A few weeks ago, Chicks participant Jenn tested out a Columbia Sportswear* base layer – sent to us by the company – and sent us the following feedback.
I have never worn anything made by Columbia before. This is no joke. I have not even worn one of those Columbia rain jackets that everyone seems to have which I think is surprising considering I live in the Pacific Northwest and own probably 20 rain jackets. I own more rain jackets than pants, but not one Columbia.
I tested the Columbia midweight long sleeved striped top with the “Omni-Heat” system. I can’t tell if this is a gimmick or not but I liked the shirt, anyway. The “Omni-Heat” system seems to be a bunch of silver, space blanket type dots glued into the inside of the shirt. It looks cool, and made me feel like a futuristic, space aged ice climber.
With the space blanket type dots, one would think that it wouldn’t breath, but It did great! I guess that’s because the silver lining was only in dots. It wicked the sweat and dried really fast, faster than my fancy wool base layer did.
The sleeves and tail were long which meant I could pull the sleeves over my cold hands and the tail stayed tucked even when I was hanging from my ice tools like a monkey.
I wore the shirt for four days in a row which must mean that I really liked it. After four days, the shirt really stank! I mean, it was really stinky! The nice thing about the clever stipe design, though, is that it doesn’t show sweat stains. So presumably, if it didn’t stink so bad, I could have worn it out to dinner without anyone knowing.
Overall, I liked the shirt and may even buy one. I don’t know, though, I own a lot of base layer tops already and I might have to buy a striped rain jacket, to go with it. Does Columbia make those?
*Note: Columbia Sportswear is a sponsor of Chicks Climbing at “The Crux” level. The gear tested in this review was provided to Chicks by Columbia. We put this gear on lots of our Chicks with Picks participants for feedback this winter, along with some longer gear testing runs on several local gals. The review was not influenced by our relationship with Columbia in any way.