MEMBRAINIAC

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THE STORMTROOPER STYLING OF THE COLUMBIA OutDry Ex­treme Eco isn’t purely an aes­thetic de­ci­sion; it’s a byprod­uct of the $199 jacket’s Earth-con­scious un­der­pin­nings. Columbia wove the polyester outer shell out of plas­tic from re­cy­cled bot­tles and left the fab­ric white, which saves the 13 gal­lons of wa­ter it’d take to dye each gar­ment. This shell is also miss­ing some­thing found in most wa­ter­proof breath­able ap­parel: an outer layer with a durable wa­ter-re­pel­lent coat­ing, a treat­ment that uses toxic chem­i­cals called per­flu­o­ro­car­bons (PFCs) dur­ing pro­duc­tion. The Ex­treme Eco needs none. In­stead, Columbia made the breath­able mem­brane just por­ous enough to keep rain out while al­low­ing evap­o­rated sweat to es­cape. And be­cause there’s no coat­ing to rub off over time, you’re less likely to get soaked down the line.

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