List Price US $200
Columbia Prima Hiker Jacket Review
Type Fully Insulated
Primary Waterproofing None
Outer Layer Waterproofing DWR
Insulation Type Other
Taped Seams Criticaly Taped
Waterproof Zippers No
Hood Type Contoured
Powder Skirt No
Jacket to Pant Interface No
Venting None
Meshed Vents No
Layer Count 2 Layer
Waterproof Rating Unpublished
Breathability Rating Unpublished
Manufactured in Imported
Waterproofing Poor
Breathability Poor
Warmth Great




Columbia Prima Hiker 2016 Review by A Better Ski

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


Tester: Matt

Size: M

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.

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