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.
Columbia Heavenly Hoody - Women's Review
Compare prices at 3 resellers Pros: Warmth, many comfort features, very weatherproof
Cons: Not breathable or very packable
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|Pros||Warmth, many comfort features, very weatherproof||Great style and colors, lightweight warmth, warm when wet, versatile use, durable||Warm, lightweight, packable, windproof, water resistant, slippery smooth face fabrics||Very warm, almost weather proof, flattering fit and style, packable||Lofty and warm, great value, packs small, lightweight, great value, good wind protection|
|Cons||Not breathable or very packable||Expensive||Not breathable, boxy fit, zipper gets stuck in fabric and can rip||Not breathable, tight across the back||Lacks breathability|
|Bottom Line||A very affordable and high performing non-technical insulated jacket.||A veratile wool-insulated jacket with fantastic overall performance in a reversible package.||Warm and compressive, this continuous shell jacket is an excellent option for all types of adventures.||The warmest synthetic jacket tested.||A great quilted jacket for all-around, all-year use at a great price.|
|Rating Categories||Heavenly Hoody||Swisswool Piz Bial||Rab Xenon Hoodie - Women's||Avant Featherless Hoody||Thermoball Eco Hoody|
|Weight & Compression (20%)|
|Comfort & Coziness (20%)|
|Weather Resistance (15%)|
|Style & Fit (5%)|
|Specs||Heavenly Hoody||Swisswool Piz Bial||Rab Xenon Hoodie -...||Avant Featherless...||Thermoball Eco Hoody|
|Weight||21 oz||12 oz||8.75 oz||14.75 oz||12.75 oz|
|Number of Pockets||3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest)||3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest)||3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered chest)||4 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest, 1 stuff sack)||3 (2 zippered hand, 1 zippered internal chest)|
|Insulation||100% polyester||88% virgin wool, 12% polylactide||60g Stratus||3M Thinsulate Featherless Insulation||Thermoball Eco 100% recycled polyester|
|Outer Fabric||Storm-Lite DP II||100% recycled nylon Pertex Quantum||Atmos ripstop||20D woven||100% recycled nylon|
|Lining||Luscious Pile Fleece, 100% polyester||100% nylon||Nylon||Nylon||100% recycled polyester|
|Built-in stash pocket?||No||No||Yes||No||Yes|
|Cuff construction||Internal elastic cuff||Elasticized cuffs||Elasticized cuffs||Elasticized cuffs||Elasticized cuffs|
|Warranty Information||Limited lifetime warranty||30-day return||Lifetime warranty with original proof of purchase - includes repairs||Lifetime warranty||Limited lifetime warranty; will repair or replace due to manufacturing defect (not regular wear and tear or misuse)|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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