SEATTLE, Wash. – Whether it’s a 6-mile run out the back door, a 50-mile Ultra or simply spending all day getting in and out of the high peaks, high-exertion activities are staple for Outdoor Research employees and customers alike. That’s what HighEx™ is all about.
In Spring 2013, Outdoor Research introduced its HighEx™apparel line as a way to underscore its growing commitment to apparel, gloves, headwear and accessories in this category. In many ways, the hallmark of good endurance gear is that you don’t notice it when you’re deep into the 12-hour day. It transports moisture, provides sun protection, resists odor, and doesn’t chafe – effectively becoming a second skin that doesn’t call attention to itself so that you can concentrate on the job at hand.
For Spring 2014, the brand continues evolving its HighEx™ line with new tops, shorts and gloves for male and female endurance athletes.
Ignitor Tee – A versatile, lightweight technical tee is a core building block of summer fun – the kind of shirt you grab nine times out of ten for a multitude of different warm-weather sports. The newest addition to this Outdoor Research family starts with a wicking, quick-drying 100-percent heathered polyester fabric that has good body and drape without being heavy. Then add in UPF 15 sun protection, polygiene treatment to keep odor at bay, two-tone flat-lock seams that won’t chafe, reflective trim and logos for subtle-yet-well-placed visibility, and a hip pocket that accommodates an MP3 player, and the result is just the right combo of features. The Ignitor Tee is available in short-sleeve and long-sleeve versions so you can choose your level of sun and weather protection, and also available in men’s and women’s specific styles. $49 and $59.
Men’s Turbine Shorts – A two-in-one short that features an integrated spandex boxer-brief, the men’s Turbine Shorts are a go-anywhere, do-anything piece that are as home hiking into the alpine as they are heading to the gym on a bad-weather day. Made with a polyester/spandex fabric, the 5-ounce Turbine wicks moisture, dries quickly, provides UPF 50 sun protection, and has excellent stretch for mobility. Finer points include subtle reflective trim and logos, a 7-inch inseam, and a zippered back pocket and an elastic waist with a drawcord. $59.
Women’s Turbine Shorts – Designed as a go-anywhere, do-anything short, the women’s Turbine Shorts share that concept with the men’s shorts of the same name, but the parallels stop there. Outdoor Research’s women designers went to work on a flattering, exceptionally well-fitting women’s specific design that’s game for trail running, an all-day trip into the mountains, or perhaps a weather-day visit to the gym. Made with a polyester/spandex fabric, the 3.6-ounce women’s Turbine wicks moisture, dries quickly, provides UPF 50 sun protection and has excellent stretch for mobility. Finer points include subtle reflective trim and logos, a stretch mesh inner brief, a 4.5-inch inseam, a zippered back pocket and an elastic waist with a drawcord. $49.
Men’s Scorcher Shorts – Whether you’re out for a quick trail run over lunch or sprinting up a 13,000-foot peak, the 4.7-ounce Scorcher Shorts are at home for everything from ultras to training. Made out of a wicking, quick-drying polyester fabric with UPF 50 sun protection, they feature an internal stretch mesh inner brief, subtle reflective trims and logos for visibility, a zippered back pocket and an elastic waist with a drawcord. Everything you need to move fast. Just add momentum. $49.
Hot Pursuit Convertible Running Gloves – As the name implies, these highly adjustable gloves allow customization when the day starts out cold and gives way to bluebird, or when the unexpected is what’s expected. Built for versatility, the Hot Pursuit Convertible Running Gloves offer full wind and weather resistance with a protective nylon ripstop lobster claw overmitt that covers the glove’s quick-drying fleece fingers. As temperatures climb or weather backs off, tuck the shell away cleanly in a low-profile wrist pocket. Details include touchscreen compatibility on the first finger and thumb, a nose wipe on the side of the thumb, radiant fleece on the palm and back of hand, and a reflective logo for visibility. $35.
Speed Sensor Gloves – Combine breathable, wicking polyester fabric, a touchscreen compatible fingertip and thumb, microfleece lining, a terrycloth nose wipe on the thumb, and reflective trim and logos for safety, and you get the new Speed Sensor Gloves. Everything you need on a quick morning run – and nothing you don’t. $29.
Hot Pursuit Convertible Wrist Warmers – When you need to safeguard your fingers in the early morning but know the weather will soon be warming, reach for the Hot Pursuit Convertible Wrist Warmers. A open-palm radiant fleece mitt with reflective trim keeps your digits warm, and once temperatures rise, you can tick them into a wrist pocket, leaving you wearing only wrist warmers – and no need to stuff gloves into a jacket pocket. $25.
About Outdoor Research
Outdoor Research® is Designed by Adventure®. We provide Innovation and Inspiration for the Relentless Adventurer. Based in Seattle – with in-house manufacturing and prototyping capabilities at our company headquarters – Outdoor Research was founded in 1981 after a failed piece of gear on an Alaskan climbing expedition inspired ideas for a better design. Ever since that first product, the X-Gaiter, put Outdoor Research on the map, we have been dedicated to building better outdoor apparel, gloves, hats and an array of other outdoor accessories informed by real-world testing. We develop innovative, functional, bomb-proof products that are beautiful in their simplicity. Design abides by the maxim ‘make it better, not just new or different,’ and our gear is backed by our Infinite Guarantee®. We listen to, value and empower each other and our fellow adventurers – we invite input from our customers, athlete ambassadors and the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations Test Team. We’re independent, letting us strive to provide the best value to our customers, not shareholders. We are committed to our core sports: alpinism, rock and ice climbing, hiking, backpacking, paddling, trail running, and skiing and snowboarding. We’re growing, as a company and as individuals. And we’re having fun along the way.