Outa Ware Clothing

Outa Ware Clothing

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Ashley Sanford

Andy Tuller got into the clothing gear business out of necessity. The brochure for his Bozeman-based gear company, Outa Ware, reads like a mantra against commercialized adventure clothing. “I began making clothing because I was tired of buying over-priced, foreign-made garbage that fell apart while removing it from the wrapper,” Tuller says. “With only minimal sewing experience I made clothing in a non-traditional manner, and as a professional ski patroller and raft guide I was in a position to field test the clothing I designed. The result is garments that never blow apart at the seams, and are functional for everybody while doing everything.”

That’s a pretty big claim for a clothing manufacturer to make, but Tuller stands behind the products that he designs, researches, sews, and sells himself. He says that every piece is guaranteed 100% to the buyer’s satisfaction, and he means it. The guarantee is also transferable and good for the life of the garment.

I tested a pair of Couloir Bibs that Tuller had in stock; they were custom-made for a female who returned them after she decided the padded knees made her look chunky. Tuller stood by his guarantee, and the customer got a pair of unpadded bibs. Though I understood about the aesthetic appeal (or lack thereof) with the heavily padded knees, they would come in handy during a fall on a rocky slope. The fleece lining is good for keeping warm, but could be too heavy for high-exertion winter sports. The bibs have reinforced wear areas, and well-located pockets with enough room in them to actually carry things. The stitching quality is great, the garment is seam-sealed, and the zippers are strong.

The Jubal Chore Parka is Outa Ware’s heaviest jacket, and not meant to be used in high-movement activities. Made of Extreme SUPPLEX nylon, it’s a breathable, waterproof fabric that has great abrasion resistance. The heavy-duty waist draw cord is a great feature, but the parka could have used another cord at the bottom. With a fleece-lined collar, front zipper and pockets, it’s guaranteed to keep you warm. The pockets are well-placed for wearing a backpack—it’s obvious that a lot of thought went into the design of each garment.

Though the colors in the ready-made garments are a little wild, the gear from Outa Ware is top quality and made for Montana winters. Tuller welcomes custom orders, and also has a wide selection of outdoor clothing in stock for every season and sport.

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