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Women's Switchback™ II Jacket - Plus Size


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Style# 1494882
Uses Trail, Travel


Switch on the protection of the rain-shedding Switchback II and stay out there longer. This lightweight jacket proves to be the just-right layer you've been looking for on lighter weather days. The stowaway hood gets out of the way when the sun comes back out and keeps you on the move.

  • Omni-Shield™ advanced repellency
  • Stow-away hood
  • Back venting system
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Adjustable cuff tabs
  • Packable into hand pocket
  • Modern Classic fit
  • Imported
  • Uses: Trail, Travel
  • Style# 1494882

    100% nylon Hydroplus
Water and Stain Repellent

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Women's Switchback™ II Jacket - Extended Size is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 41.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from light weight and packable Needed some protection from Seattle drizzle -- this jacket provided that protection, without the bulk and weight of a regular rain coat. Folded up into a neat, compact pouch to easily stow in my carry on bag. The fit felt just a little tight through the upper arms, compared to other Columbia jackets the same size.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great staple in my wardrobe! I purchased this jacket for a trip to San Francisco ( I live in Florida) and it was a crucial, everyday piece while I was there. It was great on its own while I was just browsing th city and great for layering when I took in a Baseball Game. This jacket will also be great for the afternoon summer rain in Florida. Overall, I am thrilled with my jacket!
Date published: 2018-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love this jacket This jacket is perfect for hiking in those months we're it's not quite warm enough to go jacketless. It's very packable and light weight and I love the stow away hood. Highly recommend
Date published: 2018-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Women Switchback II I purchased this jacket as a Christmas gift for my mother and she absolutely loves it.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome jacket I love Columbia apparel. The style is very nice and allows you to be very functional while also being protected from the outdoor rainy weather.
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Color I bought the dark raspberry colored coat. I absolutely love the color true to the photo. I got a size up so that I could wear sweaters and thicker items underneath. Great fit.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from This product is very thin! Ordered this jacket for my daughter to wear during Michigan fall weather. The only thing that I really think this item has going for it is the pretty color. A jacket that does nothing but cover your clothes seems like a waste of money to me. It is just a cover for your clothes, no lining, won't keep you warm at all! If you want something to cover your clothes when you go outside, then this is the jacket for you! But if you are looking for a jacket to keep you even remotely warm, look elsewhere.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Happy Bought this to take on our vacation to the Smoky Mountains and it was perfect. The fit was perfect.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Cost - wish it was bigger in the arms This is a GREAT Rain Jacket (not a cold weather jacket). Be aware, it is tight at the upper arms/shoulders. I am 5'9", weigh 230#, 38C.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from New favourite jacket Very pleased with this jacket. True to size. Great for rainy days! (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Size chart sucks but good jacket As a reference I have a 52 inch chest and hip measurement. Based on all my measurements, their sizing chart told me I would be a 3X (usually I'm an XL in clothing). Tracking details did not update properly either, was told it would arrive one day and then it suddenly updated a day after it was scheduled to arrive saying it would be almost another week. When I got the jacket I put it on and it is huge! I have 6 inches of room around my chest and almost a foot of extra fabric around my midsection. Do not trust their sizing chart!!! Jacket is good quality and I like it otherwise. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect jacket! I picked this jacket up in a department store but have been eyeballing this jacket for over a year. I was leery ahout buying it online due to the reviews about it running small. To me, it's true to size or just slightly larger than true to size. I wear a 3x and sometimes if it's small then it's tight across my chest or even arms. I wear a size G bra and have fleshy upper arms and this jacket fit me comfortably.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great little jacket! I wish I hadn't listened to the reviews on this running small... Mine is actually too big, but I kept it to avoid the hassle of returning. I probably could have gotten away with a 1x.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Arrived At The Right Time The day my Switchback II jacket arrived, a weather front came through with high winds and drenching winds. The jacket kept me warm and dry. The jacket fit well, protected me, and when I got inside it took just a few shakes to remove water. Once dry, I folded the jacket and stuffed it into its packable pocket. As usual, Columbia came through with a perfect product.
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Pleased with This Purchase! A careful reading of the product description and the many online reviews meant I felt pretty secure in what I was buying here. This is an ultra lightweight rain shell that breathes well and is perfect for wearing over layers - the ultimate Spring jacket, if you will. I've already tested it in our constant Oregon rains, and it repels water perfectly! Because of warnings that it runs small, I sized up (I normally wear a 2x, but ordered a 3x), and the fit is perfect. I love that I can pull the drawstring to adjust it at the bottom - which falls just below my hips, and that I can adjust the wrists and also the hood to fit how I like. The pockets are nice and deep, which I like. The *only* drawback is that the collar is quite large - I can't imagine wearing this with the hood rolled into the zippered pouch on the collar, because then there is no good option for folding it down. Even with the hood out, the collar feels a little unruly and large. But this is minor compared to the overall style, comfort, and awesome functionality of the jacket. This is exactly what I was looking for!
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Could be better I have a Men's version of this jacket from about 10 years ago. The collar on the men's is not nearly as high as the collar on this jacket. Also, it runs small in the hips. The 3x barely fits and I usually wear a 2x. Thankfully I read the reviews here saying the jacket runs small especially in the hips, which is weird considering this is Plus size! Also, on the older men's version I have, the wrists have elastic, this jacket has velcro. Its okay, I got it on sale, but the sale price should be the normal price.
Date published: 2017-02-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Inaccurate description This is not a jacket. It's a shell at best. Very thin. More like a windbreaker than anything.
Date published: 2017-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A very light jacket! I was disappointed with this jacket it was more a thin windbreaker. Not a real bargain and certainly not for cold weather!
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Switchback II Jacket Plus size We went to the texas coast in Nov and it rained. i was a perfect light weight jacket for our trip.
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from runs small Order than realized the size is off (per others reviewers). I have to exchange for a size up
Date published: 2016-11-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very lightweight I just received this jacket and really like it. I ordered it a size larger based on previous reviews and I am glad I did. There is enough room to wear a little thicker shirt under it since it is unlined. Being a plus size the darts on the back of the waist are nice, they make the jacket not so boxy gives a nice shape. I'm not sure I like the velcro at the wrists, would have preferred elastic. The collar is rather tall with the hood tucked in but if you take it out then the collar can fold down.
Date published: 2016-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket Love this lightweight jacket. Great for chilly summer days.
Date published: 2016-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect light rain\wind jacket Perfect light rain\wind jacket for our weather in the Pacific Northwest. Love the high collar to block the wind and how it frames the face in a flattering way. Bought as a gift for my daughter. She loves it.
Date published: 2016-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Size runs small but great quality I purchased this jacket online for myself and it looked thicker/heavier in the picture. The jacket seems to run smaller than anticipated and it is basically great for rainy weather but not cold and rainy. The jacket is very light/thin in size which is great for the outdoors during rainy spring/summer/fall outings. I love that the hood is concealed in its own compartment. I ended up giving this jacket to my daughter to wear in the spring. She loves it!
Date published: 2016-01-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite! Love this jacket! Perfect all around !!
Date published: 2015-12-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Light Weight Jacket This is a pretty great light weight jacket. The color is great, super light weight, and can pack away real small. Downside is the jacket was pretty snug in the chest and waist areas. If I had bought in store I probably would have gone a size up, but since I ordered online I'll keep and just wear with thinner tops under. For reference I'm 5'6" and range between a Columbia XL and 1X depending on fit.
Date published: 2015-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect rain jacket Own this jacket in 4 colors love the fit the hood is large and covers your head completely. Its pack able so its perfect for trips the put in your bag for unexpected rain storms. Def a win in every way
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice jacket Light weight. Considering that it is unlined, it is quite warm. Good for windy days.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great For Travel I tried this particular jacket on in the store in my usual size and it was a bit snug - consistent with other reviews. I purchased it online 1 size up and it is perfect. I love this jacket! We've had a lot of wet weather lately so it's getting plenty of wear and it hasn't failed me yet. It's a perfect piece to have if you plan to travel, it rolls up pretty small.
Date published: 2015-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits the Bill I bought this jacket as a very lighweight, packable and waterproof jacket to take on vacation. It worked great. I was traveling in summer to climates that averaged around 60 degrees and were rainy. The jacket kept me warm and dry, although at temperatures below that you would want something with a lining.
Date published: 2015-09-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from They weren't lying when they said "Light" jacket It is literally just the soft shell. If you need a windbreaker or rain barrier this is perfect. If you need something a little warmer I would recommend looking at other jackets with some sort of interior lining. I was looking for something a little warmer, but figured I'd keep this for the occasional rain. Thumbs up for the hide-away hood!
Date published: 2015-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Love it! It's perfect for tropical climates with lots of rain. Keeps the rain out and you don't sweat to death!
Date published: 2015-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great coat! I bought a 3x (as with my fleece) And it fits well over my size 22-24 bootay. The upper arms are big enough! It has a hideaway hood which I love, because I hate my hood flopping around with my backpack! I can actually just get it on over my fleece for that great layery look. I think my only carp about it would be that it was thinner than I was expecting and as it is a squall shell, it doesn't breathe as well as I had hoped... but it is awesome. It is super light and packs into its pocket! What isn't to love?
Date published: 2014-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this rain jacket! I bought this rain jacket to take with me on a cruise to Alaska. I bought one size up, so I could layer it with a sweatshirt if needed. Absolutely love it! I bought the Groovy Pink, and love how the color pops. I can see me wearing it after the cruise as well with a pair of yoga pants when I work out, or just with a pair of jeans on rainy days. I am thinking of buying another one in a different color.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great color and true to size. So far I really like the jacket. It is light and a wonderful color. The collar may be a little much for me, but it will be great when I need to zip it up all the way. It seems a little awkward when it is left open at the top.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great light weight rain jacket! I love this rain jacket because it fits so well and it is light weight for when you just need it for rain. I did not want a heavy weight jacket for just running around doing errands in on those rainy days. If I need more warmth, the jacket has enough room that I can wear a sweater under the jacket if need be.
Date published: 2014-03-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lighter than I thought The jacket is fine. It's much lighter than I thought. It's just a shell or windbreaker, so if you want warmth you have to layer like crazy underneath. I like the way it fits. It's a great jacket if it's not cold or windy outside. Great for hikes and bike rides in warmer weather.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit and color. This jacket runs a bit small so I purchased mine one size bigger than I typically order. Other than that, the jacket is well constructed, is flattering on a larger frame and the color (pink) is awesome!
Date published: 2014-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very flattering I love this jacket. Has nice flattering style. Deep pockets
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ladies Switchback II jacket I ordered extended sizing 2X I usually buy 1X but thought about wearing a sweater under this jacket so got the bigger size but it fits more like a 1X as there is no stretch in this jacket. I got Groovy Pink and love the vibrant colour.
Date published: 2014-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice jacket Bought this jacket to take on a trip to Cape Cod and was very pleased with it's performance. We faced cool winds, foggy nights and heavy rains, this jacket kept me dry through all. Light weight but sturdy material made it a joy to pack, carry around and wear.
Date published: 2013-06-09
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide

Women's Fit Guide

Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
Women's Performance Top Fit Guide
Women's Performance Bottom Fit Guide
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
Women's Active Top Fit Guide
Women's Active Top Fit Guide
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
Women's Modern Classic Top Fit Guide
Modern Classic / Regular
Women's Modern Classic Top Fit Guide
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
Women's Relaxed Top Fit Guide
Women's Relaxed Top Fit Guide

Women's Body Measurement (Inches)

Women’s Plus Sizing

  Size Bust Waist Hips Short Inseam Regular Inseam Long Inseam
1X 16W–18W 43–45 36–38 45–47 29.5 32 34.5
2X 20W–22W 47–49 40–42 49–51
3X 24W–26W 51–53 44–46 53–55

How to Measure

Women's Size Chart
  • 1. Chest/Bust: Measure at the fullest part of the chest, under the armpits and over the shoulder blades, keeping the tape measure firm and level.
  • 2. Waist: Measure around the natural waistline, allowing the tape measure to sit comfortably.
  • 3. Hips: Measure around the fullest part of your hips.
  • 4. Sleeves: Start at the center back of your neck and measure across the shoulder and down to the wrist. Round up to the next even number.
  • 5. Inseam: Measure from the top of the interior leg to the bottom of the ankle.

How to Measure

Columbia Fit Guide

How to Measure

  • Fold up at dotted line.
  • Place against a wall or other 90 degree surface.

    Place heel against fold/wall on flat level surface.
  • Mark the end of the longest toe with a pen or pencil.
  • Measure both feet and use the larger measurement.
  • Read measurement and compare to size chart.
  • When comparing on the size chart, determine the closest larger measurement and use that number to determine your shoe size for your country’s shoe measurement standard.

Shipping & Returns

Shipping & Returns

Shipping Information

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2-Day Air $12.00 2-3 Business Days
Overnight $19.00 1-2 Business Days
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Return Policy

Returns are accepted within 60 days of the purchase date online or in-store. Your apparel must be in original and unworn condition, with tags still attached. Footwear returns must also include the original box.

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