Perhaps the proper title would be gear fail. The rain gear definitely falls into the category, Gear We Don’t Love. I’m having a hard time not pounding the keys for this post, because my frustration about the rain gear situation is quite high. There really isn’t much to say about Columbia Omni Tech Rain Gear. It sucks. I’m not even going to take the time to describe the technology or features, because they don’t work. The first time out, it failed the keeping us dry test, an important thing when one is hiking in chilly temperatures. It wasn’t just Dustin & I that experienced the crappy Columbia performance, Brooke and Matt own identical Columbia pants and jackets. Granted, the first time, we were hiking in POURING rain. It was a vicious, drenching MO spring thunderstorm. I expected to maybe be a little wet around my collar, but no, my entire body was wet, and wet like I had just taken a shower fully clothed. It wasn’t just that time the gear failed, it has failed EVERY TIME in the rain. No matter if it is pouring or sprinkling.
One of my worst fears is getting wet, and then experiencing subsequent hypothermia. Wearing this Columbia gear, it is almost a foregone conclusion that chances of getting hypothermia increase substantially! I think the pic below sums up how Dustin feels about the rain gear…not a happy camper.
However, Dustin was able to turn that frown upside down this past July. This is when Dustin got to upgrade to Millet brand rain gear. Now, this is where I get frustrated. He argued about the rain gear, saying Columbia (which is cheaper) would be sufficient. I argued that we needed a better, more trail worthy brand than Columbia. He won the argument, and we got wet and cold. Needless to say, after that he changed his tune, and was the first to upgrade. Jerk.
Dustin got to stay dry during a chilly afternoon on the Frying Pan, me not so much….
My upgrade is coming soon, and I will be purchasing Arcteryx, which I wanted in the first place. Unfortunately, I might have to get the SL since its $300 cheaper. I know one thing, I’m not about to be up on the mountain in my worthless Columbia gear.
Currently, I wear Dustin’s jacket and my Columbia pants when I ride my bike to school in the rain. Every time, my top is dry and my pants, well I think I just waste my time putting on the rain pants. I sit in class all day with wet bottoms…ridiculous. Keep in mind that the ride to school is just about 20 minutes.
Columbia, can’t even keep you dry for 20 minutes. Great stuff.
And, that is about all I have to say about that topic.