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Columbia Jacket Reviews – Arcadia II, Powder Keg II, and OutDry Extreme


If you’re looking for a great outdoor jacket, Columbia has a few options to choose from. There’s the Arcadia II, Powder Keg II, and OutDry Extreme. But which one should you choose? Let’s take a look at some of these models to make an informed decision.

Watertight II

Columbia has released a waterproof jacket for kids and made it even better with the Columbia Omni-Tech technology. This innovative technology makes the jacket waterproof and breathable, and it also comes with reflective details. This jacket is perfect for kids who play outside and are always on the go. This jacket is made with a breathable lining and a zip front.

It comes with two mesh-lined hand pockets for storing small items. These hand pockets feature a storm flap for added protection. The hand pockets are easily accessible, even while wearing a backpack. The waist belt is unflappable to allow access to the pockets. However, the jacket lacks interior or chest pockets.

Arcadia II

This waterproof jacket features Columbia Omni-Tech technology, making it breathable and waterproof. This jacket also features reflective details. Reflective details are important for children to stay safe and see when outside. These features make the Columbia Jacket Arcadia II the perfect jacket for your child. This jacket is available in many colors and is sure to keep your child protected while out and about.

The Arcadia II weighs just 11.2 ounces, which is not the lightest option if weight is your top priority. However, this lightweight jacket stuffs neatly into a hand pocket. This jacket does have a snug fit, so stowing it in a pocket will require a little bit of effort. However, Arcadia’s fabric held up reasonably well during my month-long testing. The jacket did not rip or tear despite repeated use.

Powder Keg II

The Columbia Jacket Powder Keg II is the perfect jacket for anyone who likes to spend time outside. It is waterproof and made with Omni-Tech technology for sealed seams. This jacket also comes with Omni-Heat technology to keep you warm. It is ideal for colder days, especially when you are skiing or snowboarding.

The Powder Keg II jacket has an insulated shell and outer layer that will keep you warm when it is cold. It also comes with Omni-Heat 3D Thermal Reflective, a breathable material that resembles aluminum foil but feels soft to the touch. This reflective film was created by Philippe Cardis and is also a great insulator.

The down-fill insulation in the Columbia Jacket Powder Keg II provides a cozy, comfortable ride. The jacket is made of 700-fill goose down, which makes it ideal for colder days. It also comes with a media pocket and gog pocket. The hood is removable and adjustable, and the jacket is compatible with a helmet.

OutDry Extreme

In Columbia OutDry Extreme Jacket reviews, we look at the features of this waterproof jacket for women. The Columbia OutDry Ex Gold Tech Shell women’s jacket is a waterproof jacket that comes with Columbia’s waterproof guarantee. It also features Light Rail pockets to keep you dry.

We like the jacket’s waterproof performance, especially the features that keep the wearer dry and comfortable. The OutDry Extreme uses a special membrane that features microscopic holes in the fabric for breathability. It also features an interior lining made of wicking textile that provides next-to-skin comfort. It is an ideal jacket for active outdoor adventures.

The Columbia OutDry Extreme Jacket reviews reveal that the waterproof performance of this rain jacket is impressive. The outer shell uses a waterproof membrane that’s placed on the outside of the jacket, making it the first of its kind. This feature offers 100% protection, unlike other jackets which nest the waterproof membrane inside other layers. However, this approach provides more protection, but can also make the jacket feel water-logged. Moreover, without an interior waterproof lining, moisture can permeate the outer fabric, leaving it vulnerable to soaking.

Steens Mountain 2

The Steens Mountain 2 Columbia Jacket is a versatile outerwear piece for outdoor activities. It is made of anti-pill, super-soft 225g solid microfleece and is ideally suited to cool days with light breezes. It can be worn as a standalone piece or as a mid-layer.

Its fleece material is warm and makes a good insulating layer for day hikes, fishing trips, and car camping. It’s not as technical as some of its competitors, but it’s a good choice for daytime use. However, it’s not as breathable as a breathable wind shell or a hard shell.

The Steens Mountain 2 Columbia Jacket is made of midweight fleece material and has a durable full-zip front. It also has two zippered hand pockets. Unfortunately, the materials used for the jacket are not the best quality and the fleece tends to pile. However, the jacket usually has sales and is priced fairly and affordably.