Price US $220

Columbia Horizons Pine 2016 Review by A Better Ski

The Columbia Horizons Pine is a casual 3-in-1 winter jacket. It could work great as an everyday around town winter jacket, or as a ski jacket for casual skiers that may only get out a few times a year.

Tester: Matt

Size: S

Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info

Waterproofing and Breathability: The Columbia Horizons Pine has a 2L Omni-Tech shell that’s going to provide standard entry level waterproofing. I’ve never been overly impressed with Omni-Tech, but it’s not bad for those who aren’t going to see a lot of wet weather. The Horizons Pine will be perfectly fine for light to moderately heavy snows, but less so when it starts to get really wet. The shell itself is moderately breathable, but when used together with the insulated mid-layer it’s really not great with temperature regulation. The Horizons Pine would be great as an around town jacket, or for the casual resort skier who really isn’t going to be working hard to earn their turns.

Warmth: The Columbia Horizons Pine 3-in-1 is pretty warm when used as a complete system. The shell itself isn’t going to provide a ton of insulation, but with 100g of Omni-Heat in the removable liner, it should hold up pretty well in cold weather. The shell also feels pretty thick, providing decent protection from wind. Again, this would be great as a casual around town jacket, providing solid warmth for days when the temperatures drop.

Fit and Feel: The Columbia Horizons Pine has a regular fit that is pretty true to size. I really like the extra length you get, especially since the jacket lacks a powder skirt. The fit is regular, giving you a little extra room underneath for layering and mobility. I found the jacket pretty comfortable, and it feels surprisingly light-weight for a heavily insulated 3-in-1 jacket. It’s definitely a bit more on the casual side, but I do like the look and feel.

Features: The Columbia Horizons Pine is a bit more of a casual around town jacket than technical ski jacket. It does have an adjustable removable hood, but lacks any other ski specific features. The dual hand-warming pockets are fine, but I’m not the biggest fan of dual pockets. The side pockets are fine for the hands, but if you place any gear on the outside pockets, it reduces the amount of space overall. Still, I like that there is plenty of pocket space for gear. The chest pockets are really good. They are really big, and roomy. The jacket also has an inside media pocket that can fit a decent size phone.

Bottom Line: The Columbia Horizons Pine is probably better as a casual around town winter jacket than a ski specific jacket, but could work well enough for casual skiers that only get out a few times a year.

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