Great jacket but a few considerations
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs large
- Size Bought: Large
I love Columbia gear and as a result, I own a fair amount of their products. I bought this jacket basing my sizing and color choice off of some of their other gear I have. I have 3 other Columbia jackets 2 soft shell full zips and 1 heavier omni-heat rain shell (olive green) with a removable fleece. All of the jackets that I owned prior to this purchase are a size large, therefore, I assumed that was a safe bet and I ordered a large size for this jacket as well. I am not necessarily unhappy with the purchase but being a more slender/athletic build, there is a lot of room in this jacket (more than expected) but the length is perfect. I definitely think I could have gone with a medium but I'm also used to up-sizing in order to get desired length with most clothing brands, so no big deal if that is what you are looking for or if you are wanting to layer clothing underneath this jacket (both of which I am fine with). The only other consideration I think worth messaging is that I ordered the olive green topo fade option but the picture isn't very accurate. The olive green topo fade looks exactly like my flat olive green rain jacket in the picture but is in fact the exact same style as the azul topo fade option (light on top by shoulders and lighter at the bottom) just olive green instead of blue, imagine that. Having said all that, this is a very quality product and I get every bit of use out of it that I wanted to when I ordered it. I would definitely recommend this product but felt it was worth sharing my knowledge of the product so nobody else gets an unexpected color or a slightly larger size than they were hoping for. Overall, the complaints I have can be traced back to my own decisions and a bad picture representation, which I would assume to be Backcountry's fault. Nonetheless, I still love Columbia gear (this jacket included) and Backountry takes care of their customers (awesome price, free 2 day shipping, and great customer service). I know I could have sent this back pretty hassle free knowing Backcountry's policies but decided I was happy with it and it now resides in my gear closet. I would definitely recommend both this jacket as well as buying from this site to anyone on the fence however. Hope this review helps, thanks!