After the big Columbia Omni-Heat launch last Fall, one of the pieces I received for testing was the Mighty Lite insulated jacket. Filled with Omni-Heat Thermal Insulation, this lightweight, warm, and super stylish jacket quickly became my essential layer for ice climbing and snowshoeing in Colorado this winter.
During January, I wore my Mighty Lite Jacket as an outer-layer for snowshoeing, hiking into a climb, or ice climbing on warmer, drier days. If the weather was cold and windy, I would simply throw on a hardshell layer over top.
What most impressed me about the Mighty Lite Jacket was the stylish fit as well as the weight to warmth ratio. For an insulated jacket, the Mighty Lite is nicely tailored with arched baffling, making you look feminine without the usual unflattering bulk of other insulated jackets. Many people commented and were pleasantly surprised that something so stylish came from Columbia.
The Mighty Lite packs in 80 grams of Columbia's Omni-Heat Thermal Insulation, which boasts the highest heat retention per gram of synthetic insulation- 20% more than others on the market. Made from 50% recycled content, the Omni-Heat insulation feels and packs small like down.
The Omni-Shield repellency treatment ensures dirt and rain won't stick to your jacket. A high neck adds some extra protection against the wind and cold. Soft comfort cuffs and thumb holes help to keep your wrists warm and wind and snow out of your jacket. A secret snap inside the right hand pocket is perfect for securing your car keys or perhaps an emergency whistle.
Bottom Line: The Mighty Lite is a great lightweight, low profile mid-layer for cold weather activities or warm stylish outer-layer for cool weather. My jacket was a size medium and I was able to wear a base layer and fleece underneath. The Mighty Lite fits the same as other Columbia apparel, once again perfect fit through the body but a little short in the arms for me. However, If you look on the Columbia website, many reviewers are complaining the sleeves are actually too long.