Columbia Flash Forward Review

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Don’t let a little cold prevent you from going outside and enjoying what you love, let the Columbia Flash Forward coat help you get out and stay warm. It has impressive insulation so you can stay warm will keeping the jacket lightweight enough, so you feel like you’re not wearing a winter coat. If you’re searching for something to wear during early spring or late fall when the temperature starts to drop, then this is going to be the perfect choice for you. However, if you need something to wear in the middle of winter you might want to find a different option is this one’s not going to be able to keep you warm enough in the freezing temperatures. Customers love the lightweight design, and it almost feels like they’re not wearing a jacket at all when they head out for their morning runs. It comes in a lot of fun colors and has a great overall design, reviewers releasing to love the way that this coat looks and feels. Don’t let the high price tag you scare you away as the longevity of this coach makes it well worth the price tag since you won’t have to worry about replacing it anytime in the future. All and all it’s a pretty good coat and many customers have stated that they would recommend it to their friends and family.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Many color options

Great insulation

Highly durable

Looks great

Zippered hand pockets


High price tag

Runs small


The Columbia Flash Forward coat is made out of high-quality materials so you can be sure to stay nice and toasty, as well as dry while you're heading outside. You shouldn't let a little cold stop you from getting out and doing what you love, and with the help of this coat, you won't have to.

The shell is made out of 100% polyester taffeta to give you a durable, comfortable, and functional jacket for use on cold days. The advantage to this kind of material is that it resists stretching and sagging so you can be sure that it will be able to keep it's shape no matter what you put it through. This fabric has a very low moisture retention rating so if it does get wet it's going to dry quickly so you won't have to worry about running around all day wearing wet clothing which can lead to discomfort.

The lining inside the jacket is made out of 100% polyester, which is typical for this type of product; it will help keep you dry inside of your coat. If you start to sweat while you're out and about the moisture isn't going to soak into the materials very easily, and if it does, it will dry quickly, leaving you feeling fresh and dry.

The quilted down jacket offers you excellent insulation to keep you warm while you're heading out in the cold, helping you stay nice and warm throughout your adventure. It has 76 grams of 650 fill power down to ensure you are getting the warmth you need in a coat like this.


According to a majority of the reviewers, this coat is pretty comfortable for most occasions, as long as the size is correct. This is the biggest issue with the comfort level of the jacket in general. You're going to want to make sure that you are ordering the correct size for your body shape and type, there is more information on this as you read further.

Assuming you are wearing the correct size and have a great fit, then customers can agree that they feel very comfortable in the Columbia Flash Forward. It will be able to keep you nice and warm when you're heading out for a run or hike in the cold weather. It's lightweight but can still provide you with a decent amount of insulation, which is always much appreciated.

The soft polyester lining gives you a decent feeling inside the jacket and will not stick to your skin uncomfortably if you are wearing short sleeves under it.


When you're heading out in the cold weather, you want to make sure you get enough protection to keep you safe from the elements, and the Columbia Flash Forward can do a decent job. It offers some pretty good insulation that will keep you warm when it gets cold outside. That being said, you might not want to wear it if it gets to be about freezing unless you're layering it because it might not give you quite the amount of protection from the cold as you would like. It's great for early spring and late fall, but if you're looking for something to wear in the dead of winter, then this might not give you the protection that you'd need.

This coat does not offer a hood, so you aren't going to be able to get any extra protection over your head if it starts to drizzle or the wind kicks up, but the stand-up collar will do a decent job at protecting your neck from the cold breeze. Additionally, the coat has binding at the cuffs and hem to make sure that it stays in place while you're on the go, protecting the weather from seeping up through the bottom of your coat or into the sleeves.


Many customers have had complaints about the way this coat fits them, stating that the sizes appear to run small. Most consumers recommend going up a size to make up for this discrepancy. That being said, they noted that the fit is a bit tight in the chest. The arms and length seem to be spot on, but the jacket was not meant to accommodate a more massive chest, especially in the women's version of the coat. Unless you have a slim build, you might want to consider sizing up, so you have enough room in the jacket to be able to move around comfortable and unrestricted.


The Columbia Flash Forward coat seems to have a decent amount of strength, customers have not had any significant complaints about the longevity of this jacket. It is made out of sturdy materials that will not rip and tear easily, and the stitching is great quality, so you aren't going to have to worry about it falling apart at the seams while you're out and about.

When spending your money on a coat, you want to make sure that you are going to get something that will survive several seasons so you won't have to dish out the money again for a while to replace it. The good news is with this jacket you are going to get that durability you're looking for. It's going to last you multiple seasons, as long as it is taken care of properly, so you won't have to replace it too soon.

When it comes time to buy the Columbia coat, you will see that it has a fairly steep price tag, but don't let that turn you away. It's a great jacket that will keep you warm when it's cold, and it looks great. It will last you a while so you are only going to have to spend that initial investment once and then not have to worry about it for a while as it will not need to be replaced any time soon.


The Columbia Flash Forward coat comes in both men's and women's styles, and as such there are different size options that you can choose from so you can try to find something that will best fit your body shape and size. Men can choose from small through extra, extra large as well as 2X through 4X with tall sizes being available in large, extra large, 2X, and 3X. Women get far fewer size options, only have the ability to choose from extra small through extra large, with no option for tall or plus sizes.

As mentioned above, this jacket appears to be running a bit on the small side, so you are going to want to keep that in mind when it comes time to choose your size. Something to note, however, is some reviewers mentioned that the provided size chart was not much help in deciding the perfect fit, as the sizing on the chart does not correspond well with the actual product. They have stated that you should also go up a size based on what the chart suggests.


Even though this coat has excellent insulation and can keep you warm in the cold, it is still rather lightweight. It is not going to feel like you're wearing extra weight on your chest while you're out and about. It is always nice to have a winter jacket that will not feel like you're wearing one. Unfortunately, there isn't any information on the exact weight of the coat, but customers can agree that it's lightweight and feels great.


The Columbia Flash Forward comes in both men's and women's styles, and as such there are some differences in the way each looks. Of course, there are many similarities as well; after all, they are the same coat only designed for different genders. They both have a stand-up collar and two zippered hand pockets on the side so you can keep your belongings safe and sound while you're out and about. They both have a quilted construction with binding at the hem and cuffs.

The difference comes with the color options for the coat. The women version is available in blue heron, dynasty, mineshaft, surplus green, blue macaw, bright plum, chalk and ebony blue, emerald, sail red, black, nocturnal and hot coral, deep marine, light grape, ruby red, white and Tradewinds grey, atoll and nocturnal, black and bright plum, bluebell and hot coral, spray and pond, or Tradewinds gray and bright plum. If you're planning on ordering this in the men's colors you can choose from collegiate navy and night tide, black, deep rust, hyper blue, new cinder, spicy, graphite, super blue, mountain red, wildwood green, black and hyper blue, deepwater, everblue, marine blue, nocturnal, woodland, or rocket.


If you want to make sure you're getting the highest lifespan you can on your coat, you're going to want to ensure that you're taking care of it properly. The Columbia Flash Forward coat is machine washable, so you're able to keep it nice and clean. Of course, you're going to want to make sure that you are washing it based on the directions on the tag so you will not have to worry about it falling apart or ruining in the wash. It's super easy to clean and keep clean.


There's almost nothing that you can't do while you're wearing the Columbia Flash Forward coat. It's designed to make sure that you're staying warm in the colder weather, but keep in mind that might not be the best choice if you are looking for something to wear in the middle of winter when the temperatures are below freezing. The insulation that is in the coach is perfect at keeping you warm in early spring and late fall when the weather is starting to turn cold air, but you're not quite ready for a big heavy winter coat.

What are you're heading out for your morning jog, or you're running errands, or only on your way to work let this coat be your go-to jacket to keep you warm when the weather is not.

Bottom Line

If you're somebody who likes to go outside and head out on adventures would you like to get your workouts done under the big sky, you're not going to want a little cold weather to stop you from going out and doing what you love. The Columbia Flash Forward coat will help you get outside will being able to remain nice and toasty so you can enjoy the things you love without freezing. Of course, this isn't going to be the ideal code for wearing in the middle of winter so if you're in the market for a winter jacket you might want to consider a different option. This coat, however, is an excellent option for those who are looking for something to wear early spring through late fall enough to keep them warm when the weather starts to drop. Do not let the price tag scare you off, it's a highly durable coach and is going to last you through a couple of seasons so you might be spending a little bit of extra money up front, but you're going to be saving some in the long run. Customers love how comfortable the code is, assuming they get the correct size, and it comes in a lot of fun colors, so there was something out there for everyone. This coat comes highly recommended, and consumers seemed to really enjoy it.