Featured on the outside of select Columbia products, this protective barrier resists stains and rain. The design of this coating is such that any potentially staining liquid is prevented from absorbing into the yarns of the fabric underneath. Although this coating creates a formidable barrier, it is designed to maintain a soft hand feel, even next to skin. An additional benefit of Omni-Shield® is that, when compared to other untreated materials, it has a significantly shorter drying time. This helps keep the clothing lightweight, even when wet, and makes it great for active garments.