Reviewed by Luke from Beijing, China on Saturday, December 8, 2012
I work in Beijing. This coat has done a good job so far in keeping me warm in below-freezing weather, and it's a good windstopper, too. The weather hasn't yet gotten super cold, but in 20º weather I've been quite comfortable wearing this over a sweatshirt.
The coat has excellent pockets – the outside pockets can easily fit a phone and wallet along with chapstick and other necessaries, and the buttons on the pockets are difficult to undo that you don't have to worry about the pocket coming open or a pickpocket getting you (an unfortunately common worry in Beijing).
My complaints: The coat loses quite a bit of feathers, much more than any of my previous down jackets (expensive North Face coats and cheap no-name Chinese brands alike). Also, the fill sits a bit funny on the chest, making the coat look overly lumpy. Attempts to massage the fill around to give the coat a smoother look haven't been very successful.
In sum: a good coat for a good price, but I worry that it will lose its down too quickly.
Reviewed by Warm this Winter from Cleveland on Thursday, November 22, 2012
As described in other reviews, this jacket runs large. I am 6 feet, 192 pounds, usually wear a large, but ordered medium after reading the other reviews. Even the medium is quite roomy, but I cannot imagine ordering a small. There is nothing small about me! It feels loose and blousy unless I have a sweater on underneath, then it is a good fit, but that is a lot of layers. This is not a Fall jacket. We're talking freezing weather before this comes out. The jacket is well made, substantial but not overly heavy. It is multi- layered. It is a jacket within a jacket with the zippered portion covered by the down and microsuede outer jacket. It is best for outdoor events over a base layer and sweater. It is very toasty but takes a while to get in and out of with all the buttons. I would not use it for daily use, but some days it is just right. Warm. If the temperature exceeds 40 degrees, this is almost too much coat. It is a Winter jacket for cold and blustery days.
Reviewed by City life from Chicago on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
It is great for those cold snowy days! Below 20 and i had no ptoblem! It looks nice aswell something you could wear to a nice place! The only draw back is there are 7 buttons you have do and undone to cover the zipper! It can be quite time consuming!
Reviewed by Luke from Seattle & Beijing on Monday, February 27, 2012
I ordered this jacket late in the season so haven't been able to wear it in truly cold weather (-20º), but so far it's been quite good. When the temperature gets in the upper 40s I have found the coat to be too warm, and wear it unzipped.
It did well in Seattle's late-February weather. The faux suede repels water quite well, and the coat on the whole does a good job of stopping wind and keeping me warm.
The only complaint I have so far is that the coat has been shedding on my underlayers. I'm not sure if it is only the interior or both interior and exterior that's been doing it, but I hope that it will stop shedding soon.
The coat is not extremely fluffy, and seemed to be secreting a fair amount of feathers over the first few wears, but has since stopped doing that. I will have to wait until next winter to see how the coat stands up to truly nasty winter weather.
While I'm generally not that big of a fan of Colombia products, this coat seems to be quite good.
Reviewed by Salmum from Auckland New Zealand on Thursday, September 1, 2011
The jacket is beautiful but it is too big, too hot and too heavy for my 70 year old brother. Unfortunately I will have to return it. I overestimated his needs. As far as I can see it is beautiful garment