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Outdoor Research Ski Jackets and Pants

Outdoor Research Ski Jackets and Pants for 2011-2012

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Since its founding in the early 80's by physicist and dedicated mountaineer Ron Gregg, Outdoor Research (OR) has been on the cutting edge of 'creating practical, functional tools and solutions to the problems faced by outdoor enthusiasts in the backcountry.'

With a hands on-knowledge of what worked or could fail with disastrous consequences in the backcountry Gregg made what he knew was needed and would stand up to the elements. From the insulated X-Gaiter™, to the non-freezing Water Bottle Parka®, to The Seattle Sombrero™, the most popular Gore-Tex hat on the market, OR became the trusted brand for dependable accessories for outdoor enthusiasts worldwide.

Following the 2003 tragic death of Ron Gregg, OR was acquired by Dan Nordstrom, a Seattle native and outdoor enthusiast. Under Nordstrom's direction, OR continued the no compromising commitment to excellence that is the cornerstone of Outdoor Research's success and expanded it into a full line of men’s and women’s apparel.

Guaranteeing that commitment to excellence, the 'Lab Rat' program was implemented, whereby feedback from customers is sought and directed into the R&D of the company products. Check out how you can become an OR Lab Rat.

Here's what the crew at OR has to say about what's new and exciting in the 2011-2012 line of ski jackets and pants:

"For Fall 2011, Outdoor Research introduces its broadest ski apparel collection yet, with 27 different styles of men's and women's outerwear and gloves built specifically for skiing.

The Igneo Jacket and Pant, each available in men's and women's styles, offers exception performance with a price tag that still keeps costs in check.

The Igneo offers a waterproof/breathable Pertex Shield exterior melded with lightweight synthetic insulation inside, so it offers both weather protection and warmth for the slopes. It offers a relaxed, modern cut for skiing in bounds at the resort or in the adjacent sidecountry."

Remember also, although you'll probably never need it - OR’s Infinite Guarantee™ - if, at anytime, any OR product fails to meet your needs, you can exchange or return it.

Following is some information on a selection of ski jackets and pants from the Outdoor Research 2011-2012 collection. Read more about these and all the OR lineup of clothing and gear.

Outdoor Research Men's Igneo Jacket

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With the synthetic, lightweight EnduraLoft™ insulation and the waterproof and breathable outer Pertex® Shield fabric the Igneo makes for comfortable skiing on both cold bluebird days and days when it's snowing and blowing. The helmet fitted hood and mesh powder skirt both zip off and there are two handwarmer pockets, an inner lift pass pocket and an inner chest pocket behind the napoleon outer pocket fitted with a media port.

Colors: Black, Avocado, Glacier, Patrol Red, Pewter
Sizes: S,M,L,XL,XXL

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Outdoor Research Men's Igneo Pants

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The two layer waterproof and breathable Pertex Shield outer fabric on the Igneo Pants provides a waterproof yet breathable protection in all types of snow while the targeted EnduraLoft™ insulation provides warmth for the seat and knees. The internal mesh gaiters keep deep snow out of boots and inner thigh vents are there to loose the excess body heat. Leave it to OR to add an integrated RECCO® reflector and a beacon pocket for always knowing where your transceiver is. You get a sidecountry ready pant and they are nicely priced.

Colors: Pewter, Avocado, Black
Sizes: S,M,L,XL,XXL

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Outdoor Research Men's Stormbound Jacket

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The Stormbound jacket is what it says - if your bound to ski in a howling and blowing storm this is the jacket for you. Outside is a two layer Waterproof and breathable 40D Pertex® Shield ripstop fabric protecting the 650 fill down insulation in the body and 60g of EnduraLoft™ synthetic below the powder skirt and in the collar. The removable helmet compatible hood also gets filled with the 650 down. Fully taped seams and water-resistant zippers with a double separating front zipper keep the snow and water out.

My favorite add-on with the Stormbound was brought to my attention in a OR video with OR consultant and Stormbound jacket fan, Mike Hattrup. Mike and I wear the same hairstyle so when he showed the Stormbound's zip-out Thermodynamic™ balaclava for under helmet protection from the elements and the balaclava's internal tuck-away pocket I knew this jacket is meant for heavy duty, storm bound skiing.

Colors: Diablo, Black, True Blue
Sizes: XS,S,M,L,XL

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Outdoor Research Women's Igneo Jacket

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Designed with a relaxed sidecountry fit allowing for inner layering, the Women's Igneo Jacket comes with the same features as the Men's - zip off helmet fitted hood and mesh powder skirt; two handwarmer pockets; an inner lift pass and an inner chest pocket and the napoleon pocket with media port. The synthetic, lightweight EnduraLoft™ insulation and the waterproof and breathable outer Pertex® Shield fabric provide warmth and keep out the snow.

Colors: Black, Berry, Neptune, Salsa, Turquoise
Sizes: XS,S,M,L,XL

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Outdoor Research Women's Igneo Pants

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The Igneo women's pants carries all the features of the men's issue and with a relaxed fit, articulated knees and belted waist. Warm and easily ventilated with fully taped seams, the Igneo has two zippered hand pockets - one with beacon pocket with key-clip attachment. Available in a cool plum color - OR function finds a bit of fashion in the sidecountry without any pretension and ready to shred.

Colors: Plum, Black, Pewter
Sizes: XS,S,M,L,XL

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Outdoor Research Size Guide

Always check a size guide before ordering especially when half sizes are involved. Here's OR's guide for apparel, headwear, handwear and gaiters.

Ski Clothing Guide

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Your ski clothing has a bigger impact on your ski day than you might think. After all, skiing in ill-fitting ski clothes is not only extremely uncomfortable, but it can hinder your performance, too. Here's more information on finding ski clothes that will keep you warm, but let you move freely, too.
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