Columbia Heat Elite II Fleece Jacket - Men's


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From a moonlit showshoe hike on the west shore of Lake Tahoe to a quick ascent up Mt Rose, the Columbia Men's Heat Elite II Fleece Jacket is warmer than a traditional fleece and lighter than your winter parka; in other words, it's perfect for cold weather aerobic endeavors. Made from plush polyester fleece, this full zip jacket has tough nylon panels to resist abrasion in high wear areas. The reflective Omni-Heat® lining keeps you toasty warm and still lets body vapor escape through the breathable fleece. Treated with an Omni-Shield® finish, this winter jacket will shed light moisture and resist stains from the occasional spilled hot chocolate. Velcro tabs at the cuffs and a drawcord at the hem help seal in body heat and 2 zippered front pockets are compatible with your backpack hip belt. Articulated elbows and 2-way stretch fabric reduce bulk and give you lots of mobility as you scramble over boulders or attempt to win a snowball fight. You may be rugged but we know your chin will love the soft touch of the micro-chamois chin guard. Offering high-end features and breathable performance in a lightweight package, the Columbia Heat Elite II Fleece Jacket for men looks as good as it feels.


  • Fabric: 100% polyester Plush Bonded Fleece; 100% nylon Oxford
  • Lining: 100% polyester Thermal Reflective
  • Omni-Heat® thermal reflective
  • Omni-Shield® advanced repellency
  • Interior security pocket
  • 2-way comfort stretch
  • Articulated elbows
  • Micro-chamois chin guard
  • Drawcord adjustable hem
  • Center back length: 29.5 in

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Review Summary

4.4 out of 5

5 Reviews

  • Great design: 4
  • Build quality: 2
  • Ease of use: 2
  • Performance: 2

  • Cost: 3
  • a little smaller than i was thought: 1
  • quality control: 1
Durability: 4.2 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
Comfort: 3.8 / 5
Warmth: 4.2 / 5
Wind Protection: 3.8 / 5
Fit: 2.6 / 5

5 Ratings & Reviews

Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
from Jackson, Mississippi
45-54 yrs

Winter Necessity
January 05, 2012

This jacket is perfect for the rainy cooler weater. Great for fishing and boating. Keeps you warm and protects from the wind. It is not bulky but runs a little small.

Pros: Great design, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 4 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5

from CO
35-44 yrs

Great fleece
November 03, 2012

This is a great mid weight fleece, very warm and blocks the wind well. Outstanding as a base layer for a jacket, although it does run small.Recommend getting one size up.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Ease of use, Cons: Cost
Comfort: 3 / 5
Durability: 4 / 5
Quality: 2 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 3 / 5
from Washington DC
35-44 yrs

Nice jacket with some quality control issues
November 29, 2011

I recently received this jacket so have not put it through the wringer yet but, will say it looks good & is pretty warm having warm it in the high 30*s - low 50*s around town. I have not yet worn it in extended outdoor conditions but it seems like it would still preform well for what it is. Do not expect miracles. Overall the design is pretty good, the chest pocket is pretty small & you would be pressed to fit a pair of sunglasses in there. However, it would work well for an ID or something similar. The side pockets are large & well positioned; fully opened they will function as hand warmers. The armpit zips are a nice feature for venting however, they seem a bit "bulky" in my armpit. Meaning I feel as if there is a lump of fabric there or something. One would think the Omni-Heat lining would be clammy or hold in moisture. I have not found this to be the case at at. It seems to breath well & feels comfortable against bare skin (bare arms in the sleeves) I mentioned some quality control issues. In my jacket the interior security pocket was not sewn closed creating a tube rather than a pocket. This is something I will fix myself rather than initiate a return. Also when feeling around in the chest pocket I heard a thread or two pop. I hope this does not lead to further issues. Overall a nice looking functional jackets that filled the bill for what I was looking for. The few issues it had are the only things preventing a five star review & I will buy more Columbia & Omni-Heat products. Remember this is a fleece jacket, do not expect too much water or wind resistance.

Pros: Great design, Ease of use, appearance, Cons: Cost, quality control
Comfort: 4 / 5
Durability: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 2 / 5
Warmth: 5 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5

November 12, 2012

Generally a great deal. The cloth is just a little smaller than I thought. Should try the m size in the store first and then purchase it online. Besides the size, the quality and the wind protection is more than great. And the price is fair enough. Less than $70 to get such a cloth, can't complain nothing.

Pros: Performance, Great value, Cons: a little smaller than i was thought
Comfort: 5 / 5
Quality: 5 / 5
FitClothes: 3 / 5
Warmth: 4 / 5
WindProtection: 4 / 5
Under 18 yrs

As Expected of Columbia
December 27, 2011

This jacket keeps me very warm. The Omni-Heat lining really works! It's very comfortable and constructed well. However, I feel like the side pockets are placed a little high, since when I put my hands in, my shoulders feel awkwardly slumped. Otherwise, this is the perfect jacket for cold weather, and it never gets too hot due to its breathability and pit vents.

Pros: Great design, Build quality, Performance

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