A brand built outdoors
Born in Portland, Oregon, Columbia is a brand with the outdoors at its core. The company has been based in the Pacific North West for over 70 years and designs clothing with the rugged mountains, majestic forests and wild Pacific coastline in mind. It is in these environments that Columbia built their brand and designed their clothing, testing against the notoriously changing weather along the way.
Much like the PNW, the North West of England experiences similarly variable weather, and has (in our biased opinion) equally beautiful national parks; the Lake District, Peak District and Snowdonia National park. Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Columbia should supply the UK National Park’s staff with gear.
Official outfitter of the National Parks
This year, Columbia committed to outfitting over 2000 National Park staff, including 300 rangers. Columbia will provide the rangers – who spend most of their time outdoors, no matter the weather – with high-quality gear to keep them warm, dry and protected in Britain’s harshest conditions. Pretty cool!
“At Columbia, our mission is to help people enjoy the outdoors longer. That’s why we consider it our responsibility to be conscientious stewards of our shared environment. Becoming a partner of the UK’s National Parks is an unrivalled opportunity to highlight the amazing work conducted by rangers and staff”
Not only will Columbia supply the staff of our National Parks with equipment for the next five years, they will work alongside the parks on new initiatives to deepen the public’s understanding of our National Parks and encourage people to get outdoors.
Columbia Titan Ridge down jacket
With this partnership, Columbia introduced a new range of technical gear designed for the modern outdoorsman. So when we were invited to test out some new pieces from the Titanium range, we were delighted.
The Columbia Titanium range is designed with the harshest conditions in mind to keep the most extreme explorers protected. The Titan Ridge down jacket is a water-resistant, down filled jacket which uses Columbia’s new heat seal technology to retain maximum heat. Also, stitchless baffling reduces down migration and increases wind and water resistance. Because there are no stitch holes, the chances of water penetrating the outer membrane are much less. What’s more, the jacket is lined with an Omni-heat reflective lining to reflect body heat and stop it escaping. Think of it as a foil blanket you would wear after running a marathon.
But how does the jacket perform? Thanks to all the above tech, the jacket is one of the warmest down jackets we’ve tested. The reflective lining especially is an interesting addition which certainly keeps you warm. As far as water resistance goes, it seems to be pretty good; when exposed to rain, water has beaded on the surface and I’ve stayed bone dry. Finally, the jacket is packable into an interior pocket which makes it really easy to pack away when not in use.
Perfect as an autumn jacket for when the temperatures begin to drop and there is a slight chance of rain, or as a mid-layer under a hard shell for more extreme conditions, the Titan down jacket is a great addition to the gear cupboard. The jacket comes in black, Pheonix blue and antique moss (featured). Personally, we think the yellow is great. It stands out brilliantly against the often dull backdrop of the British landscape.
To learn more about the National Parks partnership visit here.
Photography by Hollie Harmsworth
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