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Columbia Cloud Forest Jacket : For Rain or Shine

I've been wearing this well-designed jacket all summer for a variety of activities. I do a lot of early morning hiking and biking, so I often encounter cold wind. The Cloud Forest jacket is perfect for me because it keeps me warm and it's breathable enough so that sweat doesn't accumulate on my body--a critical feature for riding and active pursuits. I also wear the jacket running, and despite the increased amount of sweat, it performs admirably.

Lucky for me I was wearing the jacket when I attended a very rainy (yes, it does rain in California), cold evening AAA baseball game. The jacket easily repelled the downpour, keeping me dry and warm.

In addition to its many functional qualities, the Cloud Forest is a good looking jacket; I've received many compliments and enquiries about it.

Bottom Line: The Cloud Forest is also a perfect all-around jacket for travel as it is lightweight, packable, and good for outdoor sports or cool weather. Combine it with a fleece, and you can use it in many conditions, even on a short backpacking trip.--V.R. (Aug '04)

Price: $80.00

Manufacturer's Site: www.columbia.com


When hiking or camping, always carry the "10 Essentials":

Extra clothing, extra food and water, lighter or water-proof matches and fire starter, map in waterproof envelope, compass, pocket knife, sunscreen and sunglasses, flashlight or headlamp, first aid kit, emergency shelter.

Source: Seattle Mountain Rescue and Seattle Mountaineers.

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