Columbia First Frost Fleece Jacket

by Scott C

The First Frost Fleece Jacket was provide by Columbia Sportswear for review purposes.

Description from the website:    Made of soft, mid-weight fleece, it can be worn as a top layer or under a shell as the conditions call for it. Zips up to funnel neck for extra protection from the cold; two zip-closed hand-warmer pocket. Relaxed fit.




Columbia First Frost Fleece Jacket

First Frost Jacket, photo courtesy


  • 100% polyester MTR™ camo fleece
  • Zip-closed hand-warmer pockets
  • Adjustable toggles at hem
  • Center back length: 30″
  • Imported

I’d been wearing the First Frost as an outer layer and have switched to using it as a mid layer as the weather cools. I first wore it during turkey season and found I would need to take it off while hiking in and out of my hunting area, because the temperatures were too warm.  Wearing it early mornings and while standing still helped keep me from getting chilled. Once archery season started, the weather started cooling and I would leave it on and just unzip if I warmed up too much.  I find it  fits very well, the sleeves are long enough, and the bottom hem is at my waist. The front zipper works smoothly, without catching on my other layers.  It has 2 large, front side zippered pockets. They are good for warming up my hands, and storing small items.  I received the 2XL Tall version, and it fits well. I’m 6′ 4” and have a difficult time finding clothing that is long enough, but am happy that this jacket is long enough for me.  There was no bunching or pulling up of the jacket while reaching for things, or lifting my arms.  It does not restrict my range of motion at all, allowing me to more quickly and accurately when getting ready to shoot.

Worn while out archery hunting, mostly in a tree stand. I’ve worn it every day I’ve hunted this season. It helped keep me warm while sitting and waiting in about 35F temperatures with a good breeze. I got a deer that day also. The cloth is very quiet and makes no noise while walking.   Now that gun season is starting in Ohio, I’ll be wearing it as the temperature cools and we start getting snow.   Check back in about a month, for an update, and hopefully some pictures of my deer!

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