NEWS FOR December 2011
Case in point: Outdoor Researchâ€™s Sensor Gloves ($65).These stretchy, lightweight gloves (pictured, right) let you use your touch-screen phone or MP3 playerâ€”without exposing your bare fingers to icy wind and snow.
Outdoor Research is a company better known for its commercial outdoor gear than it is for Military contracts, but that doesnâ€™t change their use of cold weather outerwear making appearances in the right Military circles. The Outdoor Research FR Swoop Mitt Shell is an example of one of those products which fits a certain niche.
What do plotting a waypoint, dropping incendiaries on an Angry Bird, spinning through your playlist, snapping a photo, and tweeting deep thoughts from the chair lift have in common? They each require removing your gloves to tap or swipe your phoneâ€™s touchscreen with your bare finger. No more.
It's nearly impossible to operate a smart phone on the slopes while wearing ski gloves, but the fingers of the Ambit use Touch Tec leather, a nanotechnology that makes it so that the material will engage a touch screen just as adroitly as if it were bare skin.
The Transcendent Beanie, Sensor Gloves and Alti Mitts are featured in Cottage Life Magazine's piece, "Baby, it's cold outside."
They say that putting on a hat warms your feet. If so, you better loosen your laces before snuggling into this toque - or risk seriously sweaty dogs. The Transcendent is a down jacket for your head - the light-weight, windproof nylon shell is stuffed with 650-fill feathers. It's so warm that we don't care that it looks like a beehive.
OR designed the relaxed-fitting Trailbreaker pant to keep you cool on high-output days. The Trailbreaker cleverly incorporates two fabrics--four-way stretch uppers for breathability and mobility, and highly water-resistant lowers for, well, breaking trail. This bargain pant is riddled with handy features, too.
Gripped Magazine review of the Warrant Gloves: This minimalist, technical climbing glove delivers surprising warmth without compromising the dexterity required on modern M-routes. The waterproof/breathable Gore-Tex insert ensures hands stay dry while the stretchy softshell fabric provides a secure low-bulk fit. For a solid grip on tools and quickdraws, Outdoor Research uses high-quality Pittards leather for the palms. This is an excellent glove for mild weather mixed climbing.
The Lodestar Jacket, Vanguard Pants and Luminary Gloves are featured and reviewed in Outdoor USA Magazine
The Maestro Jacket is featured in the Urban Climber Table of Contents in January 2012.
This jacket is a furnace--wearing it is like living in a sleeping bag, said one of our testers. A thoughtfully designed pocket system for warming your kicks while waiting to climb had another tester signing its praises, and the burly zipper was a stellar feature.
The Alpine Alibi II Gloves and Alibi Pants are reviewed in Outdoor USA Magazine
Folks who spend a lot of time in the mountains seem to like the soft shell pants. They're comfy, move and breathe well, and are easy to layer underneath, or if need be, throw a hard shell over if it starts to get wet. The Trailbreaker pant has taken the design to the logical level, and has combined the best of both- a hard and soft shell.
The Ambit Gloves appeared on December 16, 2011 on Wake Up with Al, the Al Roker morning weather show on the Weather Channel. Matt Mazzucchi of MadeMan.com showed Mr. Roker the "smartest new gear" including the Ambit Gloves:
If you are a rock climber, this is <em>the</em> puffy jacket to get," one tester claimed, thanks to the climbing-specific features. "This jacket has the best designed pockets of any down jacket on the market, bar none!"
The Highcamp Gloves are featured in Boy's Life Skiing and Snowboarding Gear Guide:
No matter the destination or pursuit, thereâ€™s one unpredictable constant that entwines throughout the spirit of adventure â€” the ever-changing natural elements. Rather than limiting your lifestyle or altering your approach, weâ€™ve compiled this list of 10 critical items that belong in your outdoor gear arsenal. Some you may be familiar with, some you may not be, but weâ€™ve gone hands-on with all of them and theyâ€™ve managed to strike a chord. Theyâ€™ll also make one heck of an impression for the adventurer or outdoor enthusiast on your holiday gift list.
Vermont Sports Magazine features 3 Outdoor Research products in their Holiday Gift Guide: The Vert Gloves, Igneo Pants and Trailbreaker Pants
ORâ€™s Radiant fleece excels at moving moisture, which makes it the superb choice for a collection of beanies aimed at aerobic pursuits. This simple but extremely effective piece comes in three variations, the standard Radiant, the Radiant Graphic, and the womenâ€™s Radiant Graphic.