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.