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Have been searching for breathable rain jacket for some time and decided to try the Columbia Arcadia II. Pros: Sleeves long enough with Velcro wrist enclosure, enough room for a warmer layer if temperatures require and for airflow on warmer days, mesh lining, wind and water resistant, nice color (red lily) Cons: 1) Not truly breathable, although mesh layer does assist some in moisture transfer away from skin, lower sleeve is not mesh lined so fabric can stick to wrists and lower forearm; 2) No pit zips, 3) No way to stow or roll up hood if not needed, although the description claims the hood is “packable” - how?? 4) one way zipper. Even with just the addition of pit zips and a way to stow the hood, I would have rated four stars.
I ordered 2 sizes and colors through Prime Wardrobe, however, I returned both and went with a different jacket.
I LOVE the outer material and the colors of the Columbia jackets. Columbia always has nice products. And both fit well (the XL was just a bit too big). However, my drawback was the mesh pockets. These would have been an easy sell if the pockets were made of a regular material as opposed to open mesh. I put my keys in my pockets when I take the dog for a walk and the mesh just seemed like the key’s points would get tangled and tear the mesh