Columbia are known for delivering reliable and durable outdoor gear that’ll serve you well and last you properly, and they’ve delivered the goods once again with the OutDry Ex Featherweight Shell jacket.
If you’re not familiar with OutDry and how this waterproof system works, then let us fill you in. You see, many waterproof jackets come in three layers, with an inner lining, the waterproof membrane and then an outer fabric that protects the membrane all formed into one sandwich, and the big downside here is that in heavy or prolonged rainfall the outer fabric will often make the jacket heavy and not very breathable if it gets saturated.
To get round this, Columbia have totally gotten rid of the outer fabric meaning that the risk of ‘wetting out’ is gone, and then they’ve toughened up the membrane so that it won’t rip with the slightest snag. It’s like an inverted jacket, you could say.
“This breakthrough tech from Columbia has been around for a few years now, and we rate it highly.”
This breakthrough tech from Columbia has been around for a few years now, and we rate it highly. In fact, a number of OutDry jackets have been featured in our Outdoors Magic 100 over the years. They’re waterproof, durable and still breathable.
The difference with this version (which we should point out is available in men’s and women’s styles) is that Columbia have managed to adapt the material to make it substantially lighter. For instance, the last OutDry jacket weighed 260g whereas this version is just 187g.