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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful.
Haven’t had a chance to use this, but based upon an inspection of workmanship, this appears to be a SOLID raincoat. 5 out of 5 stars (Now reduced to a weak 4/5 stars as coat prices during summer times actually makes it a bit more reasonable to get a solid nylon shell type raincoat vs. this slick coated type fabric….this however is guaranteed to be rainproof even in the heaviest downpours so this may still be preferable) based on the fact that this coat will do exactly what it is intended to, for a great price.
I’ll have to update the performance after I take it with me hiking in a very wet mountain environment, but the material is almost like a slick seal-skin fabric. I don’t have any doubts it is truly 100% waterproof.
Breath-ability is solved with massive vents all over the coat, so only issue you may run into is if you wear this in a high wind environment, you may risk turning into a big parachute and get a little wet under your arms/on back.
The hood has a nice construction,w/ a mini visor to help drag rain away from your face as it drips down. Similar to the style used on other Columbia brand jackets.
This jacket could possibly double as thermal gear while on the trail, but I’ll be testing that out to see how that works out. It isn’t insulated but the rainproof material is a heavy weight.
Hopefully you find this in the size you want (it seems to be limited availability right now) I’m 6’1” with about a 42 jacket size, and the Large seems perfectly fine, not too snug…wasn’t sure if I was tall enough for the Large-Tall version of the jacket but it wasn’t available, but either way I’m happy w/ the fit.
*EDIT* Update 6/21/2010.
Positive: 1. It will keep you 100% dry when worn properly (button that fly!). It fits comfortably and wears well when compared to other raincoats of this price range.
Negatives: 1. I’m not so sure I want to take this hiking with me, weight to me is not an issue, it’s that the fabric is bulky and difficult to pack down, this would be a great jacket to take with you on a possible rainy cool day….emphasis on COOL!
I’m still glad I bought this, and besides, who wears a rain-coat when it’s not raining?
Might want to keep in mind that when I purchased the shelter cove jacket, I just wanted a rain coat for the car/house and maybe for short day hikes. Since the shelter cove jacket does not fit into my long-term outdoor “system” (it’s not packable and has some weight although not much), I purchased 2 alternatives. A Frogg-Togg packable rainsuit (which WILL keep you dry! but you look like a clown) and now the Columbia Watertight Jacket. Both of those are far superior in a packing situation and the latter Watertight jacket being much more everyday capable due to it’s appearance and construction.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
I wore it on a four-day trip into Yellowstone’s backcountry the first week of May 2010. We had a variety of weather from downpours, to snow, to wind, to sun, and while the jacket did keep me dry, the hood is too small and doesn’t adjust well, and it does not “breathe” at all due to no liner. also, after wearing a heavy backpack for four days, the shoulder areas got stressed–the material actually wore out a bit.
All in all, you get what you pay for. It’s cheesy.
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