Columbia Heatzone 1000 ReviewOctober 14, 2015
- Very warm
- Inexpensive for a 900 fill down coat
- Less durable face fabric
- No vents
The Columbia Heatzone 1000 is an extremely warm, very lightweight ski jacket containing some groundbreaking design technology. This jacket is one of the warmest jackets in the test. However, while the jacket nails the heat, there are very few additional features in this jacket.
The Heatzone 1000 is designed to be a beefed up down puffy. Down lofts best with lighter face fabrics, so the Heatzone suffers a little bit here despite softshell fabric on the shoulders, hood and arms.
The above mentioned softshell fabric adds weatherproofing to areas that get soaked first in a traditional puffy down coat. The entire coat is treated with a DWR that sheds normal snowfall. But it’s still not necessarily suited for “snain” and other marginal conditions.
Down coats tend to be more breathable than synthetic insulated coats and rarely get clammy, though the Heatzone lacks pit zips or other vents to bleed off heat without taking the jacket off.
In going for lightweight, Columbia cut down on amenities on the Heatzone, though there are still six pockets, including the forearm pass pocket. It’s a relatively minimalistic design without a powder skirt.
The Heatzone is designed for one thing: warmth. On that score it succeeds beautifully. It’s got a long hem, insulated hood, and tall collar to keep wind and blowing snow at bay. The Heatzone features some ground breaking design technology—Columbia has essentially re-invented the down parka. To solve the cold spots at the seams between baffles, the Heatzone welds a second, alternating layer atop the first similar to the way shingles are stacked on a roof. Water-resistant, 900-fill feathers fortified by a thin layer of absorbent synthetic insulation keep the coat from losing its loft in soggy conditions. Throw in Columbia’s signature Omni Heat system—metalic microdots on the interior fabric that reflect heat back upon the wearer a la a space blanket—and you’ve got a hell of a warm coat.