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Women’s Mighty Lite™ III Vest


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Style# 1476771
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Uses: Winter
Size & Fit Guide | Reviewers rated this product Fits Slightly Small | Fit Active


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Style# 1476771
Uses Winter


Beautiful geometric baffling lends a feminine feeling while the Omni-Heat thermal reflective lining and insulation keep you warm when the wind-chill drops.

  • Omni-Heat thermal reflective and insulated
  • Omni-Shield advanced repellency
  • Interior security pocket
  • Zip-closed pockets
  • Center back length: 25”
  • Imported

    100% polyester Windowpane Triple ripstop
    100% polyester Thermal Reflective
    50% polyester/50% recycled polyester OH, 80g
Omni-Heat™ Reflective
Thermal Reflective Warmth
Water and Stain Repellent

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Omni-Heat™ Reflective
Magic in a littlesilver dot.
Breathable material with little silver dots that reflect body heat.
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Helps you stay clean and dry by resisting absorption of liquids.


Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 92 reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great vest, runs small. Still learning the ins and out to wearing a vest but I love the warmth and color (red) of thos one. November 18, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by The ML III is far inferior to the original I purchased this to replace my original black ML that I bought in 2011, which has finally started to show enough wear that its looking ratty. The MLIII is different in the following ways: 1. Logo on front instead of back center below collar. - not a huge deal but I prefer the more subtle approach. 2. The inside of the collar is the same nylon as the rest of the vest. The original ML was lined with a soft warm fabric that matched the vest. Cozy and far more appealing. 3. The Omniheat lining is not quilted in the MLIII like it was in the original. 4. The fabric in the MLIII feels very flimsy. The whole point of the ML is lightweight but warm, however the quality has taken a bit of a dive. Sadly, I'm sending this back. It was worth the price in 2011 without question. This one is barely worth half of that. I would assume the same changes have been made to the coat. Super disappointing. The search for a replacement continues. September 30, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect! The vest looks nice. Haven't worn it yet, but looking forward to it. I recommend ordering the vest in your true size. If you go up a size the armholes will be too large. I'm glad I didn't listen to other reviews about size. July 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by This is a good product. Vest is nice, warm and light. April 2, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fit is Small but Great Product The fit on this vest is a little small, I wear a size 10 and it fits a little snug for a Medium. Other than its sizing being a little small it's a really well made vest and it keeps me super warm, great for layering! April 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great for purpose the vest is very warm and great for various occasions!! March 1, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great The only negative I have is that it runs a little small. I bought a medium and it is pretty tight. However, it is really long and I love that. I am 5'8 and it falls right at my hips. The quality is excellent and the zippered pockets add extra warmth with the lining inside. I haven't been able to test it outdoors yet, but I am anxious to when the weather rises above 2F. February 9, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great vest! I went a size up upon reading reviews saying it ran small... it does not.. runs big! I think if I returned it and got my normal size not a size larger it would be perfect and more effective. It is a little baggy which allows air through it easier and makes the vest not as warm as it should be. It is super comfortable and goes with many different outfits, I love it and can't wait to use it hiking and in the spring! My classroom is cold so I use this to help keep me warm throughout the days in the winter inside! January 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by OOPs I read the reviews and went a size larger. It was way too big. Stick with your size that you would wear for outer-ware. Great color. Great style… a little long but perfect for the athletic black tights. January 1, 2015
Rated 1 out of 5 by Should have listened to reviews Many of the reviews had mentioned that the vest did not fit well around the arms.They also had stated that it ran small around the bust area, so I ordered a size up. It fit the bust area, but too big every where else. I should have paid attention to the reviews. The fit was not good at all. The arm holes are stiff (or something) so they kind of stand up at the top. Does not fall nicely. For the price I paid (even on sale) it was not worth keeping. Sent it back. December 19, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Only the arm pits Amazing Vest. Love it! Wish I would have ordered a Small. The reviews said it ran a little small. I'm not to sure if they knew that an active fit is tighter that a usual classic vest fit. Instead of having tons of room it comfortably hugs the body. The arm pit area was where the only "smallish" fit actually was. Which isn't even that tight. I normally wear a small but got the medium because I do have large shoulders 5'9'' 145-150lbs. It was unnecessary. Bottom line, buy your ACTAUL size. December 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Everyday Vest I've had this vest for about three months now, and my friends joke about how much I wear it. It is the perfect vest for a cool fall day or freezing office environment. I've gone hiking and running in it, and I wear it for relaxed nights out as well. Just a fantastic staple. December 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Best vest ever! I've owned a lot of vests. This is by far the best one I have ever had. I'm on the upper edge of medium and tall but the medium still fits perfect. The omni-heat keeps me warm without being bulky. If you don't like the collar up it folds over nicely and stays out of the way. I wear this every day and it's great! November 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great product This is a well-made vest. As stated this runs a little small -- it fits fine over a shirt but would not work over a sweater (I normally wear a medium and I weight 120). I bought the oceanic, and really like the color, which I would call turquoise. November 7, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Love the look!! I got 2 of these in the pink and purple and love them. They are not bulky but still keep you warm, ideal for layering. Great for a mild day out in Wyoming!!! November 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by If you do not have a boy shaped body this will not fit you I really like Columbia, but all of there jackets are meant for missy or junior shaped bodies. If you have an hour glass figure, this will not fit you. I'm very active and fit, i bought a medium and it fit in the chest and waist and slightly snug in the hips. I bought it right before a trek in South Africa and I didn't realize how that would affect in the everyday wear. I wasn't able to return it once I came back to the states. I was about to buy a larger size because I liked the technology of the vest but the large was so big in the chest, shoulders and waist; it fit my hips but that was it. I would love to own this vest if the cut was meant for a women body type. If you are square or boy shaped, this vest will be great for you, if not then i strongly advise against it. October 25, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by super small This vest was very nice but I normally wear a size 10-12 and ordered the large and it was way too tight across the stomach. I want a vest to be roomy to wear over things. I didn't re-order the extra large because the chest and armpits would have been too big. Disappointed because overall it seemed to be just what I wanted. October 2, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Love this vest I bought this vest for my mum, her second one. ( I have a black one and my sister has two ) Very light weight, folds down to nothing so easy to pop in a bag, yet warm. Would love a Navy blue if they made one ! September 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Comfy While fruitlessly searching for a Mighty Lite III JACKET, I couldn't find one anywhere (in a Small, anyway), so I saw this vest and thought if it fits as well as the jacket, I should try it. It fits great, the armholes don't "hit" (rub) my armpit (I'm 5'8", 130 lbs), I can cross my arms in front of me without the shoulders pulling, and the length is long enough I don't get air up my back. I have the Mighty Lite III long coat, and absolutely love that, too. I really hope they have the jacket again next fall/winter. March 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Vest! Runs a little large, however, got the smaller size and it fits great. Love the look as well. Would definitely recommend this to others! March 12, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great vest I love this vest because of the warmth without the bulk. It has the omni heat thermal lining. I have other garments with this and have been very pleased with the function. I plan to wear this back-packing as it is light and easy to pack as well as warm. Although I have already worn it out in a casual evening... so it's versatile. March 11, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great vest I now own 3 of them. It is a tiny bit snug but I know the medium would hang on me. I didn't give it a 5 because I haven't washed on yet so I don't know what will happen when I do. I trust it will still be as good. I wouldn't have made it comfortably through this winter in New England without these vests. March 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great vest, every wardrobe should have one! It is perfect for my upcoming trip and lightweight, exactly what I need. How about to have even more pockets? Also in more colors? March 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by lightweight and cozy vest My new vest is fitted, not puffy, so it is not bulky and goes easily under a rain jacket. Despite its light weight, it seems to provide lots of warmth. And the zipper goes all the way up the high collar, which I like. Keeps the wind out! March 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect for running I bought this vest for running and hiking and it's perfect. It's light and thin but at the same time helps keep me warm. February 21, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love the color This vest is cozy, comfortable, warm, and I love the color! February 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Cute and warm Really love this vest. It is super cute and warm. Wear it for hiking, skiing or a casual night out. February 8, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Runs Very Large I was so excited to wear this vest but it was way too large! There was so much space around my mid section and armpits. That's the other thing, the armpits of the vest are cut at a weird angle and stick out awkwardly when your arms are down. The extra fabric in the armpits bothered me. Unfortunately, I had to return it. I was looking for a Medium and the whole store was out of stock of a Medium in any color. Very disappointed considering how much I was looking forward to this. February 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect Vest! I live in Florida, winter for us typically means a cold morning with a warm afternoon! A vest is the perfect wardrobe for us! February 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect vest for home or sport This vest is great. I use it when I am around the house and the heat is low and it is great sitting in a cold car, running errands, and while walking in the cold as a layer under my wind jacket. I can't believe something so light is so warm. January 30, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect with a fleece I've been needing a vest, and this one has the warmth I want without being too puffy, the fit is flattering, and the berry color is awesome. Love it. January 24, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Way too small The vest is nice enough, but nothing special. It is way too small and tight around chest and middle, and I'm average build/body. I tried both the small and medium. Going up any larger would have made the vest fit too loose in arms and too long. For the price, not worth it. January 16, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Vest The vest fitted my daughter perfectly and it is really a very good quality. January 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by the fit is perfect! I bought this semi-fitted vest for myself several months ago and wear it almost every day. I have received so many compliments on it that I in turn purchased as a gift for a friend. She loves it also. In Oregon, you don't always need the bulk of a heavy weight jacket and this works perfect with a long sleeve shirt for hiking/walking the dog/day to day activities. December 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Womens Might Lite Vest I purchased this vest for my wife for Christmas. She loves it and has worn it several days. Fit is perfect. I would recommend this product. December 30, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent fit In Canada as I type. This vest fits well and makes an excellent layer. Love the color....hats off to Omni-Heat! December 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by What more could one want in a vest?! I grabbed this vest the moment I saw it ! I have had a pull-over omni heat thermal which I wear all the time, so, I was thrilled to see the vest option. It suits all my needs as it is light weight,and yet, will keep me toasty. Additionally, I loved the bright color (I got kiwi). I work out early in the morning, so, by wearing a "pop" color, there will be no fear of a driver not seeing me. December 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by close fit This will be perfect to wear over a base layer, then a ski jacket for the slopes, the fit is close. I am a size 6 and got the XS. December 13, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Very light weight, great fit The fit on this is exactly what I expected. It is light weight and I don't know how well it will do it wind and wet conditions. But I would say it would probably do well in the 40 degree range with a good under layer of warm clothing. Maybe even 30s or less if the wind is not a factor. Of course if you are wearing a vest this almost is a given. Since weather conditions have been either too cold or too warm for wearing it my main review is fit. I love it. Looks great and fits nicely. Hoping it holds up as well as my Columbia jacket I bought last year. I have been using that Omni heat jacket at the barn for horseback riding and it has been exposed to a beating and still is in great condition. The fabric on this just seems a tad bit lighter, so fingers crossed. December 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by comfortable and light Comfortable and light weight. I sized up one just to have room for a few layers or a bulky sweater so I think it's true to size and has a nice shape. November 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by I love this vest. In fact, I love this vest so much that when I couldn't find it to pack for a trip to Iceland, I ordered a second one. It's a layering staple, and I would have been miserable without it! I love that the omni-heat gives me the warmth of a down vest without the bulk (both on my body and when packed in my bag). The cut is flattering enough to wear around town with jeans and a shirt and still look put together. The inner pocket is especially nice for keeping small items handy. My one complaint is that, for me, it's a tiny bit snug in the bust. November 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by LOVE THIS VEST!! This vest is super warm and just the right length November 25, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Everyone Should Have One This is a great item for end of fall/beginning of winter weather. The Omni-Heat feature makes this thin, comfortable vest incredibly warm at the same time. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone! November 19, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Women's Mighty Lite III Vest This is my 2nd "mighty lite vest"! I love the fit and durability! It runs true to size. Keeps me warm when no other vest does! Great for running errands on week-ends! November 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Wear it all of the time! I love the weight of the vest - not puffy! Also, I LOVE the zipper pockets that are fleece lined. Warm, but not too much. Snug around the hips, so if you have bigger hips it may not fit as well. I have 3 friends who now have this vest b/c of me =-) November 3, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Warm without bulk Love the fit; not too long on my petite frame. Gorgeous turquoise color. Keeps my core warm without bulk. Fabric is soft and feels so good. And the dog fur brushes off easily - now that's a hit!! Great pockets and zippers. Looks good zipped all the way up, or left open. October 22, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect fit The size is correct and the materials are very quality October 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Runs small! I went with all the people who said that the vest runs big or true to size, and I got a medium. I'm 5'8", 138 lbs, muscular/athletic build, 34 B/C bra. The vest is beautiful and I love the length, but it's too tight in the chest area. I'm going to try and order a large, but fear that it may be too big in the hips. I'd give up on it and look elsewhere, but I love the style, weight, and warmth of it. In my opinion, the vest definitely runs a bit small... October 11, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Nice This vest is very nice. It is ultra thin but is also super warm. You get the warmth without the bulk. The only thing I do not like about the vest is whatever the filling inside the vest is, keeps coming out from the stitches in the vest. It kind of looks like you have little hairs all over your vest. But to me the warmth is worth it. October 10, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect vest! I love this vest. I have it in 5 colors now, and will probably get another. It is not bulky but is very warm, it is easy to layer under and over. September 30, 2013
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Women's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
Modern Classic
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
Modern Classic
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
Women's Body Measurement (Inches)
Size XS
Bust 32-33 34-35 36-37.5 39-40.5 42-44.5
Waist 25.5-26.5 27.5-28.5 29.5-30.5 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 34.5-35.5 36.5-37.5 38.5-40 41.5-43 45-47
Short Inseam 29.5
Regular Inseam 32
Long Inseam 34.5
Size L
Bust 39-40.5 42-44.5
Waist 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 41.5-43 45-47
Short Inseam 29.5
Regular Inseam 32
Long Inseam 34.5
How to Measure
  • 1. Chest/Bust: Measure at the fullest part of the chest, under the armpits and over the shoulder blades, keeping the tape measure firm and level.
  • 2. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 3. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • 4. Sleeves: Start at the center back of your neck and measure across the shoulder and down to the wrist. Round up to the next even number.
  • 5. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.

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How to Measure

  • Fold up at dotted line.
  • Place against a wall or other 90 degree surface.

    Place heel against fold/wall on flat level surface.
  • Mark the end of the longest toe with a pen or pencil.
  • Measure both feet and use the larger measurement.
  • Read measurement and compare to size chart.
  • When comparing on the size chart, determine the closest larger measurement and use that number to determine your shoe size for your country’s shoe measurement standard.

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Return Policy

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