Beat the Heat with Columbia Cooling Clothing (Review)

When you live in the hottest state in the U.S., you need to do everything you can to stay cool in summer. Living in Phoenix, Arizona, we experience about 110 days each year when temps reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Thankfully, Columbia makes clothing that uses special cooling technologies. My family tested out Columbia cooling clothing on a particularly hot day at the Phoenix Zoo. Think it worked? Read on to find out!

Columbia clothing helps the whole family stay cool in summer
Staying cool thanks to sprinklers and Columbia clothing at the Phoenix Zoo (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Thank you Columbia for sponsoring this story about how to stay cool in summer with cool clothing technologies. While this is a sponsored opportunity from Columbia, all content and opinions about Columbia expressed here are my own.

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How Columbia’s Omni-Freeze ZERO Cooling Technology Works

Columbia’s Omni-Freeze ZERO apparel uses special technology to help your family stay cool in summer weather. It is sewn with thousands of tiny blue rings that absorb moisture and concentrate a cooling agent close to your skin.

Sweat or water activates the cooling process, drawing heat away from your body and lowering the temperature of the garment. Watch the video below to gain a better understanding of this technology.

YouTube video

Columbia Cooling Dress

Think Columbia is strictly workout gear? Think again! My Columbia Cooling Dress is not only comfy but also super cute for a day out exploring.

It utilizes Omni-Freeze Cooling and Wicking Fabric to help moms like me feel great while playing with their kids (or goats!). What’s more, this dress offers 50 UPF sun protection, which is so important for good health whenever spending time in the sunshine.

The verdict: this dress really did help me stay cool in summer, even in the Arizona heat!

Keeping comfy and cool in my Columbia PFG Freezer III dress in the petting zoo
Keeping cool and comfy in my Columbia PFG Freezer III dress at the petting zoo (Photo credit: Travel Mamas)

Cool Clothing for Boys

My 10-year-old son’s Columbia shirt kept him cool during our toasty day at the Phoenix Zoo. This shirt is made of 100 percent cotton and features a hidden back vent to keep air flowing through it.

Your son won't break a sweat in a Columbia shirt for boys
Riding a puma without breaking a sweat in a Columbia shirt for boys (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Fashionable Clothing for Girls

With school starting soon, my 13-year-old daughter is eager to stock up on fashionable clothes to wear. Her Columbia clothing pick was a hip Columbia dress. The loose fit and 100 percent cotton fabric make this dress a cool and stylish option. I just wish I could buy one in my size!

Columbia summer clothing for girls
How cute is my daughter’s gingham Columbia dress?! (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Chill Clothing for Active Men

All the men in my life all love technology. What better gift for a tech-loving dude than clothing you want to see him wear, but that also comes equipped with cooling technology?

I loved the Columbia’s Alpine Chill Zero Shirt so much on my husband that I bought a second cooling shirt for my dad as a belated Father’s Day gift. This polo works well for a day of golf, hiking or site-seeing. Choose Columbia cooling clothing for men in a collared polo style, workout t-shirts, hats, and more.

Columbia Alpine Chill Shirt for Men
Columbia Alpine Chill Shirt for Men (Photo credit: Columbia)

Columbia’s Loyalty Program

When you sign up for Columbia’s loyalty program, you get free shipping ALL the time. Plus, you earn points on every purchase and receive member-only offers. It’s free and easy to do, so there’s no reason not to join!

There are so many reasons to join the Columbia Loyalty Program

Columbia Omni Freeze Clothing Verdict

When my family picked up our portrait at the end of our day at the Phoenix Zoo, the woman at the photo booth literally exclaimed, “What cute outfits you’re all wearing!”

If you’d like a similar family look, take a look at Columbia’s clothing for all ages. You might be surprised by what you find!

Columbia cool technology clothing for the whole family
We all stayed cool and stylish at the Phoenix Zoo – Thanks, Columbia! (Photo credit: Phoenix Zoo)

Are you intrigued by Columbia’s cool technology clothing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

A Note from The Travel Mama: I received complimentary products and was provided monetary compensation from Columbia related to this blog post. This story includes affiliate links. I will receive a small commission from any purchases at no additional cost to consumers. Thank you for helping to keep Travel Mamas a free resource for readers like you!


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  1. We like Columbia. I will check this one out with the cool technology. Not sure we have this kind though.

  2. I am happy this is a brand the whole family can wear. I am glad it can keep your family warm as we still have more summer to go!

    1. Such a must! There’s nothing worse than clothing that doesn’t breathe & makes you EVEN HOTTER!

  3. I really love Columbia clothing! My husband has quite a few of their pieces and loves the value and wear they provide.

    1. Isn’t that shirt adorable?! I wanted him to save it to wear for the first week of school, but the minute it’s clean, he puts it right back on! 🙂

  4. I never heard of this technology, but I like the sound and look of it. I notice it more and more now that the technical wear as I call it is starting to look more and more like just ‘regular’ clothes, so you can look nice while at the same time having all the advantages of the special materials that are used. Will definitely look into these clothes.

    1. It seems a lot of people wear athletic wear for casual outings nowadays but I love that Columbia makes some options that don’t look like you’re headed to the gym!

  5. These look like great clothes. We travel a lot, and that means we’re outside a lot in the hot summer. I think these would help keep us nice and cool while we explore.

    1. Such a life changer when traveling to hot places! I just wish I had Columbia’s cool technology clothing when my family visited Rome in the sweltering summer a few years ago!

  6. I need these in my life! My entire family could use these cool technology clothes. We live in Georgia, so it gets super hot AND humid. This would help for wading through the bog that is Georgia air.

    1. I hope you love Columbia’s cool technologies clothing! It really is incredible how it keeps you cool when you’re out exploring!

  7. We have lots of Columbia clothing in our family! It’s a great brand, that I definitely trust, so I will check out the cool technology for sure.

  8. This is so much cheaper than MEC! How is that possible? It’s seriously half the price of what I pay for leggings and jackets for my kid. Gah! So much for being CND loyal. Converting….

    1. Yay! So happy to convert you to Columbia’s clothing! There really are so many great options for working out and playing for all ages.