Columbia Decompression Down Jacket review

The Decompression Down Jacket from Columbia packs 1000 fill down into an ultralight, ultra-comfortable jacket with a streamlined fit, perfect for the trail or around town.

Toasty warm down fill, with an active, streamlined fit, and without a ton of puff: this is one impressive down jacket. The Columbia Decompression Down Jacket has kept me warm, dry and comfy in this year’s unseasonably cold late fall and early winter temperatures, quickly scoring major points for great fit, great wear and great insulation. And while the jacket packs all the warmth of a typically larger, overstuffed down jacket, it’s got a streamlined design and super comfortable fit, making the jacket equally trail-worthy and stylish around town.

Columbia Decompression Down Jacket review

Columbia Men’s Decompression Down Jacket: our review

The Decompression Down Jacket is insulated with a high-quality 1000 fill goose down, and it’s wrapped in a water resistant 100% nylon ripstop fabric, helping keep the jacket light, warm and dry. It’s amazingly slim, considering the amount of warmth it provides, especially compared to other puffy, insulated jackets I’ve worn.

The jacket’s impressive warmth is drawn from a combination of the high-quality down filling and the jacket’s Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective dots. On the inside layer of the jacket, thousands of small metallic dots reflect body heat back to my body’s core, helping to efficiently keep body heat in. The Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective lining also allows excess heat and moisture to escape, keeping me dry, warm and comfortable. When I’m hiking, backpacking or camping in cold weather, the jacket keeps me toasty warm when I’m resting, while keeping me from getting overheated or feeling sticky during periods of heavy exertion.

Columbia Decompression Down Jacket review

The Decompression Down Jacket is streamlined and form-fitting, without a lot of extra room or bulk. The men’s size small fits my 6’, 160lb frame perfectly, and feels very comfortable when I’m active and performing a wide range of movement. And one of the many things I love about this jacket is its drop tail, which adds some length to the jacket’s back. The extra length helps keep the jacket from riding up when I’m carrying a backpack or climbing, and the gracious sleeve length is great for keeping my long(ish) arms warm when I’m reaching or carrying.

The jacket’s low profile make it a wonderful option for layering. The fit is spacious enough to layer a fleece underneath, but streamlined enough to fit my rain shell on top. Wearing the jacket, I’m ready for pretty much whatever winter weather mother nature throws my way.

Columbia Decompression Down Jacket review

The Decompression Down Jacket features nice details like elastic wrist cuffs, a drawcord hem, two zippered hand pockets and an attached hood with drawstrings to keep wind and snow out. And when temperatures warm up in the afternoon, the jacket is super packable, as well. The jacket completely stuffs into its own pocket, making it a cinch to pack when traveling, camping and hiking without taking up too much extra space.

Columbia Men’s Decompression Down Jacket: bottom line

I’ve loved wearing this jacket on the trail and around town. The Decompression Down Jacket’s comfortable fit, stylish design and unbeatable warmth make this a great, versatile winter down jacket.


While Columbia provided us with a sample Columbia Decompression Down Jacket to test, all opinions above are our own, and based on our own, trail-tested experience.

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Eric Champlin is a writer and photographer who loves to hike, run, backpack, kayak and cycle the southeast. He’s the editor and founder of Atlanta Trails and Asheville Trails, online magazines that cover the South’s best outdoor adventures. His mission? To inspire others to get fit outdoors and explore the South’s incredible scenic beauty.