Price US $450

Columbia Heatzone 1000 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Columbia Heatzone 1000 Turbo Down is all about keeping you warm while on the snow. This is one of the warmest jackets we’ve ever tested, and would be great for those who run cold, and for those who ski in really cold locations.

Columbia Heatzone 1000 Turbo Down Jacket Review

 

Tester: Cindy

Size: M

Cindy’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Columbia Heatzone 1000 has Omni-Tech in the sleeves and shoulders provided ok protection from wet weather. Unfortunately, down jackets are typically not great in wet weather. The down “panels” typically have a DWR coating, but no real membrane or laminate for added protection. Down is sometimes treated with a DWR like coating to help keep it insulating even when wet. So bottom line is that the Heatzone 1000 will be fantastic in dry weather, but not very good on a wet and stormy day. Breathability is also on the lower end, and with all that heavy insulation you won’t feel like it breathes really well. You’re going to wear this jacket on really cold days, but leave it at home when things warm up.

Warmth: The Columbia Heatzone 1000 Turbo Down is all about keeping you warm on the slopes. It has 900 fill down panels, 100g of Omni-Heat insulation, and Omni-Heat reflectors in the inside liner. This is a seriously warm jacket, and perfect for those who are always cold, or are mostly skiing on really cold days. The best part is that the jacket doesn’t feel extremely puffy or bulky, and it’s not very heavy. The jacket looks good, fits great, and keeps you super warm.

Fit: The Columbia Heatzone 1000 doesn’t feel overly bulky or heavy, and the fit is actually really comfortable. We found it true to size, and ever so slightly tailored. The Heatzone 1000 also has a 4-way stretch material that stretches with you. We love this material for jackets, as it allows for a great range of motion in a more form fit. There is a small amount of room underneath for layers, but you’ll almost never have to add extra layers (maybe a base) underneath the jacket.

Features: The Columbia Heatzone 1000 is all about keeping you warm no matter how cold it is outside. It doesn’t have a ton of ski specific features, but is perfectly fine for those super cold days on the snow. It does have a removable articulating hood, several pockets, and some entry level fabric tech. Unfortunately, there is no powder skirt, and no pit zips.

Bottom Line: The Columbia Heatzone 1000 is a fantastic jacket for those who ski on really cold days all the time, or for those who always run cold. It doesn’t have a ton of tech or features, but it is one of the warmest jackets we’ve ever worn. This is our favorite jacket for cold and dry days on the mountain.

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Type

Puffy

Primary Waterproofing

Other

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Down

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

No

Hood Type

Detachable Articulating

Powder Skirt

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

No

Venting

None

Meshed Vents

No

Layer Count

2 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Below 10K

Breathability Rating

Below 10K

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Semi Tight

Packability

Thick

Waterproofing

Poor

Breathability

Poor

Warmth

Excellent