Columbia Outdry ex Diamond Down Insulated Jacket ReviewFebruary 17, 2017
- Very warm
- Absolutely waterproof
- Low on Toxic PFCs
- Slick Naugahyde feel
- More delicate than synthetic insulation
Columbia’s Outdry ex Diamond Down is your rig for days in the freezing rain. The 800-fill down puffy is wrapped in Columbia’s waterproof-breathable Outdry fabric. It fits like of the best top-end ski coats and has ample features. Testers weren’t wild about the sheeny, rain-slicker hand feel on the jacket, however.
The Outdry ex Diamond Down Insulated Jacket is tough for a puffy. It’s wrapped in a 2-layer waterproof-breathable fabric, making it tougher than most single-layer, thin-denier puffy coats, but less durable than a three-layer coat backed by some sort of brushed fabric. It should stand up to all but the most vigorous tree skiing.
Columbia’s Outdry has been winning awards for its breathability, but it is absolutely waterproof, too, especially with seams taped on the outside of the coat. The Outdry ex Diamond Down Insulated Jacket is cut for wet weather with long sleeves and hem as well as a tall collar to seal out sloppy, sideways-blown snow and rain. There’s a powder skirt, the hood cinches down tight and it has waterproof zippers.
Bells and Whistles
Six pockets including a forearm pass pocket and a large goggle pocket provide ample storage in the Outdry ex Diamond Down Insulated Jacket. Waterproof zippers, pit zips, and a pow skirt are all hallmarks of a serious resort ski coat. We also approve of the heavy-duty gauge center zipper.
You will give out on the conditions long before this coat will. It shrugged off wind, snow and rain in every instance and is light enough to stash in your pack if you do venture into the backcountry. The Outdry ex Diamond Down Insulated Jacket has everything you want in a cold-weather resort coat.
Down coats rarely get too clammy because moisture migrates into the down layer. However, the feathers can get a bit clumpy if they don’t dry out. The extremely breathable Outdry fabric helps that. There are pit zips, too, for when conditions get a little too warm.
Frederick Reimers was the editor of Canoe and Kayak Magazine from 2007-09 and has been writing for Outside, Men's Journal, Skiing and Powder ever since.