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Helium Bivy

rated 4 of 5 stars Spacious lightweight bivy, waterproof, and breathable with minimal condensation issues. I have spent almost two weeks in the Outdoor Research Helium Bivy and found it to be pretty acceptable for my use. I bought it from Massdrop for $148.07, and when received, tried it out on my back lawn without turning off the early morning sprinklers. I slept comfortably all night and did not get wet from the sprinklers, which were on for 20 minutes.  More recently, I took the bivy on an almost two-week trip… Full review

Helios Sun Hat

rated 5 of 5 stars Makes me look like a mature fisherman. I forget I'm wearing it. I've worn billed baseball type caps for decades and thought I'd try something different. This looked like it was worth a try and it is now my favorite hat. If it's not on my head, then it's hanging on my bedpost. Super light and packable fisherman style crush hat for great shade from the sun. I checked OR's fit guide and measured the circumference of my head to get a perfect fit. I don't cinch the headband drawstring, but find that… Full review

Transcendent Hoody

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Not the lightest, not the warmest, but thoughtful features and the kind of durability that makes this a great hiking/backpacking companion for a great price. At the time of this writing we're just heading in to summer—THE best time of year to start shopping for a new down puffy. The sales are out there if you don't absolutely need the latest colors. If you're searching, and want a great performer without breaking the bank, the OR Transcendent Hoody is definitely one to take a look at. If you know… Full review

Advanced Bivy

rated 5 of 5 stars Great bivy sack! I own the OR Advanced Bivy, which I purchased at REI in 2003. I LOVE it!  It came with me on a four-week backpack of the Hotsprings Trail in Central Idaho (Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness). On this trip, I used it inside the REI Quarter Dome for a few more degrees of temperature warmth, and rolled the whole shebang up (plain blue foam sleep pad, 0 degree bag, bivy), and strapped it to the bottom of the pack inside a black plastic bag. It really helped keep this girl… Full review

ActiveIce Chroma Sun Gloves

rated 4 of 5 stars Sun protection for hands, with reinforced palms. I got these gloves after trying out the regular OR ActiveIce Spectrum sun gloves, finding them very good at their intended purpose as an alternative to applying sunblock to protect busy hands from harsh sun. However, I wondered about their durability with heavy use. This Chroma model improves on that score with reinforced palms, and stretch-adjustable wrist straps. These features help with grip/stability (and hopefully wear) when using tools like… Full review

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Outdoor Research Coverage in the Trailspace Blog

One-Piece Jacket, Dial-a-Headlamp, Electrifying Gloves: OR Day 3
A jacket made from one sheet of North Face waterproof-breathable fabric, a Princeton Tec headlamp that switches modes with a dial, and new Outdoor Research gloves that include electric heat. Join us for Day 3 of Outdoor Retailer. Read more
January 25, 2014

A $2K Tent, Self-Motivated Headlamp, More Gear News
A $2,000 Cuben tent from Easton, a headlamp with "optic motility" from Snow Peak, plus final gear highlights from brands exhibiting at summer Outdoor Retailer. Read more
August 4, 2013

Outdoor Retailer's Softer Side: New Apparel Lines, Triple Crown Buffs, Footwear
We take a first look at some softgoods that caught our eye at Outdoor Retailer, including new apparel from La Sportiva, The North Face, and Outdoor Research, Trailblazer long trail Buffs, and footwear from Vasque, Timberland, and Columbia. Read more
January 22, 2012

Outdoor Retailer Gear Preview: Warm and Dry Apparel
In our final Outdoor Retailer gear preview we highlight insulation and outerwear. Expect even more puffy jackets, plus down and wool insulation and mid and outer layers in the backcountry, and around town. Read more
January 16, 2012

What Would Santa Wear?
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December 22, 2011

Outdoor Retailer: Clothing highlights from head to toe
Judging by the quantity and variety of technical apparel shown at Outdoor Retailer last week, no outdoorsperson should complain that he or she can't find something appropriate to wear for their favorite backcountry activity. Here are a few clothing highlights, from head to toe, culled from the masses of wool, down, softshell, and other fabrics on display. Read more
January 25, 2011

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