Columbia claims first in fabric technology
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Columbia Sportswear, the award-winning manufacturer of outdoor apparel, has introduced OutDry Extreme as ‘the first’ fabric technology constructed with a water layer on the outside and a soft, wicking fabric inside.
Columbia explains that while traditional raingear uses interior waterproof membranes which don’t allow for air flow, and water-repellent coatings that degrade over time, the rugged exterior of OutDry Extreme has a water-tight membrane with microscopic perforations that let water vapor escape through a wicking membrane fused directly to the shell.
Benefiting from the technology is the PFG Force 12 Jacket and Bib. The technical, lightweight jacket is packed with weatherproof features, including bold, external taping and zippered vents on the sides, plus an adjustable, wire-brimmed hood.
There is a lower-front, waterproof pocket with a touchscreen-compatible window, which can be zipped off and moved to the left forearm or to the inside. The hand pockets are also zippered.
Waterproof chest pockets feature Velcro plackets with utility and the sleeves have neoprene cuffs that cinch-up snug and keep arms dry. Abrasion-resistant overlays and 360° reflectivity make this highly technical and lightweight jacket one of its very best, says Columbia.
The Bib is also seam-sealed, has internal stretch panels and an elasticated waist. There is a centre-front zipper plus zippered hand pockets and bottom leg zips.
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