Yep, the title of this review says it all. I have seen some people lament that new technologies such as Columbia Sportswear’s Omni-Freeze and Omni-Freeze Zero are just that, gimmicks. I am here to tell you that in my honest opinion that is NOT the case.
Ok, so you know I am part of Columbia’s OmniTen from a post last month (Big news and awesome adventures ahead), and yes, they did provide me some sweet gear to check out. However, I will not simply give something a favorable review because it was sent to me to try out. I keep it real, and this stuff is the real deal!
Over the past month, I have worn the Women’s Freeze Degree 1/2 Zip, Women’s Freeze Degree Short Sleeve Top, and Women’s Trail Dryer hat for running, biking, fishing, hiking, field work, camping, and shielding myself from intense sun/heat. In other words, I have tried my hardest to put this gear through the ringer.
Before last weekend, I thought it was pretty good gear that kept me safe from the nasty rays of the sun and wicked away my sweat with ease. Last weekend helped me realize the true beauty of the Columbia Omni-Freeze and Omni-Freeze Zero.
You see, last weekend Brian and I went camping and fishing for 3+ amazing days, and his daughter came along for part of it. The majority of the time was spent along the beautiful shores of Bighorn Lake in northern Wyoming…the one problem, no shade (and lots of heat, too)!
So how did I realize that this new technology was so much more than just a great layer to keep the sun at bay?
Well, in the scorching summer heat and sun (yes it was likely not even 90 but felt like I was on the sun’s surface!), and after running out of our sunscreen for the trip (big oops!), I decided to put my long sleeve 1/2 zip top on myself and throw Rainy in my Freeze Degree short sleeve top. We then took a dip in the water, and it was instant relief and disbelief for me. I felt unbelievably cool in the water, but once I stepped out of the water (after dunking my Trail Dryer hat in the water), I stayed cool for a couple hours without going back into the water!
So it may sound crazy but those little blue dots rocked my world! So much so that I instantly ordered some gear for my dad and began telling everyone who would listen to me about the wonders of Columbia’s newest technology. People will believe what they wish, but for this outdoors-loving, fun time having woman, this gear is exactly what it claims to be and just what I need to keep the summer heat/sun off my pale skin!
The Awesome: Obviously those little blue dots! The technology is beyond my scope of understanding, but I do know it works hard to keep you cool. The fit is athletic and pretty true to size, at least for me. The color options are bright, so get ready to stand out in a crowd.
The Not So Awesome: Like any new technology (i.e. the newest iPhone or cool new car), the price tag is a bit high. However, you can always hit up Columbia’s online outlet or one of their many outlet stores nationwide for some great deals. They also have sweet sales through their regular site, so sign up for their email alerts to get mad deals.
Overall assessmet: If you love having fun outside in the summer but would rather not melt away or get fried the color of a lobster, invest in some of this cooling goodness and get outside!