Outdoor Apparel

Columbia Decompression Down Jacket

The Decompression Down Jacket from Columbia packs 1000 fill down into an ultralight, ultra-comfortable jacket with a streamlined fit, perfect for the trail, on the ski slope, or around town.

Toasty warm down fill, with an active, streamlined fit, and without a ton of puff: this is one impressive down jacket. The Decompression Down Jacket has kept me warm, dry and comfy in this year’s unseasonably cold late fall and early winter temperatures, quickly scoring major points for great fit, great wear and great insulation.

Columbia Decompression Down Jacket: our review of this versatile, stylish jacket for cold-weather hikes, around town, or on the ski slope

And while the jacket packs all the warmth of a typically larger, overstuffed down jacket, it’s got a streamlined design and super comfortable fit, making the jacket equally trail-worthy and stylish around town. From frigid, freezing wintertime adventures in Linville Gorge to chasing frozen waterfalls in Cloudland Canyon, this jacket has kept me warm and moving on the trail.

Decompression Down jacket: our trail-tested review

Columbia insulated the jacket with a high-quality 1000-fill goose down, and it’s wrapped in a water resistant 100% nylon ripstop fabric, helping keep the jacket light, warm and dry. It’s amazingly slim, considering the amount of warmth it provides, especially compared to other puffy, insulated jackets I’ve worn.

The Columbia Decompression Down Jacket is one of our favorite cold-weather staples for hiking, backpacking, skiing, or around town

The jacket’s impressive warmth draws from a combination of the high-quality down filling and the jacket’s Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective dots. On the inside layer of the jacket, thousands of small metallic dots reflect body heat back to my body’s core, efficiently keeping body heat in. The Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective lining also allows excess heat and moisture to escape, keeping me dry, warm and comfortable. When I’m hiking, backpacking or camping in cold weather, the jacket keeps me toasty warm when I’m resting, while keeping me from getting overheated or feeling sticky during periods of heavy exertion.

The Columbia Decompression Down Jacket is streamlined and sylish but incredibly warm, thanks to the jacket's 1000-fill down and heat-reflective lining

The jacket is streamlined and form-fitting, without a lot of extra room or bulk. The men’s size small fits my 6’, 160lb frame perfectly, and feels very comfortable when I’m active and performing a wide range of movement. And one of the many things I love about this jacket is its drop tail, which adds some length to the jacket’s back. The extra length helps keep the jacket from riding up when I’m carrying a backpack or climbing, and the gracious sleeve length is perfect for keeping my long(ish) arms warm. And these features are equally at home on the ski slope: this jacket is my favorite underlayer under a hard shell ski jacket, and that drop tail helps keep me warm when I’m active on the slopes.

The jacket’s low profile makes it a fantastic option for layering. The fit is spacious enough to layer a fleece underneath but streamlined enough to fit my rain shell on top. Wearing the jacket, I’m ready for pretty much whatever winter weather mother nature throws my way.

The Columbia Decompression Down Jacket features 1000-fill down and reflective thermal lining to keep me warm without a ton of puffy bulk

The Decompression Down Jacket features nice details like elastic wrist cuffs, a drawcord hem, two zippered hand pockets and an attached hood with drawstrings to keep wind and snow out. And when temperatures warm up in the afternoon, the jacket is super packable, as well. The jacket completely stuffs into its own pocket, making it a cinch to pack when traveling, camping and hiking without taking up too much extra space.

Columbia Decompression Down: review wrap-up

I’ve loved wearing this jacket on the trail, skiing, and around town. This jacket’s comfortable fit, stylish design and unbeatable warmth make this a great, versatile winter down jacket.

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Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails, Asheville Trails, and Trailful, digital magazines that highlight the South’s best outdoor adventures and top Southern-worthy outdoor gear. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.