Thursday, December 8, 2011

Columbia Women's Key Three Softshell and Talus Ridge Mid OutDry Review

As part of my Columbia sponsorship, I had the great fortune to try out the Women's Key Three Softshell and the Women's Talus Ridge Mid OutDry hiking boots, amongst other things (more reviews soon).
Out for a hike with my Columbia Key Three Softshell, Talus Ridge Mid OutDry, 
and Windefend half zip (review coming soon)

Columbia Key Three Softshell, Talus Ridge Mid OutDry

Women’s Key Three™ Softshell 

Ideal for all your outdoor winter adventures, this windproof and water repellent bonded softshell delivers balanced protection with critical heat regulations. Omni-Heat® thermal reflective lining helps retain body heat to keep you 20% warmer. 2-way ventilation zips allow for customized temperature regulation. Constructed with premium fabric (kind of feels like neoprene), it features mechanical stretch to facilitate mobility, a drawcord hem for protection, and comfort cuffs with thumbholes for maximum coziness. 

This jacket has a snug fit, i.e. not bulky (fits well with a technical mid layer such as the Columbia Windefend half zip).  It has a adequate body length - hits mid hip, and sufficient arm length.  I love the comfy cuffs and thumbholes - both great features.  The vibrant color scheme reminds me of some ski jackets I wore as a child - great visibility!  Perfect softshell for wet, windy, chilly outdoor activities!  

OmniHeat thermal reflective lining in the hood

Women’s Talus Ridge™ Mid OutDry® 

The Talus Ridge is designed to strike a perfect balance between burly boot and lightweight active hiker, it integrates low-profile support with the waterproof-breathable superpowers of an Outdry® membrane so you can hike, jog, scramble, climb or snowshoe in all kinds of conditions.  Other features include Omni-Grip® outsole for great traction and Techlite® underfoot cushioning for comfort and support.

Worn with a pair of pants, these boots could be mistaken as trail shoes.  They are very comfortable and provide great traction on wet slippery terrain.  My feet stay warm and dry.  I have sensitive heels and wore these for several hikes without any heel rubbing or pain.    The Talus Ridge Mid OutDry is a great versatile lightweight hiker!

Columbia Talus Ridge Mid OutDry
These pieces are very comfortable and perform well outdoors.  One of my favorite things about Columbia is that they make technical yet versatile gear - great for adventures on the mountain and in the city!

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From front yard to forest, Columbia keeps you comfortable and protected 
so you can stay out longer. 

(Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for sponsorship purposes, courtesy of Columbia Sportswear. I was not compensated in any other way, am not obligated to give them a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this post is taken from the company website.)

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  1. Initially I thought that jacket might be a bit too retro, but it looks great on you!

  2. Love the jacket and the color too. I have had lots of Columbia gear in the past - especially when I did winter sports - skiing, xcskiing, skating, snowshoeing... great!


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