A friend recently tagged me in a Facebook post about Columbia Sportswear running an Instagram competition. 2 winners will be picked to become their ‘Directors of Toughness’ – by far the best job in the World!! – check out the link here.
(and yes, I have entered the competition. Come on, as if I needed persuading 😉)
I originally bought a pair of Columbia Sports Women’s Midnight Stretch Baselayer Tights from the Cotswold Outdoor Outlet shop in the Peak District. It was one of those moments when I didn’t need anything but felt obliged because everything was so cheap.
The shiny internal silver lining attracted my attention like a magpie, glistening under the shop lights – my eyes were wide and arms stretched out.
What’s this silver lining about I hear you say?
It’s Columbia’s patented Omni-Heat™ Thermal Reflective lining, which reflects the bodies heat back into the skin to keep us warm.
Hence the name ‘disco pants’ – the silver lining is made up of thousands of tiny shiny silver dots (I’m sometimes tempted to wear them inside out because they look so cool).
Ok, I admit it, I was sceptical when I first read the Omni-Heat label. I thought it might be gimmick but I’d give them a try. It didn’t really matter too much, because all I wanted was an affordable pair of base layer tights for my hiking and endurance events.
These tights have been on every single adventure with me. I hadn’t considered if the Omni-Heat lining actually worked because I had never worn anything different. They were worn under my hiking trousers, teamed with my base layer top, Windstopper and waterproof jacket and I never ever got cold. I thought it was the combination of the layers that was the winner.
And then one day, I wore a pair of normal black leggings under my hiking trousers. My ‘disco pants‘ were in the wash, and the weather was a little warmer so thought I’d get away with it. It was however early in the morning with a little rain in the air and once my trousers got damp, it was quickly apparent that my legs were cold, and that was just a couple of hours in.
Later in the day, my legs got wet and yes, it was now clear that the ‘disco pants‘ did actually work!
A few adventures later, I decided to do the experiment again. I left the disco pants at home, wore a normal base layer under my hiking trousers and the same thing happened – I got cold.
THE DISCO PANTS ACTUALLY WORK!!!!
The metallic silver dot pattern was reflecting my bodies heat back into my skin – magic!
And the best bit of all? This material can also be found in tops, jackets, gloves, hats, shoes and much more in the range.
I have a pair of the Columbia Titanium gloves and they are warm too!!!!!
Hands down, it works and as my kit wears out, I will 100% be replacing it with the Columbia Omni-Heat range as it makes an enormous difference.
Not only do they keep me warm, but they are also performing well too, thanks to:
- Omni-Wick material pulls moisture away from the body so perspiration can evaporate quickly.
- Ergonomic seam prevents rubbing and chafing – I’ve worn these tights for 48+ hours in one go and they have felt great.
- The fabric is a comfortable stretch material so can be worn during challenging and physical events.
- The fabric has an antibacterial treatment to protect from bacteria growth – always a winner for big adventure when you’re wearing them for days at a time.
Absolutely fabulous and such a simple concept – that’s exactly what I like!
A product that allows you to utilise your own body heat – genius!
Here’s a little video about how the Omni-Heat fabric works.
Happy Heat Reflecting x