Columbia Hazen Jacket - Men's

The Warmth That’s Required.

When staying warm without looking like you’re preparing to climb Everest is on the bill, look no further than the Columbia Hazen Men’s Jacket. The Hazen’s midweight synthetic insulation makes it perfect for winter nights out or chilly commutes that only feel like full-on winter expeditions. The adjustable hem, hood, and cuffs keep the almost-Himalayan drafts from invading your comfy shell when you ascend out of the subway into the snow-drifted streets.

  • A casual winter jacket perfect for the winter months
  • Water-resistant fabric holds up to snowstorms and light showers
  • Midweight insulation makes winter dog walks more enjoyable
  • Adjustable cuffs and a drawcord hem keeps drafts out
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Winter?

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

First, I am going to share my complaints about this jacket. Not really what I was expecting. Since the description said it has "Omni-Heat" insulation, I was excited to have a lightweight shell that included Columbia's Omni-Heat technology (the reflective lining). This DOES NOT have that. There is ZERO insulation provided. I have not used it in cold weather, but I don't see how this will keep me warm, unless I layer it with a fleece or down jacket underneath. This is a very minimalist jacket. Just an outer shell. I would hardly say this is jacket is for winter use. It seems this product is a glorified rain jacket.
HOWEVER, I think it will serve as a good outer shell, and I like the sizing of it. A 30 inch center back length is longer than most jackets, so it may seem big, but really its just long. This quality of the jacket will make it an excellent outer layer. The fit in the chest/shoulders/waist is normal. I honestly think I could have gotten a small, but since I intend on layering this, a medium is perfect.
One reason why I got this jacket, is to serve as an outer shell for skiing on those casual, fair weather resort days, and I think this will serve that purpose well with a fleece underneath. I also got this jacket, because I thought it was very stylish. And indeed, this jacket is very aesthetically appealing. Excellent for wearing around town and to class. But if I am going to use this in cold weather (<55˚F) then it'll need to be layered.
Overall, getting this on sale for about $45, was a good deal. I really wanted to test out columbia's Omni-Heat technology though, and I'm sad this jacket does not have that feature. Oh well. This jacket definitely has some versatility to it, which I look for in everything I buy, so it is still a good deal. Just be aware that there is no insulation with this jacket.