Price US $280

Columbia Powderkeg 2015 Review by A Better Ski

I love that the Columbia Powderkeg is a a 3in1 jacket. I really like the warmth you get with down, but often down jackets alone are not waterproof, and often don’t make the best ski jackets, especially in wet climates. By adding a down layer (that also has Omni-Heat reflectors) to a waterproof shell the Columbia Powderkeg is a very warm jacket that can be worn when the snow is really coming down. Best of all, when the temps raise, simply remove the down layer and you have a great warm weather shell. Going out on a mild night after skiing, just take your down layer. The 3-point interchange system is pretty easy to use and removing and adding the down liner is pretty straight forward. The shell of the Columbia Powderkeg has a chest pocket, and two hand-warming pockets, and inside you have a small security pocket. The shell has a drop tail, making it a bit longer in back, and the hem is adjustable and can be cinched down to keep out snow. Remember that the liner is a bit shorter than the shell, but works great as a system. Overall the Columbia Powderkeg fits pretty standard. There is a little extra room for layering, although you won’t have to with this jacket. The length was right at the waist, which is a bit shorter than some of the other Columbia jackets but not too short. Overall, the Columbia Powderkeg is a fantastic jacket if you want the warmth of down, but also want the technical shell for skiing.

Jacket Size- S

Matt’s Specs:
Normal Specs– 5’10”, 160 lbs,
Upper Body– 34.5” Chest, Torso Length 23” (collar bone to pant button), Shoulder Width Approx 22”, Arm Length 18.5” (pit to wrist)
Lower Body– 30” Waist, 38” Hips, 30” Inseam,  22” Thigh
Turn On’s: Active fit jackets that fit well around my chest and torso, but don’t restrict movement. Size S Pants that have a bit more room in my thighs, that way I can actually use my pockets. And of course getting first chair with 12” of fresh powder on the mountain.
Turn Off’s: Size S Jackets that are too tight, and Size M jackets that are too loose in the waist. I really don’t like a loose waist that can allow cold air in, and I don’t like having to cinch down the waist. I also don’t like jackets that ride up when I’m skiing, The jacket should stay in place. Pants that fit too tight in the thigh, and I can’t use my pockets. Crowds in the mountains, and not being able to find a place to park in at the trailhead or ski resort.

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Type

Fully Insulated

Primary Waterproofing

Omni-Dry

Outer Layer Waterproofing

DWR

Insulation Type

Down

Taped Seams

Fully Taped

Waterproof Zippers

Yes

Hood Type

Detachable Contoured

Powder Skirt

No

Jacket to Pant Interface

No

Venting

Pit Zips

Meshed Vents

Yes

Layer Count

3 Layer

Waterproof Rating

Unpublished

Breathability Rating

Unpublished

Manufactured in

Imported

Fit

Normal

Packability

Normal

Waterproofing

Average

Breathability

Average

Warmth

Excellent