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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4.103 / 5
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22 out of 26(85%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Review 1 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
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)
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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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.
+9points
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Review 2 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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3 / 5
3 / 5

A little short

PostedApril 5, 2013
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Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ 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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3 / 5
3 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
Fabric is a little crunchy and it could be a little longer- even 1-2" would give it a more attractive proportion. I had been looking for a rain jacket with hide-away hood and was glad to find this one.
I would recommend this product.
+1point
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Review 3 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.
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Review 4 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Extremely useful and practiclal

PostedAugust 10, 2013
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Location: Myrtle Beach, SC
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ 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 another Columbia jacket I purchased a few years ago at a major department store. Because of moving, it had gotten misplaced, lost or donated. I contacted Columbia's customer support and described the jacket and although they do not manufacture the exact jacket any longer, I was very excited to receive this jacket and it was also on sale. It is water resistant and I love the feature with the hood that allows the hood to be zipped inside when not in use in the collar. It also has the side zip pockets that allows for storage for golfing,working out, horse back riding, and is very travel friendly.
I would recommend this product.
+1point
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Review 5 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
True to Size
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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.
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Review 6 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great buy

PostedMarch 18, 2013
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Runs Very Small
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Runs Very Large
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5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Great rain jacket. Has style to it, not just a flat rain coat. Glad I bought this instead of an overpriced NorthFace.
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

Perfect lightweight rain jacket

PostedApril 3, 2013
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Location: Searcy, AR
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! It is perfect for those spring showers. It is lightweight and keeps the rain out. I love the hidden hood in the collar.
I would recommend this product.
+2points
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Review 8 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
True to Size
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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 9 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
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
True to Size
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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 10 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

Windbreaker!!

PostedMay 13, 2014
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Location: Colorado
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
I thought this was more of a jacket but it's only a windbreaker. It's so thin you can see the dark pockets. The groovy pink is GREAT! Quite a bit brighter than it shows.
I do not recommend this product.
+1point
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Review 11 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
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 12 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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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
Quality
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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 13 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
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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.
-10points
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Review 14 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Good

PostedFebruary 12, 2014
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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
Definitely good for light to medium rain, fits true to size. Good price for a not so heavy duty jacket.
I would recommend this product.
+1point
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Review 15 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 16 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
True to Size
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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.
+1point
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Review 17 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great lightweight jacket!

PostedFebruary 19, 2014
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Location: Loveland, CO
Outdoor Experience:Professional Thrill Seeker (outdoors 53+ 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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4 / 5
4 / 5
I got this for a nice lightweight, light color jacket for the spring/summer months, but I've had the chance to use it as a great top layer already. It's very comfortable and I like how easily it rolls/folds up to tuck away. Love the lilac!
I would recommend this product.
+1point
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Review 18 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
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)
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
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.
+3points
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Review 19 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
True to Size
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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.
+6points
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Review 20 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Works just fine

PostedSeptember 18, 2014
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Outdoor Experience:Occasional Explorer (outdoors 0-19 days a year)
Employee:No
User Rated Sizing: 
Runs Very Small
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True to Size
Runs Very Large
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4 / 5
4 / 5
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4 / 5
4 / 5
For the most part i like this jacket. My critiques would be that the hood could come forward a little more and i wish there was some sort if mesh on the inside. Otherwise, it can be a little humid and sticky on the inside. Oh it also runs small in the chest. So a little snug but i never zip my jackets all the way to the top so it was fine. Any bigger and the jacket would be to big and not fit as nice.... But thats a problem with most things if you are more on the bustier side.
I would recommend this product.
+5points
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