Customer reviews for Columbia Women's Switchback™ II Jacket

Columbia Women's Switchback™ II Jacket

Switch on the protection of the rain-shedding Switchback II and stay out there longer. This lightweight jacket proves to be the just-right layer you've been looking for on lighter weather days. The stowaway hood gets out of the way when the sun comes back out, so you can stay on the move.
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5
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26 out of 30(87%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Review 1 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

It folds!!

PostedFebruary 16, 2013
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Location: Albany, NY
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
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User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
So this jacket is super cool because the hood folds into the neck and you don't even know it is there!
The pink is super pretty. Perfect for rain in springer summer!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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3 / 5
3 / 5

The jury is still out!

PostedOctober 23, 2013
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Location: New Jersey
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I saw a Columbia jacket on someone I had traveled with and thought it looked so classic and nice. I ordered it in white like the one I saw. My first impression was its so thin I can see through it. I haven't worn it yet. I thought I could use when walking or biking.
I guess I should have asked my friend the style name of her jacket.
-12points
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Review 3 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Hot Pink...YES!

PostedSeptember 18, 2014
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Location: Portland
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
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User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Love this jacket! I bought one for myself and ended up buying two more for friends who loved mine! The color is fabulous (hot pink!); it works as a rain jacket and a wind breaker; plus it packs nicely and very small.
I would recommend this product.
+4points
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Review 4 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Perfect Rain Jacket

PostedAugust 13, 2014
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Location: Tennessee, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This is an excellent rain jacket. It does run a little small. I have a small figure and long arms, so I have a large and it fits perfect. The rain beads up on the material. I have even worn it through a heavy rain, and it still worked perfect.
+3points
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Not So Perfect
onMay 31, 2015
I bought this Rain Jacket due to the product label stating "Waterproof Fabric" NOT AT ALL. I wore it as it started misting and all was good, but then the rain started. The rain lasted 30 minutes and at that point the clothing I wore underneath the jacket was SATURATED. Saturated to the point when I took the shirt off it left wet marks on the counter.
This jacket would be perfect if it actually was waterproof.
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Review 5 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Great Jacket

PostedMay 20, 2016
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Location: Washington, DC, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Very Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Very Small
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I love the jacket. The design is great. I am disappointed with the way it fits.
I would recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

The Switchback

PostedSeptember 18, 2014
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Location: Portland, OR, USA
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:Yes
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User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I like this jacket for repelling water, it's great! A huge wave crashed over me and I was still dry...However, it is not breathable AT ALL. I wore it on a small hike and I was sweating way more than I usually would be and it just trapped everything in. Other than that, its a great jacket. Super light weight. Simple. I love the groovy pink, but I also have it in black and tippet.
I would recommend this product.
+3points
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Review 7 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Keeps you dry!

PostedDecember 5, 2014
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Location: San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Small
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Took a walk in the rain and stayed warm and dry! The rain rolls right off. I washed it once and hung it to dry and it was dry in just a few minutes. The fabric softened up a bit too. I will wear it for years. It's perfect to roll up small for travel. The cut is nice for women and is flattering.
I would recommend this product.
+13points
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Review 8 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Love the color!

PostedSeptember 1, 2013
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Location: Inverness ms
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I had a northface last year of the same style and it only held up for one year until the liner started shedding. I hope the Columbia jacket lasts longer. I am very pleased with the fit and the color!
I would recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great jacket

PostedMarch 20, 2014
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Location: Atlanta
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
I love this jacket and the color is great!
I would recommend this product.
-2points
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Review 10 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Not quite what I was expecting...

PostedNovember 14, 2014
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Location: Vermont, USA
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I was hoping for more of a softshell jacket that I could use between seasons to be warm but not quite a winter-level jacket, but this is really just a rain shell. It works great as a light rain jacket and I love the way it fits, but wasn't really what I was hoping for.
I would recommend this product.
+7points
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Review 11 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Love it

PostedOctober 16, 2013
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Location: Topeka, KS
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
This jacket is the perfect weight and material. It fits perfectly and it's very cute.
I would recommend this product.
+1point
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Review 12 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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3 / 5
3 / 5

not what I was expecting

PostedNovember 28, 2014
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User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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True to Size
Runs Very Large
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when ordering this product I thought it was going to be a jacket that was cozy on the inside (ex. fleece) and the outside was a rain coat. This jacket is more like a $40 dollar rain poncho. It is the best rain poncho I have ever bought, but not what I thought I was ordering. So just for future customers this is not a jacket you can wear with everything, it is a rain poncho and that alone. (-: I still adore columbia but I think the detailing should be better so that it is clear that the jacket is rain poncho material.
+12points
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Review 13 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

nice-looking urban jacket

PostedJune 18, 2013
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Location: NYC
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
it looks great and has enough ventilation for city use. Can sustain short rain.
I would recommend this product.
+1point
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Review 14 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

I like it...but...

PostedOctober 2, 2014
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Location: Ridgefield, WA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
I love the color in pink (I have received several compliments) fit, and light weightness of it; however, it says it packs into the pocket, but my husband and I couldn't get it to work. We ended up rolling it up small and shoving it into my purse.
I would recommend this product.
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Packs in the pocket!
onMay 12, 2016
The left side zipper pocket has a dual zipper. Just turn the pocket inside out and stuff the jacket into the pocket and zip it up! It becomes a small pack with a hanging loop that can be attached to your backpack or belt loop with a carabiner. It's great as long as you don't mind the wrinkled look! MY husband figured it out!
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Review 15 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Meh

PostedApril 22, 2016
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Location: Pontiac, IL 61764, USA
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs a Little Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs a Little Large
Quality
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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2 / 5
2 / 5
I was so excited to get this light spring/fall jacket. It was everything I thought I was looking for but ended up falling short.
First of all, its too light. I didn't think I wanted anything heavier but this is a jacket for a day when there is a slight breeze and its about 60 degrees, not windy 50 degree days.
Second of all, (and this is my main dislike) it's a rain coat/ wind breaker. SO WHY WON'T MY STINKIN' HOOD STAY UP WHEN ITS RAINING AND WINDY!!!! This is the biggest complaint I have for this jacket. No matter what I cannot get that hood to stay up without holding it. This was really what I bought the jacket for and it doesn't meet expectations. Not sure if it is just the material or what but it is sooo frustrating! Wish I had a review like this before I bought it, so here ya go.
I think this jacket could great if it was what you were specifically looking for but I just wanted to inform others of my experiences.
I would recommend this product.
+4points
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Review 16 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

Folds up nice to travel, but not comfortable to wear...

PostedSeptember 8, 2013
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Location: Richland, WA
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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3 / 5
3 / 5
I purchased this to throw in a backpack/day-pack while traveling Europe with my husband. It was a perfect fit and folded up so compact to fit in our day pack. The issue arose when I would wear it--any item of moisture on my skin (whether it was sweat or humidity) made the jacket stick and cling to my body, making it uncomfortable to keep on. If I could do it over again, I'd choose a jacket that had a liner in order to prevent this from happening.
I do not recommend this product.
+8points
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Review 17 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Feminine flair!

PostedMay 22, 2013
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Location: Knoxville, TN.
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
If you're looking for a great style that's not "boxy" this jacket will most definitely add some curve appeal! Perfect for the cooler days of early spring and fall!
I would recommend this product.
+2points
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Review 18 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Good buy on sale

PostedOctober 1, 2013
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Location: Chicago
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
True to Size
True to Size
Runs Very Large
True to Size
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Fits like a glove....only issue is neck piece is quite high. I wish other colors were available in size small. I had to buy the white but it will be perfect for jogs on chilly damp days. Length and sleeves fit fine. I typically wear an xs or s in most tops generally speaking (34/B bra size, 5'4", 125lbs). If you want to wear thicker layers I suggest buying a size up.
I would recommend this product.
+2points
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Review 19 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Nice jacket

PostedMarch 5, 2014
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Location: Fort Myers,fl
Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Small
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Small
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Jacket has the quality I expected from Columbia.Unfortunately I should have believed others reviewers when told runs small.I would say it runs very small
I would recommend this product.
+5points
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Review 20 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Good spring jacket

PostedJanuary 20, 2016
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Location: Va
Outdoor Experience:Everyday Adventurer (outdoors 20-52 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
Runs Large
True to Size
Runs Very Large
Runs Large
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3 / 5
3 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Not thick enough for winter, yet fuctionable and has a adjustive spring which is good because it's runs a tad big .
I would recommend this product.
+1point
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