The Columbia Flash Forward - Women's is a lightweight jacket that breathes well, but almost too well. It was the least wind resistant of all the wind breakers we tested. While this jacket is fairly lightweight, it runs a bit large and the excess material tends to flap in the wind. The material feels silky on your bare skin, but it is not the best choice if your core temperature runs cold and you want extra warmth on a cool, windy day. We preferred our Editors' Choice winner, the Patagonia Houdini - Women's and our Top Top Pick for Alpine Climbing, the Arcteryx Squamish Hoody - Women's, over this model for most of our outdoor adventures.
Columbia has released this jacket in three new colors for 2016. Keep scrolling to check them out.