on April 29, 2013
I used this jacket working on an airport ramp in Alaska, temperatures were down to -10F at times but usually in the teens. It kept me warm, it's durable, and it has many features. My only complaint is that the zipper on the outer shell gets stuck easily.
on January 23, 2013
I will go ahead and state I work for Columbia Sportswear, but I will try to give an unbiased review. There was a reason I chose this interchange above my many choices. The 100 grams of insulation in the liner is our highest grade, and I need that for the Minnesota Winter, with this jacket on and minimal layering my core has never been cold, even outside at negative temperatures for over a half hour. I am 5' 9" 150 pounds, the medium is a great fit with the small exception of the sleeves being a little long. The liner by itself is a great warm early winter coat. Despite what some people are saying the liner is not truly waterproof, just very water resistant, the shell is rain and wind proof. This is an overall excellent winter coat for the northeast, midwest, west and northeast.
on October 5, 2013
UPDATE 11/04/2015: This will be our 3rd winter in this jacket, and let me tell you, it has been worth EVERY cent. It is still in tip-top condition - no tears, no worn spots, all the zippers and hardware are just as they were when we bought it. At this time of year my son wears just the inner "liner" jacket, but as the temperature dips to our customary below-zero, he will add on the tough, water and wind resistant outer shell. He tells me that it keeps him wonderfully warm, and I will tell you, the Nodak winter wind is no joke. The quality of this jacket is outstanding (I've amended my original 4 stars to 5) I would absolutely buy this again. He's 14 now and I expect a growth spurt over the coming year will prevent us from using it a 4th year, but if it does still fit, it is more than up to the challenge of another winter. Eventually I expect to pass it along to a younger child, it's just in that good of condition. It could easily last another 2-3 winters keeping another child cozy warm.
Original review: My son picked out this jacket system at a local sporting-goods retailer. I was going to go back and purchase it but wanted to see if I could get a better deal online.
Amazon had the same jacket at $40 less than the retailer. I ordered it and it arrived promptly, and was exactly the same as the one we had tried on.
Winter is long and very very cold here in North Dakota, so a great winter coat is a must. We've had LL Bean and Columbia coats in the past, and I would say they are equal in warmth and versatility, the only real differences being styling.
The thing I really love about this coat is that it is 3 jackets in 1. The zip-out "liner" is a fully insulated yet not at all bulky warm jacket that can be worn in the fall and during spring "transitional" weather. The outer shell is a well-constructed waterproof rain coat, long enough to cover hips. When used together, it seems like it will be unbeatable for keeping him warm and dry during the coldest months. Sleeves are long enough and adjustable for a snug fit around the wrists. The hood is NOT insulated, it is a rain hood, you're expected to wear a beanie or balaklava with it in the winter.
It's a shame they don't have a picture of the interior lining of the inside jacket. Be aware that it uses their patented Omni-Heat (tm) reflective surface, which is covered with shiny silver dots to reflect heat back to the wearer. I see some purchasers were not aware of this and the "flashiness" surprised them. Its part of the technology that makes this jack so warm without being bulky.
I will update after our next winter with a thorough review.
UPDATE 11-14-2013: I just want to stress how NON-BULKY this jacket is, while still being so warm.
on September 13, 2012
I bought this jacket for the upcoming winter and have tested it for a while so far. Here are some of my observations:
-The jacket has very premium feeling materials. The outer jacket is completely waterproof and nothing seeped through when I went in the rain once. Even the inner shell is waterproof.
-The inner shell is FANTASTIC. It's compact, VERY light and VERY warm.
-Continuing from the last point, Omni Heat actually works. In fact, it works exceptionally. The reflective inner coating absorbs heat instantly and is very warm, the perfect temperature. Winter hasn't come yet so I can't say for certain, but in the 9-10C cool weather right now it's great. The great thing is I'm wearing this right now in my heated room where it's about 25C, and I'm not feeling hot at all. It regulates the temperature around your body to a comfortable level regardless of the temperature.
-There are a lot of pockets in the outer shell, which is great
-The neckpad is very comfortable, albeit a bit itchy at first.
Overall, I would give this product a 10/10 so far. I'll probably update this when winter hits but so far it's amazing and does its job very well.
on November 19, 2012
I received the jacket the weekend before the whole mega storm/hurricane Sandy hit the north east, and while my are was not drastically, but i did step out into the gusting winds and rains. I was toasty and dry the whole time.
Flash forward a week. I am standing at Red Bull Arena in the middle of the Nor'Eastern being pounded by snow for about 1.5 Hours. My body again: toasty and dry.
From these two experiences alone, I must say this jacket is worth its weight it gold and quite possibly one of the best investments i have ever made. I also have been using the outer shell when commuting to work on bike. It works great. A little too great. I have to open the under arm vents after a few mintes.
This jacket is without a doubt extremely worth it.
on February 20, 2014
I went from an older Columbia interchange jacket to this one, both in XL size (I'm 6'1" and about 175lbs). The very first thing I noticed is this newer coat is a tighter, more athletic fit. Its most noticable in the armpits and sleeves themselves, the armpits are tighter to the body and the sleeves themselves are narrower. With my old Columbia I could wear a t-shirt with a sweatshirt underneath with no issue, and still have range of motion. Now with this new coat I usually only wear a t-shirt, I *can* do a sweatshirt too but its a little like being the kid from a Christmas Story...you get stiff and bulky. BUT this new version with omni-heat is so insanely warm that I don't need the sweatshirt, I'm comfortable in just the coat and a t-shirt in Buffalo winter.
on March 3, 2014
I bought this jacket on Dec 18th, and have loved it. This winter has temps brutal in MN, and it is very warm. For the first 10 min outside, it does feel a bit cool, but them it fills with body heat and its great. However today, march 3rd, the seem on the zipper split. The seam is still intact, and the zipper itself still works. When its anchored into the seam is where it striped out, it looks like what happens to nylon rope when it frays. Oh yeah and order one size larger, its sizing is small.
on January 25, 2014
I bought this jacket to replace a Columbia Double Whammy jacket that was nine or ten years old. I stick with Columbia outerwear because I've found their products durable. I wanted a warmer jacket and this new insulation system (Columbia calls it Omni Tech) is warmer, so four stars. But compared with the Double Whammy it comes up short in a few areas, so it's only four stars, not five.
First shortcoming is it's a little shorter than my old jacket. It does have a snow skirt you can lower, but I'd just like the body of the jacket to be longer. I liked the position of the pockets on the Double Whammy better too. The pockets on this one are uncomfortably high for me. I also liked the Double Whammy because it had under-arm zippers (or pit zips) which help to ventilate the jacket during exertion. One reason I chose this to replace it was because this jacket also has pit zips, but execution of this feature is my biggest problem with the jacket. The shell has pit zips, but the liner doesn't, making them essentially useless if you wear the jacket with the liner installed.
If you do buy this jacket on line, check the price of various colors. Initially I wanted a black one, but selecting a grey one instead saved me about $40 at the time I bought.
on April 1, 2014
This Coat got me through a bitter and cold winter. Tons of snow, rain, sleet, sub zero cold and I was warm as toast. Kept me from the elements and looked good doing it. Just had some issues adjusting the hood Properly. Adjust when you have it off and can control the pull strings Velcro's. Otherwise best investment in a coat I have made since my last Columbia coat of 10 Year's ago.
on November 26, 2013
Ok. I love this coat. The inner shell is so warm, and doesn't overheat you in more mild temperatures. Outer shell looks rugged, tough, and ready to withstand anything. However, it just doesn't fit well! I hope that I'm an isolated case, however I tried on both the XL, and XXL, and neither fit well. This coat fit very well on top; gave me room to breathe, was perfectly sized. However the gut/lower portion of the coat was so ridiculously large that santa claus would have had ample room in it. I'm not a huge person; all of my clothes are sized L. I have a columbia jacket that's XL, so I was surprised when the XL version of this coat fit well in some areas but was incredibly constricting in others.
Beware buying clothes on amazon. They ended up refunding my purchase and sending me the other coat of another size, however after I purchased the XL, the price doubled. Due to this, they tried to make me pay the difference to get the coat of a larger size, since the XL didn't fit. Here's the lesson; don't buy clothes from amazon unless you know exactly how they are going to fit. It is a huge hassle trying to return them each time they don't fit correctly. If anything, buy multiple sizes of one coat, try them all on and then send the rest back.