Columbia Wildcard III Softshell
Price Paid: $155
I just purchased this coat after comparing it with other brands like Salomon and North Face at the store. The Wildcard 3 felt the most roomy and flexible of the coats. The coat is also light and I can wear my pack comfortably over it. The price of $155 was the best deal as far as quality goes.
The inner mesh pockets are perfect for my gloves and hat. I am comfortable at the freezing temp. and the wind did not bother me where the jacket covered. The hood is also insulated and keeps my head warm. I had to remove my wool cap after awhile because I was sweating.
The hood does not protect extremity of face from wind though. The removable powder protector is also good against strong winds. The wind does not travel up from bottom of jacket.
I really enjoyed the last winter hike on the mountains with this jacket.
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The Columbia Men's Wildcard III Softshell Jacket packs the double whammy of full stretch and waterproof breathable protection to take on any conditions you'll encounter on the mountain. Lofty Microtemp insulation makes short work of the cold, and the removable hood and powder skirt let you customize to the day's weather. Columbia also added tons of pockets for everything from your goggles to you MP3 player.
- Backcountry Outlet
From the lift to the backcountry, the Columbia Men's Wildcard III Softshell Jacket won't let you down. The Wildcard is made from highly breathable stretch softshell material that allows your body to regulate its temperature and won't restrict movement. The Omni-Tech waterproof breathable multi-layer construction protects you in rain and snow, and polyester tricot insulation keeps you warm on the nastiest days. The removable hood and powder skirt give you the power to instantly transform the jacket to suit the weather conditions.
Along with sunrise over the Wasatch or powder exploding like freshly opened bubbly, softshell materials can be savored as one of nature's true miracles. The Wildcard III jacket combines the warmth and weather resistance of hard shell with the lightweight coziness and comfort of your favorite fleece or hoody.
- Altrec Outdoors
The Columbia Wildcard III Insulated soft-shell jacket is great solo for cold weather treks or layered during fast descents. Rugged yet supple, waterproof, breathable Omni-Tech(TM) construction keeps you dry in all conditions; critically sealed seams prevent water seepage. Polyester fibers insulate with downlike performance; tiny synthetic fibers create millions of heat-trapping air pockets. Made from quick-drying polyester, breathable mesh lining is brushed for softness and warmth. Zippered handwarmer pockets shelter chilly digits; chest pocket stores a few on-the-slope essentials. Columbia Wildcard III jacket features rip-and-stick cuffs to help seal out cold air. Adjustable hood delivers on-demand protection from the elements and removes when not needed. Removable, snap back powder skirt helps seal out cold air and wet snow while retaining valuable heat. Jacket also features an internal goggles pocket and a media player pocket. Underarm venting lets you quickly and easily control core temperature, expelling excess body heat as needed during high activity.