This year in the French Alps Dani has been testing out the Women’s Salcantay hooded jacket and Women’s powder keg II trousers by Columbia. These trousers and hooded jacket set are perfect for layering.
There has been a lot of thought when it comes to the style of Columbia’s 2019 gear. The jacket is made from various fabrics, and is designed the clinch in at the waist for women. The fabrics feel soft, very waterproof and all of the stitching is considered and tough. The wrist area, has adjustable cuffs for your gloves, making sure to keep you extra protected.
The first pointer with this Columbia set would to be go up from your usual size. I did this and the jacket fit perfectly but the trousers were a little snug. The trousers come in at a waist fit rather than a high waist. I myself prefer a higher waist when skiing as if you fall over, less snow gets inside. Also when you sit for some aprés, you want to feel comfortable, with no digging into your tummy area.
The inside of the jacket has a powder skirt, to make sure it sits snug to your body, protecting you from any incoming snow.
The storm hood is great for windier days for extra protection, and keeps your face and back of neck protected, however, when wearing a helmet, the hood cannot fit over the helmet, which is something that was disappointing.
Warmth on the slopes
Both the jacket and trousers are thin, but they are designed to be worn as part of a layering system. For the entire week, where temperatures were colder than usual in the French Alps, i stayed nice and warm with only one merino wool layer beneath the jacket. On the inside of both the jacket and trousers has the Omni-Heat reflective technology, specially designed by Columbia, that keeps you extra warm. This has been thought through and covers all of the areas that need the extra warmth, like you core and your arms.
More about Omni-Heat technology.
If you get too hot, both the jacket and trousers have venting to allow breathability. After a days worth of skiing, you come back feeling completely dry. No sweating here! The jacket also has a handy ski pass pocket on the left arm and has a soft chin guard where the zip meets your chin, so no unnecessary rubbing whilst tackling the slopes. There are plenty of exterior pockets, with an interior security pocket also being included. The trousers have internal gaiters, again to stop snow from entering and bottom leg zips and to allow more room for boots.
Movability on the slopes
Both the jacket and trousers move well when skiing, with no rubbing and enough space. The jacket being fit to the waist does however ride up with my curvier figure, especially when sitting on the chair lifts.
Jacket – Black, Astral Twill print (red and grey tones)
Trousers – Astral (grey tones), Nocturnal (blue)
Jacket – £190
Trousers – £225
If you are looking to find a light-weight jacket and trousers that looks great on the slopes and keeps you warm, whilst using other layers, this would be a great one for you and at a pretty decent price – just make sure to order a size larger! Being a curvier bodied person, I feel that the design of this particular set could’ve been a little more considered, especially as they have put a lot of work to the fabrics and design.
Personally I like to go for a bigger jacket and higher waistline on trousers for extra comfort, with enough skirting over your bum area, incase you happen to fall in the snow!