At £90, budget is the big appeal of the Powder Lite. The cost is kept down by the simplicity of the spec: the synthetic insulation is made from basic polyester, as is the outer shell. This doesn’t make for a particularly lightweight piece, and it doesn’t break any records for the efficiency of its warmth retention or how quickly it will dry – however it’s solid and will meet many users’ needs amply. The most exciting aspect of the jacket is the Omni-Heat reflective lining – which is made up of thousands of silver dots, in a similar style to an emergency blanket. It’s one of the reasons the Powder Lite is so affordable, as this small innovation reflects warmth back in on the user and reduces the need for more expensive insulation. I’ve found it to work extremely well across the Columbia range and here too. The zips and hood adjustment are comparatively crude (the latter is very fiddly, and when cinched the hood isn’t great at all for vision) but the two hand pockets are spacious and the hem is easy to tighten. If you’re on a budget it’s well worth a look.
Review by Dan Aspel @