In 1981, adventurer and scientist Ron Gregg witnessed his frostbitten climbing partner get airlifted off Denali glacier. Shook by the incident and driven to design clothing to improve safety, Gregg decided to start a company built around reaching an unreachable summit. As a hiking and climbing enthusiast, Gregg knew where to begin. Outdoor Research was founded on the principles of urging avid enthusiasts to get out and explore with gear tailored to their pursuit. With the company’s roots in mountaineering, hiking, and climbing, OR crafts a series of collections for tactical adventures. Their Helium II rain jacket is known as one of the lightest and most-packable protective shells for hikers. From bucket hats for fishing to softshell jackets and gloves for ski touring, Outdoor Research is at the forefront of design for life near the treeline.