Outdoor Research Announces Dedicated Mountain Bike Apparel Line & Athlete Line Up

Apr 3, 2024 at 11:15
by VerdeBrandCommunications  


PRESS RELEASE: Outdoor Reseach

As we launch our first dedicated mountain bike gear apparel assortment–the eight-piece Freewheel MTB Collection–we're proud to announce the addition of four freeride mountain bike athletes to our team. We are thrilled to present Georgia Astle, Bas Van Steenbergen, Tom Van Steenbergen, and Damon Iwanaga as the newest Outdoor Research Athlete Team members.

The Freewheel MTB Collection brings the technical design expertise and materials innovation leadership that has defined our brand for more than 40 years to a category that is a core activity for a large segment of our existing customer base.

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“Many of our longtime customers are already mountain bikers — it’s right there with hiking, climbing and skiing as core sports for them,” said Chris King, VP of Brand for Outdoor Research. “Combined with the fact that many riders have already been using versatile OR products like the Helium Rain Jacket, the Ferrosi Overshort and the Echo tops, pushing further into this space represents a very natural evolution for us. Georgia, Bas, Tom and Damon will be excellent ambassadors to help us show both existing and new customers what OR brings to this category.”

Georgia Astle lives and rides in Whistler, Canada and began her career with downhill and enduro racing. In recent years she has evolved into the freeride space where she continues to push the progression of the sport. Her recent wins include first at Crankworx Whistler in SCOR Air DH, third at Crankworx Innsbruck in Whip Off and second at Crankworx Rotorua in Whip Off. Astle will be competing at Crankworx Innsbruck, Poland Polska Fest Jump Jam and Crankworx Whistler this year.

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Bas van Steenbergen and Tom Van Steenbergen grew up in The Netherlands before moving to Canada as kids. Both brothers started their racing careers doing BMX before switching to mountain biking racing and then freeride. Bas focuses on World Cup and Crankworx events, where he recently had back-to-back King of Crankworx World Tour victories, while Tom is focused on events like Red Bull Rampage where he placed second last year. Tom will be competing at the Cam Zink invitational, Crankworx Whistler and Red Bull Rampage this year. Bas just finished competing at Crankworx Rotorua and will be at Crankworx Whistler later this year.

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Damon Iwanaga is currently living in Incline Village, Nev. and began his path to pro mountain biking on the motocross track before he switched to freeride mountain biking. Still competing in events, Iwanaga also spends his time volunteering in the mountain bike community through coaching, trail building and fundraising within his local community. Iwanaga is slated to compete at the upcoming Sea Otter Classic as well as TDS Enduro, Cam Zink Invitational, Crankworx Whistler and Fest Series Huckfest this year.

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The Freewheel collection brings in proven technology from our outerwear and sportswear collections, including DuraPrint®, a 3D printed overlay. DuraPrint delivers extra abrasion resistance in high-wear areas without adding weight or impeding flexibility in the fabric — a natural fit in the bike category. It also offers extended and inclusive sizing options, up to women’s 4X Plus and men’s 42. The new collection includes:

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Men’s and Women’s Freewheel Ride Shorts - built with lightweight, breathable materials and a bike-specific fit, reinforced with DuraPrint® technology for added durability. $115.

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Men’s and Women’s Freewheel Short-Sleeve & Long-Sleeve Jersey - features lightweight, breathable, UPF 30+ sun protection and a bike-specific fit. $60, $70.

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Men’s and Women’s Freewheel Half Zip Hoodie - built with breathable, bluesign approved weather-resistant materials and a bike-specific fit for riding on colder days. $179.

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Freewheel Mountain Bike Gloves - focus on breathability and grip to give the rider complete control of the mountain bike on trail rides of all skill levels. $39.

Freewheel Leather Palm Bike Gloves - constructed to be durable and abrasion-resistant with a focus on grip, cushion, and comfort for ultimate bar control while trail riding. $59.

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Freewheel 5L Hip Pack - provides a large main compartment and a long list of mountain bike-specific features for hauling bike essentials, snacks and layers for trail rides of all lengths. $85.

Images credit Outdoor Research.

Visit OutdoorResearch.com for more information.

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55 Comments
  • 60 4
 Always appreciate mtb apparel that doesn’t look like MX apparel.
  • 19 4
 Half zip jacket for riding is a non starter. Sure, if you are a “lap rider” maybe. But going out for a big day and having to take off half your gear to remove the jacket as you cook on a climb isn’t it. Full zip so you can peel as you pedal.
  • 11 1
 and Dual (two-way) zippers!
  • 8 0
 Eh, I can wrestle out of my half zip rain jacket without taking off my half shell helmet. And if I'm wearing a rain jacket, I'm probably also wearing a pack to stuff it in when the rain stops, so ditching a layer requires some reshuffling anyway.
  • 3 0
 I don't get this. Half your gear? Your helmet? Glasses/goggles? If you zip off a jacket while pedaling, are you really stuffing into your jersey rear pocket without stopping? I do that with a light vest on my road bike, but realistically who is doing this on their mt bike trails?
  • 2 0
 I can see it working great here in New England where we do not have many long climbs and a morning ride in the fall time being in the mid to upper 30'sF. Also, not every day is a big day. Actually, most rides are 1.5 hours squeezed in between work, family, life responsibilities.
  • 18 0
 Blue Steel
  • 11 0
 I do have lots of OR stuff for hiking and it's great so I am a potential customer. What I hope is that the cut is for athletes, not your average Joe. If you ride enough, you end up with a smaller waist and a bigger ass and thighs than non-riders. I often have to buy the womens version. Many of my riding buddies have the same complaint.
  • 2 0
 That is a spot on assessment, I couldn't figure out why the women's Flexpedition bibs fit so well. Now it makes sense.
  • 6 0
 Still waiting for the athletic women's version of the women's version, lol.
  • 1 0
 You'll be disappointed in the shorts then. Got a pair in size 33 which fits my waist comfortably. However despite having normal quads and ass it fits too tight for my liking
  • 2 0
 @marge88: But I bet it looks gooooo---oooo---oood!
  • 3 0
 Most riding shorts are too slim in the thigh these days if you ask me. Litmus test, if I have to put the short over the knee pad top by hand it's too slim, they should be loose enough that they fall over a knee pad top naturally..
  • 12 3
 Not having a riding pant is a miss altogether but I agree showing people riding in pants that you dont promote is a miss. I suspect they are their Ferossi pants in some form or other - I have a pair of the joggers and they do pretty well for a ride pant. The Transit pants look a lot like the shorts pictured here (but longer obviously).
  • 7 10
 I have cotton t shirts and i am happy. Have them for 10 years and still doing the job!
  • 14 0
 @RedBurn: I bet those cotton t-shirts are riding on their own after ten years.
  • 3 0
 I ride with their ferossi pant it works great, they're already a pretty skinny cuff and they have an elastic. plenty of room for knee pads tho too
  • 2 0
 A Ferrosi riding pant would be a win, I already ride in them so with some mtb specific tech they could be top of the game.
  • 2 0
 well, seeing as they just came out with this line, I'm sure there is some in the works along with more colder and wet weather garments.
  • 1 0
 @archibaldbarisol: "I bet those cotton t-shirts are riding on their own after ten years."

It's like Ratatouille, the shirts actually control the rider on trail.
  • 1 0
 @sp33dwagon: especially if they bring the long option to a bike specific version
  • 5 0
 Pants are coming in the fall Smile
  • 1 0
 Riding pant coming Fall 2024!
  • 5 1
 I use the ferossi pants for tree work all summer, dirtbike, and mtb. Probably have about 10 pairs or more now. I love how they stretch and aren’t too hot. They are durable. I can fit knee pads under them without any pedaling constriction. However, a couple years ago they took out the crotch gusset, increased the crotch length and made the phone pocket smaller. Some came with the drawstring waist, and some don’t. Completely hit or miss. I don’t like the changes. Still a good pant, but was much better a few years ago…
  • 7 2
 Two pictures have riders in pants. Where are the pants? Kind of a miss to debut an apparel line with a pictures product that isnt listed or available.
  • 3 0
 That rd gap step up looks like he's going to come up shorts.. with no pants!
  • 3 0
 I’ve had the OR shorts and jerseys for 2 weeks or so. They have great fit and feel. Typical OR for me, I’m 6’2”, 220lbs with a larger ape index and the fit is superb. So much so, I ordered another pair of shorts, and a short sleeve jersey.
Also, they have leather palm gloves! Yeah, my palms are dyed a little more brown right now, but it washes off…
  • 1 0
 What size did you go with for top and bottoms?
  • 2 0
 @arcatern: 36 shorts and XL top. It’s my OR go to for sizes
  • 2 0
 If anyone cares about UPF ratings, mountain hardwear is where it’s at if you spend long days in the saddle. You can find UPF 50+ shirts that are comfy as hell for cheap if you wait for a sale without paying a sport-specific tax.
  • 1 0
 Check out Ketl also.
  • 3 0
 Great...the majority shareholder of Scott Sports (Youngone) who voted in one of their own as the new CEO then goes and launches a product line with their other brands directly competing with Scott's soft goods line.
  • 2 0
 Haven't tried their riding gear, but OR just sent me a free replacement dry bag after one I had for over a decade sprung a leak. No receipt, no questions asked. Awesome company!
  • 3 0
 This is good, my OR gear is all good stuff for how it is priced and I really like the fit.
  • 1 0
 I love when a simple shirt adopts "bike specific fit" doubles in price and becomes a "jersey". OR makes high quality clothes but I'll continue to buy their normal options and pass on the mtb clone premium.
  • 1 0
 Might just be me, but the phone pockets that are closer to the knees are the worst. I prefer to have that pocket as high as possible so its not jostling around against my knee while pedaling.
  • 1 0
 Pass on OR for me. My last pair of their pants had such a weird fit in the waist and had the longest crotch of all time. It would constantly get hung up on my seat.
  • 7 3
 No belt loops, no buy.
  • 3 0
 I hope they have Ferrossi material in the mix here.
  • 5 3
 Shirts with a low cut neck opening suck.
  • 4 2
 Sorry, not all of us like the feeling of being strangle by a really really weak person when we ride.
  • 2 0
 Not a fan of the shorter inseams on most ladies shorts these days.
  • 1 0
 I have a pair of the gloves and shorts. They're both awesome. The shorts are my go-to pair now.
  • 3 1
 Two words for bike pants: more pockets!
  • 2 1
 This is the first step in what will be the disection of Scott Sports. Youngone is going to offshoot all softgoods to OR.
  • 2 0
 Subtle graphics is a win. Good looking gear for grown ups.
  • 1 0
 Clean designs and relatively reasonable prices? I'm in!
  • 1 0
 Outdoor research is really headed... Downhill hahaha
  • 1 0
 All jokes aside, this is good looking gear.
  • 1 0
 They need to include the Echo Hoodie.
  • 1 1
 No link to the collection or even the brand site?
  • 1 0
 At the bottom there is a link to the brand website which takes you straight to the collection.
  • 1 0
 @i-like-toytles: it wasn't there when this was posted originally.
  • 2 1
 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  • 1 0
 Damn







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