The Columbia Arcadia is GearX's most affordable "true" women's raincoat - true in the sense that it's fully waterproof, breathable, comfortable, not made of solid rubber or plastic. Its 2-layer nylon construction with a mesh lining makes it comfortable next to your skin, and its 14.4 ounce weight isn't unmanageable if you want to take it out for a day hike up Camel's Hump.
Feature list from Columbia:
The waterproof, breathable Columbia Arcadia rain jacket for women keeps you dry and comfortable, whether you’re hiking in the wilds or running errands around town.
|Back length (in.):||26 inches|
|Body:||100% nylon. Side Panel Lining|
|Center Back Length:||26”|
|Fabric:||Nylon / nylon blend|
|Length:||26" (based on size medium)|
|Lining:||100% 210T taffeta.|
|Shell:||100% nylon FD LTX™. Lining|
|Shell lining fabric:||57% recycled polyester/43% polyester mesh / cotton|
|Type of waterproofing:||Waterproof breathable membrane|
|Vendor fit:||Columbia Sportswear Authentic Fit is lightly fitted and comfortable; tops are unrestricted|
|Waterproof materials:||Omni-Tech waterproof breathable membrane|
|Columbia Sportswear Arcadia II Jacket||$54.98 - $89.95|
|Columbia Sportswear Plus Size Arcadia Rain Jacket||$49.99 - $74.95|
|Columbia Sportswear Arcadia II Plus Size Rain Jacket||$64.98|
I bought two of the Columbia/Arcadia Rain jackets -- one for myself and one for my teen daughter -- for a trip to Costa Rica. I also bought a Sierra Designs Hurricane rain jacket, but ended up returning the Sierra product because it felt like a stiff plastic bag. The Columbia/Arcadia rain jacket feels flexible and breathable. There are no armpit vents, but the jackets seem breathable enough that I'm hoping we won't need them. My daughter put hers on and wore it around the house for quite awhile. (It's just warming up where we live and the A/C is set to 76 to give you an idea of the temperature she was using it in.) She said it felt cozy and comfortable. The hood has a small "visor"extension that can be flipped down and looks like it will help if rain is getting in your face. I also look forward to using the jacket as a waterproof shell for the few times I go skiing over the holidays. I'm 5'4" and 118 and ordered the small. It felt a little big, but I think the XS might have been too tight in the armpits. The size S allows me to layer a North Face lightweight down jacket underneath and have plenty of mobility. I really hope this jacket performs in the rain like other reviewers have experienced because it's perfect so far--great product, plenty of colors, great price and quick shipping.
I bought this jacket on sale because my old rain jacket was not protecting me from rain anymore. Generally Columbia is not my favorite brand but for the price this is a great deal. The bright orangey red color is fun and wakes me up on rainy days. Decent waterproofing, definitely need to layer for warmth as there is no insulation whatsoever.
This would do fine for walking around town or gentle strolls in the rain but for strenuous hiking or running it just isn't breathable enough. In fact it didn't feel breathable at all. On rainy hikes I ended up wearing it draped over my shoulders like a cape because I could stand having it on. Needless to say I did not stay very dry that way! I bought this jacket after my old Gore-tex jacket finally had too many rips to be useable, and was very dissapointed. Also, it was clearly designed with form rather than function in mind. Like most hikers, I layer clothes for bad weather. In order to fit enough layers under, I had to buy a XL (and I'm 5-3 and 120 lbs!). The jacket appears to have been designed to be formfitting and cute rather than loose and functional. Fine for walking around town but no good in the mountains! Now I have a mountain hardwear jacket that's much better (though pricey!).
i'm really petite so i first got an xs. everything but the arm pit area fit well so I had to get the s. it's a little more baggy than i'd like but because this rain jacket is cheaper than most other rain jackets ie north face and patagonia I stuck with it. Does the job and I like that the hood fully covers my head and hair whereas my older north face did not.
I've had this jacket for more than a year now, and it is holding up great. It keeps my top half 100% dry. The hood sucks. It doesn't stay on at all and fails to keep the rain out of my face. As far as water proof goes, its great. I'll definitely be keeping it for the next few seasons, but I would recommend finding something with a better hood.