It’s no secret to any of my friends and regular readers of this blog that I love rambling, hiking and hillwalking. In fact anything that includes the words “outdoors” and “exploring” or “walking” I love it! As I continue to grow in confidence with my abilities in this particular area by trying new and challenging routes and destinations across trickier terrains and up steeper inclines, I am constantly on the look for better gear to wear and use while I’m out in the countryside.
I do not like to spend more than I have to though. I know that many people will say that you need to buy the more expensive gear to get the best quality and value for money, but I am not entirely sure I agree with this to be honest. There are bargains out there, but you should never forsake the quality and whether a piece of clothing or gear is actually fit for its purpose.
One of the most important pieces of gear you need to have when getting involved in hillwalking and rambling, regardless of whether you are in a very hot country or a very cold one, is a good quality, waterproof jacket. I recently received the Columbia Men’s Platinum Turbodown hooded down jacket as my new hillwalking and rambling jacket, which I will be discussing for the remainder of this review.
As I have a lot of hiking and hillwalking in the Lake District planned during wintertime, I really needed a jacket that was going to provide me with a comfortable level of warmth without obstructing my movement which is why I was drawn to this particular jacket. The last time I was in the Lake District I tackled Scarfell Pike and although I managed it, it would have been a whole better experience and I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had worn this jacket, so I can’t wait to try it out.
As I have only trial run the jacket while walking in my local area at night and early in the morning I have not given it the proper big hill test, but I can say with complete confidence that it feels snug and comfortable on, without feeling too heavy. My opinion is that you can quite often feel whether a piece of clothing is good quality and well made just by holding it and when I first held this jacket that is all I could think.
I went for a walk in the rain to try out the water resistance of the fabric and while the jacket was very wet by the time I got home, the next layer of clothing underneath was bone dry! The aspect I am most looking forward to putting to the test is the Omni-heat reflective lining as that promises to keep you warm no matter the climate and at the top of Scarfell Pike, if you have never been, it can get pretty cold. I also like the fact that it has hand pockets that can be zipped up to give your hands as much protection from the cold as possible.
Overall, I would say that if you are looking a reasonably priced, water resistant, warm and comfortable jacket for outdoor activities, whether it’s hiking, rambling or even just walking the dog down the street on wintery cold mornings and evenings, then you should consider the Columbia Men’s Platinum 860 Turbodown Hooded down Jacket. Stockist – Blacks.co.uk