Pros: Waterproof, warm, easy wearing
Columbia has been pulling out all the stops on the R&D side of their business over the past several years. As a result, they introduced Omni-Heat reflective interior fabrics and a range of other innovations. They also made acquisitions to help round out their offerings including purchasing OutDry (an Italian company) for their innovative exterior fabric technologies. Columbia brings both OutDry and Omni-Heat into gloves this year in the Gathering Storm.
Columbia’s OutDry technology definitely improves over traditional waterproofing techniques. It’s not perfect on the Gathering Storm, but certainly is a step up. And the Omni-Heat insulation and reflective liner do a nice job of keeping the heat in. As for wear-ability, the low profile cuff makes the Gathering Storm easily compatible with every jacket we tried.
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