Part of the Titanium Collection, the Columbia Men’s Heatzone 1000 is about as warm as a jacket can get. Combine that with a semi-waterproof and breathable layer, and you have a very good jacket for cold wintery days on the snow.
Columbia Men’s Heatzone 1000 ski Jacket Review
Matt’s Specs: Sizing Info
Waterproofing and Breathability: The Columbia Men’s Heatzone 1000 has an Omni-Tech waterproof and breathable layer to help keep you dry while skiing. Omni-Tech is found throughout much, if not all of Columbias ski jackets. In our experience Omni-Tech is right around the industry standard for entry level waterproofing. What does mean? Well Omni-Tech will keep you dry in a light snow, and even rain, but it’s not designed to withstand a large amount of water over an extended period of time. On other words, if you ski in a place that only sees a few wet days a year, Omni-Tech will suit you just fine. Now the biggest downside to the Heatzone 1000 is that not the entire jacket is waterproof. The down “pockets” are exposed. This jacket will be much better in really cold and dry climates than it will be in wet locations. If you ski in a wet climate that is going to see a significant amount of wet snow or rain, Omni-Tech isn’t going to work well for you. The same can be said for Omni-Tech breathability. It’s okay for those skiers that won’t be generating a lot of heat while skiing, but if you plan on hiking to your favorite powdery run, you’re going to be a sweaty mess.
Warmth: The Columbia Men’s Heatzone 1000 is one of the warmest jackets I have ever put on. This is the jacket for those of you that ski in sub-zero temps during the season. If you run cold, the Heatzone 1000 is the answer to feeling warm on the snow. The Columbia Men’s Heatzone 1000 combines 900 fill down with 100g of Omni-Heat insulation. If that wasn’t enough, the Heatzone 1000 also has an Omni-Heat reflective liner that helps to retain more of your body heat. I can’t say it enough. This jacket is seriously warm!
Fit: The Columbia Men’s Heatzone 1000 has a standard fit with a longer drop tail back. The fit is pretty true to size, and feels really comfortable. There is room underneath for better mobility, but not so much so that it feels overly loose. I could fit in the medium, or small. I’d probably go with the small for a slightly tighter fit, especially since I would never have the need to layer underneath and have no need for extra room.
Features: The main feature of the Columbia Men’s Heatzone 1000 is the insulation. This is a seriously warm jacket! It doesn’t have a lot of other features, but does feature an articulating hood that is removable, and several pockets for gear.
Bottom Line: This is the jacket for you skiers that are always cold. If you ski in a location that sees below zero temps on a regular basis, the Columbia Men’s Heatzone 1000 is definitely worth a look.