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Columbia Suttle Mountain Long Review

This cute, casual parka is good for warmer or more active days
Columbia Suttle Mountain Long
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Price:  $200 List | $139.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Stylish, comfortable, easy to wear
Cons:  Not as warm, awkward pockets
Manufacturer:   Columbia
By Clark Tate ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 3, 2020
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RANKED
#14 of 16
  • Warmth - 30% 3
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 7
  • Comfort - 25% 9
  • Style - 10% 7
  • Durability - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Stylish, lightweight, and comfortable, the Columbia Suttle Mountain parka was a fast favorite among our testers. Columbia augments a light layer of synthetic down insulation with a literal silver lining of heat reflective dots. Aside from adding style points, the lining does seem to hold in heat, but only when we're active. When we're standing around in temperatures at or below freezing, we need more layers to stay toasty. If you need a lighter-weight winter jacket, tend to stay active in the winter, or are okay with layering, this jacket is an excellent option. It's water-resistant instead of waterproof but still stood up admirably to our shower test.

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Pros Stylish, comfortable, easy to wearComfortable, durable fabric, awesome pockets, weather-proof and breathableWarm, light, soft, great hoodWarm, flattering, cozy, double-sided zipper, functional pocketsWarm, comfortable, simple, inexpensive
Cons Not as warm, awkward pocketsOn the bulky side, face fabric holds onto waterNo cinch at the waist, not the most stylishNo front snaps, not as warm when compressed, not waterproofShallow hood, no internal pockets
Bottom Line This cute, casual parka is good for warmer or more active daysAn extremely warm, comfortable, stylish, and durable parka with lots of pocketsThis soft, extra-long down parka with a cavernous hood is a dream to wrap up in when the temperatures dropSerious warmth is packed into this lightweight, flattering, and reasonably priced parkaCute, streamlined, and warm enough for almost any winter weather, this jacket is a great value
Rating Categories Columbia Suttle Mou... Fjallraven Nuuk - W... Outdoor Research Co... Marmot Montreaux REI Co-op Norseland...
Warmth (30%)
3.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Weather Resistance (25%)
7.0
8.0
7.0
5.0
6.0
Comfort (25%)
9.0
9.0
10.0
9.0
9.0
Style (10%)
7.0
7.0
4.0
9.0
8.0
Durability (10%)
6.0
9.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Specs Columbia Suttle Mou... Fjallraven Nuuk - W... Outdoor Research Co... Marmot Montreaux REI Co-op Norseland...
Insulation and Fill Power 100% polyester synthetic down and thermal-reflective lining Supreme microloft (100% polyester) 700 fill down 700 fill power duck down with water resistant Down Defender 650 fill duck down
Fill Weight Unavailable 250 g 240 g 221 g 238 g
Hood Insulated, detachable faux fur trim Insulated with detachable faux fur trim Adjustable Insulated, removable, detachable faux fur trim Fleece lined
Pockets 2 snap handwarmer, 1 external zipped chest 2 internal, 2 bellows, 2 hand, 1 sleeve, 2 chest 2 zippered handwarmer, 1 internal zippered security, 1 internal pouch 2 zippered handwarmer, 2 internal chest (1 zippered) 2 zippered handwarmer
Weight (size small) 2.4 lbs 3.7 lbs 2.0 lbs 2.3 lbs 2.0 lbs
2-way zipper Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Weather Resistant Features Water resistant fabric Waterproof, windproof Water and wind resistant Water resistant down, DWR treatment DWR treatment
Sizes Available XS to 3X XXS to XXL XS to XL XS to XXL XS to XL
Social or Environmental Certifications Fluorocarbon-free impregnation Responsible Down Standard - Certified, bluesign approved, 100% recycled nylon shell Responsible Down Standard - Certified , 100% recycled polyester lining, bluesign approved

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


Other parkas are warmer than the Suttle, but its comfort, style...
Other parkas are warmer than the Suttle, but its comfort, style, versatility, and value make it a favorite.
Photo: Clark Tate

Warmth


The Suttle combines a layer of traditional synthetic down with Columbia's Omni-heat reflective lining around its core. This cuts down on the bulk created by air-trapping insulation while, theoretically at least, maintaining a lot of warmth. The big question for us when testing the Suttle was whether or not its reflective lining really works. We came to the conclusion that it does keep the jacket warmer than it would be without it, but it doesn't make the Suttle one of the warmest jackets we tested.

When we're moving around in freezing temps, this jacket keeps us...
When we're moving around in freezing temps, this jacket keeps us plenty warm.
Photo: Clark Tate

During our warmth testing, we stood still in 17-degree weather. At regular intervals, we checked the temperature of the jackets with a laser thermometer. (If the heat made it outside, it wouldn't be inside keeping us warm.) As our lead tester stood there with just a t-shirt beneath the jacket, her core felt chilled. You need to move in this jacket to stay warm in temperatures much below freezing. Columbia claims that the spaces between the silver lining dots let the jacket breathe, and our tests seem to confirm that.

In the shower test, water rolled right off this DWR treated...
In the shower test, water rolled right off this DWR treated polyester fabric.
Photo: Clark Tate

While on walks at the same freezing temperatures as the thermometer test and with the same layering, our lead tester stayed toasty. (Of course, that's true of most jackets.) We would not choose this jacket to stand around outside for a tree lighting and hesitate to recommend it for the deep north. But we really like it for more active days, or while running errands around town in mountain towns.

The hood is lined with polyester fleece and is a great size to keep your noggin swathed but not swallowed. Whether or not you're on team faux fur, the included ruff helps keep the wind off your face. This fuff also flips out to extend the edge of the hood, all but stopping wind from coming in from the side. This hood is one of the best in the test.

Weather Resistance


Columbia calls the Suttle water-resistant, saying that it's good for blocking cold winds and shrugging off light snow. It certainly stood up well to our shower test. Water poured off the fabric, and we didn't notice any soaking through after several minutes. The one issue we had is that the fur ruff funnels water right into the collar. If you end up out in the rain or really wet snow, you might want to unbutton the ruff. The problem is, without it, the hood is on the shallow side, and rain or snow may end up dripping down your face.

Nothing about this jacket is bulky, making it a super comfy option...
Nothing about this jacket is bulky, making it a super comfy option for milder weather.
Photo: Clark Tate

As for the wind, the multi-layered fabric and zipper covering flap do a good job blocking it. And the insulated, close-fitting hood keeps your ears warm. You will depend on that fur ruff to keep your face warm though, without it, the hood doesn't provide enough protection from the sides.

Comfort


It's not quite the cozy bear hug offered by the down-stuffed puffy options we tested. Instead, the Suttle's comfort originates from the decided freedom from that overstuffed feeling. The jacket walks the line between a parka and a plain old coat, in a very good way. Anytime it was less than frigid outside, or when we were planning to move around and wanted some breathing room, we reached for this option first.

We like this jacket's laidback style.
We like this jacket's laidback style.
Photo: Clark Tate

The Suttle feels roomier than most, offering plenty of space for our spastic shoulders to stretch out or for us to layer our hearts out on colder days. We really like that the heat-reflective lining and nylon sleeve liners are smooth, sliding on overall our wool sweaters like a dream. It's also pretty pleasant against the skin, though it can feel a bit chilly until you warm it up with your body heat. In contrast, to the mostly sleek nature of this jacket, its fleece-lined hood is one of the coziest in the test.

Style


Something about the Suttle's cut, proportions, fabric, and pocket placement just works for us. It's very casually cute. There is a subtle cut that hints at a waist. It also manages to feel sleek. Since it has less insulation than the other jackets we tested, it isn't as bulky, keeping you from feeling like a marshmallow. And the hood does not detach, which avoids the fussy look of extra zips, snaps, and flaps.

The fabric is smooth but not shiny, and we like that it has a buttoned flap that covers the zipper for a more refined look. The curved hem cut and elegant seams on the back help. We also really like the muted olive green color we tested. It works with most wardrobes. Columbia gives you a number of color options if it's not to your liking.

Testing gave us every indication that this jacket will stand up to...
Testing gave us every indication that this jacket will stand up to significant wear and tear.
Photo: Clark Tate

The fur ruff is a good one. The hood is the perfect size to peer out from without it ever getting in the way. It keeps us feeling as stylish as it is cozy. Though some online reviewers complained that the ruff can cause a gap between the attachment buttons, we didn't find this to be the case. If the faux fur isn't for you, just unbutton it. The resulting look is simplified and still stylish.

We even kind of dig the shiny silver inner lining. Our most stylish tester insisted on wearing it inside out and dubbing it the disco jacket. It's fun to have a little flash of fancy every time we pull it on or off. The mid-thigh cut keeps this winter jacket from looking totally out of place during the shoulder seasons, extending its use.

Durability


While we've only had this jacket in rotation for a few months now, we have high hopes for its long term durability. The zipper seems quality, and there isn't a lot of exposed stitching. The smooth fabric is unlikely to snag, and the handwarmer pockets close with a simple, and hardy, snap button.

This jacket's durability and versatility make it an excellent value.
This jacket's durability and versatility make it an excellent value.
Photo: Clark Tate

Since the insulation is synthetic, you don't need to worry about down feathers threading their way out over time. We have seen online reviews that claim the reflective silver lining can wear off over time but haven't run into this issue yet.

Features


The front handwarmer pockets aren't insulated, and they aren't angled to the side. So you just have to shove your hands straight down. They'll work in a pinch. The zipped chest pocket is more secure.

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We've already sung the praises of the non-detachable hood with its detachable fur rough. You can also adjust the hood with a hook and loop tab on the back of your head. We never used it. The wrists are also adjustable, somewhat making up for the fact that they lack an internal gasket to keep warm air in and cold out.

Value


Since we expect this jacket to last and it offers enough warmth and weather protection to get you around town in most moderate winter conditions, we think it offers a solid value. We've tested it in moderate fall conditions and feel like it could get you through the first chilly weather in the fall to the depths of winter, depending on how deep your winter gets.

Conclusion


This comfortable and stylish winter parka offers durability, warmth, and moderate weather protection for less. Its heat-reflective liner works differently than synthetic or down stuffed jackets, keeping it a little thinner and lighter and giving us more room to move around on our winter weather adventures, just how we like it.

It's easy to take in the sights when you're warm and comfortable.
It's easy to take in the sights when you're warm and comfortable.
Photo: Clark Tate

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