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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4 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

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