COLUMBIA ALPINE ATTITUDE JACKET has a lot to offer. If you are detail oriented you will really appreciate the features on this jacket. They thought of everything.
Let's start with the Omni-Heat feature, a new patented technology I was excited to try out. There are little silver dots on the lining which serve to reflect heat back to the wearer. I don't have a lab to test this out, of course (they have videos of testing on their website), but it really did seem to work, I found the jacket to be very warm and toasty.
If it gets too hot, there are pit zips which instantly cool it down and are ideal for winter activities. I found this very helpful while working up a sweat playing in the snow with my son. The optional adjustable powder skirt keeps the snow from getting up under the jacket, perfect for sledding and making snow angels. There's also a connect tab that can hook to snow pants. The mesh inner pocket designed for goggles also works for necessities like a small wallet/id, phone, etc.
I love the way the jacket hits at the low hip (I'm 5'5) covering most of your bum and keeping you extra warm. The hem flares out slightly making for flattering feminine lines. Comfort cuffs in the sleeves convert to optional fingerless gloves which keep the cold out and feel soft and warm against a cold steering wheel. I've never had this sort of sleeve and it's very handy.
One of my favorite features is the ultra soft faux fur lining around the neckline. So many times I've had jackets rub uncomfortably around this area and this solves that problem in a very luxurious way and it looks pretty too. There's also removable faux fur around the hood--I love it, I think it adds some sass to the coat.
I've never tried Columbia's brand before and I must say, I'm impressed! This coat is multifunctional--something I look for to reduce my closet clutter and consumption. The Alpine Attitude is a great jacket for skiing, snowboarding, playing in the snow with your kids, or just looking really nice while keeping warm. Find it HERE.