Columbia Melting Point Jacket

Nov 1, 2011
Outside Magazine
Columbia Melting Point

Columbia Melting Point jacket    Photo: Courtesy of Columbia

THE SELL: Three tricked-out jackets for the price of one. THE TEST: Historically, Columbia's nesting jackets werre overbuilt and gawky. Not so the Melting Point, which mates a newfangled shell to a trim down-filled liner with snaps (not zips). The resulting package weights nearly 1.5 pounds less than the Bugaboos we all wore in middle school. Credit Columbia's new Omni-Dry fabric, which moves moisture as well as any waterproof-breathable material on the market does, and the inner puffer is lined with metallic microdots for space-blanket-style heat retention. Together, the layers kept testers warm in 70-mpg Whistler gusts, while the liner solo made the grade for dinner reservations. THE VERDICT: Great update on an old idea. 2.4 lbs

Versatility: 5
Value: 4
Performance: 4

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