Columbia Steens Mountain Full Zip
Great for the price. I've had this fleece for about…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $12
Great for the price.
- Low price
- Water resistant
- Huge pockets with zippers
- Not wind resistant at all
- Loose fit
- Thin material
- Stops at the waist
I've had this fleece for about two years now and I've worn it almost every day. I bought it at a thrift store for $12 with the tags still on it and after a long abusive life, I'm finally in the market for a new and improved fleece.
The Columbia Steens is nice for cool summer nights. It works during the spring and fall if worn over a thin long sleeve base layer, and as an insulating layer during the winter. It's extremely breathable, which can be a positive or a negative, depending on your situation.
The two pockets are huge and zip from top to bottom. There's an elastic drawstring around the bottom with locks on each side to help keep cold drafts off your back. The coat comes down to about waist level and has a lot of space if you need to wear another insulating layer underneath, like a wool sweater or something.
If given the same chance to buy another at the same price, I'd probably take it even though I'm in the market for a higher quality one. It's been a great coat that's helped me endure all of the seasonal elements of Northeastern PA, work and play.
edit 3/14: Bought a new fleece. Mountain Hardwear Desna Fleece Jacket. The Columbia Steens blows it out of the water, hands down.
You get what you pay for, well constructed but thin…
Source: bought it new
You get what you pay for, well constructed but thin but for a low, low price.
I have to learn to read gear reviews with a grain of salt because everyone who was buying this fleece online said it was "warm". While it will add an extra layer to your base gear, it will not keep you warm as its Polartec rating has to be at most 100.
Still, I can't complain too much as this is a well constructed fleece, no pulls, zippers work, etc. I did use it as an effective layer in Yosemite when it was snowing on me, so it does provide warmth, but it is just thin is all.
A great deal for the price though, low low prices on this puppy.
A great fall jacket. It is plenty warm, although not…
Price Paid: $8 at Marshall's
A great fall jacket. It is plenty warm, although not designed to be a technical mid-layer. It is a regular fit / cut, so not drop-hemmed in back and shorter up front. There is plenty of length and room in the torso for an athletic build. If you're the average Joe (carrying some extra weight), it may fit you snugly.
The pockets are cavernous, which is great for stuffing gloved hands into. The sleeves don't impede motion with full limb extentions.
I have the Rust/Orange color, and it is "beautiful" according to my wife, "for the Fall". Being a traditional mid-weight fleece, it does not block wind well. It does wick perspiration.
I had great performance while on a camping trip with the kids and was comfortable with a mid-weight base layer in 40 degree temperatures. A great, basic jacket with quality zippers and fleece.