Varying temperatures in the fall/winter months can make picking your tights and jacket a tricky decision. The NEW Columbia Montrail Caldorado insulated Jacket, and running tights are a great option for the trail.
We tested the jacket in various mountain settings: Jackson Hole, on the Snake river, backpacking in the Granddaddy basin Uintah forests UTAH, and the INCA trail to Machu Picchu. All were mountain settings with big swings in temperature.
The Columbia Montrail Caldorado Insulated jacket is a terrific option for the big temperature changes. With water repelant Omni-shield & Omni-Wick the light rain will not soak into this garment. The construction emphasizes the insulation in the shoulders and chest. The athletic construction and stretch makes for a comfortable jacket that offers breath-ability and warmth. This jacket is made for moving. It is not the jacket for just hanging out and standing still. There are no pockets. The Caldorado is built with simplicity and efficiency as top priority.
One of our big days in Peru we were hiking to 13,800 ft. We started the accent at 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Then as the sun rose above us it warmed up. I removed the jacket because it was over 60 degrees. Then over the top the wind was blowing I put the jacket back on and it was just what I needed for the descent. I used the jacket every morning on the INCA trail. As the temperatures would rise I would stow it away in my daypack. I really appreciate the light weight materials that are built into the jacket. There is one chest pocket that is great for a cell phone or other small items.
The sleeves are not insulated around the wrist and elbow. The insulation is strategically placed to act a little like a vest. The sleeves are made of comfort stretch material so you can pull them up or down to cover more or less of the arms or hands. This stretch allows the jacket to ride comfortably while hiking, running, or backpacking. I look forward to running in this jacket when the snow falls.
The Columbia Montrail Titan wind block tights are a durable tight with tapered legs for running. The water repellency is awesome! These tights are excellent for rainy conditions to keep warm. The 4-way comfort stretch makes for a comfortable running experience. We had a day when it didnt stop raining in the Utah mountains and these pants were great for staying warm. These are ideal for temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit. I am also anxious to take these in the snow. These tights are not fancy and very useful.
Columbia Montrail Caldorado Insulated jacket retails for $140 US. This is a great price for a technical running jacket. The tights are a great value for $80. If you have to choose one or the other get the jacket. You will not be disappointed with the performance of this running jacket.
13,800 ft. on the INCA trail