Columbia Millennium Blur II Review

May 30, 2015
Columbia Millennium Blur II
GEAR INSTITUTE RATINGS
86
Quality of Materials
7
Comfort
7
Warmth
8
Functionality
9
Fit
7
Value
8

The Good

  • Comfortable 4-way stretch fabric
  • Reinforced pant guard
  • Light insulation
  • Flattering fit
  • High microfleece-lined back
  • Microfleece-lined deep pockets

The Bad

  • Not very technical
  • No venting
  • Long, tight gaiters
THE VERDICT

The Millennium Blur II is a fashion-forward resort pant with a few technical features such as Omni-Tech waterproof/breathable construction, fully sealed seams, Omni-Heat Thermal insulation, stretch panels, leg vents, leg gaiter, bottom leg zips for easy boot access, and an adjustable waist.

FULL REVIEW

Quality of materials 
Columbia’s proprietary Omni-Heat Thermal reflective lining is designed to retain body heat and also wick away moisture. The exterior fabric is made with 4-way stretch fabric so the pants offer a lot of mobility. Omni-Heat does work and the pants are warm.

Comfort
The 4-way stretch material is comfortable and offers a lot of mobility. The Millennium Blur II has a lot of customizable fit options and is comfortable to wear.

Warmth
Omni-Heat Thermal insulation is made up of metallic dots that reflect heat—reportedly up to 35 percent of body heat. Because there is no venting, the pants can be almost too warm during aerobic activity.

Functionality
Without venting, the Millennium Blur II pants are the least technical of the pants I tested but they are warm and have a flattering fit. The tech details such as reinforced cuff guards, and microfleeced-lined pockets make them great for in-bounds skiing.

Fit
4-way stretch fabric makes fit forgiving and though the pants have a form-fitting feel they are roomy enough in the thighs and run large. A note about fit: I wear women’s size M or 8 pants and have “child-bearing hips” and fairly long legs. Fit is highly personal and subjective—and extremely important with pants. It’s challenging to find ski pants that fit well in the butt (many are either too tight or saggy). I have tried to describe the fit to the best of my ability.

Value
If you’re looking for a stylish, brightly colored fun pair of resort pants with some warmth, the Millenium Blur II pant is a good deal at $200.

 


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MSRP
$200.00
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