ira.goldsc1527338

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ira.goldsc1527338

ira.goldsc1527338 wrote a review of on August 14, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
Fit: Runs large

These are the most beautifully-designed bibs I've seen with a unique ventilated "lay-flat" strap system that sits wide (i.e., not on top of my nipples). However, the sizing is a bit off. I am 5'5", 130lbs with a 29" waist. Unfortunately, even though the size Small is supposed to be for a 25"-28" waist, the fit is fairly loose and hardly feels compressive (even though I have big thighs). The straps even feel loose out of the box! I'd call these a "comfort" fit like the Assos T.cento_S7 (vs. the "race" fit T.equipe_S7, Castelli's, Pearl P.R.O.'s...), so buy accordingly!

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ira.goldsc1527338 wrote a review of on February 2, 2009

4 5

For the money it is hard to beat this jacket. The materials and construction seem as bombproof as the more expensive brands. Its style is unique too - not a faux mountaineering look, not a snowboarder look nor a "hey I'm a racer" look - instead it has an elegant western design with some subtle elements like rivets and gussets (hey I live in cowboy country).

Even with the above I can't give it 5 stars due to a few design missteps that you would think a company like Columbia would have gotten right, like:
1)The liner is so long that accessing and using the powder skirt is very difficult.
2)The inside of the shell has two open mesh pockets and no zippered pockets - one mesh pocket is plenty (not sure what two could be used for since this is not a backcountry jacket that be used for stowing skins), while the lack of a zippered pocket is a glaring exclusion.
3) There are four zippered or velcroed pockets on the outside of the liner, which makes them difficult to access when zipped into the jacket. The two pockets inside the liner are small, open and mesh - not sure what you'd use these for. The liner needs one or two more secure pockets on the inside.

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