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SEATTLE, Wash. – The line between active and casual is increasingly blurred. Athletic women want technology that works in active apparel, but – for most – that can’t come at the expense of a strong style sensibility.
For Spring 2014, the Outdoor Research women’s technical sportswear line evolves with a series of new collections that make the transition between active and casual endeavors graceful and seamless.
Flyway Collection – Summertime temperatures require light, airy fabrics and just the right combination of performance and design for easy transitions from trail to tailgate or dinner. Consisting of a tank, dress, zip hoody, long-sleeve and short-sleeve shirt, the women’s Flyway Collection pulls off this delicate balancing act by using a unique space-dyed drirelease cotton fabric that blends a multi-tonal look for visual appeal with the performance of synthetic and the feel of cotton. The result is a performance-oriented collection that works for everything from trail running and hiking to rock climbing or adventure travel, but crosses over readily to any kind of more casual use. The drirelease cotton fabric is 85 percent polyester and 15 percent cotton, which means you get the feel and drape of an exceptionally soft cotton but the wicking and quick-drying benefits of a synthetic fabric. Flattering women’s specific cuts and style lines were developed by the Outdoor Research women’s design team with extensive input from OR’s female athlete ambassadors. The tank and dress feature a unique criss-cross backstrap constructed of two different loops. Tonal color options include adobe, orchid, alpine lake and pewter. $49-$79.
Mystic Collection – The Mystic Tank, Short-Sleeve Shirt and Long-Sleeve shirt combine graceful but understated style lines with a cotton slub fabric, which offers both a visually interesting textured look and helps manage moisture thanks to its drirelease cotton. The drirelease fabric, which is 85 percent polyester and 15 percent cotton, melds the technical moisture-management properties of synthetics with the drape and feel of soft cotton. The tank features criss-cross design back straps that allow you to adjust coverage on the front, a long silhouette that hits at the hips, and a comfortable internal bra. The shirts feature a crossover V neck with a contrasting gusset. Color options include orchid, alpine lake and pewter. $49-$59.
Andromeda Capri and Pant – Built for all-day comfort with full-stretch performance, the Andromeda Capri and Pant were built with input from some of the strongest rock-climbing athletes at Outdoor Research – including Beth Rodden – to combine superb athletic function with head-turning style. A cross-over waist band, stitching and panels in exactly the right places, and cotton-spandex fabric provide excellent mobility for reachy moves on the rock or a pre-climbing yoga session. A zippered thigh pocket is oriented in just the right way to be accessible. $60-$65.
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.