Testing Out Columbia Ski Wear
In A Fridge in Zurich!
Testing Out Columbia’s 2018/19 Ski Wear Range
Columbia is one of the leading brands of ski wear so I was really pleased to be invited to to test out their latest 2018 / 2019 season range. However, since the event was held at the end of September and temperatures were still in their early twenties in Zurich, the team at Columbia had a novel idea.
They transplanted a massive walk-in fridge to the middle of Zurich, right next to the MAAG Halle. The idea was for a group of us to try on the ski wear and then walk into the fridge and stay inside for quite a while.
Omni-Heat 3D Technology
However, before we went into the fridge we had a presentation about the very special patented technology which Columbia are using in their jackets. Called “Omni-Heat 3D” all the ski wear has a lining which consists of silver dots.
These dots reflect body heat creating maximum thermal performance. Between the fibres there is an air gap which increases the retention of heat. The vertical fibres get rid of any moisture very quickly making the ski wear comfortable and pleasant to wear. Perfect for icy temperatures and those times when you’re left waiting on the ski lift for what seems like an eternity!
The Reflective Technology
Whilst we were in the fridge one of the team came round with a gadget to measure our temperatures on a thermal gauge. The gauge showed us where our bodies were retaining heat and where we were losing heat.
I went into the fridge wearing sandals and cotton trousers as well as the ski jacket – so it was quite obvious that my feet and legs would lose heat very quickly. In the pictures you can really see how my upper body where I was wearing a Columbia jacket kept red and warm, whereas my legs were white (and cold).
Base Layer Protection With Omni-Heat 3D
As well as wearing a good jacket it’s also important to wear the correct base layers too. Columbia’s range of base wear also incorporate this latest technology to keep you really toasty whatever the conditions!
On the inside of the base layer you can also see the silver dots which keep you nice and warm.
And this is the base layer the right way round:
The same technology is used in the trouser base layers too:
So if you’re looking for good quality ski wear to combat the ravages of a cold Ski Season, do take a look at the new Columbia Ski Wear range using the Omni Heat 3 D technology.
Stay tuned for some ideas on Footwear for the Snow Season following shortly!
All photos by Manuel Lopez / @maenuu
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