I own a number of pieces of Columbia clothing -- principally items of hiking and camping gear, plus one really great rain jacket. I can attest to the quality and durability of them all, and that carries over to the workmanship and long wear of the clothing that they make for everyday use. If you're looking for a classy and comfortable Winter coat or jacket, check these out.
A friend of mine, just this past weekend, bought this Columbia Whirlibird Parka
($200). It is a 3-in-1 coat with a breathable/waterproof shell, zip-in liner that doubles as a lightweight jacket, and a thermal reflective insert that increases your body's heat retention to keep you warmer in the blowing snow. Also, a removable and adjustable storm hood, zippered underarm vents, drawcord hem, and loads of inside and outside pockets that allow for gloves, wallets, digital devices, and the like. For skiing, or shopping, you can't do better than this attractive and comfortable cold weather coat.
For top-flight protection for your everyday outings, this Columbia Uptown Voyager Jacket
($225). A heavy-duty shell with a full zip front closure offers reliable protection against the perils of rain and snow; the Omni-Heat reflective lining bumps up your natural heat retention for extra warmth without the need to wear a bulky overcoat; this coat weighs in at just shy of four pounds, or about 1/2 the weight of a regular coat. Four outside pockets, faux fur hood lining, ribbed waist and cuffs to minimize cold air sneaking into the coat -- all designed for a great look in a warm, lightweight jacket. This jacket is a perfect choice for a football game, a Sunday drive out into the country to commune with Mother Nature, or just for heading out to a movie with your significant other or a group of gal pals. Lightweight, good looking, comfortable, and oh-so-warm -- you've got it all with this Columbia jacket.
For a Winter coat that is a tad higher up the formal scale, this Columbia Skyline Jacket
($325); the Omni-Shield outer shell is impervious to moisture and stains, and the coat, of course, includes the Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining and 700 fill down insulation for the coldest of evenings. The front snap buttons are covered with a center-line flap -- to prevent the cold winds from sneaking past the closure -- there is a cleverly positioned interior drawcord to allow you to fit the coat to your figure, no matter the interior layers you're wearing, and as for pockets? The coat features a pair of zippered, lower pockets for the dual purpose of storing your valuables and keeping your hands warm. If you're a media aficionado, you're good to go, with an interior pocket for tunes or a phone. Here's a coat that keeps you comfortably warm as you head out for dinner and the theater, or for night-time Christmas shopping. Either way, you'll not be cold while you wear this coat. Combine this coat with a knit hat
and some warm gloves
and you'll be happy as a (warm) clam.
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