The fit is generous, which makes this coat ideal for layering when it gets cold. And, if you work up a sweat, armpit zips let you vent heat. It comes in several colors, including a few eye scorchers, so you can be easily seen ahead on the trail on a cloudy day, in a rainy forest. We also think Patagonia provides one of the best warranties in the industry.
Waterproofing: 2-layer Omni-Tech Category: Hiking/Daily Use What we like: Great value, lots of color options. What we don’t: Cheaper 2-layer waterproof construction; doesn’t vent well. Women's: Columbia Arcadia II Priced at $59, and often available on discount, our most budget-friendly jacket to make the cut is the Columbia Watertight II. And while it doesn’t stack up as well in performance testing, good seam taping and a reliable build makes the Watertight II a solid option for daily use or as a just-in-case jacket you bring along when bad weather isn’t in the forecast. To start, it’s the only jacket constructed with a cheaper 2-layer waterproofing fabric, meaning it’s the only one with a hanging mesh interior. This adds bulk, and while the mesh has a softer touch, some do not like the feel against their skin. The fit comes in pretty average, with a nice and long back length, but the jacket does have more of a trim cut, so those that consistently throw on a thicker mid layer may need to size up. Large hand pockets are mesh lined, and because the jacket lacks pit zips, unzipping the pockets is the only form of ventilation. The warmer feeling interior thus does not make the Watertight II a great option for high output activities, such as a quick peak summit. Overall, the look is very clean, and Columbia offers the jacket in a number of color options. For the casual user, it’s all the jacket you need.
- Omni-Tech™ waterproof/breathable fully seam sealed
- Attached, adjustable storm hood
- Drawcord adjustable hem
- Zippered hand pockets
- Abrasion resistant chin guard
- Packable into hand pocket
- Drop tail
- Center Back Length: 29 in