I had a columbia jacket for skiing and it had a zip out fleece. it was very warm when skiing but i used it one time when my good coat ripped and I freezed my ( ) ) off. I think its better to go with the sledding jackets... the outer shell is usually tougher and less wind can get through them
I have a columbia coat for skiing ,titanium is the model I think, quite warm ,fleece inner etc. My old beat up columbia I wear sleddin when I dont have the ice-rider on still keeps the cold out great. oh ya columbia bibs too ,also good.
Steimy i have always used Columbia gear for sledding, untill this season because i switched to doo gear. my jacket was a Columbia Bugaboo and i cant remember what the pants are but both were very warm and i ride in some really cold conditions here in Newfoundland.
SWRules Cold wave gear is pretty good.Top of the line Reima is awsome, (my buddy has had his gear ,Reima, for years and swears by it ), real heavy quality. I bought ski-doo brand two years ago and have never been cold. I cant remember the name of the coat but it is the longer style so your bottom of your back is covered when seated, its built tough. We ride in a constant -10 to -20. The conditions are usually dry snow 4000ft. and up, but in early rides and late fall rides when it has rained i am still warm. One more note, last year i put that jacket to the altimate test, we went for a ride on a fan boat in january in about -15 which doesnt sound bad but the boat did about 80mph and i was on the middle bucket seat which was raised up 3-4 feet so you were sitting directly in the wind, not hiding behind a sleds hood or windshield, and i was still warm..........
The good Columbia gear, is labeled with a Titanium patch. The Titanium line is windproof, waterproof, breathable with Omni-Tech, which is either a coating or laminate like Gore-Tex.
The Fire Ridge parka is not a Titanium line product, so does not have Omni-Tech to guarantee wind, waterproof, breathable. The fabric on this parka, just has a coating to make it wind and water resistant, not wind and waterproof.
I live in Portland, Oregon, the home of Columbia Sportswear. And have used Columbia products for years. I am now wearing the Ballistic parka, and Ballistic pant. Most of the time I wear the parka without the liner, unless it is real cold. It is too warm with the liner in most of the time, but I always bring the liner with me, for just in case. With the parka being windproof, that is what really cuts down on getting cold. The ballistic pant is just a shell with a thin fleece liner in the seat area, and I wear fleece pants underneath. Everything keeps me warm, even on night rides getting down to 0F. I also use this gear Skiing, and climbing.
Would only recommend, a Titanium line product, and it is guaranteed. To find Titanium line, go to website below, go to product search, pick pants or jackets, click on different products, then click on fabic and features, there it will show if it is Titanium and if it has Omni-Tech http://www.columbia.com
And like Bone Daddy said the Columbia boots are great, fit like a glove and warm. Have the Columbia Titanium Excellerator.
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