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Outdoor Research Named 2012 Washington Innovator of the Year

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Outdoor Research, well-known manufacturer of outdoor apparel and accessories, was named earlier this week, Washington state 2012 Innovator of the Year in the large company category by a panel of seven judges assembled by Seattle Business Magazine.

The award, which will be featured in the May issue of Seattle Business, honors companies whose work results in growing or advancing the manufacturing sector in the state. Six winners were chosen in different categories at an awards ceremony Thursday night, April 26. Representatives of roughly 270 manufacturing companies located in the state attended the event.

The Innovator of the Year award recognized Outdoor Research’s commitment to operating a state-of-the-art apparel and accessories manufacturing operation just south of downtown Seattle that employs more than 160 people.

In choosing Outdoor Research for the award, judges noted that Outdoor Research has been growing its domestic manufacturing capability in recent years and hiring new manufacturing staff, the result of its success building gloves for the Special Operations Forces of the U.S. military; its work to improve the efficiency and quality of internal manufacturing processes; its strong product design and development capability; and the company’s overall management excellence, said Leslie Helm, editor of Seattle Business.

Outdoor Research Modular Glove System

“There was strong consensus among the judges that this is a really well-managed company,” Helm said. Demand for high-end, specialized products like the Modular Glove System – built for the Special Operations Forces of the U.S. military – has resulted in 38 percent growth in manufacturing staff at Outdoor Research’s domestic manufacturing facility. The facility is located in the same building as the company’s headquarters in Seattle. Outdoor Research also uses the operation as a prototyping lab for its consumer outdoor product division, which allows it to build and test new outdoor products with very quick turnaround times.

“Innovation is crucial to the success of Washington state’s manufacturing economy,” said U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.). “Outdoor Research is a great example of this American manufacturing success. I am particularly proud that America’s troops are safer because of new technologies coming from right here in the Northwest.”

In the nomination for the award, examples of innovation called out include the Outdoor Research’s ‘work smarter, not faster’ approach. OR developed a variety of sewing-machine modifications that save time and reduce the possibility for repetitive stress injuries among workers. The nomination called out the company’s efforts to develop and/or employ the most innovative equipment and processes. Among other distinctions, its domestic facility pioneered the equipment necessary to build seam-taped Gore-Tex gloves, working in concert with W.L. Gore & Associates. It is the only facility in North America with certification from Gore to build seam-taped gloves and mitts.

“Having domestic manufacturing located in the same building as our offices gives Outdoor Research a number of strategic advantages, and we’re excited that our success with domestic production has also meant we’ve been able to help create new jobs in our home state in recent years,” said Alex Kutches, President of Outdoor Research. “We’re very honored that the judging panel for Seattle Business recognized what we’ve been doing on the manufacturing side as worthy of this year’s Innovator of the Year Award.”

Kutches said that Seattle has a long history in high-quality garment manufacturing, and the skills of the staff who work in its manufacturing operation – many of whom have worked there for much of Outdoor Research’s 30-year history – has been key to the company’s success in designing and building high-quality products for military applications. On average, employees on the manufacturing side of the business have been with Outdoor Research for more than a decade.
“Having a top-notch facility is important, but the biggest thanks is due to the incredibly talented staff that conceptualize, design and produce our gear,” Kutches said. “We’re certainly proud that their work helps support the work that our troops do every day.”

Technologies and manufacturing capabilities offered by companies nominated in this year’s awards ranged from medical devices, bio-fuels and steel manufacturing to lasers and heavy machinery.

TacJobs – Interested in Working for Outdoor Research?

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

One of the leading outdoor brands, and premier manufacturer of tactical handwear, Outdoor Research is seeking a Product Manager – Government Apparel Accessories. Here is a sampling of what the job entails and what OR is looking for in a successful candidate.

The Product Manager will be responsible for:
– Executing the design and development of technical, innovative and technologically enhanced products that meet the needs of OR’s customers and end users.
– Delivering products that drive company sales and profits.
– Demonstrating dynamic, visible and inspirational leadership to positively impact business initiatives, direction, and vision for team and peers.
– Managing and assessing business results, profit & loss and executing key initiatives.


– Minimum 10 years work experience in a related position.
– 6+ years in management in the outdoor industry preferred.
– Strong understanding of apparel merchandising and sales.
– Experience in managing a diverse and creative group of individuals.
– Demonstrated ability to work with and inspire a broad range of individuals to work toward a common goal.
– Must have a track record in managing and developing procedures, implementing key sales initiatives and executing processes.

– Product management or apparel development skills.
– Commercial negotiation skills.
– Public speaking and presentation skills.
– Ability to understand and interpret a financial statement, and the key performance indicators (KPI’s) that drive business growth and profitability.
– Thorough understanding of technical outdoor equipment featuring and user requirements.
– Detailed knowledge of North American, Asian, and European suppliers for technical fabrications.
– Extensive knowledge of Asian manufacturing vendors.
– Thorough knowledge of Europe and North America technical outdoor equipment market.
– Strong verbal and written communication skills.
– Strong interpersonal skills.
– Computer literate.
– Fluent in English.

Personal Attributes
– Organized, good head for numbers.
– Energetic and enthusiastic.
– Pragmatic, tenacious, with attention to detail.
– Self-starter.
– Problem solver.
– Dedicated to getting the job done, but interested in having fun as well.
– Able to work and communicate in a culturally diverse environment
– Ability to adhere to deadlines

– Available for 20-30% travel within the US and Asia.
– Interviewing, hiring, and training employees.
– Planning, assigning and directing work.
– Appraising performance rewarding and disciplining employees.
– Addressing complaints and resolving problems.

To apply, visit outdoorresearch.iapplicants.com.

Need to Use Your Touch Screen Cell Phone While Wearing Gloves? Try Ambit Gloves from OR

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Outdoor Research has introduced two new styles of handwear that offer the ability to use a touch screen device without having to take off your gloves. Integrating TouchTecâ„¢ technology, the Ambit glove is a fully seam taped, gauntlet style glove. Insulated with EnduraLoftâ„¢, the liner is made from waterproof/breathable Ventiaâ„¢ Plus. In addition to the Ambit there is also a lightweight glove called the Sensor which is offered in both mens and womens sizing.

I tried out a pair briefly during a sales call over the summer. While I can’t speak to the glove’s warmth in various temperatures I can say that I was pleased to be able to control my iPhone while wearing an insulated glove.


OR Pro Deal Program

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Outdoor Research has recently updated their Pro Purchase Program. It is open for applications and all federal, state and military personnel are eligible. Previous enrollees will need to reapply.


OR – Outdoor Research Rockfall Glove

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

The new Berry Compliant Rockfall glove takes its name from the operation made famous by the movie, “Restrepo.” It features a convertible gauntlet cuff, pull loop, and Poron foam padded knuckles to dissipate energy. Additionally, deer tan goat skin leather is very supple and enhances dexterity. The glove incorporates a new stretch thread to enhance seam strength and wrapped fingertips. Finally, they are available in three different fabrics to accommodate different performance and price requirements. Look for the Rockfall before the end of the year with a wholesale price of $56.




Swoop Mitt Shell from Outdoor Research

Friday, May 6th, 2011

OR’s Mike Christian gave us some excellent insight into the Swoop Mitt Shell at Warrior Expo West. Developed for pilots and aviation crews in extremely cold conditions at high altitudes, the shell of the Swoop Mitt provides waterproof and breathable FR protection. The FR goat-leather palm is water resistant and provides a solid grip and the trigger finger mitt design accommodates all fingers in the mitt cavity for great warmth and dexterity.


Your unit can purchase the entire Outdoor Research line of products from www.ADSinc.com/Outdoor-Research.

OR Ironsight Gloves

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Outdoor Research has been known for years as a maker of Berry compliant head and hand wear. Their quality is unsurpassed but Made in USA comes with a price tag. Recently, OR decided to offer a few styles made overseas to help keep the price down. OR controls the quality and all of the samples we have seen are well made.

Based on the popularity of mechanics style gloves, one of the OR models we thought you might be interested in is the Ironsight. The Ironsight is well thought out and features a breathable synthetic leather construction combined with slip-free grip pads on the palm. The fingers and back of hand are of stretch nylon fabric with silicone grip pads on the fingertips. Finally, there is a pull loop for easy donning and doffing which can also be used as an attachment loop.

To get yours, visit

The New Wonder Twins – Massif and Gehring

Friday, August 28th, 2009

How could you call the combination of manufacturers of FR combat uniforms and the producers of specialty fabrics anything else? Yesterday, Massif Mountain Gear Company and Gehring Textiles announced that they have entered into an exclusive agreement to jointly develop and supply military forces around the world with a new generation of flame-resistant fabrics and apparel. Under the terms of the agreement, Massif will become Gehring’s exclusive customer for new flame-resistant fabrics developed by Gehring, or jointly by Gehring and Massif, for apparel, headwear and gloves. Gehring will continue to sell certain styles in its current line of flame-resistant fabrics to existing customers. Furthermore, this agreement will extend access to these innovative fabrics to Outdoor Research who is a strategic partner with Massif.

Massif produces the Army Combat Shirt and Gehring is widely known for their fabrics including Tweave. Outdoor Research produces FR hand and head wear from fabrics supplied by Massif.