Keeping Warm with the Columbia Flash Forward Down Hooded Jacket

The Columbia Flash Forward Down hooded jacket

It’s always a good idea to bring a good jacket when traveling. Even in our tropical country, squalls or drafts of cold can be sudden, especially when venturing to the Cordilleras. In my recent travels to the cold highlands, I got to use the Columbia Flash Forward Down Hooded Jacket this time. It’s a lightweight, ActiveFit, water resistant down jacket with a patented Heat Seal technology from Columbia. I put the jacket to the test at the chilly summit of Mt Pulag and the nippy air of Bontoc.

In woodland green color
In woodland green color

Columbia Flash Forward Down Hooded Jacket

I like that the Columbia Flash Forward Down jacket is light and easy to pack. Despite being cushiony, it packs tightly and restores to its original state when released. Heat Seal technology is utilized to keep the warmth intact and better water resistance by not using stitches between down fills. For technical purposes here are the features of the jacket:

  • HEAT SEAL technology eliminates baffled stitches, so the down stays in and the cold stays out
  • Water resistant fabric
  • 650 fill power down insulation
  • Responsibly-sourced down insulation
  • Binding at hood
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Binding at hem
  • Binding at cuffs
  • Center Back Length: 28″
  • Imported
Doing a yoga Dancer's pose at the summit of Mt Pulag
Doing a yoga Dancer’s pose at the summit of Mt Pulag

ActiveFit

Aside from the lightness, I also like how flexible the fit of the jacket is. Usually, I would have a “Large” sized jacket but for the Columbia Flash Forward Down, the “Medium” size fits just right, close to the body but still comfortable with full range of movements. I had no problem doing some yoga asanas at the summit of Mt Pulag nor hiking in the early cold at the trails.

Hiking with the dogs at the cool forest of Maligcong
Hiking with the dogs at the cool forest of Maligcong

Impression

I enjoyed using the Columbia Flash Forward Down Hooded Jacket. The main things I liked about it is its lightness, packability, ActiveFit, the color (love my woodland green), big pockets, and warmth. On the warmth, I don’t think it is the warmest down jacket but for general use and especially here in the Philippines it is good enough. In other destinations where temperature could go from 10 degrees centigrade to below zero, it is better to add some inner layers for that added warmth.

The Columbia Flash Forward Down Hooded Jacket SRP is Php 6,990 is available at Columbia sportswear and Recreational Outdoor Exchange (R.O.X.) stores. They come in different colors: woodland green, marina blue, spicy red, hyper blue, graphite, deep rust, deep water and black.

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Showing the inner pocket of the jacket
Showing the inner pocket of the jacket
Not a problem doing the tripod headstand with the jacket on
Not a problem doing the tripod headstand with the jacket on

What ya think?