Columbia has revealed details of its latest OutDry coat, the OutDry Extreme ECO Shell
The original Outdry Extreme coat was well received by our gear reviewing team at The Great Outdoors with both Chris Townsend and Will Renwick paying tribute to its innovative design. Most jackets cover their waterproof membrane with a protective layer of fabric which always has a risk of wetting out, but with the OutDry Extreme Columbia toughened up the membrane and used it as the outer shell itself – no fabric, and therefore no wetting out risk.
News in this week is that Columbia will be releasing an updated version called the OutDry Extreme ECO Shell. This, the American brand says, will be the “first high performance environmentally friendly jacket without PFCs (Perflourinated compounds)”.
In the release statement for the jacket Columbia said: “We are excited to announce that there are no PFCs intentionally used in the OutDry Extreme ECO Shell. No PFCs used in the DWR. No PFCs used in the membrane. And in keeping performance top of mind, we’re pleased to share that the jacket adheres to our high performance standards and will provide industry-leading rain protection.”
As well as not featuring any PFCs or Durable Water Repellents the jacket will have a dye-free construction and will be made out of recycled materials.
It will be released available in Men’s and Women’s styles in early 2017 and will be retailing at £160.