Price US $170

Columbia Alpine Action 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Columbia Alpine Action jacket is a very warm jacket that would be great for those who ski in cold conditions on a regular basis. It has 100g of insulation along with an Omni-Heat reflective liner. It comes with a standard waterproof and breathable Omni-Tech layer to provide protection in a light snow.

Columbia Alpine Action Ski Jacket Review

Tester: Matt

Size: S

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Columbia Alpine Action features an Omni-Tech waterproof and breathable layer. Omni-Tech is a decent entry level waterproofing that gives you decent protection at a budget friendly price. At 10k Omni-Tech won’t be the best in a really wet climate, but will offer plenty of wet weather protection for those who ski most often on cold dry days. If you do see some wet snow on occasion, the Alpine Action will hold up fine. You just don’t want to ski in wet weather all the time. Also, with many lower end waterproof jackets it’s important to wash and treat them with a DWR from time to time. This just helps to ensure that they remain waterproof for as long as you own the jacket. Omni-Tech is also at the lower end for breathability. It’s not going to be great for warmer days, or skiers that push it hard. This jacket is built for keeping you warm, and is best suited for colder days on the mountain when breathability tends to be less of an issue.

Warmth: The Columbia Alpine Action has 100g of synthetic insulation and an Omni-Heat reflective liner. This is going to provide some serious warmth, and is best suited for colder climates. If you’re the type of skier that is always cold on the mountain this is a jacket worth looking at. I typically run really warm, so I’d probably only use this jacket on the coldest days of the season. There are also no pit zips on the Alpine Action, and breathability is only okay, so you’re not going to want to use this jacket on warmer days.

Fit: The Columbia Alpine Action has a classic modern fit that is true to size. It isn’t articulated in any one area, but I never felt like it was too loose or baggy. The fit is comfortable, and functional. If you like a standard fit that isn’t too tight or too loose, the Alpine Action is just about perfect. Overall length is good as well, and it also has a drop tail that extends over the butt.

Features: The Columbia Alpine Action jacket is a very solid jacket for the price. Sure it’s not a technical shell built for the most serious skiers, but for casual skiers that want a good deal, this is a great jacket. It offers some serious warmth without having to break the bank. Waterproofing and breathability is just at the industry standard, but will be fine for lighter snow. It comes with a removable articulating storm hood that will provide a decent amount of protection from the elements. The Alpine Action also has a removable powder skirt to keep snow out. It also has a good number of pockets, all of which are pretty well placed. Overall, this is a very good jacket for the price. It would be a solid option for casual skiers in colder climates.

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Type

Fully Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

Other

Insulation Type

Other

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Detachable Articulating

Powder Skirt

Yes

Jacket to Pant Interface

No

Venting

None

Meshed Vents

No

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

10K

Breathability Rating

10K

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Normal

Packability

Thick

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Great