The Columbia Prima Hiker is a very warm insulated jacket. It could be used as a stand-alone jacket on clear and cold days, or under a technical shell for days when you need some extra warmth under a waterproof shell.
Columbia Prima Hiker Insulated Mid-layer Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Columbia Prima Hiker is a water-resistant jacket without any waterproof tech. It’s also not a super breathable jacket, and wouldn’t be great for those skiers that are working hard all over the mountain. If you were wanting to use this on the mountain on a wet day, you’re going to want to wear it underneath a technical shell.
Warmth: The Columbia Prima Hiker is a very warm jacket. It’s not quite as warm as the Heatzone 1000 Turbo Down, but still on the higher end of warmth. This would be a great ski jacket for those really cold and dry days. This would work even better as a super warm insulating mid-layer for underneath a thin technical shell. It has 80g of Omni-Heat insulation and Omni-Heat reflectors for added warmth.
Fit: The Columbia Prima Hiker jacket has a standard fit that is pretty true to size. It does give you some extra room in the sleeves, shoulders and torso, but it’s not overly loose. I found the jacket really comfortable, and I could go with a medium or small. I think if I were using this as a mid-layer I would probably go small so it would fit better under my technical shell.
Features: The Columbia Prima Hiker is all about keeping you warm. It has a pretty decent amount of insulation as well as an Omni-Heat reflective liner. The Prima hiker also has a helmet compatible contoured hood, two hand warming pockets, and an interior pocket that is big enough to pack the jacket into.
Bottom Line: The Columbia Prima Hiker is a solid casual jacket with a decent amount of warmth. It would be great as a warm insulating mid layer, and perfect for around town on a cold winter night. You could also use this as a resort jacket, but only on a clear day without rain or snow.