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I used to have this same rain jacket that I received as a gift several years ago. I agree with others who recently purchased this item that it's definitely different. The Columbia logo on the front chest area of the rain jacket is not stitched in like the one I use to have before. The omni-tech sticker has also changed to a simple text on the sleeve of the jacket. I'm not entirely sure if what people say is true about this jacket being a fake but the jacket I received does not match the pictures displayed on the website which is disappointing seeing that I really like the one I had back then. So, I do warn anyone that plans on purchasing this item that it does not look like the images on the website. Look through the most recent reviews and images to see how this rain jacket looks like.
Waterproof fabric rather plastic like and stiff, not supple. When wearing it and moving, jacket makes a rustling noise. Main zipper is smaller than it should be and difficult to zip up. I am a senior and I need extra lighting to see what I need to do to zip it. Only had one chance to wear it in a rain shower. Sleeves felt well protected but not sure about behind the neck area.
What I ordered is small, but seems like it was bigger than I expected, I ordered by a friend’s link recommend, maybe such jacket buying in store is better. Obviously my husband doesn’t like it, just leave it there.
The jacket is defined as a packable into internal hidden pocket without additional instruction. I tried to find the hidden by using Columbia site, YouTube and etc. without results. So, I didn't know if the jacket is Watertight II jacket with defect (no hidden pocket) or other model or impossible to find the hidden pocket without detail instructions.
It does well in light rain but once it starts raining really hard, anything in the pockets are definitely going to get soaked. I use it for biking in the rain and lost a phone to some water damage from being in the left pocket. Otherwise, its a nice looking jacket that does well in light rain or the occasional drizzle.