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Columbia Fast Trek Fleece Jacket

I live along the California coast, where summertime fog and chilly coastal breezes are the norm. I rarely head out the door without a fleece jacket, and the new Columbia Fast Trek is my new fav!

Now, I must admit, I am a self-proclaimed "fleece-aholic,", but I am really enjoying this one. It's a nice weight and style for me. and it ideally suits my outdoorsy, always-on-the go lifestyle.

For example, since my rambunctious yellow lab takes me for walks every day, I need a jacket I can easily slip into whenever she appears with her ball and that hopeful "Let's go take a walk on the beach while I chase the ball" look. I can't resist. So alas, when she beckons there's no denying her persuasive coaxing, and off we go ... her leash in one hand, ball in the other, and me happily sporting my cozy Fast Trek Fleece Jacket. ( I wear tested a women's jacket; it's also available in men's and in children's sizes.)

For anyone who enjoys hiking, brisk morning beach walking, mountain biking, or just jetting out for a day of fun with friends and family, this jacket is the ideal cover. It's not too heavy, it has a flattering style, and the fabric has four-way stretch -- so, it's versatile and comfortable for many different occasions.

The jacket has two zippered front hand-warmer pockets that hold my lip balm and keys, and an extra small zippered pocket on the upper left sleeve for stashing my iPod, ID, and a little cash.

Aside from the outdoor exercise jaunts I've mentioned, the women's Fast Trek Fleece goes with everything. Its soft fabric and classic, clean-cut design make it a an ideal jacket for my evenings out with friends for casual dinners, concerts in the park, and our frequent movie nights. I like having a jacket that does double duty outdoors and in town.

I've been loving this fleece since the day I laid eyes on it, and it continues to be my favorite jacket and the one I wear almost everyday. See shopping links below.

Size: XS-XL

Colors available : 19 different colors!

Fabric : 100% Polyester fleece

Bottom Line: An ideal fleece jacket for everything from brisk morning beach walks to casual dinners out on the town with friends.--C.E.W. (July '10)

BUY ONLINE : $60 on sale at Amazon, free shipping at Altrec (some colors on sale) , click for men's sale jackets icon.

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