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Apparel Review


Repel the Rain with the Columbia Hydrotech Rain Jacket (continued)

Features: Columbia offers a sweet array of features in this jacket. In addition to the waterproof material and sealed seams, you'll find a front velcro rod holder, inner and outer storage pockets, one large pocket (to pack the entire jacket), an adjustable hood, adjustable cuffs, and dual drawcords to tighten up the bottom of the jacket.


The adjustable cuffs greatly improve the fit of the sleeves.

Features Ratings for Columbia Hydrotech Rain Jacket

Convertible(1-5)

Fastened
Pocket
(1-5)

Waterproof
or Fast Drying
(1-3)

Adjustable
Cuffs
(1-5)

Insulation or UPF Rating
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating
(= Tot/Pos
*10)

N/A

3

3

5

3

14

18

7.77


The hood is tightened by a cord and one small channeled fastener on each side. Simply pull the cord till the desired tightness is reached, then lock the cord into the channel to hold in place.

Design and Ergonomics: There's no doubt that the Hydrotech Rain Jacket looks great either on or off the water. It packs down to a very small size and is offered in sizes up to XXL. While the colors offered are satisfying enough, a couple more would be nice.

Design & Ergonomics Ratings for Columbia Hydrotech Rain Jacket

Aesthetic (1-5)

Oversized
Sizing
(1-3)

Available Colors (1-3)

All Day Garment (1-3)

Packable
(1-3)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos *10)

5

3

2

3

3

16

17

9.41


As it should, water beads up and runs right off the jacket.

Application: Is this strictly a fishing jacket? No way! Wear it hiking, working, or around town. It looks fine with casual clothing and makes a great backup to keep in a backpack or a car for those unexpected showers or for just a bit of extra warmth when outdoors. I really didn't wear it fishing much at all, but rather wore it when out and about or walking the local woods.

Application Ratings for Columbia Hydrotech Rain Jacket

Top Layer (1-5)

Mid Layer (1-5)

Bottom
Layer
(1-5)

 Casual
Wear
(1-5)

Other
Outdoor
Pursuits
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos *10)

5

N/A

N/A

5

3

13

15

8.6


A look at the inner side of the chest pocket that the jacket packs into.

Ratings: (We've re-calibrated our ratings standard for 2008 and have included a key at the bottom of the following matrix as a guide)

Columbia Hydrotech Rain Jacket Ratings (?/10)

Construction/Quality Satisfying build quality throughout the garment 9.5
Performance A comfortable jacket that proved to be 100% waterproof 8
Price An affordable alternative compared to other more robust offerings like those from Simms and Stormr 7
Features Lots of features—I like the many points of adjustability that Columbia designed into the jacket 7.77
Design (Ergonomics) Lightweight and packs down into a very compact size 9.41
Application Fishing is just the tip of the iceberg—wear it anywhere where it is warmer conditions. great for rainy and mild conditions but not designed for extreme weather or cold conditions where extra insulation from the elements is necessary 8.6

Total Score

8.38
Ratings Key: 1 = terrible : 2 = poor : 3 = lacking : 4 = sub par : 5 = mediocre : 6 = fair : 7 = good : 8 = great : 9 = excellent : 10 = unbelievable!
For More Details of the updated rating system visit our explanation here


Pluses and Minuses:

                 Plus                                    Minus

+ Very lightweight - Storage pocket dimensions could be a couple inches larger
+ Good build quality  
+ Looks good  
+ Packs down small  
+ Fully adjustable  


A bit of a tight squeeze, but you can see how small this jacket packs down!

Conclusion: If you're after lightweight, packable rain protection then this garment deserves a look. While it doesn't offer great cold weather protection, those that don't mind layering up underneath or just want a jacket for those “what if” times should be very satisfied by the Hydrotech jacket. Never let a little rain dampen your plans for outdoor adventure!

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