OutDry waterproof technology gets patented by Columbia and incorporated into a brand new jacket

This year, Columbia’s range of shoes for outdoor activity have featured an innovative waterproof technology that supposedly not only keeps feet dry but minimises water absorption to ensure shoe weight is kept low in wet conditions. News from the massive gear exhibition at Friedrichshafen, Germany, is that this technology has been incorporated into a new range of apparel and a range of waterproof jackets.

Set to be released later this year, the Columbia Titanium with OutDry Extreme technology looks a hardwearing waterproof. The membrane used is certainly a lot thicker than most technologies used in other jackets, and it’s claimed it’s also still breathable. What’s most interesting is that it doesn’t use DWR (Durable Water Repellent), a waterproof technology that has recently come under fire for its environmental impact.

Underneath the hard exterior membrane the jacket features interior netting, while other features include underarm zips for added ventilation and taped seams and zips. Columbia has said that it will be available for men and women in a number of versions to suit different levels of performance requirement.