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Outdoor Research: Our Story

In 1981, a brilliant scientist and adventurer named Ron Gregg watched his frostbitten partner get airlifted off a glacier on Denali. He'd spent months planning a new route in the purest style, skiing 100 miles from the road to the base of the climb. Barely halfway to the summit, their trip ended with the failure of a simple pair of gaiters. Stubborn to the end, Ron refused a seat on the helicopter and descended alone for two weeks, pondering what had happened. Somewhere along the way he realized he could both fix the gear problem and devote his life to pursuing his passion for adventure. By the end, he knew one thing for sure: He wasn't going back to his old job.

The Cathode Jacket

The Cathode Hooded Jacket is the first insulated jacket that climbs as well as it belays. The Cathode features Schoeller® underarm side panels that stretch and breathe through crux moves, and water-resistant PrimaLoft® One insulation that keeps you warm during brisk dawn patrols and stormy afternoons. Built with a super-lightweight Pertex® Quantum outer, the hybrid construction of the Cathode makes it an ideal choice for action in cold, wet alpine environments where lightweight, breathable warmth is critical.

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The Axiom Jacket

Fast-and-light alpine climbs and backcountry ski tours call for the Outdoor Research Men's Axiom Jacket. Its three-layer Gore-Tex Active shell guarantees waterproof protection in a more breathable package for truly active endeavors, and fully taped seams enhance waterproofing by preventing snowflakes and raindrops from seeping through.

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