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Women’s Mighty Lite™ III Vest


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$59.90 $90.00
Style# 1476771
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Uses: Winter
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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
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Helps you stay clean and dry by resisting absorption of liquids.


Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 113 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Perfect Vest Love this vest, it's very warm and very light. January 13, 2017
Rated 3 out of 5 by Sadly Dissapointed on Fit I got a new Columbia jacket for Xmas and decided to order the same style vest on Boxing Day due to the sales. Unfortunately when it arrived the fit was not the same as the jacket. Still holding on to return which will be at my expense. Not sure on ordering the size up or just returning. January 12, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great but cut small I am usually a true L in most pieces, however, this is cut slightly small. The XL is too big. Great piece, but be prepared for a snug fit. January 8, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5 by GREAT product but runs a little small I love the fact this vest isnt "puffy" Its warm and gets the job done without making me feel like im being suffocated! However I do feel like it runs small. Esp through the hips when zipped. I was thankful the product still worked! December 21, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Warm without bulk I wear a vest frequently in the fall, winter, and spring and this is my go to vest for warmth without bulk. The Omni-heat insulation does keeps me warm without much fluff, so the vest is thin enough to layer well. The zippered interior pocket is great – much better than the Velcro that some companies use. The exterior hand pockets are generously sized and are also zippered. Also, I like the style of the collar, I can wear it zipped up for added warmth. Overall, this vest is warm and stylish. I’m 5’5”, 120 pounds and got my usual Columbia size small. December 11, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Keeping me warm I live in Arizona and do not like being cold. I really like the reflective lining and find that I can be toasty even when I'm in the cold places. The fit was a bit more snug than I expected, especially around the hips. Normally, a medium would be my size and I've even lost a few pounds so I was a little surprised at the snug fit. I don't think I can really put an sweater of any significance under the vest. December 8, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Inconsistent Overall Fit This is the first time I've purchased a Columbia product and do not "love" it. The fit is strange: the armholes are large and the shoulders sit above my own shoulders slightly, when zipped, the vest tapers to fit more snuggly as tapers along waist and more so at hips. The pattern seems to be a wide V shape from top to bottom. Odd. This would also be better if there were a Double Zipper, makes an item like this far more useful. I'm deciding whether to return or nor, I wanted this because of the Omni heat reflective lining, it really does work and keep me warm. I work outside a lot during the winter season on tv/film sets in NYC, but the lack of double zipper along with not great fit make this less appealing. I'm a petite small framed woman, 5' tall 105 lbs, and bought an XS. Not one of Columbia's best products. December 7, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Disappointed I was really looking forward to this vest, but it arrived and I am disappointed. It is so incredibly thin, it does not even feel like it has any filling in it at all. It is also rather large, I bought size Large and I am a solid sz10, athletic build, 5'6" and 155 pounds, 36C. The large was gaping in the arms and around the body. Looked really sloppy. Almost considered trying a medium, but it just doesn't seem like it has enough warmth to make it worth it. It may be cute in the right size, but I am looking for as much function as style. November 30, 2016
Rated 3 out of 5 by Thin Attractive looking but seems thin. I don't noticed Increased warmth. 5'5 140 muscular build, medium is too big but I usually wear a small. Some of the reviews said to size up. Will try to layer with it. November 20, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by WOMEN’S MIGHTY LITE™ III VEST Light thin vest. I wear size large & bought a large. I wear the full zip fleece underneath this vest. Together, the vest is a snug fit. Buying an extra large, would then have the collar and arm holes too wide. This vest keeps me warm. October 14, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by always good This is super light weight, very warm and no bulk. I love the neck. You can wear it fully zipped up and straight or folder over while zipped. Always the option for open collar. The one feature I wish it had is adjustable waist. However the interior zippered chest pocket makes up for this. This is a great piece. October 2, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by excellent product it is what I expected May 20, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love the Might Lite III Vest! This vest is cute, stylish and warm without being bulky. My normal size was a little big (it is a regular cut, not a feminine cut) so I had to exchange it for a smaller size. It is easy to wear it under other clothing without looking like the Michelin Man. I highly recommend the vest! February 19, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Makes life easy! This vest is perfect to throw on for a little extra warmth. Thin enough to wear under a coat without feeling confined. Love that it fits a little longer! I am 5'5" and around 145 lbs with broad shoulders. I bought a Large and it fits perfectly! February 18, 2016
Rated 2 out of 5 by Highly unimpressed Wow. Am I disappointed. So thin. Runs small. I'm 5'5" and 110 and the small is a little too small. It's not even stylish. For a winter vest I expect a little puff to it. But yikes I wouldn't even consider this a winter vest. More like a fashion vest. Big disappointment. February 1, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by NWT Columbia® Women's Mighty Lite Vest III, Omni-Heat, White, Size XL Just ordered my 3rd and 4th color. These vests are life savers in the Pacific Northwest were if you don't want to break the bank in heating bills, you'll put on one of these vests. Great for layering because they are so lightweight and very warm at the same time. Highly recommend. Will order more when they come out with new colors. January 9, 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love this vest for winter in the Southwest Runs a little small, go up a size. Great for cool mornings on the golf course or out and about... December 18, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Live in these vests. I love these vests...perfect for my climate in Northern Arizona. December 15, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mighty Vest I was in need of a new vest for my outdoor adventures for sometime now and after reading the reviews on the Mighty Lite I purchased. With the semi warm temps we have been having in the Midwest this vest has been the perfect addition to my outdoor wardrobe. The size is pretty true to fit although, if you plan on wearing bulking sweaters or sweatshirts underneath your vest I suggest going one size up. The warmth from the omni-tech has proved itself once again with creating warmth when it is needed! AMAZING! December 15, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Love this vest! I had been looking for a vest for a very long time. A friend of mine has had this style of vest for 3+ years so I knew it would be worth the investment. I am fairly broad-shouldered and wanted a vest that wasn't very puffy as it would just bring more attention to my shoulders. This vest went above and beyond my expectations! It arrived on the delivery date I was told when I placed my order. When it did, I immediately tried it on and fell in love with it. Not only was it the perfect amount of puff for a vest (which is next to none) but it was very flattering! I felt amazing in it! My friends wanted to try it on as well and it was literally flattering on everyone. The omni-heat works amazingly as well! I'm a naturally warm person so sometimes I get really toasty in the vest, which is a plus especially for people who are chilly all of the time! I would recommend this vest over and over again as I am 100% pleased with this purchase! Thanks for making a great quality product, Columbia! December 14, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Awesome This vest is not only very fashionable, but it is also very form fitting and flattering. November 30, 2015
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 4 out of 5 by Toasty Little Vest - Nice and thin too! I love everything about this vest except the fit. It fits fairly tight in the bust area but if you move up a size then it's too big below the bust. If you are wearing a sweater underneath you need the bigger size to zip it up. I settled on the smaller size and will put up with the snug bust on the few times I think I will want to zip it up. Otherwise a nice piece - very stylish and not too bulky and nice and warm. September 20, 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
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Women's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
womens performance fit top
womens performance fit bottom
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
womens active fit top
womens active fit bottom
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
womens modern classic fit top
Modern Classic / Regular
womens modern classic fit bottom
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
womens relaxed fit top
womens relaxed fit bottom
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
Womens size chart measurement guide
  • 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.

How to Measure

Columbia Fit Guide

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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Returns are accepted within 60 days of the purchase date online or in-store. Your apparel must be in original and unworn condition, with tags still attached. Footwear returns must also include the original box.

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