Columbia Men's Extended Sizes Whirlibird II Omni-Heat Interchange Jacket
Lightweight, but not as warm as I had hoped.
Got this to replace an older Columbia jacket that has served me well for 15 years, but is starting to show its age. Love how incredibally lightweight this jacket system is, but I am a little disappointed that the reflective liner isn't as warm as I had expected. I expect part of the issue is that as a photographer, I'm not as active as the target audience (active outdoor activities like skiing, boarding, hiking). As such, I'm not generating adequate body heat to make use of the liner. I would have preferred if the hood folded into its own pocket integral to the collar, but now I'm picking nits. There are more than enough pockets - all zippered. The removable liner also serves as a nice lightweight jacket in and of itself. With end-of-year pricing, this was a deal I couldn't pass up.
February 25, 2013