Columbia EX Featherweight

Discussion in 'Clothing & Footwear' started by Shewie, Jun 25, 2019.

  1. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    These seem to be available for a decent price again, are folk still rating theirs?

    I know quite a few members took a punt on these last year, have they done okay since?

    How is the sizing, I'm bordering M into L
  2. tallest of pauls

    tallest of pauls Ultralighter

    All i can say is xl is like a tent!

    Columbia sizing is weird, I got a L in another thicker outdry jacket around 2 years ago and it's cut is quite athletic, fine for summer use but abit tight for winter , Which is why I went xl with this.

    Apart from that I wore it again today in heavy rain -it's certainly waterproof but breathabily struggles in warm weather when wet, it's fine in colder wet conditions though .

    Hoods crap.

    Oh and it's not something id wear to the pub unless looking like a lollipop lady tickles your fancy
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  3. Arne L.

    Arne L. Section Hiker

    I’ve used mine in relative anger along the CWT and still highly rate it.

    I have a S in pretty much everything & it fits me pretty well.

    The hood is ok if you wear a cap.

    In my opinion the biggest downside are the chest pockets; I like to stash my hands if the weather is on the cold side & that’s not really possible.

    Breathability is fine. Like mentioned it struggles in warmer weather but I think even a windproof will struggle there.

    I wore it with a shirt, fleece & windshirt whilst hiking up hills & passes and never felt too hot... but it was pretty cold.

    It’s certainly a lot more durable then my TNF Hyperair.

    Well, it’s a pretty great jacket.
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  4. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    I read somewhere that those aren't chest pockets, they're for ventilation. Of course, that would mean that the biggest downside is that it doesn't have chest pockets.
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  5. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Mr Townsend used one on his tgo and have it a positive review. I've yet to use mine.
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  6. Robin

    Robin Moderator Staff Member

    The hood puts me off.
  7. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    I’ve used mine but not had that much bad weather in it really ,like it so far hoods crap I’ve put two fasteners on either side of face opening and put one on the top of the peak,which fastens to one I’ve put on both my caps. Worked very well,in my opinion and makes hood much much better fit .. it may even make the kit list for Sweden In September
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  8. Cranston

    Cranston Thru Hiker

    That may have been me? I have said that in a few places (RedditUL, BPL? from memory) over the last year or so when asked for feedback and was early adopter I think-you can see some comments of mine on BPL (the Fearless Fly cartoon avatar is me) and yes, I concur, if pockets are are requirement you will not be happy perhaps- I drop the sleeve over my hands and use mitts or gloves if it's cold. Not an issue for me -I never walk with my hands in pockets. Split my chin open as a wee nipper -hands stuck in pockets and fell on concrete.
    I bought it on R.Nisely's 'first impressions' post last March I think? I also bought it because I already had a Marmot Nano AS (GTX) with exactly the same vents on the front and they are just excellent, so felt I knew what to expect-basically mechanical venting- beats pit zips for me (no comparison), to aid the fabric breathability-I have loved this feature and it works when open in most rain. With a Patagonia LW long or short sleeve (LS 70-97gms) -senza hood and nothing else in milder weather (15C app) - I can walk quite hard and remain basically 'dryish'-hit a flat bit of walking and I will basically dry out. Colder weather it is far easier to cope. I probably have a couple of hundred hours now and like it very much. No (rucksack) wear and tear at all, back or shoulders, looks new-also I have the dark charcoal/grey and the tapes basically blend into the fabric colour. As Robin, Arne and TOPs said a few people find the hood a problem. I can see that, but I put the bottom edge under my chin most of the time and find it not an issue. The peak works for me as well. Depends what you prefer I suppose.
    I know if it's really cold it can be an issue that the elastic around the bottom hem is quite slack and air can get in when static (a positive when walking) . But this can be modded, I reckon the hem is open, and you should be able to thread some more hat elastic in there if you wanted.
    I am 103 cm chest, 1.8m tall and the L is just perfect-covers most of my khyber as well.
    For my ten cents I say think about it hard, especially if you have a bargain lined up. What price have you seen? I paid about 85 pounds-April 2018. I nearly bought another a few months ago to keep (hidden away/or ) for my daughter- ahem...
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2019
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  9. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    Then it was almost certainly you as it will have been on BPL, probably in Richard Nisely's thread.
    Yes, @Shewie, any pointers? I haven't seen them in Sportpursuit's current offerings.
  10. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    They’re £90 on Columbia’s UK site at the mo
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  11. WilliamC

    WilliamC Thru Hiker

    No good; it's not in disgusting yellow :biggrin:
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  12. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    That’s got to be a good thing surely :)
  13. Nevis

    Nevis Section Hiker

    I have a yellow one...half the price of the other trendy coloured ones, think i paid £60 for it. So far its been great in some nasty weather. The sizes are a bit on the large side, i bought a large so it would go over a few layers and its like a tent, no draw cord or the like and as said above the hood needs a cap under it or it's like wearing a bin liner on your head!!!!
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  14. theoctagon

    theoctagon Thru Hiker

    Love mine

    Hood isn’t ideal but then I’m not planning to use it as a winter shell so it’s fine for me, plus I tend to wear a cap which helps
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  15. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    I thinking I maybe got a dud :(
    I've found it great in anything up to say medium heavy rain when using a cap, but almost 2 weeks ago was out in lashing heavy rain for a few hours, my trousers were fine & dry under a pair of berghaus paclite but my top was wet underneath the jacket. Maybe it was because i was wearing a rab vapour-rise flex pull on & it couldn't handle it is my hope.
    I'd be around a M-L size aswell, got the L & to be honest I wouldn't mind trying a M for size.
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  16. Shewie

    Shewie Administrator Staff Member

    Good info thanks folks, I'm still umming and arring about it, if they still had blue in a medium I think I would've given in by now
  17. Munro277

    Munro277 Thru Hiker

    Mines the horrid yellow colour,but was cheap due to Dud colour
  18. dovidola

    dovidola Thru Hiker

    Ditto - mine's the lollipop-lady colour, which was the cheap-price Hobson's choice, and I rationalise it with the argument that you should have at least something in your kit which is high-vis, as a safety measure. I'm happy with the wet-weather performance, less than thrilled with the hood, and wouldn't say no to an extra 6" in the body length. It's not hugely windproof, but I didn't expect it to be at its weight. Minimalist is how I would describe it, and I'll revert to my Arc'teryx (and an extra 315g) for 'shoulder season' and winter use. I see it solely as a means of saving weight when conditions permit, and I'm pleased I bought it.
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  19. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Trail Blazer

    Cheers Rich, I've just took a punt on one.
  20. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Let's see if the high Viz colour has the same effect on fruit flies as a normal hi Viz!
  21. The Cumbrian

    The Cumbrian Trail Blazer

    I've gone for the more sober blue...
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  22. Padstowe

    Padstowe Thru Hiker

    I got the black (more like grey) for £99.99 form complete outdoors in the middle of feb this year, after missing the deal on the yellow ones :angelic:
  23. oreocereus

    oreocereus Section Hiker

    So as a new data point, after about 18 months, the high abrasion areas (cuffs, hipbelt area) of my ex featherweight have very suddenly developed a kind of "soft" feeling (something like cotton-ish in feeling), and subsequently the shell material has started peeling away.

    I'm disappointed, as it feels like these areas will fall apart pretty quickly now. Maybe 18 months of reasonably regular use is pretty good going, for a shell under 250g.
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  24. PhilHo

    PhilHo Thru Hiker

    The hood put Chris Townsend off as well. I asked him which lightweight rain jacket he had used recently and he said that the OMM Aether worked as well and was a much better design. I think it was the hood he was particularly concerned about.
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  25. Enzo

    Enzo Thru Hiker

    Hood is Def carp. I also wish it had a draw hem. But it's light, reasonably durable and seems to actually be waterproof and breathable!!

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