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Columbia Ballistic Sweater

rated 3 of 5 stars

The Ballistic Sweater has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best fleece jackets for 2023.

photo: Columbia Ballistic Sweater fleece jacket

Columbia blew it ... and so did I by buying the Balistic Sweater. I tried to save a few bucks by not buying the TNF Denali Jacket ... now I find I can buy TNF jacket for the same price. THE PROBLEM -- Columbia lines the sleeves and the front of the jacket with a fabric that gets wet and stays wet. I used the jacket in Nov. to climb Mt. Washington ... I got wet and disappointed. North Face doesn't line the arms for sure and I believe they don't use much of this fabric liner in the rest of the jacket. I wrote an e-mail to Columbia, but they didn't even have the courtesy to respond......... BOOO!!!

Advice--Buy the Denali Jacket or a fleece without the arm and shoulder reinforcements if you need need something that breathes better!

Fabric: Fleece
Price Paid: $99

I love my Columbia Ballistic Sweater. I have owned it for about a year now and it is perfect for my lifestyle. I have worn it hiking, around town, to football games, even at the office and it has been perfect in every setting (maybe a little too casual for work but I've had no complaints).

My girlfriend says the jacket is too short on my torso but I think it has more to do with this being considered a sweater not a jacket and thus the sizing is a little different. Bottom line is it's has been a great jacket for me and I plan on using it for much longer. I have not hiked a full mountain yet but when I do I bet I'll be bringing my Columbia Ballistic Sweater with me.

Price Paid: $60

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