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Whether you're layering it under a ski shell or sporting it alone on unseasonably cold fall and spring days, you have the cold beat with the Columbia Men's Heat Elite II Jacket. Plush fleece and abrasion- and wind-resistant nylon oxford are backed by the thermal reflective Omni-Heat lining that bottles in warmth generated by your body. But Columbia was not satisfied with that, oh, no—it also packed in 80g insulation to make extra-sure you won't be shivering in your snow boots.

  • Omni-Shield advanced repellency slows down the wet stuff
  • Articulated elbows and two-way comfort stretch enhance your mobility
  • Micro-chamois chin guard protects tender skin
  • Drawcord hem seals out drafts

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3 5


I just got back from a two week trip in the Alaskan backcountry. Temps were between 35 and 60, plus a lot of chilly winds (steady 20mph, gusts of up to 35mph)! At home, the jacket felt nice and substantial, but when I got into the cold winds, I noticed that there is no draw cord at the bottom, so you can't prevent the wind from blowing up into the jacket. Also, I found the zippered pockets to be way too big (too high). Check out the product photo - you'll see what I mean. If you want to warm up your hands by sticking them into the pockets, you'll have to zip the pockets open (from the top down). With your hands in the pockets, there is about 5-6 inches of open space to the upper part of the zipper. This leaves a lot of space for the wind to blow in and your hands won't get very warm. It might have been better to design the zippers so they open from the bottom up?!

Also, the collar is kind of like a funnel and there's no way to make it fit a little more snug around the neck.

I'd recommend the jacket for luke warm to semi-cold, non-windy situations. I guess the idea of the super large pockets is to double as vents, but the jacket already has vents under the arms.

Don't get me wrong, I like the jacket - just not for windy situations...

I got it for more than half off on a special deal. If I paid the regular price, I'd probably return it.

5 5

I LOVE this Jacket

I bought this jacket for my upcoming trip this March to Telluride. While where I live it does not stay cold for long this year has been a bit different. We don't usually get snow flakes or even weather that could get snow until December/January, however this past Thanksgiving we had snow and weather down to the 20's. This jacket was a lifesaver. I LOVE this jacket. I find that when it's 55 or 25 I'm the same level of warm. Not too hot not too cold. The jacket looks "thin" but it feels much more substantial than that. The Omni-Heat works brilliantly, it vents well and has the underarm zippers. I really look forward to trying this out this March in Telluride as a "light jacket" and during the winter further here in Alabama for those cold wet winters we have.

The only thing that could use some work is the underarm area sometimes, not always, feels a little tight. The sizing of these jackets also tends to run a little small and long but at 5'8" it's probably just me.

5 5

Great Casual Jacket

Living in a warmer climate (Alabama) but with wet and sometimes cold days/weeks in our winters I was searching for a heavier fleece jacket that was "interchange" compatible if an outer shell was required. Well I found it. While still fairly warm here I have been able to try out this jacket in 38 degrees and was toasty warm. The wind was held at bay and amazingly enough I was just as warm when it was in the upper 50's it seems to dissipate heat very well when it's warmer and keep you warm when it's cooler. I look forward to taking this jacket with me when I head to Colorado later this year for some skiing as well as during our Alabama winters.

Thermal equilibrium in a range of temps
Wind resistance

Limited color options

Do you ship to australia?

Do you ship to australia?

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