Columbia Circuit Breaker Softshell

Mar 1, 2012
Outside Magazine

Best for Mechanized Warmth on the Slopes
Plug it in at home to charge. Then, once outside in the chill, press a button for instant warmth. Columbia's line of electrically-heated jackets combine small heat-producing modules laced into the liner with a fancy fabric that has a grid of metalized dots said to reflect heat back at the body. The result is a jacket unique to the outdoor world with a trim cut, alpine-parka features, embedded rechargeable batteries, and on-demand heat. This coat is no cold-weather cure all, but the artificial warmth is noticeable enough to up the comfort level a notch on a lift ride during a storm. 

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