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Columbia Heavenly Hoody - Women's Review

A very affordable and high performing non-technical insulated jacket.
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Price:  $130 List | $68.71 at Backcountry
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Pros:  Warmth, many comfort features, very weatherproof
Cons:  Not breathable or very packable
Manufacturer:   Columbia
By Amber King ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Jan 6, 2020
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75
OVERALL
SCORE


RANKED
#4 of 14
  • Warmth - 25% 9
  • Weight & Compression - 20% 4
  • Comfort & Coziness - 20% 10
  • Weather Resistance - 15% 9
  • Breathability - 15% 4
  • Style & Fit - 5% 9

Our Verdict

Wrapped up in a plethora of cozy features, the Columbia Heavenly Hooded Jacket is back to keep you warm all winter. Its thicker construction and 100% polyester construction will keep you well protected from stabby winter winds and wet snow. It easily accepts bulky layers while the hi-pile fleece hood and elasticized cuffs with thumb loops had our testers just saturated in lavish comforts. Unfortunately, it is not the most breathable jacket and is designed for non-technical purposes. Where it at the ski resort on your next leisurely hike through the forest. It's stylish enough to even be worn to fancy dinners and first dates in the city. The best part? It's super affordable, winning our Best Buy award once again.

New Colors Since Testing

See one of the most recent color options for this Best Buy winner in the photo above.

March 2020


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Our Analysis and Test Results

The Heavenly Hooded Jacket is a super affordable non-technical insulated winter jacket that'll keep you warm through the coldest months of the year. We love its ample warmth and super cozy hi-pile fleece lining through the hood that had us wrapped up in comfort during the coldest days of winter. Take it out for the odd hike or while shopping in town, but leave it at home if you intend to take on adventures that'll make you sweat. It simply isn't very breathable or hugely packable.

Performance Comparison


Enjoy the simple pleasures  like changing colors in Ontario   in this luxuriously comfortable jacket. It's a great winter option with uses for colder weather in the shoulder seasons.
Enjoy the simple pleasures, like changing colors in Ontario, in this luxuriously comfortable jacket. It's a great winter option with uses for colder weather in the shoulder seasons.

Warmth


This is by far one of the warmest jackets we've had the pleasure of testing. Its warmth comes in the form of its ample amounts of insulation, thicker design, and reflective liner that keeps heat in when it's quite cold outside. It's a perfect jacket to wear throughout the Fall, Winter, and Spring but is a little limited in its use in cold weather because of its level of warmth.


The 100% polyester design is quite thick, which doesn't allow wind or water to penetrate through its layers. While skiing in this jacket at the resort, we felt content and warm, with it holding heat all day long. The reflective liner works to retain the heat inside the jacket, adding to your overall warmth.

We take this jacket on hikes in cooler weather  which is a fine application.
We take this jacket on hikes in cooler weather, which is a fine application.

Unfortunately, this jacket does lose a little warmth if you start to sweat then slow down. Since the jacket is not very breathable, the heat can't escape, which can result in sweating and cooling. This can inevitably lead to a colder core. That said, we hardly used this jacket for sweaty activities, and it did just fine for Fall hikes, winter ski adventures, and strolls around town. Wear it as your outermost layer in the coldest of weather - just be sure to layer underneath it.

The baffles are full of 100% polyester that is ripe with insulative value. This jacket is warm and a great choice for winter weather.
The baffles are full of 100% polyester that is ripe with insulative value. This jacket is warm and a great choice for winter weather.

Weight & Compression


This jacket is not meant to pack down but built to stay on your body. Weighing in at 21 ounces, it's one of the heavier jackets we've tested.


The thicker design with the Omni-heat lining doesn't allow it to pack into a small bundle, however, if you use a small stuff sack, it's surprising how small it does get for its weight and overall bulk.

A look at the weight.
A look at the weight.

While it might be heavier than the rest, we're comparing this coat to ultra-technical jackets built to fit into small spaces. This jacket can be compressed and stuffed into a backpack if you find yourself warming up while taking on mega-adventures.

It's surprising how small this large jacket gets when stuffed into a sack. Though remarkably compressible  it's still quite heavy.
It's surprising how small this large jacket gets when stuffed into a sack. Though remarkably compressible, it's still quite heavy.

Comfort & Coziness


Holy Guacamole! This jacket is super cozy and comfortable. It is one of the only jackets tested that sports a hood completely lined in fleecy, voluptuous goodness that feels ultra-cozy for all-day wear. It's easy to layer and offers many additional comfort features that we just love.


Let's start at the top! The hood is quite cozy with its faux fur hi pile fleece lining but doesn't have a cinch cord or elasticized cuff for a specific fit. It is roomy enough to accommodate a low-profile ski helmet, but not large enough if your helmet is gigantic. From the hood extends the lining, right to the chin, so you can nuzzle into your jacket with comfort when the temperatures get super cold outside.

Enjoy the furry interior of the hood that extends all the way down to the chin for great warmth and comfort in cold weather.
Enjoy the furry interior of the hood that extends all the way down to the chin for great warmth and comfort in cold weather.

We also love the garaged zipper and the height that it protects for cold weather.
We also love the garaged zipper and the height that it protects for cold weather.

The Omni-heat lining isn't "cozy" per se, nor is it a material that we'd want on our skin all the time. That said, it is quite frictionless, which makes layering bulky layers underneath it quite easy peasy. We also love the elasticized cuffs that come complete with stretchy thumb loops for amazing breathability and comfort.

The cuffs are pretty awesome. Huge comfort points in this arena.
The cuffs are pretty awesome. Huge comfort points in this arena.

Let's talk pockets!!!! The two hand-warmer pockets are lined with a soft material that feels warm and cozy on the hands. They are large enough to fit gloved hands and can store many different things. The internal zippered pocket at the breast is not lined with any soft materials but lined with Omni-heat. It can easily fit a phone or other stashable items that you might need in a pinch.

The pockets are large and snug. They easily fit your hands with or without gloves.
The pockets are large and snug. They easily fit your hands with or without gloves.

Weather Resistance


Given the locked-in design, which includes thick polyester fabrics with an integrated Storm-Lite 100% polyester shell, this jacket is quite weather-resistant! It offers great protection from both wind and water. While it's not a super technical jacket (it's too heavy and doesn't breath well), it offers good protection in stormy conditions. Wear it while skiing at the resort, performing chores around town, or visiting with friends during the winter months.


We tested this jacket while walking around town in both Canada and Colorado on especially blustery days. When wearing just a base layer underneath, we were surprised at how warm we felt even when the winds were gusting hard, right in our faces.

Our water tests show the fabric does saturate. However  the fabric doesn't allow water to get through to the liner. Below  you can see the liner is without moisture.
Our water tests show the fabric does saturate. However, the fabric doesn't allow water to get through to the liner. Below, you can see the liner is without moisture.


During our water tests, where we put each jacket into the shower for two minutes, we weren't surprised by its awesome performance. The shell did amazing work to keep water beading up on the fabric for about 30 seconds before it is completely saturated. The water then stayed within the layers of the jacket. It didn't pool at the bottom as we observed with many mobile faced jackets, and after the test was done, no water absorbed through to the back of the jacket. Awesome performance, earning it a top score in this category.

Breathability


There are always trade-offs for sporting great warmth and weather protection. For this jacket, it comes in the form of breathability. We tested this jacket while hiking and walking around town. We even took it out for a run, even though at first glance, we'd never consider it with this jacket's construction.


After these tests, we've learned that this is jacket is not breathable. In comparison to the rest of the jackets out there, it is one of the least breathable. The Omni-heat liner does a good job of keeping heat inside the jacket, but it's not versed in allowing it to escape efficiently.

Wandering around our property is a great way to use this jacket. Since it's not very breathable  leisurely hikes are about all it can handle.
Wandering around our property is a great way to use this jacket. Since it's not very breathable, leisurely hikes are about all it can handle.

This is not a jacket to buy if you want to take it cross-country skiing or hiking uphill. It does suffice for the odd walk-about in the woods or while performing some menial chores around town. It doesn't breathe well, nor does it have any great points for ventilation.

The Omni-Heat liner that's really good at keeping warmth in  but isn't very good at off-loading it.
The Omni-Heat liner that's really good at keeping warmth in, but isn't very good at off-loading it.

Style & Fit


This jacket is built for all sorts of women with a cute style that many of our testers just love. It doesn't have a technical, but a classical look to it. The baffled design offers a flattering chevron-pattern in both the front and the back, with many different color options.


The fit is also nice. Fitting true to size, with a little extra room, you don't have to worry about sizing up. The arms and torso are super long, accommodating all lengths of limbs out there. There's enough extra room under the jacket to add a thin layer without an issue. Just be aware that layering over this jacket might present an issue as it's pretty thick. Our main tester is 5'6, 145 lbs, medium build, and wears a size small.



A look at the great fit on our main tester. She is 5'6"  145 lbs  and of medium build.
A look at the great fit on our main tester. She is 5'6", 145 lbs, and of medium build.

Value


This insulated jacket presents amazing value for its performance. The hooded option costs a little more than the jacket but adds more in terms of warmth and comfort. The ladies that'll find this jacket of the most value are those seeking a nice winter coat that is warm enough to go to the ski resort and still look good for apres drinks.

Enjoy all of life's wonders in this beautiful and comfortable synthetic jacket. It'll protect you from the elements while offering great style and fit. It comes in many different color options and is a favorite of ours.
Enjoy all of life's wonders in this beautiful and comfortable synthetic jacket. It'll protect you from the elements while offering great style and fit. It comes in many different color options and is a favorite of ours.

Conclusion


This 100% polyester jacket offers the best comfort features, amazing warmth, and looks super snazzy. It has many features that we just adore, including a super cute stylish look fit for almost any lady. Wear it during the winter while hiking, skiing, or hanging out with family and friends. It's not intended for super technical performance, so keep it at home when you hit the skin track or take to an ice climbing route.


Amber King