This is the directive given by Columbia Chairperson Gert Boyle. It's the reason for constantly testing their products against every type of terrible, no-good, day-ruining condition the skies of the mighty Pacific Northwest can dish out. Sure it makes life hell for the Columbia employees, but it means great gear for you. So when she finally does use her famous stamp of approval, you know you're duly equipped to stay outside long after the featherweights have retired indoors.
Conventional rainwear uses a fabric on the outside that is laminated to a thin waterproof membrane. The outer fabric requires a PFC-based Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment to cause water and dirt to bead up on its surface. However, PFCs are bio-accumulative in wildlife and humans and persist in the environment. In spring 2016 we introduced OutDry Extreme technology without any additional outer fabric, eliminating the need for PFC-based DWR without compromising performance.
*May contain trace amounts
|FORM STRONG BONDS|
|The carbon-fluorine bond found in PFCs treatment is one of the strongest bonds known to man.|
|USED IN WATERPROOF MATERIALS|
|Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatment allows otherwise permeable materials to repel water.|
|DON'T BREAK DOWN|
|PFCs don't break down readily in the environment and have been found to be bio-accumulative.|
The main fabric of the jacket is 100% recycled polyester, and is made from approximately 21 recycled bottles. Additional trims and components also contain recycled content. Extracting virgin raw materials to make polyester is energy intensive and requires dependency on oil. Using recycled polyester helps reduce energy needed for oil extraction and reduces landfill burdens by keeping plastics out of waste streams.
The garment fabric is not dyed. Eliminating the fabric dyeing process reduces water, energy, and chemicals traditionally used in the manufacturing process and saves approximately 51 Litres per jacket. This is an 80% savings from the dyeing stage of traditional dyed fabric. Also, since the surface of our jacket is not a textile that easily traps dirt and stains, it can in most cases simply be wiped clean. Reducing the need for washing potentially reduces the water and energy needed to clean the jacket, minimizing its overall environmental impact.
Take this fully waterproof, super light shell with attached hood and external seam tape along on your next big adventure. This shell features an underarm venting system to keep you cool and improve air circulation. It also provides several pockets for your possessions.
OutDry® uses a one-piece patented construction process that creates a waterproof breathable barrier. This impenetrable layer is heat-bonded directly to the outer fabric, leaving no seams, no gaps, and no way for water to get in. Compare that to traditional waterproof technology. Water gets in and stays in, collecting in the space between the inner and outer layers, making them heavy and wet. OutDry improves fit and dexterity, keeping you drier, lighter and more comfortable.