Stuff I Love Review: Columbia Omni-Heat

    Ever run a marathon? Those silvery sheets they cover you with to keep you warm post-run is the same technology Columbia incorporates into their Omni-Heat products. Trust us. Those little silver dots keep you darned warm.

Ever run a marathon? Those silvery sheets they cover you with to keep you warm post-run is the same technology Columbia incorporates into their Omni-Heat products.

So we’ve heard a lot about Omni-Heat lately. At least I have. And it looks like their marketing is working, because the technology even made the Today Show. The nice part is that the jacket I have lives up to the talk.

After a pretty warm (mid-upper 30s) December, Summit County and much of Colorado got hit with some mighty cold weather. Highs didn’t even make it into the double digits and combined with the wind atop the chairlifts, it was pretty brutal. I get antsy if I stay indoors too long, so I’m a fan of combating cold with good gear. My new jacket came just in time.

Columbia Black Diamond Dash Parka

The liner and shell integrate seamlessly with no bulky or complex zip-in system and they can work as two separate jackets. So on those not-so-cold days, I wear only the shell and I’m perfectly comfortable. And on those brutally cold and windy days, this coat keeps me toasty.

That little zipper at the neck lets me fit a scarf inside my jacket. That's a smile underneath!

That little zipper at the neck lets me fit a scarf inside my jacket. That’s a smile underneath!

Beyond that, I like the details. There’s a zipper at the neck that you can open for a little extra room, which means a scarf fits nicely underneath.

The snow skirt snaps away so it’s not flapping around when not in use. And the pit zips on both the liner and the shell keep me comfortable as the day warms up.

That last one is essential for me. As someone who gets warm quickly, it’s easy to get too hot, sweat and then catch a chill that I can’t shake on the hill. So far, I’ve worn this jacket to ski at my limits, hit the groomers and stand around watching events outside. And it’s served me well. Nice job, Columbia.

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