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Comments about Columbia Coupe De Main Jacket - Men's - 2011 Closeout:
I'm gearing up for Mt. Whitney and Kilimanjaro treks in the next couple of years. Aside from some local activities in NC, I do a handful of trips each year to the desert: Mojave, Death Valley, Joshua Tree, etc. With that said, I have quite a bit of new gear to buy for the Whitney and Kili trips. I was looking for a lightweight down or insulated jacket/sweater to serve as a cold weather mid-layer. Looked at A LOT of brands: Marmot Zeus, REI Revelcloud, Patagonia Nano, North Face Blaze, GoLite Demaree Canyon, Eddie Bauer Downlight, and of course the Columbia Coupe De Main. Good fit, warmth, packability, and price were all considerations. Aside from the Columbia Coupe De Main, I found each of the other brands to be either 1) too slim fit, 2) too puffy, or 3) too expensive.Columbia Coupe De Main...PROSWarm – this jacket is warm, I mean really warm. It's got to be from their Thermal Reflective insulation. It seriously retains heat. The jacket literally still feels warm to the touch when you take it off. Amazing!Stuffing - it has enough stuffing, but not too much, so you're not puffy. No marshmallow man here.Storage - has plenty of storage pockets. Two hand-warmer pockets, chest pocket and one small interior pocket.Fit - it's slightly long, just past the belt-line in the front and back, which is helpful for a mid-layer. And, it has adjustable cuffs and drawcords to seal out the cold. I'm a big guy--5'10' and 220 lbs--and the XL fit me nearly perfect all around (see long sleeve comment in CONS below).Price - REI had the Coupe De Main on sale for [$]. That's an absolute steal! The Marmot and Patagonia were pricey, well over $100 to almost $200. And, everything else being equal, a low price will always tip the scale for me when I have a lengthy gear list for a specific trek. The REI Revelcloud was a similar low price for a short time, but they quickly ran out of the one color that was priced around $73.CONSPackability - most of the other jackets mentioned above are more packable. They come with either their own compression sack or can pack into one of the pockets. Columbia definitely overlooked packability when they designed this jacket. It's packs down a little bit in a compression sack, but it's still a bit bulky compared to similar jackets by other brands.Lack of large inside pockets - there's only one small interior pocket. Nothing large enough to hold a Nalgene, etc.Sleeve length - the XL was a tad bit long in the sleeves, not enough to return it, but just a little long. The adjustable cuffs help counter that, so no worries.I was surprised to see that no one had reviewed this jacket, so I hope this is helpful. REI shoppers seem to have overlooked this item.
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