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A revolutionary approach to waterproofing.
Taking a radical departure from traditional rain jacket design, the Columbia Women's OutDry Ex Platinum Tech Shell keeps you blissfully dry from unrelenting storms by placing its protective membrane along the jacket's exterior. OutDry Extreme represents the pinnacle of Columbia's waterproof, breathable rain jackets, making it ideal for outdoor excursions in the wettest conditions imaginable. Backing its claims, Columbia extensively tested this new technology on every corner on earth—ranging from the temperature rainforests of the Pacific Northwest to the soggy coastlines of Ireland.
Why this sudden change in technical fabrication? Simply put, traditional rain jackets are subject to wetting out in a deluge, as the DWR-treated face fabric loses its water-shedding ability due to oil and dirt accumulation, as well as abrasion from rigorous use. As this face fabric becomes compromised, it attracts outside moisture that inhibits the waterproof, breathable membrane from passing perspiration in the form of water vapor. Suddenly, your waterproof, breathable jacket isn't exactly breathable, leaving you cold and clammy when it's dumping rain for hours on end.
Columbia's OutDry Extreme solves this problem by eliminating the face fabric, allowing you to trek through the wettest weather imaginable without getting soaked when you're miles from the nearest trailhead. The external membrane construction features millions of microscopic perforations that let internal water vapor (e.g., from perspiration) escape while simultaneously blocking all outside moisture. Add in a moisture-wicking textile lining and two-way underarm vents for supreme comfort and internal dryness when humidity levels skyrocket on rainy days. Plus, the fully sealed, external seam tape ensures impenetrable protection when monsoon-like conditions threaten your outdoor plans.
- OutDry Extreme waterproof/breathable external membrane
- Fully sealed, with external seam tape
- Wicking textile lining (100% nylon)
- Regular fit with drop-tail hem
- PU Vislon two-way zip closure
- Two-way underarm vents
- Light Rail zippered pockets
- Helmet-compatible hood
- Reflective detail
- Q & A
Thin, but Waterproof and Windproof
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Small
The purchased the black version of this jacket was for my wife. The jacket had a real matte, dull color to it and honestly just reminded me of a garbage bag. She was really turned off by the way it looked.
Aside from that the material was definitely waterproof and windproof, but she thought it was too thin. Honestly, I think it would function as intended (as a thin outer tech shell) and the construction of the jacket looked great. She also said that it fit funny, but I really just think she didn't like the way it looked. For the money, I think it's a good buy, but it's not the best looking jacket.