Columbia Sportswear Unveils Industry-first External Thermal Fabric Technology for Winter Outerwear

Columbia Sportswear Black Dot Barrett Spur womens

Columbia Sportswear unveiled last month an industry-first fabric technology that could raise the bar for outdoor lifestyle and winter recreation apparel this season: Omni-Heat Black Dot, a culmination of warming innovations that began with the introduction of Columbia’s Omni-Heat Reflective lining ten years ago. As temps began to drop, we began to take note.

Columbia Sportswear’s Omni-Heat Reflective lining was a revolutionary approach to lightweight insulation that has been a pillar for the brand and created many converts. They say this new tech acts as a heat magnet, capturing solar heat and enhancing thermal efficiency, and thereby reducing heat loss, perfect for anyone who runs cold blooded.

As the industry’s first “external thermal shield” built to protect from the cold, Columbia’s Black Dot technology captures the sun’s solar heat to keep people warmer, says the brand, much like its Omni-Heat internal lining captures and reflects heat from the inside. And with people needing to be outside now more than ever, this collection could be a welcome addition to the winter wardrobe. We’re going to test it out just to make sure. Of course, the three pieces in the line also feature double-weave water resistant fabric and are imbued with other winter Columbia Sportswear outerwear technologies as well.

The new collection of men’s and women’s Omni-Heat Black Dot jackets are available at and select retail locations. Included in the collection are the:

// Three Forks Black Dot Jacket ($280): Features a combination of cold-defeating technologies, including a heat-capturing Omni-Heat Black Dot exterior, advanced thermal-reflective Omni-Heat 3D lining, and the enhanced warmth and flexible comfort of Omni-Heat Stretch Insulation.

// Dawn Watch Black Dot Jacket ($350): Has the trifecta of Columbia Sportswear technologies designed for ultimate warmth, including an Omni-Heat Black Dot outer, advanced thermal-reflective Omni-Heat 3D lining, and Omni-Heat Stretch Insulation.

// Barrett Spur Black Dot Parka ($600): The Barrett Spur features a full suite of Columbia technologies including an Omni-Heat Black Dot, advanced thermal-reflective Omni-Heat 3D lining, and Omni-Heat Stretch Insulation with 700 fill-power responsibly sourced down and a plush faux-fur trim.