Fact: the winter has begun to bully us into wearing heavy, bulkier layers, BUT it doesn’t have to be that way. There are options available that provide function, warmth, and style at reasonable prices and minimal weight for both women and men. This month’s installation of our “For Him” section does just that, with the most important component of the look revolving around a really great base layer; in this case, being a jacket or two!
columbia down jacket
October 18, 2012
Columbia Sportswear Company has gotten really, really, good at marrying fashion and function. So much so, that I find myself wearing a bevy of their apparel and accessories in every season’s weather change “moment of need”. Below, I’ve got the various ways I’ve worn the pieces out and about in scenarios ranging from Greenwich Village cool, rural Pennsylvania-ready, and gym-workout serious.
As the weather turns brisk, sometimes my leather jacket just doesn’t cut it. This past week I wore the Columbia Powerfly Down Jacket as an ultra-light but warm top layer that folds into a small bag and features zip-pockets, cuff to keep out the cold, and Omni-Heat reflective lining to seal in and generate warmth.
A few days later, I was in rural Pennsylvania, where the temperature was already in the 30s! Yikes! I needed a little extra help to keep from shivering, which came in the form of the Columbia Extreme Fleece Long Sleeve 1/2 Zip. The fitted layer has Omni-wick inserts under arms and at side torso to get that perspiration away from you, sans-stench, and an Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining and insert at the back of the neck to help secure warmth.
Last, I looked like I was ready to do some damage at the gym thanks to my Columbia Solar Polar Short Sleeve Top, high performance for indoor and outdoor workouts thanks to Omni-Freeze ICE advanced cooling technology, which actually gets colder when your perspiration touches the material, vented, reflective detailing, and sun protection so that you never need to worry if the sun’s powerful rays are seeping through your clothing.
That’s a wrap on my Columbia favorites for city, country, and sport — what’s your favorite Columbia item?
Full Disclosure: Fashion Pulse Daily received products from Columbia for review.