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Outdoor Research Infiltrator Waterproof Jacket | Review

Outdoor Research manufactures, without a doubt, some of the finest textile products in the outdoor industry. The Seattle-based company has mainly built its  brand around the climbing, mountaineering and exploring community; and is now gradually increasing traction also in  the tactical-military apparel market.

In the past OR, has manufactured gloves, beanies, hats, bivies and other products specifically oriented for the tactical industry. At SHOT Show 2017 we have covered the launch of a new line of tactical apparel(LINK), designed to be extremely versatile thanks to a modular layering system.

The first garment that has been released is the outer hard shell, the Infiltrator jacket.
Compared to a PCU (or Protective Combat Uniform) the Infiltrator jacket would be a level 6, which consists in a non-insulated hard-shell garment. In a PCU system the level 6 jacket and/or pant should be worn both with and without insulation underneath as it is designed to provide water protection both in warm and cold environments, as well as during both dynamic and static activities.

As we all know, insulation and warmth come at the expense of size and bulkiness, and therefore there is an issue with the mobility of the user, since traditional hard-shell fabric don’t provide any elasticity.

The revolutionary feature of Outdoor Research Infiltrator jacket is the GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology, which is designed to solve the previously mentioned issues.

There are two specific advantaged related to the elasticity that we have experienced in the testing process: unaffected agility and ability to comfortably add layers underneath.

Unrestricted freedom of movement during high performance activities or gestures related to weapon manipulation. The GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology panels are strategically placed in high mobile areas of the body, such as the inner-arm/ armpit as well as back / lats. These key points need to anatomically be free to expand in order provide enough liberty of movement.

Usually it is possible to feel a slight impeded movement when doing ready-up drills when wearing standard waterproof jacket; if you don’t, chances are that the garment fits loosely (which may be good for mobility but not as good for bulkiness).

With the Infiltrator, those key areas are well stretched and shooting with the jacked feels the same as shooting without, which in our opinion is the ultimate goal for a “tactical” garment manufacturer.

Ability to layer even with a very athletic fit.

The strategically placed stretch fabric panels provide a close fit in warm climates in which the jacket is worn without insulated layers underneath. At the same time, the fabric can stretch and expand to accommodate voluminous insulation layers in colder environments.

Clearly visible the tension within the stretch fabric when assuming the prone position.

We appreciate the athletic cut of the Outdoor Research products; it is one of the features that differentiate their products from standard “military” manufacturers.

The background in the alpine, climbing, mountaineering and high-performance outdoor markets has brought a great level of know-how on their drawing board when designing a new tactical apparel line that would render the user’s movements as efficient as possible; we have, in fact, experienced negligible restriction of movement.

Freedom of movement, lightweight, pack-ability and durability of textiles are features that have been improving the “tactical” apparel segment and have originated within the performance-based outdoor community.

The streamlined design of the Infiltrator jacket provides higher comfort when wearing plate carriers, chest rigs or even backpacks, especially in dynamic environments.

The two areas in which we applied thoroughly testing were the sections considered to be under the most pressure when wearing a plate carrier, a backpack or a chest rig: the yoke and the shoulders.

The presence of a stretch panel in the cervical area of the neck provides a high degree of comfort and, in conjunction with the other stretch panels, keeps the yoke and shoulder areas wrinkle free under the weight of equipment. Under heavy rain, the fabric has kept waterproofing also in the areas in which pressure was directly applied.

QUICK-DRYING

As with all GORE-TEX® hard shell textiles, in warm and humid climates, the fabric has difficulty expelling moisture and heat from the inside of the garment. Therefore, we believe that quick drying is a mission essential feature that both the GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology and the “standard” all-weather GORE-TEX® Military fabric are equipped with.

HOOD

The hood was designed with a high degree of versatility in mind. It allows the user to comfortably cover the head when wearing a helmet as well as without headgear.

The “Halo-Hood” consists of a draw cord that runs the whole circumference of the head for precise adjustments and can be controlled via a cord-lock located in the occipital area of the head. The cord is enclosed in a mesh compartment sewn inside the hood, in our opinion this is a key feature if one uses tactical helmets that, equipped with lights and rails, may be caught by the hood itself.

The “Halo-Hood” provides extremely important adjustability especially if a helmet is not worn, due to the larger size of the hood in order to accommodate most helmets.

With or without headgear, the adjustments allow the user to closely secure the hood to the head; and because of the stretch panel located in the cervical area of the neck there is a large freedom movement (extension/flexion, lateral bend and especially rotation).

Vertical adjustment is provided by symmetrical draw cords accessible from the front that cinch down the hood from the temple area and are secured by cord-locks.

The helmet worn in the photos is an OpsCore helmet equipped with two S&S Precision V-Lites, a CORE Survival Helstar 6, a Princeton Tec Charge MPLS, a Princeton Tec Remix MPLS and a Oakley SI Alpha Ballistic Halo™ Goggle.

The hood provides protection to the elements even with this equipment mounted. We believe that all “tactical” oriented hard-shell should have such a feature-rich helmet.

SIDES and ARMPIT

The side of the jacket features a panel of GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology that runs from the armpit all the way to the waistline; this section mostly allows the jacket to expand when worn on top of other insulated layers. The armpit has a no-seam construction and is not equipped with vent zippers, which could become uncomfortable after wearing with backpack straps and rifle slings for a prolonged period of time.

In order to cool down the user can open two symmetrical side vents located at the 4 and 8 o’clock positions. The two YKK® AquaGuard® Vislon zippers can  be opened from the bottom, exposing the belt area or from the top, retaining a higher degree of protection from the elements with the internal storm-flap while cooling down.

The side vents can also be used to access holsters or belt mounted equipment. Shown in the photo below is a Safariland ALS holster with low-ride belt attachment.

POCKETS

The jacket features two capacious symmetrical front pocket (160 x 300 mm) that can be accessed via AquaGuard® zippers. The opening of the pockets is placed high enough in order to not interfere with harnesses or belt straps of backpacks.

The inner part of the pocket is built with a mesh fabric in order to allow the pocket to be used of venting, giving the user two different techniques for cooling down.

The materials used are undoubtedly innovative and, in our opinion, are truly going to raise the industry standard. Overall the Infiltrator jacket has been utilized for rucks, runs, hikes and for shooting and it does not show any sign of wear.

The equilibrium among freedom of movement, lightweight, durability, breathability, climatic adaptability and overall waterproofness truly render the Outdoor Research Infiltrator jacket a unique piece on the market and a must have in any environment.

The Infiltrator jacket is available both in Berry-Compliant and non Berry-Compliant version in Multicam, Coyote and Mas Grey.

For more information on the Outdoor Research Infiltrator Jacket please visit: Outdoor Research Tactical

 

 

Outdoor Research | New Line of Apparel

2017 Outdoor Research Tactical Apparel

The Seattle based company has delivered technical apparel to the outdoor and mountaineering community since 1981; with this experience Outdoor Research has made the decision of entering the high-end tactical modular apparel segment of the market with the 2017 line.
The close relationship with highly experienced users within the special forces community has brought valuable feedback that was leveraged to develop products designed for high performance activities even in extreme environments. For many years Outdoor Research has designed garments with an high attention to details and materials, most of which are exceptionally innovative.

Infiltrator Jacket and Pants:

The Infiltrator jacket and pants are designed to provide the soldier with a high level of protection from the elements while allowing a high degree of flexibility and movement during performance activities with the GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology. This innovative material is lightweight and stretches while still retaining its waterproofing properties. The jacket and pants are available in Multicam, Coyote and Mas Grey (although the one showed in the picture is an early prototype without matching zipper and logo).

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Infiltrator Jacket:

  • Fully adjustable advanced combat helmet compatible Halo-Hood
  • YKK AquaGuard Vislon zippers
  • Zip hand pockets
  • Torso Flo venting
  • Internal front stormflap
  • Pocket placement above harness or pack/belt
  • Hook and Loop cuff closures
  • Elastic drawcord hem

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Infiltrator Pants:

The Infiltrator pants provide shelter from the most adversed atmospheric conditions. The side zipper allows the user to rapidly deploy them over the uniform while the lightweight GORE-TEX fabric facilitates storage when not in use. The Infiltrator pants, similarly to the jacket, uses the new GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology for better comfort and performance during high intensity activities.

Three fabric construction: GORE Military fabric (Multicam), GORE-TEX® Fabric with Stretch Technology (Coyote), SuperFabric reinforcement panels (Multicam).

  • Articulated knees
  • Side zips
  • YKK AquaGuard zippers
  • Internal loops for instep lace

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Colossus Parka

The Colossus Parka is a water resistant and wind resistant insulated outer layer designed to be used in adverse climates, even during stationary activities. The down-like PrimaLoft Gold provides a high degree of insulation while keeping the overall volume and footprint of the garment suitable for tactical activities.

  • Staggered insulation to prevent cold spots
  • Draft tube around face and neck
  • Two internal Shove-It™ pockets
  • Zip chest pocket and zip hand pockets
  • Internal front stormflap
  • Integrated hood cordlocks
  • Brushed tricot-lined collar and back of hand inside pockets

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Tradecraft Jacket, Vest and Pants

The Tradecraft line is a PrimaLoft Gold standalone/mid-layer garment designed to provide insulation without the bulkiness of fleece and the weather vulnerability of down. Jacket, vest and pants are water-resistant and wind-resistant.

Tradecraft Jacket:

  • Zip chest pocket
  • Zip hand pockets
  • Internal fron stormflap
  • Brushed tricot-lined collar

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Tradecraft Vest:

  • Zip chest pocket
  • Zip hand pocket
  • Hybrid-mapped construction
  • Internal front stormflap
  • Brushed-lined collar

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Tradecraft Pants:

  • Separating side zippers
  • Zip hand pockets
  • Zipper fly
  • Stretch gusset in the crotch
  • Articulated knees
  • Elastic back waistband

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Obsidian Hooded Jacket and Pants:

With the Obsidian line Outdoor Research aims at bringing to the market one of the most versatile combination of softshell jacket and pants. The use of high-tech fabrics and materials such as the SuperFabric and the Tweave fabric provides flexibility, breathability and toughness to the Obsidian. The water-resistant, wind-resistant, and abrasion-resistant properties are just the foundations of this new operator-ready garment.

Obsidian Jacket:

  • Reinforced SuperFabric panes on inside of forearms
  • Hybrid Stretch panels on the hood and under the arm
  • Helmet compatible Halo-Hood
  • Zip hand pockets
  • YKK DWR treated zippers
  • Integrated hood cordlocks

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Obsidian Pants:

  • Reinforced SuperFabric seat area
  • Front slash pocket
  • Glued and stitched zip thigh pocket
  • Zipper back pocket
  • Brushed Tricot waistband
  • Hook and loop closure over button fly

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Prevail Hooded Jacket

Designed to provide shelter from wind and light rain under high-performance activities in which is also required a high degree of movement and perspiration. This extremely lightweight jacket (only 5.4 oz. / 152g) is water-resistant and wind-resistant while still maintaining its breathable and quick-drying properties.

  • Adjustable hood
  • Zippered chest pocket
  • Single-separating front zipper
  • Internal thumb loops
  • Low-Pro Binding cuffs and hood
  • Elastic drawcord hem

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Foundation Line

The foundation line is the layer closest to the body. Its purpose is to be keep the skin dry by moving the moisture away from the body while still retain heat, especially in colder environments. Outdoor Research includes 4 pieces in this line, two tops and two bottoms.

  • Wool-Poly blend
  • Inherently Antimicrobial
  • Quick-Drying
  • Moisture-Wicking
  • Breathable
  • Lighweight

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