Last week I did a gear review of the Columbia women’s Triple Trail Shell. This week Mountain Papa (Husband, etc.) gets a chance to share his view of Columbia. Can I just say I am thrilled something has finally replaced the purple and turquoise Columbia he has had for 20 years?
After months of putting the Melting Point Parka (complete with removable Omni-Heat reflective technology liner) to the test, I can honestly say this is my go-to jacket for times where I need to stay particularly warm. It tends to be too warm for aerobic winter sports (like XC skiing) but is great for just being outside with the kids, sledding, and downhill skiing (or really anything in cold temps!) I am a part of the National Ski Patrol and have found my Columbia to keep me plenty warm while patrolling in cold temperatures.
What I love:
– The Omni-Heat technology is very warm and Omni-Dry does what it is supposed to!
– The pockets are conveniently placed (and one on each jacket is ipod compatible.)
– Zippers are weather-resistant and work well (nothing more annoying than a zipper that is hard to work!)
– The outer shell zips up high on my face for weather protection.
– Removable hood (I have kept mine off.)
– It packs down fairly small for the size of jacket it is.
– Powder skirt in the shell.
Not so crazy about:
– The interior part of the jacket snaps in to the shell at three different points (collar and both sleeves.) This means that when the jackets are together, they don’t necessarily work as one unit. However, this also means that when it is warmer out, it is possible to unzip the outer layer and have the inner jacket still zipped (which is a great thing!)
Definitely a jacket worth the (rather hefty) $450 price tag. The functionality is amazing and versatile!
Columbia very generously supplied me with this jacket for review. However, as always here at Tales of a Mountain Mama, the opinions here are completely and honestly my own.