Columbia Aravis II 2010

The Columbia Aravis II general-purpose jacket uses Omni-Tech fabric, which is very waterproof and very breathable; mesh lining adds comfort; two large chest pockets accessible with rucksack belts; removable hood has stiffened peak; front zip gets double stormflap. But 702g (size L) is heavy; pockets are mesh-lined so not totally waterproof; hood adjustment doesn’t bring best fit; more cash buys better fabric.


The Columbia Aravis II is a good low-priced jacket, but hood and weight are drawbacks.

First published in Trail magazine November 2010