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Rampart Range Day 2017 – Outdoor Research

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Outdoor Research showed their entire new environmental clothing system we previewed at SHOT Show but the one item I wanted to share again was the Obsidian Hooded Jacket.

Made from Tweave Durastretch with Superfabric treatment at the elbows, making it a durable, wind-resistant yet breathable softshell. Features include helmet compatible Halo hood, zip hand pockets, dynamic reach underarm panels and stretch panels at base of hood and under arms.

www.outdoorresearch.com/gov

Tactical Distributors – OR Infiltrator Jacket Video

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

For those of you interested in details on Outdoor Research’s new Infiltrator jacket, featuring WL Gore’s FLEX2FIT fabric, Tactical Distributors made this video.

www.tacticaldistributors.com

Outdoor Research Releases Infiltrator Jacket & Pant

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Outdoor Research is the first company to fully commercialize WL Gore’s FLEX2FIT fabric into a garment. The Jacket and Pant are Hybrid-Mapped designs featuring a combination of lightweight GORE-TEX and the GORE-TEX FLEX2FIT fabric.

You can see the Coyote FLEX2FIT panels in these photos which are a great demonstration of the Hybrid-Mapped design.

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Referred to as ‘Topo’ during development due to its similar look to a topographic map, FLEX2FIT is a stretchy version of the popular GORE-TEX fabric. This stretchability means the wearer is more mobile even though the garment offers a closer fit which better facilitates the transfer of perspiration from inside to outside the garment.

Design Features:
Fully Adjustable
Advanced Combat Helmet Compatible Halo-Hood
YKK™ AquaGuard™ Vislon Zippers
Zip Hand Pockets
TorsoFlo® Venting
Internal Front Stormflap

Functional Details:
Pocket Placement Above Harness or Pack Belt
Hook/Loop Cuff Closures
Elastic Drawcord Hem

The Infiltrator is offered in three colors: MultiCam, Gray and Coyote. The FLEX2FIt panels are color matched for the Gray and Coyote. However, due to the stretchable nature of the fabric, FLEX2FIT is not available in a printed variant because the pattern is distorted when the fabric is stretched.

Both US Elite and Tactical Distributors are selling the garments and have inventory. In Europe, they’re available from Armamat.

www.outdoorresearch.com/gov/us/en/tactical/apparel/c/or-tactical-apparel

Outdoor Research – Swift Cap in MultiCam

Friday, April 7th, 2017

I spied this new MultiCam variant of Outdoor Research’s Swift Cap a few weeks ago, but reader Mark F just reminded me about it.

It’s a simple, runner’s cap design with MultiCam print Supplex crown and printed lightweight nylon mesh side panels for those hot days.

Hopefully, we’ll see some more stuff soon in MultiCam printed Supplex.

www.outdoorresearch.com

Stuff I Like – Outdoor Research Ferrosi Hooded Jacket

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Outdoor Research makes a great line of outdoor clothing but my favorite piece is the Ferrosi Hooded Jacket.

It’s a great lightweight jacket, I often wear in Virginia’s Spring and Fall. I wear it alone as well as with various underlayers like the Patagonia R2 gridded fleece. It’s a stretchy softshell with a DWR treatment and does well in light rain. There are two zippered handwarmer pockets as well as a single Napoleon pocket at the left chest. The left handwarmer pocket also serves as a stuff sack. Additionally, the hood is adjustable. Recently, they’ve added thumb loops to the design, and I like that feature for when the temperature drops.

The reason I like the Ferrosi most, is the fabric. While they won’t tell me the origin of the material, they do share its content. It’s comprised of 86% nylon, 14% spandex 90D stretch woven ripstop for the body and hood, with Cordura 91% nylon, 9% spandex 120D stretch woven shoulder caps and lower sleeves. That sleeve material is pretty robust.

If comfort and performance didn’t convince you, perhaps OR’s Infinite Guarantee might do the trick. If their product fails to meet your needs at any time, they will replace it.

While the Ferrosi Hooded Jacket is available in a wide variety of colors, mine is in the Mushroom/Walnut combination seen above. The Ferrosi features a standard fit and is available in sizes Small – XXLarge.

www.outdoorresearch.com

Outdoor Research – Wilderness Cover

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

Outdoor Research suggests these uses for their waterproof/breathable Wilderness Cover:
1) Wear it as a poncho
2) wear it as a poncho with the bottom cord cinched up around your waist
3) use it as a waterproof bivy sack
4) rig it as a mini-shelter or tarp
5) stuff it in the included stuff sack and carry it with you to use while backpacking, hunting, hanging out at a music festival, or crewing at an ultra marathon
6) keep it handy so you can show your friends all the cool stuff it can do.

In fact, OR claims the only thing you can’t do with their Wilderness Cover is use it as a raft, but they’ve obviously never built a poncho raft.

Offered in Black and Hops (seen in photos).

www.outdoorresearch.com

Thanks JK!

SHOT Show 17 – Outdoor Research

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

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.

US Elite Offers 20% Off OR Gloves

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Outdoor Research is 20% Off at U.S. Elite! Hold on to summer and don’t let go with a pair of Gripper’s! Do your research, get outdoors, grab a badass bargain at U.S. Elite.

Looking for a new pair of OR gloves? Use the U.S. Elite Glove Comparison Chart to help you get a good idea of which Outdoor Research glove might be right for you.

www.us-elitegear.com