I am not a skier or winter person per say, but since I started writing this website, I discovered that winter travel is more than a beach vacation in the Caribbean. The trick for me was finding the right outerwear, and Columbia Sportswear had just what I needed to be super warm and cozy during my winter trips.
Columbia Women’s In Bounds 650 Turbodown™ Interchange Jacket
I love this 3-in-1 winter coat, and I have received so many compliments about it I lost count. Great for all the different weather from fall to spring! The inside thermal liner unzips from the shell to create its jacket. It is a darker purple colour and made a great warm fall coat.
When winter finally arrived the outer shell was great to wear on a nature hike when the weather was still around 0 degrees Celsius.
But the real test of this coat for me came on my recent trip to Quebec City for Winter Carnival. Quebec is known for its frigid winter, and despite it being a bit more mild than usual, the temperatures dropped below -10 and I didn’t feel a thing! With snow falling all around I walked the city and carnival sites without worrying about the temperature at all!
The outer coat has many little pockets too. I know the front zipper is meant for ski passes, but for me, it was a great place to slide my iPhone 6 Plus which fit inside comfortably. On the left-hand sleeve, there was another small pocket which was great for storing some extra Kleenex, my hotel key and my Chapstick (at night I was able to hide my lipstick in there too).
Columbia Minx Mid II Omni-Heat Boots
My stylish leather boots were not going to keep me warm on a winter day with temperatures dipping below -25 degrees Celsius and with wet slushy streets and deep snow. The Columbia Minx boots are waterproof and lined with a faux-fur so they are super warm. I didn’t have to double up my socks once the entire weekend!
I also have to mention that in Quebec City I walked a lot! In fact, for four days I walked over 20,000 steps a day, on snow, icy sidewalks, on hilly roads and the snow-covered fields of the Winter Carnival. These boots were super comfortable, I had no blisters and could have kept walking in them without any concern.
Columbia Women’s Bugaboo Omni-Heat™ Pants
As someone who doesn’t engage in in-depth winter activities like skiing or snowboarding, I didn’t have a reason to buy snow pants. Last winter I wondered around in k-way pants during really cold winter travelling, and it just didn’t keep me warm. On a sightseeing trip in Port Stanley, Ontario where the temperatures did dip to the -20 area, I came back to my hotel room with red cold legs even with several layers of thermal clothing under those pants. So for Quebec, I decided to take advantage of some Boxing Day deals and buy a pair of Columbia snow pants.
Mix and Match Your Winter Wear Colours
The great thing about Columbia is that all their men’s and women’s clothing is available in multiple colours, the colour schemes are consistent throughout all their clothing lines, so if I wanted to be all fuchsia from head to toe my snow pants came in both the same colour as my jacket’s inner liner (deep purple) and the outer shell (bright fuchsia). While I love pink and purple, I thought a head to toe ensemble might be too much, so I settled on a black pair of winter pants!
With a pair of thermal underwear and yoga pants underneath I was immune from the cold and didn’t have to worry about anything. Plus the I received lots of compliments about the colour of my coat and how it popped against the white backgrounds of the Ice Hotel and the Carnival.
Fashion Confidence with Columbia
Winter wear is bulky and doesn’t exactly make you feel great, but every time I wear my winter gear I hear someone remark on the beautiful colour and I think that “pretty in pink” feeling. I even found a pair of super warm Columbia Mittens in the fuchsia pink colour to round out the ensemble. Even the Carnival Queen and all her Duchesses were sporting winter looks by Columbia!
Columbia Sportswear Women’s Whirlibird™ Mitten
To complete my ensemble, I bought a pair of Columbia mittens in the same colour as my outer jacket. These were great to keep my fingers warm on the frigid days. I also wore a pair of sleek black globes (with touch screen compatibility) as a liner so I can remove the mittens but still be able to operate my phone and camera efficiently.
Tips for Dressing for the Winter
- Choose a Winter coat and snow pants with thermal linings for staying dry and warm on extra cold days and during snowy activities.
- Winter boots must be waterproof, have good treads and withstand cold temperatures with a thermal lining.
- A good hat and boots should be a priority keeping the heat from escaping from your feet, or head is essential.
- Mittens are great for keeping fingers from being frost-bitten, wear thermally lined gloves inside the mittens to keep your hands warm when playing with a camera or phone.
- Dress in layers, wear thermal underwear as a base. It is best to layer with wick-away or breathable material. Thermal gear and fleet gear are best. NEVER USE COTTON AS YOUR FIRST BASE.
For more winter packing tips see Stylish Winter Packing List – 7 Days and Carry-on Only Packing List for a Weekend Winter Escape. Download a free winter packing checklist.
Disclosure: I did not receive compensation for this post. I received a Columbia In-Bound 650 Jacket for review purposes. All other products are my own Columbia Sportswear gear. The opinions are based on my experience.