Top layer is the new Columbia Men’s OutDry Ex Gold Interchange Jacket.
It’s fairly heavy with the removable Omni-Heat Reflective inner layer. For most hikes, I’ll leave that liner at home carrying only the 2 layer shell.
I tested it in the rain while cycling. With seam tape it feels entirely waterproof. And it’s reasonably light.
It has no pit zips. Breathability is not nearly as good as Columbia claims. In fact, I’d say it’s breathability is LOUSY.
I paired it with the new Columbia OutDry EX Gold Down Hooded Jacket.
For most hikes I will bring this along, replacing my usual down hooded parka.
The most compelling reason I decided to go this direction is the OutDry EX outer layer. It seems obvious to me that down jackets should be waterproof. The down is not hydrophobic, but doesn’t need to be as it won’t get wet.
I’m confident I’ll never be wet nor cold with this system. The hoods are excellent.
Some feel the fit is boxy. I’d agree. But I like the extra room for more layers underneath.
For warm hikes I also picked up the Frogg Toggs Men’s Ultra Lite Rain Jacket as an alternative.
This is what the cool thru-hikers wear. It’s not breathable at all. But at US $14.22 you can’t lose.
All in all I’m very happy with my new OutDry system. It has got some bad reviews, however.
Gortex` wets out. Starts to fail after a few years. It’s the fabric of deceit. I’ve never trusted it.
Here’s how Outdry is supposed to work. Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.