Columbia Sportswear Aerial Arson Omni-Heat® Shell Jacket - Waterproof (For Men)
About Columbia Sportswear Aerial Arson Omni-Heat® Shell Jacket - Waterproof (For Men)
Closeouts. Light the slopes on fire in Columbia Sportswear's Aerial Arson shell jacket, featuring top-tier performance features like an Omni-Dry® waterproof ultrabreathable membrane, fully seam-sealed construction and heat-reflecting Omni-Heat® lining.
Specs about Columbia Sportswear Aerial Arson Omni-Heat® Shell Jacket - Waterproof (For Men)
- Waterproof materials: Omni-Dry® waterproof breathable membrane
- Seam sealed: Full
- Closure: YKK®,Zipper
- Zipper: Right
- Length: 30" (based on size large)
- Fabric: 100% nylon
- Lining: 100% polyester (upper body and sleeves), 100% nylon (lower body)
- Care: Machine wash, tumble dry
- Total weight: 2 lb. 6 oz.
- Made in Viet Nam
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- US shipments only
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Most Helpful 5-Star Review
Reviewed by BMW from Columbus Ohio on Saturday, January 18, 2014The jury is still undecided for me on this jacket. But the system requires I give an overall star rating so only because I don't want to hurt the products overall rating while I'm still debating the pros and cons of keep it I gave a 5 star. Thanks to wonderful STP customer service and a fair and flexible STP return/exchange policy I'm still deciding if this or another STP Ski Shell Jacket is best for me. Here is what I can tell you for sure (and keep in mind I'm an old-ski-timer) : Todays outdoor sports manufacturing focus on Breathability, Wind resistance and Waterproofness talk.....Gone are the days of 'Durability' talk. Today there's no shortage of fancy names and trade markets. But is it just another marketing gimmick is the question. The Titanium line is Columbia's high-end product line. I can say I find Columbia's higher end ski/outdoors wear quality greatly improving while finding North Face higher end quality declining with its 21st century fame. Still knowing how all manufactures have eliminated more time consuming intricate skiwear clothing details and offshored manufacturing to China and Vietnam (for 50 cent an hour labor), my question is should this jacket and similar others really worth a $350 retail price tag to begin with? The jury's still out on that question. But by todays standards this could be a great STP Spring Ski Shell value at $120 to $140. I'm still skiing in 3 1995 Steep Tech North Face shell jackets that retailed from $365 to $450. I have 3 other jackets from the late 90's including a Hanson-Helly....all containing a boat load high quality exterior features not found on todays jackets. Sure the manufactures talk-up the "Minimalist Look"...Why?....LOL...because it translates into minimal cost and higher profits. You didn't believe they were going to pass all those labor cost savings on to consumers did you?
Now that you know what's impacting my thoughts let me provide this list of PROS (by todays standards): #1 Removable hood gives added flexibility. #2 The Zipper handles are outstanding in size and durability. #3 This jacket gives you the ability to secure the Powder Skirt with inside snaps when not in use, a simple but wonderful feature rarely found. #4 Todays new waterproof zippers are all tight leading people to constantly complain about difficulty with unzipping important under arm skier pit-zips. The solution for me has always been to unzip them before putting my jacket on and going outside skiing. If you ski hard and continuous you maybe like me and always need the extra ventilation. This jacket is trying something new...it's placing the vent ventilation on the chest. Absolutely much easier for the skier (who doesn't have a friend to help them with under arm pit zips) to open and close. I've never tried it so I'm wondering if it's for me. Unlike just allowing hot air to escape from your underarms this concept will work like an air scoop on a hot rod allowing air to rush in and circulate within the jacket (venting where, I don't know). This could be a disadvantage or it could be a big advantage on warm spring skiing days or to anyone who feels their body's and/or layering always builds up excessive sweat/moisture. #5 This would make an excellent waterproof rain day jacket be it skiing, sports events or around town. Not sure if Hood is helmet compatible but it sure looks like it's large enough. Hood brim is excellent for keeping rain off your face. #6 Light weight and very packable. ( it's the paper thin light weightiness of this shell material (like most all of todays shells) that has me wondering if should keep this jacket for skiing. On the other hand on a warm Tahoe spring ski day my super durable ballistic nylon Steep Tech North Face shell jackets still turn heads but even with pit zips wide open I'll build up excessive heat and sweat/moisture. So the jury's still deliberating for me on this jacket but hopefully this will provide potential buyers with more insight.
P.S. What about Omni-Dry and Omni-Heat you say? Go to Youtube.com and watch the videos on the topic. The proved an excellent educational overview. The Columbia Lab proves it works. BUT many commenters say they can't tell a difference. Having bought the Omni-Heat base layer (top and bottom) and worn on 3 colder than normal Ohio ski days I have a better understanding of the product. 1st if you love quality fleece or thin skier wool as the base layer you may find Omni heat no big deal and if most certainly will actually feel cooler to the skins touch than wool or fleece and that's why some people comment it feels colder. Still having both a Smart Wool base layer and a Omni-Heat heavy weight base layer with 15% spandex I can say booth do an excellent job wicking away moisture and keeping your skin dry. I do feel cooler in the Omni-Heat do to the touch of the metallic spots against your skin. So while Omni-Heat may very well be working when in active user to the skins touch it will always feel cooler than fleece or wool liners.
Reviewed by Hope from New York on Tuesday, August 27, 2013I actually bought the blue one for myself. Beautifully made. I have the same omni-heat shell jacket for women and that is much lighter weight. This is heavy duty. My only objection is the fact that the hand-warmer pockets were sewn shut (and none of the others were) so I had to take it to a tailor to have her cut the black thread on black mesh because I did not want to put a hole in the pocket. Have not yet gone to pick it up in the next town from where I live. It is beautifully seam-sealed otherwise. I heard we are going to have a harsh winter so I plan to wear this jacket a lot. I also bought a pair of the pants. And Sorrell boots. So if what they say is correct then I am all set for cold and snow!! I am a winter hiker/snow shoer.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Skippy from Mint Hill, NC on Wednesday, January 25, 2012This is what I was looking for.
- Best Uses: Cooler and wet weather, Rain jacket
Verified Buyer Reviewed by NurseB from Blacksburg, VA on Wednesday, December 28, 2011It hasn't been that cold here in VA yet, so it's hard to tell how warm the jacket is. I will say, it is definitely a shell jacket, very little in the way of insulation. I guess I wanted a slightly heavier jacket, BUT, I wanted to be able to choose my own layers underneath, rather than be stuck with a system jacket(3-in-1.) My mom had bought me the Mt. Huxley (Columbia) jacket, but returned it before I could try it because she found out I had ordered this one for myself.
I am 5'11", and an athletic 190lbs. I say this, because this particular jacket is almost too big! Plenty of room for layering, though. My previous Columbia is an XL and fits about the same. I like the length, it ends just below my rear. The collar is comfortable around the chin, if not a little stiff. Pockets are comfortable and well placed. One on the left chest, and a small one just inside the left chest.
I finally decided on this product because it is the next step up as far as waterproof/breathability rating (as compared to most Columbia products on the site: OmniDry vs. OmniTech.) I haven't used it yet doing any kind of activity, so I hope the breathability rating holds up. It was huge discount off retail, too! It looks sharp, and I'm happy with my new jacket. Hope this helps! Another great deal from STP!
- Cons: Lightweight
- Pros: Lightweight, Waterproof