The Columbia Gold 650 TurboDown Hooded jacket is the most budget-friendly offering in our review. While it did not win our Best Buy Award because of its lack of features and weather protection important in a winter coat, this jacket is a great option for someone on a budget who does not need a lot of bells and whistles. Columbia has been making good value outdoor apparel for a long time, and this model is no exception. With a simple, clean design and a down/synthetic fill blend, this jacket works well for someone who needs an affordable do-it-all cold weather jacket, and who does not need the extra features of many of the other technical jackets or the style and fit of the casual parkas.
Columbia would do well to add some of these features onto future models, such as a hood cinch or chest pocket, but even as-is the TurboDown remains a good jacket for a great price. If you are looking for a jacket with more features but still at an affordable price, check out our Best Buy Award winner, Marmot Fordham.