Outdoor Research® Introduces New Sidecountry Line

Feature-rich Styles Deliver Comfort and Performance to Skiers and Riders Exploring Untracked Terrain Beyond Resort Ropelines
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Outdoor Research, manufacturer of functional solutions for human powered adventure, unveiled its Fall 2010 men’s and women’s apparel collections with an innovative new Sidecountry line of ten shells and pants.

As more ski resorts open their boundaries, more skiers and riders are exploring the sidecountry, the terrain beyond the ropeline, immediately accessible from a resort, which can be a playground for exploring new lines in fresh snow. The Outdoor Research Sidecountry line was created for this evolving group of snow adventurers.

“Outdoor Research’s core customers love the sense of freedom, movement and untracked backcountry bliss earned by a little sweat and human power,” said Dan Nordstrom, president and CEO of Outdoor Research. “We designed the Sidecountry line for out-of-bounds skiers and riders who are looking for the same sense of reward. The difference is they begin their human powered adventure with a little mechanized help. For this hybrid approach to their adventure, OR delivers a perfect blend of fit, function, movement, and style.”

The OR product team thoughtfully designed and chose materials for the Sidecountry line to cover a wide range of snow conditions and exertion levels to deliver comfort and performance. Starting with the cold morning lift ride, strategically placed insulation in both the jackets and pants provide comfort and warmth in key areas like the back, shoulders, seat, and knees, while minimizing weight and bulk. After a few fast runs inbounds, the high-output venting controls the heat from a bootpack or brief skin to the top of a line.

The relaxed fit allows for easy movement on the descent, whether making high-speed powder turns or going ‘big’ off natural feature. RECCO® locaters in each garment add to the margin of safety by enabling the use of technology available in most ski areas. Finishing touches like stash pockets for skins, gloves, goggles, media devices, and lift tickets complete the Sidecountry line from OR.

Nordstrom added, “This is another example of how OR designs sport specific gear to help our customers discover new adventures, environments and uncover new parts of themselves along the way.”

The Men’s Sidecountry line includes four shells, StormBound Jacket, Axcess Jacket, Boundless Jacket and Igneo Jacket; and two pants, Axcess Pants and Igneo Pants. The Women’s line has three shells: StormBound Jacket, Axcess Jacket, and Igneo Jacket; and one pant, the Igneo Pants.

Here are descriptions of the pinnacle pieces of the Sidecountry apparel collection:

StormBound Jacket

The first of the new Sidecountry styles is the StormBound Jacket, made for both men and women. The warmest in the Sidecountry line, this waterproof yet breathable shell is insulated for the lift, with backcountry functionality and body-heat regulation for out of bound exploration.

o Waterproof/breathable 2-layer 40D Pertex® Shield ripstop fabric

o 650 fill down insulation in hood and body

o Integrated RECCO ® reflector on left shoulder

o Fully seam taped, water-resistant zippers, double sliding front zipper

o Zip-off, dual-pull adjustable hood fits over helmet, zip-out Thermodynamic™ balaclava with internal tuck-away pocket

o High collar with drawcord adjustment

o Double-sliding pit zippers for ventilation

o Nylon/spandex-knit mesh powder skirt with gripper elastic

o Zippered napoleon pocket with media port and tricot-lined hand pockets

o Two large, inner Shove-It™ pockets

o Inner lift pass pocket with drawcord key-clip attachment

o Hook/loop cuff closures

o Dual drawcord hem adjustments

o Price: $399


Boundless Jacket

Also part of the new Sidecountry line but available just for men, this durable three-layer shell features an adjustable hood and body-mapped lining for light warmth where it’s needed most.

o Durable, waterproof/breathable three-layer 70D Pertex Shield®

o Bonded, body-mapped, brushed tricot lining

o Integrated RECCO® reflector on left shoulder

o Fully seam taped

o Dual-pull adjustable hood

o Brushed tricot collar with drawcord adjustment

o Double-sliding front zipper with external stormflap, water-resistant pocket zippers

o CrossFlo™ chest-to-hip zippers for ventilation and inner pocket access

o Zippered napoleon pocket with media port, internal chest pocket and two handwarmer pockets, inner pocket with drawcord key-clip attachment for lift pass

o Zip-out nylon/spandex-knit mesh powder skirt with gripper elastic

o Price: $285


Axcess Jacket

Fully-featured, waterproof and lightly insulated Sidecountry shell with a relaxed cut fends off the wettest, fresh-falling snow in moderate to extreme conditions. It is included in both the men’s and women’s collections.

o Waterproof/breathable two-layer 70D GORE-TEX® Performance fabric; reversed tricot lining

o EnduraLoft™ insulation; 60g front and arms and 40g back and under arms

o Integrated RECCO® reflector on left shoulder

o Fully seam taped, water-resistant zippers; double sliding front zipper

o Dual-pull adjustable hood fits over a helmet

o Zip-out Thermodynamic™ balaclava with internal tuck-away pocket

o Brushed tricot collar with drawcord adjustment

o CrossFlo™ chest-to-hip zippers for ventilation and inner pocket access

o Nylon/spandex-knit mesh powder skirt with gripper elastic

o Zippered napoleon pocket with media port and tricot lined hand pockets, two large, inner Shove-It™ pockets, inner lift pass pocket with drawcord key-clip attachment

o Dual-drawcord hem adjustments

o Price: $365

Axcess Pants

Paired with the Axcess Jacket, these two-layer waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX® pants with taped seams and water-resistant zippers provide protection and warmth even the wet conditions. The Axcess pants are part of the Sidecountry men’s collection.

o Waterproof/breathable two-layer 70D GORE-TEX® Performance fabric; reversed tricot lined upper legs, smooth taffeta lined lower legs

o EnduraLoft™ insulation on seat and knees

o Integrated RECCO® reflector on right leg

o Fully seam taped, water-resistant zippers

o Brushed tricot lined waist band; snap and zipper fly with adjustable elastic tabs

o Inner and outer thigh vents

o Nylon/spandex-knit mesh gaiters with gripper elastic

o Zippered hand pockets, two cargo pockets, and one back pocket

o Price: $265

About Outdoor Research

Based in Seattle WA, Outdoor Research designs and manufactures functional solutions for human powered adventure. Outdoor Research offers technically innovative and superior Apparel, Headwear, Handwear, Gaiters, Storage and Shelter Systems. Product testing and high-quality construction is backed up with OR’s Infinite Guarantee®. Outdoor Research enthusiastically supports the outstanding conservation, access, and educational efforts of a variety of organizations and encourages our customers to do the same.

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