There’s no shame in it: I love gear. What do I love even more than gear? High quality gear. When Columbia reached out to me to check out their Peak Power Jacket with their “Omini-Dry technology,” I said, “SIGN A SISTER UP!” However, I received the jacket and the poor thing was left alone, just hanging in my closet as the summer sun blistered away and the thought of putting on a jacket would equate to putting a fork in my eye.
With the potential of a hurricane on our honeymoon, I thought that our trip to the Dominican Republic might be a perfect opportunity to put the blue beauty to work. So that’s exactly what I did: I put the jacket in some of the most extreme conditions I could find while facing hurricane Irene. Including…
Extreme rock climbing!
But in all seriousness, this jacket is extremely amazing…
I’ve never had gear quite as nice as this…there are so many small features that if you were to look at the jacket on the rack, you would never notice all of the finite details that make this jacket a keeper. Columbia will claim that the best part of the jacket is “an ultra-light laminate membrane that’s over 50-percent air, making this jacket insanely breathable and lighter than other 3-layer shells like it.” Here are a few of my favorite features:
These bungee-things (I have no idea what they’re called) pull to fit the jacket perfectly around your waist. While this isn’t an innovative feature, they pull tight without the rest of the jacket poofing up like you’re in third grade. There is also an innovative bungee-thing around the hood. Pull it just right and the hood literally stays on your head – even in a hurricane. It was amazing.
The zippers! They’re everywhere and amazing. Under your arms for extra ventilation and two-way zippers with a silicone seal (keeping me absolutely dry in the hurricane).
The front of the jacket hits right around my waist, but the back goes a bit below my booty, which is perfect for my long torso. I also have abnormally long arms, so a jacket that didn’t make me feel like I was shoved in a junior jumpsuit is a win for me.
There are a ton of other specs that make this jacket great, but you can check them all out here.
But I’m not going to lie to you…the price tag of this jackets is pretty dang steep ($350!). As someone who loves high-end gear, that doesn’t necessarily mean I have much of it and it’s usually because I’m a cheap ass. I don’t know if I could bring myself to drop $350 on a jacket (even if it is as amazing as this).
So tell me, am I crazy? Do you have high-end gear? How much would you pay for an amazing piece of gear that would last you forever?
TWO CENT RATING: 4 out of 5 stars. The jacket is amazing. The price? Not so much.