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We put the Columbia OutDry™ Ex Tech Shell Jacket to the test and it came up trumps. Every hardcore adventurer should have one of these in his/her backpack for when the elements take a turn for the worse.
The people over at Columbia have been working their asses off and they have played a stormer. They have wowed the market with their latest innovation, OutDry™ Extreme. It is Columbia’s first waterproof and breathable fabric technology constructed with a waterproof layer on the outside and soft, wicking fabric inside.
The brand has really shaken things up by taking a step away from traditional interior waterproof membranes which fail to allow for air flow and use a water-repellent coating that degrades over time. Columbia has stepped it up a notch with the Columbia OutDry™ Ex Tech Shell Jacket, boasting a strong exterior, a water-tight membrane and a wicking membrane directly fused to the shell.
I’ve been busy testing the OutDry™ Tech Shell Jacket for the past few months. I’ve been wearing it hiking, trail running, mountain biking, right down to my daily bicycle commute to work and to a few music festivals. And it has proved itself as the perfect all-rounder, handling the most extreme of conditions to the stresses of daily life. Plus it is Irish ultrarunner extraordinaire Eoin Keith‘s race jacket of choice and if it’s good enough for him then its good enough for us.
Interview: Eoin Keith Prepares for the Columbia UTMB
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