Columbia Titanium Outdry Rain Shell
The outer rain shell for this year will be the Columbia Titanium Outdry. They have figured out how to have the waterproof membrane on the outer layer. Normally with Goretex or E-vent, which both employ a similar water barrier, there is a nylon outer laminated to the membrane. This is for mainly abrasion resistance. This outer is treated with a DWR that will wear out and needs reactivation. Or the outer layer gets dirty and starts to hold rain water, eventually causing the ability for sweat or vapor from your body to be unable to penetrate its way out. I will be using this for my backpacking trips and skiing this year and will provide links to those videos.
OutDry™ uses a one-piece patented construction process that creates a waterproof breathable barrier that is heat-bonded directly to the outer fabric, leaving no seams, no gaps, and no way for water to get in.
OutDry™ Extreme is our first ever waterproof and breathable fabric technology constructed with a waterproof layer on the outside and soft, wicking fabric inside. Traditional raingear uses interior waterproof membranes which don't allow for air flow, and water-repellent coating that degrades over time. With OutDry™ Extreme, the rugged exterior is an incredibly water-tight membrane with millions of microscopic perforations that let water vapor escape through a wicking membrane directly fused to the shell.
The Titanium Outdry Ex Gold Tech shell is like breathable body armor with advanced evaporation and a fully seam-sealed construction featuring an attached, adjustable, storm hood. It also features underarm venting, a slightly dropped tail, adjustable cuffs and hem and high-tech Light Rail™ zippers on the hand pockets.
OutDry™ Extreme - The Pinnacle of waterproof breathable technology
Fully seam sealed
External seam tape
Bonded hem and cuffs
Attached, adjustable storm hood
PU centerfront zipper
Light Rail™ zippered hand pockets
Adjustable sleeve cuffs
Drawcord adjustable hem
Center Back Length: 26"
Membrane Outside, Dry Inside.