Starting next fall, Columbia brings their OutDry Extreme waterproof fabric technology to winter gear. The collection will include a variety of shells, insulated jackets, bibs, and gloves. By adding a waterproof membrane and forgoing most of the stitching required with regular down baffles, look forward to a completely waterproof down puffy next season. Here is a quick look at some of the pieces–I plan to see them up close and personal at Outdoor Retailer in a few weeks.
Men’s and Women’s OutDry Ex Diamond Down Insulated Jacket ($500-men’s pictured top)
Constructed with a waterproof breathable, fully seam sealed membrane and 800 fill power down insulation, this ultra warm jacket features underarm venting, an adjustable, snap back powder skirt, drop tail, and zippered pass pocket.
OutDry Ex Diamond Heatzone Jacket ($750)
This jacket takes an OutDry Extreme shell and pairs it with 1000 TurboDown fill and an Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective lining. Add in a sweet faux-fur lined hood and you are ready for even the coldest days at Sundance. Don’t forget the Sorels.
Men’s and Women’s OutDry Ex Gold Down Hooded Jacket ($250)
With 650 fill power down insulation, this may be a good jacket for skiing in Whistler where it’s cold up top but raining down at the base.
Men’s and Women’s OutDry Ex Glove ($75)
The ski gloves are constructed with a waterproof breathable membrane and include features like a nose wipe and a touchscreen compatible finger tip.
OutDry Ex Diamond Bib ($350)
If these bibs are similar in appearance to the upcoming OutyDry Extreme rain pants, they will have a fabulous leather look to them. Add in articulated knees and abrasion resistant overlays in kick and crash prone spots.