Columbia Lhotse Mountain II Interchange Omni-Heat Jacket for Men
I waited a while to write this review because I believe in testing thoroughly to base my opinion. I'm an avid snowboarder and get into a wide array of conditions.
In NE Washington it can get downright cold up in the mountains in the winter, one thing I've noticed is in my old gear there were some times I had to add another layer to stay warm. With this coat, I have stayed with one layer without needing to double up even on the coldest of days. I literally wear a medium base layer with one old White Stag ski sweater with this coat and stay really toasty. I also have some Columbia pants with Omni Heat and never wear anything but a base layer under those. I can say the Omni heat really works! I've never had any problems with wetness either, you stay totally dry.
I'm 5' 11' and weigh 200lbs, athletic build, and usually wear a large coat. I ordered a large and it fits very nicely especially when you don't need to double up underneath. I would highly recommend this coat and am totally happy with my purchase.
October 3, 2014
The nicest raincoat I ever owned
Once I'd read the other reviews I knew just what to say; first, it runs one size small (who cares, a bump up in size gave me a PERFECT fit). The pockets on the shell are high, but that allows the rain to fall from your elbows instead of your wrists, keeping water out of the pockets. I have no problems with any zippers catching on anything, but I'm careful with a jacket priced over $200. The missing lanyard on the main zipper DOES make it difficult to zip up with gloves on, I will use a custom fix whenever I decide on something compatible with so fine a garment. It's EXTREMELY lightweight, but don't let that fool you, personally I think it's the warmest and driest coat/jacket I've ever owned. The vents under the arms are a plus, the hood is sized perfectly to fit over a baseball cap, the inside skirt tightens independently and keeps out wind, rain and snow. Only the nicer coats I've noticed have this kind of feature. The overall length is perfect, the velcro cuffs on the shell and the elastic(?) wrist closures on the lining are sublime for lack of a better term, and together they are just the best combination money can buy. The pockets inside and out were numerous and ample in size, about the only other thing I can think of off hand is that the Omni Heat silver dotted liner says "Steal Me!"I got a black one from the new Columbia store in downtown Seattle that doesn't seem to be available online which is unfortunate, because it's a far better looking coat than any of the other colors (to me). Lastly, it dries in a heartbeat, and stuffs into a backpack about as easily as a light sweater. I will return to the store to pick out some matching gloves and a hat to go with the coat, and I feel like the luckiest man on earth to have acquired such a fine piece of modern engineering. Thank you Columbia, even if you don't offer a red version. This black one however, is AWESOME. A prized possession for me
May 11, 2014
I had my last Columbia for more than 10 years. It was a lot heavier feeling jacket than this one but that is likely due to the new materials being used. I hope it is as warm as the old one. The winter had subsided by the time I purchased the jacket. I typically wear a large but this jacket had reviews that said it ran small. I heeded the advice of the reviews and bought an extra large and it fits. It is still a little tight in the shoulders but it works. I am concerned how well the Omni heat material lining the inside of the jacket will hold up. It feels like a very easy material to tear. I hope it doesn't but time will tell. As far as appearance it is a great looking jacket.
April 5, 2014
Love my new jacket. nice and warm in -20 degree weather
good to warm shopping or having fun in the snow
March 23, 2014