Columbia has just released the latest rendition of their lightweight shells – and their most technical jacket to the date. The Outdry Ex Mogul. It’s based on a partnership with the US Olympic Ski Team, who gave their input and expertise for creating a comfortable, athletic, effective jacket fit for just about anything.
While waterproof, breathable shells are not exactly something new, we’ve seen few that promise to be comfortable and dry as this one. The Outdry Ex Mogul features this year’s new version of Columbia’s proprietary Outdry membrane, which manages to be waterproof, breathable and stretchy, all at once. It actually does not have any kind of DWR coating, which means it will not wear off and let water in. Water will simply bead up and roll off. The four-way stretch and athletic cut make it comfortable and flexible, letting you move unimpeded when stretching and hitting the slopes. It’s got a shiny, almost futuristic look, that is stylish and sleek at the same time.
Inside, the jacket is lightly insulated, including with Columbia’s signature Omni-Heat Reflective, which actually reflects your body heat back to you, and with 60-gram Omni-Heat insulation for added warmth on the slopes. Columbia has even made sure that both layers are stretchy and flexible, ensuring you are unhindered up and down the mountain.
They spared no details in the design and construction, either. Underarm vents let you stay cool once you’ve worked up a sweat, and the fully sealed seams and zipper keep moisture out. The hood will fit helmets, and the adjustable powder skirt can be removed as you see fit. There are just about as many pockets as you could need, and they are outfitted with Light Rail zippers, which do a good job of not sticking out and being as lightweight as possible.
Columbia considers the Mogul their most technical jacket to date, and it’s not hard to see why. (Though, is it the most technical jacket ever?) If you’re looking for an upgrade before you hit the slopes this winter, this jacket will keep you warm, dry and unencumbered.
Columbia Outdry Ex Mogul Features
- Omni-Heat Reflective Lining
- Omni-Heat 60g Insulation
- OutDry membrane is completely waterproof while remaining breathable
- Four-way stretch fabric keeps you active and flexible
- Removable and adjustable hood and powder skirt