Columbia Alpine Invader
Will Ross, March 18, 2011
The Alpine Invader ski jacket is part of the Columbia Omni-Heat collection, the brand’s latest innovation for outdoor winter adventures. Whether challenging black pistes or baguette-break runs make up your morning agenda on the mountain, the Alpine Invader promises to be a trustworthy ally.
Simple and slick, the Alpine Invader’s exterior craftily combines warmth and weather resistance with a lightweight shell. The inner fleece and Omni-Heat lining create a snug interior that’s so effective that only a base layer need be worn beneath the jacket. In fact, depending own your own tolerance levels, I would recommend wearing only a base layer since it will assist in moisture transportation to prevent cold, wet patches developing when you stop exercising. The fleece collar lining and Lycra cuffs add to the uniqueness of this product, a leading jacket in Columbia’s armoury that compacts neatly in a bag given it’s performance credentials.
Pockets are conveniently placed, most notably on the left side where there is sleeve for an iPod and other pockets for small essentials such as lip balm and ski passes. Like its brother jacket, the Rodeo, the Alpine Invader has waterproofed pockets on the exterior with strong zips that are easily handled in gloves.
The breathability and weight of the Columbia Alpine Invader makes for outstanding temperature regulation. Neat and efficient, the jacket is yet another example of Omni-Heat’s benefits, keeping in tune with the creative yet realistic qualities that come to define the brand.