Columbia’s Outdry EX Review

Mark Ranum

Mark is an outdoor adventure seeker, living in the beautiful state of Michigan. He loves trekking hundreds of miles through the wilderness, whether on two feet or two wheels, always looking for the next new trail or road to see where it will take him.

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7 Responses

  1. Daniel says:

    Hello, I think I’m very late to this, but are the center front pockets on the Columbia Titanium Featherweight usable? Not the chest pockets, but the “center front” pockets. On all pictures I can never see the zippers for them (are they velcro?) and I can’t find ANY videos either…So I was wondering if you can put your hands inside them because if so I will buy this jacket immediately! I hope you reply; this is the only substantial review I have found: thank you!

  2. Mark Ranum says:

    Hi Daniel,

    Thanks for the question. The center front pockets are useable for storage, such as phones, snacks, maps, wallets, etc. They are quite large on the inside (12 inches tall by 5 inches wide), plenty of room for almost anything. Zipper opening is just over 8 inches long, so you can easily fit a hand in them. The opening of the pocket starts close to the center of the chest and the pocket runs to the left for the left pocket and to the right for the right pocket. So as far as putting your hands in the jacket to keep them warm, you would have to cross your arms and go right hand to left pocket and left hand to right pocket. If you want some pictures, send me an email and I will get some over to you. mark@activegearreview.com

    Thanks!
    Mark

  3. Margaret says:

    Thanks for the review! Do you think these Columbia Outdry Ex Stretch pants would hold up to a sustained, torrential rainstorm? And is the fit loose and baggy (to accommodate layers) or more of a slim, athletic fit? I’m looking for something that can hold up to significant rain and wind that would have a loose enough fit to wear several layers underneath.
    Thanks!

  4. Mark Ranum says:

    Hi Margaret,

    Thanks for the comment and questions. I would definitely say that the Columbia Outdry Ex Stretch Pants will hold up to some pretty significant rain, all the while keeping you completely dry. I generally wear a size Medium in just about everything and ordered a size large to allow for extra layers and it worked just as planned. I would call the fit a true to size, meaning the medium for me , would allow for a single layer to fit comfortably under the pants and sizing up one size to a larger offered the room to dress in multiple layers underneath.

    Thanks!
    Mark

  5. Nick N says:

    Hi Mark. I appreciate your review of the Featherweight Shell, as well as the candid photos. It’s an interesting jacket that I would like to try, but can’t find locally. Hopefully you can help shed some light on a few questions of mine:
    – How do the sleeve cuffs adjust? I’ve seen photos of the Featherweight with a velcro strap, and some that appear to have an internal drawstring, so I am assuming there are two versions. Which did you have? If the drawstring only, is it actually adjustable by the wearer? Or is it simply an elastic cord sewn in to the hem that can’t be tensioned or untensioned by the user?
    – How does the hood adjust? The description notes peripheral adjustment on the sides. Some photos also show something going on at the back of the head. Can you describe how the hood adjustment works and how the wearer can adjust it in the model you have?
    – Does the hood have a way to adjust height? Put another way, say the brim was coming too far down the forehead and in the way of the eyes – is there a way to pin back some hood material to keep the brim higher up, as many jackets have in the rear?
    – Have you tried the Featherweight shell with any sort of helmet (bicycle, climbing, skiing/boarding) under the hood?
    – How has it held up since your review?
    Thank you in advance, Mark!
    -Nick

  6. Mark Ranum says:

    Hi Nick. Thanks for dropping by the site. Let’s see if I can answer all of your questions.
    -Sleeve cuffs – on my version they are non-adjustable but do have elastic sewn in halfway around the cuff on what would be the underside of the sleeve, which allows for a close fit to the wrist. The waist or bottom part of the jacket is the same, non-adjustable but does have elastic sewn into the hem halfway around (on the back of the jacket)
    -Hood – is non-adjustable but does have elastic sewn in on the left and right sides of the hood. The peripheral adjustment is a built in adjustable elastic cord that runs around the backside of the hood (middle of the head) from the left to right and sticks out the back of the hood under a protective flap. This cord can be adjusted (pulled or released with a simple rubber slide lock) to make the hood sit farther back on the head allowing for better peripheral vision.
    -Does the hood have a way to adjust height? – The peripheral adjustment works in the case you described, allowing you to cinch the hood back which in turn pulls it higher on the forehead.
    -Use with a helmet – I have used it with a cycling helmet and there is just enough hood for it to work.
    -Long Term Use – It has held up Great so far. I did manage to slip while hiking and catch my arm on a very rough rock, it scraped the jacket and left scratch marks on it but has not effected the waterproofing – thank you ripstop nylon.
    If you have any other questions, do let me know.
    Thanks!
    -Mark

  7. Nick N says:

    Thanks Mark!

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