Columbia Mission Air II (2012)

The Columbia Mission Air II is a soft and lightweight jacket that is also compact enough to stash in a rucksack, just in case it rains, while being comfortable enough to wear as a windcheater when there’s a breeze. It’s made from Columbia’s Omni-Tech fabric with a mesh lining for added comfort. The style is quite short, so like most jackets here it is not ideal for scrambling in really wet weather as it can ride up easily. The main zip gets a single external stormflap to keep the worst of the rain out. The pockets have a nylon lining and are placed high enough to allow reasonable access while wearing a rucksack. The pockets do extend below a rucksack belt, though, so they are not ideal. There is good movement in the sleeves of the Columbia Mission Air II, so they don’t ride up too badly when scrambling. The hood can be rolled into the collar if not needed, and when on the head it fits reasonably well. But it does not move with the head as well as it could, and the peak has no stiffening, so it does not offer the best protection.

Weight 558g (L)

Fabric Omni-Tech

Lining polyester mesh

Men’s sizes S-XXL

Women’s sizes none

External pockets 2

Wired hood no

Side/pit vents no

Website www.columbia.com

 

Verdict

For the price the Columbia Mission Air II is an excellent jacket for the hillwalker who wants a reasonably light and comfortable jacket, and has no desire to spend extra cash to get better features. It won the ‘Best Value’ award in our test.

Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine Spring 2012