maritime pants, shirt, and the solid color infiltrator garments I’m over here breathing heavy and throwing money at my computer monitor.

      • David says:

        You and me both. I’ll have to make do with LEAF closeouts from last season for the time-being.

    • David says:

      “Retail” pricing on the Infiltrator series is already up, $800 for solids and $860 for Multicam.

  2. Darrel says:

    Didn’t think I’d be saying this, but Arcteryx is looking like a bargain all the sudden

  3. J.V. says:

    I think you meant to say “… they can be laundered withOUT adverse effect to the wool. “

  4. Insane Soldier says:

    This looks excellent! However, why does OR insist on yellow or high visibility thread on their logos!! this has been driving us nuts for years! Tone it down OR!!

  5. James says:

    That grey infiltrator…..

  6. Goodnight says:

    And still no info about OR coming in Europe…so sad…