Closeouts. Columbia Sportswear calls on the power of waterproof breathable Omni-Tech® fabric and the toastiness of fleece to bring you the Aravis II Long Interchange parka, a 3-in-1 system that’ll see you through a variety of temps.
Reviewed by Mt girl from Oregon Coast mountains on Monday, April 16, 2012
In spite of other reviews I thought this would be the perfect rain coat. I have a few Columbia items that I love and had high expectations. Also a size small is usually a bit big for me in most brands/styles. We just got a men's Columbia winter rain jacket that is amazingly warm and waterproof. My problem is the liner. It seems slightly too big for the jacket, the sleeves are tight, but mostly the fabric is so soft and grabby that it is a struggle to put it on over a long sleeved shirt,even a tight fitting nylon base layer sleeve sticks to the fleece. I might keep it, and just use the jacket over another fleece, for winter, or might return it. Cannot comment on how well it performs in the rain since have not tried it.
Reviewed by K from cleveland, ohio on Thursday, March 29, 2012
I got this coat on clearance at the end of the season, so I haven't tried it out yet in extreme winter conditions, but so far so good. The fit is good, the coat is lightweight. The thumb holes would be a nice feature if they were big enough for a thumb, but they aren't. I also would have liked it if the hood could be tucked into the collar rather than just zipped off when not needed, because I know that if I do that, I'll lose it.
Best Uses: Casual Wear, Wet Conditions
Cons: Hood can't tuck in collar, Thumb holes are too small
Describe Yourself: Intermediate
Gear Usage: Cold Weather Living, Winter Sports
Pros: Breathes Well, Durable, Good material, Warm, Water Resistant, Waterproof, Windproof
Reviewed by Leiah from Virginia on Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I've never owned a more windproof jacket! Wore this coat on a motorcycle and felt NO breeze coming through. Also super warm on some chilly Minnesota days. I love the length of this jacket, and the fact that it zips apart into 2 jackets.
Thumbholes are a good idea, but not executed as well on this jacket as I've seen on others. The slits are too small for my thumbs, and tight, so I don't use them.
I kind of wish the hood was lined, or that the inner fleece jacket had a hood that lined the outer waterproof shell. Since it's so thin and not lined, you can't really use it for warmth in the winter.
I read other comments that said this jacket picks up lint, and they were right! My friends and family noticed that my coat was furry with lint and hair, so that is the WORST thing about this coat.
But overall this coat is versatile, and not too bulky (I was able to shove it under an airplane seat that was already full with an overstuffed backpack). Warm, waterproof, and windproof! Great price for Columbia, too.
Reviewed by 757Runner from Virginia Beach, VA on Monday, December 12, 2011
Lived up to the product description expectations. Bought for my sister but might get one for myself. The only potential annoyance is the outer fabric is noisy, but that's what you get for waterproof protection. Great coat for the price!