Columbia Women's OutDry Extreme Gold Down Jacket Review
An in-depth review of the Columbia Women's OutDry Extreme Gold Down jacket
You can’t wear a down jacket in the rain. That’s just common sense, right? Down jackets are made from goose feathers which lose their insulating properties when they get wet. Columbia however have thrown the rule book out the window with their new waterproof OutDry Extreme Gold down jacket.
Traditionally waterproofs are made with a breathable membrane inside the jacket laminated onto a textile. Then the outside of the textile is coated with a waterproofing chemical to keep water beading off. This works well when you first purchase a jacket, but then the outer chemical starts to wear away. Over time the jacket will start to absorb water instead of repelling it, making it no longer waterproof or breathable until you reproof it.
Columbia use their own OutDry Extreme technology which brings the waterproof, breathable membrane to the outside of the jacket and a sweat-wicking textile inside. The idea is totally different to any other waterproof jacket. It is designed to last and retain its breathability longer than any other waterproof fabric.
“Traditional down jackets lose their insulating properties when they get wet. Columbia however have thrown the rule book out the window with this clever product."
In the Gold Down Jacket Columbia have taken this OutDry Extreme fabric and used it to make a down jacket which you don’t have to worry about getting wet. It is made with 700 fill power down which means it is super warm, and it’s then covered in OutDry Extreme material which makes it totally waterproof and breathable. You can wear this jacket hiking in the pouring rain or skiing while it is dumping with snow without worrying about ruining it. Clever, right?
Based in Oregon, USA, Columbia have been making outdoor gear for more than 70 years. The family that founded the company in 1938 are still in charge - Gert Boyle, the founder’s daughter, is the current chairperson. Their aims are just as they always have been - to make no-nonsense clothing that keeps you warm, dry, cool and protected.
The OutDry Extreme Gold down jacket is no exception to this rule. A down jacket that is totally waterproof is too good a product to pass up. Find the wettest place you can and give it a try. The results will surprise you.
Columbia Women's OutDry Extreme Gold Down Jacket Stats:
- Price: £220
- Weight: 400g
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