Columbia Millennium Blur II ReviewMay 30, 2015
- Comfortable 4-way stretch fabric
- Reinforced pant guard
- Light insulation
- Flattering fit
- High microfleece-lined back
- Microfleece-lined deep pockets
- Not very technical
- No venting
- Long, tight gaiters
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.