Columbia Diamond 890 TurboDown Hooded Jacket
The Columbia Diamond 890 TurboDown Jacket features a layer of 850-fill down, a layer of Columbia's proprietary OMNI-HEAT Thermal synthetic insulation and a layer of Columbia's proprietary OMNI-HEAT Thermal Reflective heat reflective membrane.
A lightweight and compressible jacket that is perfect…
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps (Sample provided by Columbia for testing and review)
A lightweight and compressible jacket that is perfect for a walk around town or on those cold backpacking adventures. Unlike other down jackets, this actually looks good for use on and off the trail.
- Lightweight at 13 ounces
- Hood fits nicely and does not restrict movement
- Warm and breathable
- No stuff sack
- Not as compressible compared to other full down jackets
Fit & Comfort:
I chose a Medium size and it was perfect for my 5'10", 200 lb. frame. The jacket wasn’t too tight or loose. Next to skin also felt nice and I never felt “clammy” when wearing the garment while performing tasks around camp, or even when hiking.
The hood on this jacket was well made in my opinion. When looking left to right, up and down, the hood followed my head movements and not once did it get in the way when actively wearing the jacket.
There is only a single adjustment point on this jacket and this is found on the waist.
There are no available adjustments on the hood and wrists. However, I found that they weren’t needed. The elastic brim around the hood and wrist was sufficient enough (for me).
Since this jacket is not due till the Fall of 2014, specs aren’t readily available online so manufacturer details about the water resistance and breathability will not be available for this review. Instead, I can only provide my own personal experience.
Breathability-wise, this jacket does breathe well and it does not leave you feeling clammy. On a multi-day trip to Panamint City in Death Valley, I was wearing this jacket on the hike in where temps were in the 50s. During the hike, the moment I started to feel warm, simply unzipping the front half-way, provided enough airflow to dry off any sweat build-up and gave my body the chance to cool-down.
Water resistance-wise, aside from occasional water splashing and perhaps a slight drizzle, the jacket remained dry and the treated fabric was more than sufficient in shedding what water was splashed on.
For a jacket that does not appear as lofty (compared to MontBell Alpine Light Down Jacket, Patagonia Down Sweater, or First Ascent Downlight Sweater Down Jacket), the Columbia Diamond 890 TurboDown kept me warm while only wearing a hiking shirt underneath.
The coldest night I experienced with this jacket was when I was in Panamint City (Death Valley) where the evening temps went as low as 34.9 degrees. I can't explain the science and technology behind this jacket aside from my own personal experience. However, it does appear that the proprietary OMNI-HEAT Reflective Technology employed by this jacket works really well in reflecting my heat back to my skin.
Even in a moderate wind situation, not once did I feel like the chill in the air robbed me of my body heat despite not wearing a top soft shell layer. I am quite impressed.
I must admit, this piece of gear is made tough. Even the feel of the fabric felt strong and highly abrasion-resistant. Compared to lighter fabrics like Momentum 90 or Pertex Quatum where it feels like it could tear easily, the fabric used for the Diamond 890 felt very strong and thick…but not so thick that the jacket was heavy. At 13 oz., this is fairly light.
Like other down jackets in the market today, the Columbia Diamond 890 TurboDown offers similar features such as:
- An internal “Napoleon” style pocket
- External Pockets
- Zipper Guard to protect your chin
- Storm Flaps
- Zipper Pulls
What sets this apart is the proprietary reflective fabric used to reflect heat back to the user...further enhancing the effectiveness of the insulation.
Construction & Durability:
As mentioned on the “Abrasion” section, this jacket is very well made. This jacket has been snagged, slept on, and stepped on…still no signed of wear or damage.
Weight & Packability:
At 13 oz., there are quite lighter options from other brands. However, it is still light and for the warmth that the Columbia Diamond 890 TurboDown offers, it is worth the weight and price in my book. A full down jacket does pack down smaller compared to this because the Columbia Diamond 890 TurboDown employs a combination of both natural and synthetic insulation. I only wished that for the price, Columbia would supply a stuff sack with this jacket.
Condition of Use:
I have had the Columbia Diamond 890 TurboDown since January of this year. To date, I have taken this jacket with me on a total of eight trips where temps ranged from the 30s to the 70s. For the past few months, this has been my go-to primary insulation and on all those trips, I have only worn a short-sleeved base layer underneath…I was never cold or needed additional insulation.