When the weather turns nasty with lots of cold wind and maybe some precipitation, most of us immediately reach for the hardshell in our pack. Columbia's new Omni-Wind Block technology enables a softshell to provide the complete windproof properties of a hardshell without compromising on breathability.
Omni-Wind Block is a membrane technology, based on the waterproof breathable Omni-Dry technology used in Columbia hardshell jackets. Omni-Wind Block cuts out 100% of the wind, while still allowing for significant breathability.
Weighing only 7 grams per square meter, the membrane can be laminated to either a fleece or softshell face fabric to create a lightweight midlayer or high activity outer layer garment. The fabric is technically waterproof because of the membrane, but since the jacket is not seam sealed, Columbia can only state highly water resistant.
For Fall 2012, the Triteca Softshell uses Omni-Wind Block in combination with two other Columbia technologies. The softshell jacket is lined with Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective for extra heat retention in cold weather activities. Strategically placed Omni-Wick EVAP panels are ready to dissipate any moisture build-up and keep you dry.
Super stretch panels under the arms and along the shoulders of the Triteca Softshell provide greater mobility. An adjustable hood, drop tail, waterproof zippers, and sleeve cuffs all work together to help keep out the elements.
The men's and women's Triteca Softshell Jackets will retail for $220, available for Fall 2012. A line of gloves featuring Omni-Wind Block technology will be available as well.