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-Tech. Often paired with Omni-Heat Reflective technology, this multi-layer system provides complete waterproof protection. Columbia Omni-Tech is ready for the rain and snow, and is also designed to deliver breathability. The cold weather technology is available in jackets, pants, gloves, and hats. Visit Columbia to shop all Omni-Tech products.

What is it? Columbia Omni-Tech is a multi-layered weather protection system designed to keep outside elements from getting in, yet also allows perspiration and moisture to escape to the surface. Omni-Tech is built with an exterior waterproof layer and an air-permeable membrane, allowing for dry comfort during winter activities.

How does it work? The outer shell of Columbia Omni-Tech products shields its wearer with windproof and waterproof protection. Meanwhile, its inner microporous liner allows moisture to escape. Columbia Omni-Tech is often combined with the brand's Omni-Heat Reflective tech for further warmth during cold weather outings.

Notable products: Columbia Whirlibird III Interchange Jacket, Columbia Lhoste Mountain II Interchange Jacket, Columbia Bugaboo Interchange Jacket

Bottom line: Guaranteed to be waterproof and breathable, Columbia Omni-Tech is an option you'll want to consider as winter weather approaches.

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