Columbia Alpine Action Omni-Heat Hooded Jacket – Women’s

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Columbia Alpine Action Omni-Heat Hooded Jacket – Women’s and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 79 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.6 stars 
Expert Rating: 2.6 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 585

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • The outside aids in keeping you dry, while the comfortable inner material keeps you warm.
  • Features finger-holes for thumbs.
  • Pockets are big enough to hold multiple items.
  • Features a chest pocket for easy storage.
  • Inside pocket is large enough to fit water bottle or goggles.
  • Comfortable and adequate mobility.
  • Zips high enough to cover chin in cold weather.
  • The hood overhangs over your face, so the rain drips off.
  • Fabric at the ends of the sleeves can conveniently tuck inside gloves.
  • The Velcro zipper prevents cold air from coming in.
  • The material is soft and doesn’t make a ‘crinkly’ noise.
  • The inner layer is interchangeable, allowing for customization and constant access to the chest pocket.
  • Elastic cords at the bottom hem and hood for adjustability.

Expert Reviews

  • Jacket is inexpensive for what you get.
  • The 100% polyester fabric provides a lightweight and water-resistant outer.
  • Omni-Tech fabric is waterproof.
  • Variety of color choices.
  • Adjustable cuffs for warmth.
  • The two hand-warmer pockets are zippered for security.
  • Features an adjustable powder skirt to keep snow out.
  • The insulation is 100 grams of Microtemp XF II, providing adequate warmth.
  • Features a media pocket with protection against moisture build-up.
  • Ample storage space with 6 pockets.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Sizing runs small.

Expert Reviews

  • Can fit uncomfortably for some users.
  • Some gaps at the cuffs and waist, despite being adjustable.
  • The hood doesn’t fit over a ski helmet and prevents the zipper from being zipped up all the way.
  • The materials can sometimes feel a bit heavy and stiff.
  • The hemline may be too short on some body types.
  • Not the most stylish option in terms of cut and details.
  • No extra ventilation features besides the front zip.


The Columbia Alpine Action Omni-Heat Hooded Jacket for women is an inexpensive option that still provides a good amount of features. While it is not the most stylish or comfortable jacket on the market, it will keep you warm and dry without breaking your bank.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3.