Run Oregon sometimes receives products to review and was sent some styles from each to try out for the Fall season ahead. Clearly, Royal Robbins isn’t making running clothing, but their stuff definitely fits into a Pacific Northwesterners sensibilities and have ties to many other PNW outdoor activities.
I had actually heard of Royal Robbins prior to them sending us some items to test out. Obviously, their gear is more casual and outdoors wear than running wear, but their big claim to fame has actually been in the rock-climbing world. I recommend reading about their story. We recently checked out the Snowcap Lined Flannel and Backcountry Pro Winter Legging – both of which will be great for this fall and winter ahead.
Snowcap Lined Flannel
Flannels are practically the unofficial uniform of the Pacific Northwest, aren’t they? There’s something about the cozy, rugged appeal that just screams “I’m ready for whatever the PNW throws at me.” So clearly, the Royal Robbins Snowcap Lined Flannel is the quintessential embodiment of this aesthetic.
Visually, it’s a stunner. The plaid pattern is classic but not too overwhelming, and the 4 colorway options are just spot on for that rustic PNW vibe. The subtle lining gives it an extra touch of warmth without compromising on style. It’s the kind of flannel you can wear to a coffee shop or a mountain hike and still look effortlessly put together.
Now, let’s talk about fit. It’s a Goldilocks situation here—just right. Tailored enough to give you a smart silhouette, but not so snug that you can’t comfortably layer underneath. I’m a large, and this fit me like a charm. If you plan on extra extra layering, you may want to go up. Construction-wise, Royal Robbins didn’t cut corners.
The stitching is solid, and the fabric feels like it’s built to endure the rigors of the PNW terrain. The buttons are sturdy, and the lining is soft and plush without adding bulk. It’s the kind of quality you’d expect from a brand that knows outdoor wear.
While not made for running, you could absolutely utilize this in a pinch if you needed an extra bit of insulation you need on those chilly morning jogs. Personally, we’d recommend its wear to be a post-run option, but you do you. As for PNW wardrobes, this Snowcap Lined Flannel is practically a cornerstone. It’s versatile enough to transition seamlessly from misty morning trail runs to a casual dinner at your favorite local haunt.
Backcountry Pro Winter Legging
As the brisk winds of autumn start to sweep through the Pacific Northwest, it’s becoming abundantly clear that my usual running gear won’t cut it anymore. Enter the Backcountry Pro Winter Legging, a welcome addition in my seasonal running arsenal.
Visually, these come in three colorways. The muted color options blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings of the PNW. While leggings are bascially a staple, on and off the trails, with most of us nowadays – these fit the bill as well.
They can effortlessly transition from trail to town, making them a versatile addition to any Pacific Northwesterner’s wardrobe. They pair seamlessly with chunky sweaters and rain jackets, so I can head out for my morning run and then go about my day without missing a beat.
Fit-wise, these leggings are spot on. The high-waisted design provides excellent coverage (and is something I personally love) and has stayed put throughout even the most strenuous runs. They manage to strike the perfect balance between snug and flexible, giving me the freedom of movement I need without ever feeling constricted. Plus, the length is just right – no awkward bunching at the ankles.
When it comes to construction, it’s evident that Royal Robbins has put some serious thought into these leggings. The combination of technical fabrics and reinforced stitching gives them a durability that’s hard to beat. They’re clearly built to withstand the rigors of the backcountry, and I have no doubt they’ll last me through many seasons to come.
With the ever-changing weather patterns in this corner of the world, having a pair of reliable, insulated leggings is non-negotiable. They may not be made solely for running, but they are made for tackling the outdoors. They are super warm (so if you run hot already, these may push you over the edge) and the moisture-wicking properties are imperative for staying as dry as possible.
In a nutshell, the Royal Robbins Backcountry Pro Winter Legging is a savior for runners gearing up for the chilly seasons. They marry style, function, and durability in a way that’s uniquely suited for the unpredictable weather of the Pacific Northwest.
Royal Robbins has a variety of other pieces of apparel in Men’s and Women’s varieties that may strike your fancy for all your outdoors needs. You can even try it and return it for free if you don’t love it.