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Extreme protection.

Great on the trail, the Columbia Men's Outdry Ex Gold Down Hooded Jacket is a problem solver when it comes to keeping you dry. Crafted with Columbia's OutDry technology, this fully taped and breathable jacket features a waterproof membrane on the outside to prevent moisture from soaking into the fabric's face. Down insulation is kept in place by bonded, horizontal baffles that eliminate cold spots for reliable warmth that won't weigh you down. An adjustable hood provides extra protection from wind and rain when the storms roll in.

  • A lightweight jacket for hiking, camping, and backpacking
  • OutDry membrane provides waterproof, breathable protection
  • External seam taping prevents moisture from seeping through
  • 700-fill down insulation traps heat and is lightweight
  • Adjustable hood offers extra storm protection
  • Zippered pockets keep essentials dry and secure
  • Adjustable hem and cuffs seal out cold
  • Active fit leaves room for layering
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A good piece that could have been great.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: Runs large
  • Size Bought: Medium

I will use this space to explain why I only gave this piece 4 stars. To me, this piece feels a bit like a prototype that is missing some key features. I also feel that this piece functions better as a shoulder season rain jacket versus a hardcore winter jacket.

I should point out that Columbia is one of the brands I really like right now. For a more old line company, I love how aggressive they've gotten with good tech like OutDry and OmniHeat. Their styling has also come along, and their build quality is really good as well. Per dollar, I think they are giving people quite a bit more than some of the other big outdoor brands right now.

Functionality - The basic functionality of this piece is fantastic. OutDry laughs at conditions that easily overload the other, better known water-resistant fabrics and treatments on the market. As a bonus, OutDry is also windproof.

Fit - I find this piece runs a bit large, which is excellent for layering. On the flip side, this piece isn't going to move with you during athletic pursuits. Not sure where 'semi-fitted' in the specs came from.

Warmth - This is the key characteristic that makes me think of this piece as a shoulder season rain jacket. There are definitely cold spots at the welds between baffles. This makes sense because there is no down there, just OutDry. Curiously, Columbia omitted their OmniHeat treatment from this piece. I feel that would have helped a bit with the cold spots. Because of this, this is definitely not a piece you can throw over a T-shirt and stand around in the dead of winter at 15F. It is golden in rainy conditions from about 30-50F with a light to moderate breeze.

Features - Besides the omission of OmniHeat there are other curious design decisions. The one that bugs me the most are the elastic cuffs that point inward and lack the elasticity to seal the cuff around my wrist or light glove. This is also detrimental to warmth. Because of this, I'm kind of struggling with the "Heat Seal Warmth" logo Columbia posted on their product page for this piece. I've had similar cuff issues with Thermoball pieces from the North Face. A center adjustment on the hood would have been welcome, as would an external Napoleon pocket. I am not surprised that the jacket doesn't pack into its own pocket. I think that much compression could damage the integrity of the OutDry fabric.

Appearance - This jacket does look and sound more like a traditional rain coat, but it is much lighter and more flexible. Some of your more rough and tumble buddies may liken the appearance to a prophylactic and make the obvious joke.

That's about all I have to say. Again, I think this piece works much better as an impenetrable shoulder season rain jacket than a hardcore dead of winter jacket. I think they could have added some of the features I mentioned above and still kept the pricing below the PFG Force 12 and OutDry Ex Diamond Down jacket.

If you want an OutDry winter jacket, I've found the OutDry Ex Gold Insulated Jacket to work well in winter. The evenly distributed synthetic insulation means no cold spots, and the OmniHeat interior treatment does the rest. If you want a cost-effective puffy that isn't too bulky, yet is warm in the dead of winter the Columbia Lone Fir 650 TurboDown is a great choice.

What more could you want?!

    Warmth: check. Waterproof: Check. Durability: Check. It runs large so buy a size down. It’s lightweight. Don’t just go buy an ordinary down jacket, but this and get the waterproofing. Don’t join the Patagonia cult, buy this one.

    What more could you want?!

      Warm: Check

      Unanswered Question

      What is the overall weight and the fill weight of this jacket?

      Awesome jacket

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large

      I bought this jacket to be my all around coat for the winter. From bumming around town to doing backpacking it has held up awesome. I've had sleet, wind, snow and rain and it's held its own. I use it as my shell since it's waterproof and just wear a Nike pro hyper warm fitted long sleeve and a fleece and it's more than warm enough. I've been in a T shirt and the Temps around the 15 degree mark and I've been fine. Love the jacket, easy to use sinch cords at the waist, elastic cuffs wrap around winter gloves to block out the cold. All around great jacket. Yes the jacket says black but it's more of a charcoal, but I like that look anyway.

      Awesome jacket

      First of its kind!

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
      • Fit: Runs large
      • Size Bought: Medium

      Waterpoof down jackets are usually big old linky things but Columbia has done it. A light insulated and waterppof jacket. Great build quality, feels waterproof and I was able to test a couple of their other "outdry" products. Always happy to see alternatives to gore tex that work well. I had to return it because so medium felt a bit big on me and I'm waiting to try out the small. I wear a medium in the Patagonia Down Sweater.