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.
Overall rating:
4.222 / 5
4.2
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5
(18 reviews) 18
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15 out of 17(88%)customers recommend this product.
Customer reviews for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Review 1 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

Windbreaker!!

PostedMay 13, 2014
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Luckyme2
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
True to Size
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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 2 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great jacket

PostedMarch 20, 2014
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nachk
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 3 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Nice jacket

PostedMarch 5, 2014
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Mcpeg
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.
+2points
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Review 4 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Great lightweight jacket!

PostedFebruary 19, 2014
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Bee14
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 5 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Good

PostedFebruary 12, 2014
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skmf
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 6 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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NewTraveler2013
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.
-8points
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Review 7 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Love it

PostedOctober 16, 2013
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MrsMcJohnson
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 8 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

I expected more from Columbia

PostedOctober 7, 2013
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sowhatjmh
Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
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
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3 / 5
3 / 5
This rain coat is great in that it's fashionable, lightweight, and a good price. it also has lots of pockets and a hood.
the cons are that it takes forever to dry-- I walked to work in the pouring rain and when I got done with me 10 1/2 hour shift, it still was not dry. It also doesn't completely protect you from rain. When I got to work, I realized that my tummy and arms were completely soaked.
I expected this to be better at protecting from rain. I was disappointed.
I would recommend this product.
+8points
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Review 9 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Good buy on sale

PostedOctober 1, 2013
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sweetski81
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.
+1point
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Review 10 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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WSUteacher
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.
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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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Haley1993
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
Overall Rating 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Extremely useful and practiclal

PostedAugust 10, 2013
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Sportsiegirl
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 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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NatalieNYC
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
True to Size
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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 14 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Feminine flair!

PostedMay 22, 2013
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KFlynn
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 15 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5

A little short

PostedApril 5, 2013
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JanK
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 16 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Perfect lightweight rain jacket

PostedApril 3, 2013
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KP63
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
True to Size
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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.
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Review 17 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
Overall Rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great buy

PostedMarch 18, 2013
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Allison22
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
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 18 for Women's Switchback™ II Jacket
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4 / 5
4 / 5

It folds!!

PostedFebruary 16, 2013
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Stephdz
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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