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Columbia Horizon Explorer Insulated Jacket - Men's



Why We Like The Horizon Explorer Insulated Jacket

We hit the trail confident that we're prepared for any inclement weather in the Columbia Horizon Explorer Insulated Jacket. This functional piece boasts an Omni-Tech laminate that keeps weather out while remaining breathable to help you push to the summit even as storm clouds roll in.

As the temperature drops, the Omni-Heat thermal reflective layer combines with Thermarator insulation to help trap body heat and keep you comfortable on the walk back to the trailhead. To further keep you happy and fast, this jacket boasts an adjustable hood, drawstring hem, and adjustable cuffs to seal out weather in a pinch.

  • Insulated jacket built for exploring in shoulder-season temps
  • Omni-tech laminate is waterproof and breathable for rainy days
  • Omni-Heat and Thermarator insulation fight off cold weather
  • Adjustable hood adds versatile protection when clouds roll in
  • Hand and security pockets keep digits warm and items nearby
  • Drawcord hem and adjustable cuffs trap heat, eliminate cold drafts
  • Item #COL039Y

[membrane/laminate] Omni-Tech, [face fabric] 100% polyester, [lining] Omni-Heat Reflective
Center Back Length
[external] 2 zippered hand, [internal] 1 zippered security
Claimed Weight
[medium] 1lb 13.5oz
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year
hiking, skiing, snowboarding

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What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 5

Great Value, WARM & Comfortable

I've put it through the wringer
Runs large

Pros: A wonderful all purpose jacket for light rain, snow and the cold. Very light weight feel, but performs like a heavier weight jacket. The insulated interior works well and the water resistant outer shell sheds water. Much warmer than I expected (a good thing) and super comfortable to wear. Very impressed with the comfort and movement provided. Nice clean, flat exterior surface. Space-blanket like interior lining really works. Interior zippered pocket gets lots of use. Everything is working well and I hope to get several years out of the jacket. Cons: The zipper and slider, like so many of the newer jackets are all cheap plastic (YKK #5), and time will tell how well they hold up. A front chest pocket would have been nice, but not provided Sizing : Jacket sizes appear to run large so unless you plan on layer clothing, consider ordering one size down (I am a Medium, but the size Small fit me fine).

>Rating: 5

First Impressions

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Runs large
Size Bought
5` 10"
190 lbs

Jacket is quality - it’s immediately apparent. Also that it’s sized BIG. I’m 5-10 / 190, bought a Medium and I’m justtttt on this side of NOT returning it for a Small. Anyone under that can probably buy a Small with confidence if you like more form-fitting stuff. The back covers a good portion of your behind. Arms are def longish, zipper quality gives me some pause but will be tested over time and the hood sits slightly askew when the jacket isn’t fully zipped. But when it is zipped, it’s perfectly molded and well-designed for full coverage. I almost get the impression how the hood lies is an afterthought, since it appears to be designed to usually be up. The dark cherry color is beautiful and more classy / subdued than I feared it might be. Jacket itself is solidly built and insulated with good, deep hand and inside chest pockets. Not bulky, just weighted-blanket comfortable. By the time May rolls around you won’t be wondering where it is until probably Oct. It’s def wayyy more than a light-insulation raincoat. Plenty of room for multiple-layers. Basically I see this as an excellent jack-of-all trades / master-of-none jacket for a place that has garbage weather a large % of the non-summer. Its not a pure backcountry shell but is def styled like one. Excited to test it out over an entire fall-winter-spring. Now that I’ve seen the build-quality I think the jacket would be a value even at full suggested retail - but getting it on sale is even better. Backcountry ordering, shipping and delivery process was stellar per usual. #End

>Rating: 4

Good synthetic jacket

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Runs large
Size Bought

While this isn't a backpacking piece it would be a great choice for a number of other activities including day hiking. I wear small to medium size outerwear depending on the make and model and a small fits me just about perfectly with some room for a layer underneath. While many may not appreciate the snaps that was one feature I specifically desired. Overall durability is OK. It has good warmth for its weight. As an occasional kayaker and camper I appreciate this sort of jacket. Would recommend for everything from boating to car camping to day hiking.