The Columbia Powerfly Down Hoodie is one of the brand’s new Omni Heat Reflective jackets.
If you have ever wrapped yourself in a space blanket after a race or adventure challenge youâ€™ll know just how toasty warm it is. Now outdoors brand Columbia has taken this space blanket technology and inserted something similar into a new clothing and footwear range.
The Omni-Heat Reflective fabric range includes jackets, boots, socks, gloves and shoes. The special fabric is claimed to boost the bodyâ€™s own heat without need for bulky insulation.
Columbia Powerfly Down Hoodie
The Powerfly Down Hoodie jacket is part of the new Omni-Heat range, with designs to fit men and women. The menâ€™s style is in five colourways and neat fitting (the trend is for snug fits these days). The womenâ€™s Powerfly is cut to fit a feminine shape and also fits â€œslightly smallâ€. (In other words, buy a size bigger than normal if you canâ€™t try it on.) There are four colours in the womenâ€™s version.
In addition to the Omni-Heat Reflective fabric, the Powerfly packs in a fantastic 800-fill down, and still manages to look slimmed down. (Gone are the days where you need to wear a Michelin man style down jacket!)
The lightweight down jacket also has â€œOmni-Shieldâ€ advanced repellency, which is meant to repel light rain.
How does the Powerfly Down jacket perform?
I always like to hear about and try new technology. While lightweight down jackets are fairly new, and certainly many brands have their own versions this year, a company that offers even more heat is a good one in my book.
I hate to wear clothing that is too bulky yet I crave warmth, especially during a Scottish winter. The Powerfly feels super lightweight yet performs brilliantly on warmth. I hardly needed to wear anything more than a thin (Yak wool, as it happens!) baselayer and despite a chill wind I still felt toasty warm inside the jacket.
The addition of a hood is very welcome. The pockets are also lined with the Omni-Heat reflective fabric for extra cosy hands.
I love the bright colours in both the men and womenâ€™s jackets, although you can choose straightforward black if you wish, too. The menâ€™s range has a two-shade black and grey for variation.
I wouldnâ€™t be too keen to spend long in the rain in a down jacket, because down becomes hopelessly un-warm if it gets wet. There is a repellent coating on the Powerfly Hoodie but in my experience this is for light rain only and not for sustained rain. In any case, the jacket is so slim you can easily add a waterproof jacket on top.
The only quibble I have is the fit. The website states that the Powerfly Hoodie fit is a â€œslightly smallâ€. Itâ€™s a pity they donâ€™t stick to standard sizes but then again few brands seem to be standard UK sizes so itâ€™s best if you simply try on a jacket to see which one fits you the best.
The Powefly Hoodie has an RRP of Â£160.