From humble beginnings as a hat distributor to a global powerhouse in apparel, Columbia Sportswear has been providing innovative and dependable products to outdoor enthusiasts since 1938. Columbia Sportswear jackets were among the first in the industry to feature waterproof breathable fabric, and this extraordinary brand continues to raise the bar with breakthrough innovations like Omni-Heat® thermal reflective technology, Omni-Shade® sun protection and many more. In the great outdoors, Columbia Sportswear hiking boots, clothing and hats provi ... Learn more about Columbia Sportswearde outstanding support, comfort and weather protection. Wherever your journey takes you -- from snow-covered ski slopes to rugged backcountry trails -- you can trust Columbia Sportswear to outfit you for adventure. ... Less
Reviewed by not applicable from oromocto,n.b.,canada on Saturday, December 12, 2009
i walk alot of miles daily on very icy roads,sidewalks,driveways,stairs...these do not have good stick-to-the-ice traction...but they are comfotable on the foot for a couple of hours,if you are on mud or pavement,but not ice...
Reviewed by Pete in Ventura County, CA from Oxnard, CA on Saturday, December 12, 2009
Very Good insulated cold weather pro shell jacket for the price. I do backpacking, hiking and Mnt. biking and just tried in this jacket in a cold, blustery, wet storm on the mnt. bike thru Channel Island harbor in CA and this jacket WORKS. I can tell it has just the right amount of snth. insulation for winter sports without being bulky. Breathes somewhat, but the pit zips do the trick.
Best Uses: Bad Weather, Travel
Pros: Attractive Design, Comfortable, Excellent construction, Good Cut, Warm
Reviewed by A. Hammer from Champaign, IL on Saturday, December 12, 2009
I'm originally from the South and I needed something warmer than a long sleeve shirt. I always have a hard time finding clothes that fit me (I'm a 5'11", 135lb marathon runner) and I was very surprised when the small size fit decently on me. The body length is a little long but it's not a big deal. On a normal frame person, I could imagine it would be a tight fit. The zippers are absolutely amazing; always zip up/down with very little effort. The zip-out fleece is nice for milder weather and the shell seems like it would make a comfortable rain jacket in warm weather. Overall, a really nice jacket.
Reviewed by Mother of a future cold weather student from Au stin, Texas but formerly of Minnesota on Saturday, December 12, 2009
These boots run very small and very narrow. Need to go up at least a whole size. These boots are totally inappropriate for winter weather such as snow, ice and slush. They are not warm or waterproof. Good for a cool dry day in southern California or central Texas.
Best Uses: Cool weather
Cons: Not Comfortable, Not Warm, Not Waterproof, Very small and narrow
Reviewed by Living in the Mountains! from Eagle, CO on Saturday, December 12, 2009
This jacket is great! I can't believe how warm it is. I've worn it skiing in the Colorado mountains in the winter under a rain jacket, and I was almost sweating. I can't wait to get the shell it zips into.
Reviewed by Jilly Coren from Midwest on Saturday, December 12, 2009
I have about 5 pairs of Columbia pants, in various styles. This company seems to cut trousers on a form that is more similar to my body than most, so I am always interested when I see my size available (4 short). I am 5'4", weigh 120, have narrow hips, upper thighs that are on the larger side but still are within "average", and a normal waist (which appears to the eye to be wider than it is, due to my narrow hips). Columbia pants usually fit my waist, hips, thighs, and behind well. These pants, however, fit my hips well, but the waist has several spare inches (I could tuck a thick sweater in and still have room), the bottom has a lot of spare material that I can grab easily in both my hands, and the upper thighs in the front also have a couple of inches of spare material that makes the front crotch area look baggy. The length on these 4-short pants is perfect, they are comfortable, and are made of a nice material that is soft and durable, but I wouldn't want to wear them in public because they are so baggy in the rear, so there is no point in keeping them. Because the hips are a perfect fit in these 4s, I know that the 2s would be too small in that spot, so won't try an exchange. Am sad that it didn't work out, as they were a great price here at STP!
Best Uses: Casual Wear
Cons: Baggy behind, Extra inches in waist, Poor Fit
Describe Yourself: Classic Dresser
Length: Feels true to length
Pros: Comfortable, Doesn't look cheap, Great Color, High Quality, nice fabric, Washes Well
Reviewed by CBASS1856 from The Woodlands, TX on Saturday, December 12, 2009
I use these pants for our weekly hikes with our dog. They breath, there comfortable and they do as their suppose to do. The waist does seem a little smaller than listed but the length is perfect. For the price they are the best pants for recreational hikers. I dont know about hard core hiking. Hope this helps.
Best Uses: Backpacking, Camping, Casual Wear, Hiking
Describe Yourself: Casual/ Recreational
Pros: Breathable, Comfortable, High-Quality Material and Stitching, Lightweight, Packable
Reviewed by Tori from Chicago on Saturday, December 12, 2009
I haven't tested in the extremely rainy condition, but it has been good in the mildly wet and chilly weather in Chicago. The fabric is crisp soft and light. The style is not too roomy but not too trim either. Just right. It provides decent wind protection, too. On a colder and drizzly day, I wear fleece underneath and it works perfectly. Slight silver/white colored trim makes it look somewhat sporty.