Outdoor Research's goal is to design and manufacture innovative products for outdoor recreation and travel that are of the highest quality, reasonably priced, truly functional, and as versatile as possible. Outdoor Research's manufacturing facilities and offices are located in Seattle, Washington. Within a few hours' drive of the OR clothing headquarters, there are huge volcanoes to climb, saltwater islands to paddle among, whitewater rivers to play on and fish in, desert country to rock climb and mountain bike across, and a true temperate rainforest to backpack through; not to mention one of the longest ski seasons in North America. On any given weekend (and sometimes during the week) OR employees can be found enjoying these wild places and testing the products they have a hand in producing. This is a very important part of the testing process; personal hands-on, employee use of Outdoor Research jackets and gear. They also make sure that their products are tested by the world's hardest working outdoor enthusiasts, and the feedback they receive from them is invaluable. It is not uncommon for these people to be out in the elements more than 200 days a year doing what they do, and this allows Outdoor Research to tap into a valuable source of accelerated wear and tear.