Columbia Ptarmigan II Vest
The Columbia Ptarmigan II Vest is not your Dads old vest that he passed down to you. It has a traditional look with a modern feel. Giving it the traditional look is the blaze orange upper with a tan pattern body and a suede like trim. Making it modern is the material on the vest, it has Columbia’s OMNI-SHIELD advanced repellency, so, what does that mean? The OMNI-SHELD is a rain and satin barrier that can stand up to light rain and fights stains keeping you clean and protected. The highlight of this vest is the game bag and how easy it is to access. The whole game bag folds out to give you 100% access with ease, see more in the game bag section below.
Storage and Pockets:
The Ptarmigan II Vest has two standard front pockets, each one has a hook and loop closure. Both pockets have snaps on the sides that can be undone to expand the pockets. One feature missing on this vest is shell loops in the front pockets. There is also an interior zipper pocket on the inside left pocket of the vest, see image. On the back of the vest are two water bottle holders. They are good size and could also be used to carry other gear.
The Ptarmigan II Vest is not compatible with a hydration bladder. However, on the back there are two good size water bottle holders. Two water bottle holders seems pretty simple but you would be suppressed how many vest out there have none.
The Ptarmigan has a good size front loading game bag. The front access is large enough to place a bird in the vest with ease.
On the sides of the game bag there are snaps to expand the game bag for large loads. There are also zippers on both sides that open up the side of the game bag. The top of the game bag has a zipper as well. With the zipper on the top and the two zippers on the side, the game bag can be completely open for easy cleaning or access to that hidden bird. The bag also has a blood proof liner making cleaning easy.
The Columbia Ptarmigan II Vest is a relaxed fit, allowing room for layering. It comes in size Small to 2XL. The size chart can be seen on our site, click here to view. The vest runs what I would call true to size, at least for me. I always wear a small and the Columbia small fits me well.
The back panel of the vest has a mesh liner to allow the jacket to breathe making it comfortable on warmer days.
The Ptarmigan II Vest from Columbia is a quality vest and a good performer in the traditional vest category. It is right in line with Columbia’s reputation as a quality manufacturer. I feel you can tell that Columbia took from its years of experience in outerwear and put it into the Ptarmigan vest. The most evident of this is the OMNI-SHIELD material gives the vest more versatility than a lot of the cotton blend traditional vest out there. It will protect you from the elements and is easy to clean. Also, the mesh liner on the back panel is a nice feature that allows the jacket to breathe. There is not a lot of storage on this vest compared to some of the other strap style vests out there but it is up to par with the other traditional vests. Overall, if you are a fan of the traditional style vest this is one not to be over looked. As I said in the beginning it’s a traditional look with a modern feel.
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