I love my down jacket and my Carhartt, but when temps plummet and the northern Idaho weather vacillates from rain to blizzard, to frozen wasteland, I'm glad I have a proper Columbia again.
The collar, inside of the hood, and the inside of the hand pockets are SO soft, bunny-soft without all that pesky shedding of fur.
The length is right. This is a jacket, not a parka so I'm not sitting on the coat when I drive. However, my ass isn't hanging out in the cold, cold wind either. Columbia strikes a happy medium here when a lot of other jackets miss the mark.
This is the first time I've had a powder skirt in a jacket without constantly being aware of its presence. Well played Columbia, well played.
2 zippered hand pockets
1 outside chest pocket (taped zipper) large enough for iphone SE
1 inside zippered chest pocket, also large enough for phone w/ headphone buttonhole
1 inside drop-in pocket - this one is mesh & has an elastic top, I might not trust my keys in here, it seems suited for a hat or gloves
1 left wrist pocket
The Alpine has 2 slash pockets with ultra-soft lining that does a good job keeping my hands warm even when I forget my gloves. Also, the zippers on the pockets don't bother my wrists when I'm slouching about with my hands in my pockets - excellent.
Primary zip is plastic with large teeth so it's quiet, snag-free, & easy to operate.
Thumbhole Thingies: A++
Thin, double layer of stretchy, synthetic material wards off the chill & fits perfectly - even under gloves!
The thumbholes are engineered properly - they don't inhibit taking off or putting on the jacket. I could write poetry here but I'll spare you - that's how good these thumbholes are.
The fit is quite attractive, the Alpine nips in at the waist and achieves a feminine look that isn't always present in outerwear.
The Alpine might run a little small. I'm quite short at 5' and the sleeve length is good for me even in Medium.
I wear a small in Basin and Range and Under Armour but I chose a Medium Alpine to accommodate layers. I've worn a hoodie with a down vest under the Alpine and did not find it too snug.
I can't believe I went years without a proper ski jacket, it's so nice to be snugged up in coat that truly suits all winter weather conditions.