Columbia Watertight II rain jacket for men is a very popular piece of clothing, suitable for various outdoor activities and for city life. It is fully waterproof, breathable, seam-sealed, and with the price which is hard to match. The jacket is available in 16 different colors and in many different sizes.
Columbia men’s watertight II front zip hooded rain jacket is an enormously popular lightweight piece of equipment, with a microporous nylon outer shell and a very pleasant polyester internal mesh.
Regarding the weight, durability, and packability, this is a rather mid-range jacket. There are far lighter jackets available, see for example Outdoor Research Men’s Helium II jacket but you can be sure you will pay three times more, and they are not more durable at all.
However, with respect to the price and all the features taken together, in my view, this jacket is without a match.
The jacket is fully seam-sealed suitable for hiking and for general city use, in principle not for cold weather because this is not an insulated type. A piece of fleece combined with it will serve the purpose even in cold weather.
I have been using my waterproof jackets in that way for many years now. Having a waterproof lightweight jacket in rainy Belgium is a must, and the same holds for my climbing in the Alps. I never go without waterproof pants and a jacket of the same material.
You have three external zippered pockets (two at sides and one on the chest) and an internal pocket. The outer pockets are with storm flaps, and the same is with the front zipper.
This is a clever design: the jacket can be packed in its own internal pocket. You can see how it is done in this short (1:51) video:
The hood is dome-shaped and equipped with a cinch cord, see it on the right.
On the sleeves, you have velcro, plus elastic on the inner wrist side, very useful feature to use in case of more layers in cold weather.
Presently, at Amazon, you have no less than 16 different colors available, and three general sizes with many sub-sizes in each of the three.
The jacket is washable in the machine.
The material of this jacket is very pleasant, you have 2-layers water-repellent and waterproof fabric, plus a pleasant mesh inside. It is breathable, but as discussed in my another text, this is rarely perfect and your overall feeling when you wear any jacket of this sort will depend on your activity and on external conditions. But you can be sure it will keep you dry from elements.
There are no pit zips, but I have several waterproof jackets without pit zips, so this is not such a big deal in my view.
Summary of features
- Omni-Tech waterproof/breathable fully seam-sealed.
- Water and stain repellent.
- Attached, adjustable storm hood.
- Drawcord-adjustable hem.
- 2 zippered hand pockets.
- Abrasion-resistant chin guard.
- Packable into the hand pocket.
- Drop tail.
- No pit zips.
- Helmet-compatible hood.
- 100% Nylon 2L Full Dull plain weave.
- Machine washable.
- Colors available at Amazon: 16
Pros & cons, users’ experience
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Here is a short video (26 s) from Columbia about their Omni-Tech and Omni-Shield technology: