Outdoor Research drops its first dedicated MTB apparel line, adds four ride-focused athletes

April 3, 2024

Georgia Astle, Bas and Tom Van Steenbergen, Damon Iwanaga join OR athlete roster as the company expands into the mountain bike category.

SEATTLE (April 3, 2024)/OUTDOOR SPORTSWIRE/ – As outdoor-apparel manufacturer Outdoor Research releases its first dedicated collection of mountain bike gear for Spring 2024, the Seattle-based brand is expanding its athlete roster with four riders who will provide product category expertise and feedback as OR leans fully into the category.

Trail and freeride athletes Georgia Astle, Bas Van Steenbergen, Tom Van Steenbergen and Damon Iwanaga join the Outdoor Research athlete roster aligned with the release of OR’s eight-piece Freewheel product collection, currently available at retail and direct from OR.

The Freewheel collection brings the technical design expertise and materials innovation leadership that has defined Outdoor Research products for more than 40 years to a category that is a core activity for a large segment of its existing customer base. Watch the Freewheel collection brand video here.

“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.

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.

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.

The Freewheel collection brings in proven technology from OR’s 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:

The Freewheel Collection is now available online at www.outdoorresearch.com/freewheel and outdoor retailers.

About Outdoor Research

Since 1981, Outdoor Research has created trusted apparel, accessories, and equipment for you to thrive outside. Our award-winning outdoor gear is meticulously researched and tested for outdoor enthusiasts and military users around the globe. Grounded in our values of curiosity, passion, innovation, collaboration and community, we strive to create space for all in the outdoors. We celebrate wins outside at every level together with our ambassadors, non-profit partners and employees. Join us at outdoorresearch.com.

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