Perfect for a run: Columbia Sportswear Out Dry Extreme NanoLite™ Shell
I was definitely ready to blaze new trails with this ultralight jacket designed for speed, comfort and performance. Light enough to pack into a pocket yet able to shrug off stormy conditions, the OutDry™ Extreme NanoLite™ Shell features Columbia’s most advanced waterproof-breathable technology — with an adjustable hood and drop-tail hem to keep you covered without missing a step.
The Out Dry™ technology is perfect for waterproofing in heavy rain and snow, extreme conditions and features 100 per cent recycled, dye-free fabrics.
I found this jacket perfect for a run or bike, helping me break out of my fairweather-exercise-only mentality. The material allows excess heat and moisture to escape and has internal wicking for next-to-skin comfort. At $250, it’s the best jacket for those always on the move.
Columbia even goes so far as to save water during manufacturing. Learn more about their tech here.
Urban style: Indyeva KISA 2.5L Rain Jacket
“Abi, this isn’t a fashion show,” my Mum had drilled into me when out on the trails growing up. With that in mind, I’d always bought waterproofs for their function, rather than fashion. Substance over style. But with this jacket, you can have both.
It’s lightweight, waterproof, windproof and breathable, with plenty of room for layers on a colder day. The hood is a nice size — with space for a hat (or not to mess up your hair). For a test run, I walked to the supermarket with a backpack in heavy rain. I came back dry, although after a couple of wears, I did see the water start to sink into the coat, rather than standing in beads on the surface.
At $270, the price tag would be out of my usual price range. But it feels like you’re wearing good quality, especially with the detail on the zipper and the streamlined look.
I wouldn’t say it’s one for the backcountry, but it will certainly keep you dry for city jaunts and gentle trails, and it’s probably one of the more stylish (and comfortable) waterproofs I’ve worn. Plus the deep pockets are fantastic.