I bought a Columbia "ski jacket" last year about this time to replace a CB ski jacket that I had used for years.. I wore it this year on a colder day and I froze. It was the coldest I have ever been. I contacted the company and they said it was a "fall/spring" jacket. NO WAY!!! It listed for $250, was in the ski department and had a tag that said, "stay warm in cold conditions". When I pointed that out to the company they said, that was "Our technologies". I would liken that to the lowest priced General Motors vehicle having a window sticker that lists all the equipment GM has available on the top end Cadillac. These are identical situations as far as I can see. Blatant false advertising.
I filed a claim with the Attorney General.
I will not purchase from Columbia after this experience.
Last year's sale was extensive - the only thing I ended up keeping from that sale were some Spyder snow pants ($350 retail) for $70. I did have them send me some Marker (e.g. Neptune GoreTex) jackets that were of high original retail but on receipt, realized that they were worth what I'd paid - so I sent them back as Amazon was running a promo where return shipping was free. Regardless I was bummed that Marker had sold out their name to the Chinese and started peddling mass-produced "features Americans want" crap - such as built-in powder skirts that can't be removed.
The sale lasted about a full month before the prices finally reverted to their originals - nothing like this years' sale where the stuff just disappeared. Strange - maybe the economy's on the mend and this is how it looks.
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