KNOW YOUR TECH breaks down the scientific technology used in your favorite sneakers and activewear. Let’s demystify your next purchase: today’s technology is Columbia Omni-Shield. Perfect for outdoor adventures in the fall and winter weather, Columbia Omni-Shield is designed to help wearer's stay clean and dry through the use of an advanced yarn coating. Whether you're gearing up for a weekend camping trip, planning a ski vacation, or just looking for rain-friendly running gear, Columbia Omni-Shield technology is a suitable choice.

What is it? Columbia Omni-Shield is a water and stain barrier that resists light rain and stains. It is built with a coated fabric that resists liquids below 170 degrees Fahrenheit and repels them from staining or entering the garment. 

How does it work? Columbia Omni-Shield products are built with a yarn coating that not only resists liquid and stains, but also dries faster than untreated garments and will not retain moisture like conventional fabrics.

Notable products: Columbia Whirlibird III Interchange Jacket, Columbia Bugaboo Interchange Jacket, Columbia Portage Glacier III Down Long Jacket, Columbia Women's Mighty Lite Hooded Jacket

Bottom line: Columbia Omni-Shield is a versatile technology that will keep you clean and dry, no matter how messy things get.

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