2016: Waterproof/Breathable Rebirth With New ‘Exterior Membrane’ Shell

2016 Columbia OutDry Extreme
Seam tape on the outside adds a tech look as well as performance
Longer cuts and rain pants included in the 19-piece OutDry Extreme line
A range of colors coming in 2016


Grey/black model has something of a badass appearance like a motorcycle jacket, though with the fit and function of a hardshell
Columbia cites the line as an evolution of rubber rain jackets invented more than 150 years ago. Some of the models, especially the yellow jackets, have a classic rainwear aesthetic, though with form-fitting cuts and breathable fabric
Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.