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Apparel Review


Repel the Rain with the Columbia Hydrotech Rain Jacket

 

Date: 1/27/15
Tackle type: Apparel
Manufacturer: Columbia
Reviewer: Wolbugger






Total Score: 8.38 - GREAT

Introduction:
You'll inevitably encounter rain if you spend any substantial time in the outdoors. Unless you want to pick and choose your days, there's no doubt you'll require some rain protection at some point. While it's easy to prepare if you know exactly what to expect, there are many instances where a chance of showers later in the day means that bringing along some packable rain gear—like the Columbia Hydrotech Packable Rain Jacket—will be a smart decision.

 

Columbia Hydrotech Packable Rain Jacket Specifications

Material Omni-Tech 100% Nylon
Sizes Small–XXL
Colors Black, Sage, Vivid Blue, Sail Red
Features Omni-tech waterproofing, sun and stain repellent, welded seams, zip-closed pockets, fully adjustable, large packing pocket
Origin Vietnam
MSRP $100.00


The front of the jacket features a flap that's secured with velcro and buttons to cover the full-length zipper.

Quality/Construction: Columbia has long been recognized for delivering a nice level of quality in their products. In this regard, the Hydrotech does not disappoint. Comprised of Omni-Tech 100% nylon, its construction is free of any glaring quality issues and has a very clean appearance. All major seams feel strong when aggressively tugged upon, the zippers and buttons work well, stitching is well done, and it is indeed totally waterproof. As a bonus, its fabric also delivers stain repellent properties as well as UVA/UVB protection.

Quality Ratings for Columbia Hydrotech Rain Jacket

Thread Work
(1-5)

Outer Material
(1-5)

Lining
(1-5)

Fasteners
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating (= Tot/Pos* 10)

4

5

5

5

19

20

9.5


The jacket's profile is slightly roomy but not bulky.

Performance: As stated, the jacket proved to be 100% waterproof. With very little rain here in Southwest Florida from fall through half of spring, the “natural” testing opportunities amounted to a couple of light rain showers. Thankfully, a garden hose makes a nice substitute to simulate heavy rainfall. Under a direct, heavy spray, no leakage was present anywhere.


I like how the sleeves allow for good range of motion and don't clumsily hang off my arms.

The weight and packability of this garment are two of its strongest attributes. Advertised at a mere 2.5 ounces, it's not only super light but can be packed into its own chest pocket and easily fits inside a small hatch, bag, or compartment.


The inner seams do a stellar job of keeping water out and are very clean and smooth.

How is the comfort of the jacket? Since I am currently a trim 6-foot 3-inches and 180 pounds, the size L is modestly roomy on me, however its fit improves when worn over a layer or two. The arms could stand to be a tad shorter, however the wrists are adjustable which basically cancels out this problem. The material is very thin and relatively soft so it doesn't restrict movement or feel awkward. The jacket will neither keep you overly warm or cool, so dress accordingly underneath. Breathability seems okay, but I still had that slightly “clammy” feel when walking around in mild temperatures.

Performance Ratings for Columbia Hydrotech Rain Jacket

Wind
Block (1-5)

Water
Repellant (1-5)

Mobility(1-5)

Breathability (1-5)

Adjustability of fit 
(1-5)

Total

Possible

Rating
(=Tot/Pos *10)

3

5

4

3

5

20

25

8.0


The zippered chest pocket will almost fully fit a Plano 3500 box. Above, note the velcro strap that can be used to secure a rod (while rigging) or various other accessories.

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