Columbia Benton Springs Vest for Ladies
Good product; colors not completely true
I purchased two vests, one black & one red. The "true red" color was more on the orange side than a true red. I wasn't completely satisfied, but I did keep the item. The black vest was more dark gray than true black. I returned the item because the left armhole was larger than the right, creating too much extra fabric in that area. If I had tried this vest on in a store I would not have purchased it for that reason. Overall, I have liked most every Columbia clothing product I have purchased.
September 18, 2013
This vest runs very large!
I've worn the Benton Springs line of fleece for years. The vest has been recut and is now longer and runs very large. I am 5'9" and weigh 125 lbs and usually take a medium in Columbia products. I like this vest to be a bit roomy, but the medium was floating on me. I am returning it for a small which unfortunately I believe will be a bit too form fitting for my tastes, but it's the lesser of 2 evils. The fabric does feel a bit thinner than my old Benton Springs items, but it's OK.
December 4, 2012
Cuddly and comfortable
This is a cozy fleece vest. I normally cannot wear Columbia tops because I swim and have broad shoulders and well-muscled arms. All of the Columbia brand arms are too tight. It is a good thing they own Mountain Hardwear, because the Mountain Hardwear line has better fitting arms for me. No arms to worry about on the vest. The medium was too large. I'm about a women's size 9. The small is perfect. I wear it at home over a turtleneck or around town with a light jacket over the top.
December 18, 2011
I was reading the other reviews and could not understand some of the negative ones...saying the fit was way too big (I thought it was right on)...saying the fabric was see-through-thin (not the ones I got...) and saying the fabric was not a good quality (mine was very nice). I have several of the Benton Springs jackets and recently got 3 of the vests and I love them all. I work at a ski resort (on the mountain) and fleece is a uniform for me. I love these things.
February 16, 2011