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Women's Switchback™ II Jacket


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Style# 1494881
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, so you can stay on the move.

  • Stow-away hood
  • Back venting system
  • Zippered hand pockets
  • Adjustable cuff tabs
  • Packable into hand pocket
  • Modern Classic fit
  • Imported
  • Uses: Trail, Travel
  • Style# 1494881

  • Waterproof fabric
Water and Stain Repellent

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Women's Switchback™ II Jacket is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 103.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed This jacket looks so nice online. I ordered it in white but was so disappointed when I received it. The jacket is see-through. No where in the description does it say that it is see-through. Needless to say, I returned it. Too bad because the style is exactly what I'm looking for.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it but Loved the color but it was very small. I normally wear size Xl or L in shirts and 16 / XL pants, I’m 5’4” and curvy. Jacket sat above my buttocks and was very snug in my midsection. Material felt supper nice and color is butiful. Wish it would have worked got it for my upcoming trip,
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 10/10 would recommend to a friend! I bought this jacket for its versatility. It’s perfect for Bay Area weather. I’ve worn this in both rainy weather and on a breezy day. It’s kept me warm and dry. I love how the hood can be concealed and that it’s easily packable. I purchased a large and I’m 5’11, 152 lbs.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switchback II Rain Jacket This is the perfect rain jacket for traveling, as it is lightweight, and can be stowed away easily into its pocket. It is also ideal for layering on top of a sweater during cold, rainy days.
Date published: 2018-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect lightweight rain jacket - many uses! This jacket is perfect for tucking into my golf bag, which is why I bought it in the first place! I love the stowaway hood.... it is lightweight anc can be used against wind or rain... it’s not lined, so don’t look for ongoing warmth — but I wasn’t looking for warmth; I wanted I as lightweight as possible - so it’s erfect for what I wanted ! Great price, too!
Date published: 2018-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Colorful Rain/Air Conditioner protection I have purchased 8 of these jackets in various colors and wear them all the time. They are ideal as light outerwear to protect against rain + to wear in cold, air-conditioned places. With the built-in hood, an umbrella is not always a necessity.
Date published: 2018-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for travel Great fitting, lightweight jacket. Perfect for travel. Versatile with hood or without.
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it I had been looking for a rain jacket for a long time now since I wanted many characteristics in a single product, this jacket definitely met all of them. It is light and classy and very easy to pack and carry around with you in your bag. It fits a little bigger but that works just fine when you have a thicker sweater underneath.
Date published: 2017-12-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lightweight Even lighter than I anticipated but fit nice. Ordered medium based on reviews even though I usually wear a large. It fit nicely. Haven't worn it yet to know about rain protection but was happy with what came out of the box.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice light rain coat Perfect for hot Florida rains! This jacket is light enough that it can be left on even when it is not raining, small enough to fit in any bag, but offers great protection from the rain.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blue Switchback On vacation, this jacket has been great! Light and water resistant in the weather I've experienced during this time off. rain, warm, wind excellent jacket!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket! Perfect jacket for windy San Francisco! It's super light and breathable and makes running a dream! Love the pockets and tuck away hood. Definitely recommend, and the prices is great- no need to spend 100s of dollars on a jacket!
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great rain jackat! The quality of the sticking was excellent! It is a great color and fits good.
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from This product is great! My daughter is very picky. I have looked everywhere for a rain jacket that would suit her tastes. She doesn’t like bulky and wants “simple” and comfortable. This jacket is perfect for her!
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boxy and thin I ordered the white version of this jacket, and regret it - I'd return but shipping cost to do so makes it not worth it. Pros: lightweight, packable. You can layer underneath it as it runs large. I purchased white because I needed to find a more visible jacket for the rainy, dark winter. Cons: Extremely boxy, unflattering fit, especially in the long arms. The white is closer to transparent than opaque, which I do not personally like. The neck into which the hood is stuffed is rigid; I would have to keep the hood out all the time for it to be comfortable.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for rain! I’ve been using this jacket to resist the Michigan weather and it has worked perfectly. It is extremely light but super protecting. I am completely dry when I get to places. The hoodie is long enough to cover up to half of my forehead, so my hair stays dry as well. Overall, great product, seems pretty durable. I got a size M (I’m 5’5’’, 126lbs) and it allows me to layer as needed.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good rain jacket, even better price Bought this jacket for a vacation. The jacket is lightweight and barely takes up any space. It worked great and kept me dry the entire time. The only thing I wish was that it had mesh lining on the entire inside. The price, however, was great was this jacket.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light love This jacket was the perfect gift for my sister. She is an active runner and biker. The light weight material makes for just enough of a barrier to keep wind enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Not for warmth but good for rain
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket for our community service volunteers! We ordered these jackets for our community service members who clear trails on public lands. They love them, and they look great too! Thank you!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Versatile Jacket Fits perfectly, very warm and stands up to rain well also very stylish and can go with nearly any outfit!
Date published: 2017-10-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect lightweight rain jacket! I am extremely satisfied with the product. It fits true to size, and is perfectly fitted in a way that doesn't leave you looking too frumpy but still is roomy enough for layering. It is great quality and the perfect lightweight rain jacket!
Date published: 2017-10-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointed in the quality of this jacket. For the money it could be a good value. We expected more from the Colombia brand though. It will be an ok coat for our teenage daughter for a couple of years.
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Quality I own a Columbia rain coat. It's 12 years old but still looks. Rand new so when I had to purchase a rain coat for my college student it was with out a doubt an easy decision! I purchased this rain coat for her and she LOVES it! It's not baggy or oversized and is true to size. It's vented for the humid Va Beach weather. I am quite pleased as she is a college student and while living on campus I know she will need this! It is well worth the money and I know it's durable as mine still looks brand new!!!
Date published: 2017-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from nice jacket I had been looking for a rain jacket for a while, but didn't want to pay over $100 as I had seen in some other stores. The Switchback II was a great option, and on sale! It's really lightweight so it's perfect for summer, and I can layer under if needed for spring or fall. Flattering fit too, which is important. I didn't want a big boxy jacket. I'd recommend this one!
Date published: 2017-09-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what my daughter wanted This was a purchase for my daughter. She is thrilled with it. She wanted a light weight jacket that wouldn't hinder her during sports and keep the Oregon drizzle at bay. Columbia always has our back (pun intended).
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comforable length The jacket packs nicely for traveling. I like the way the hood packs neatly away in the collar when is it not raining. I choose white for visibility on dark and cloudy days.
Date published: 2017-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little different than what I expected, but still good. I bought this as a lightweight waterproof jacket to wear in the spring/summer when it's too hot, but you freeze if you go into a air conditioner building, or if it rains. I like that it is lightweight and can fold up into it's own pocket for easy packing. The material was a bit different than what I expected. It makes a crinkling sound when you move and is very thin. I think the term "shell" fits better than "jacket." I ordered the black color. In the website picture the zipper is black which makes it look very sleek, however the one I got has a silver zipper that doesn't look as nice. The jacket works well for what I purchased it for and I will probably get a lot of use out of it, however, if I had seen this jacket in a store rather than online, I probably would not have purchased it. I have a attached a picture of my jacket.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switchback II jacket Great jacket. Purchased for myself for our Alaskan cruise, but it was a little tight in the chest area. So my daughter used it and loved it. Sizing runs a little small.
Date published: 2017-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Jacket I LOVE my new Columbia Switchback II Jacket! It is very well made, it breathes and it is waterproof. The fit is perfect. Because I am a golfer, it is important to have good range of motion in a jacket, and I feel very comfortable swinging the club in this one. A winner!
Date published: 2017-07-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not sheltered as expected I thougt ir was more sheltered
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good, lightweight rain jacket. Great for travel. Bought the jacket as it appeared lightweight and I wanted a lightweight jacket for travel that wouldn't add a lot of bulk or weight to my suitcase...and it was exactly what I was looking for. Size ran true. Also, living in the South, it's perfect for when those regular afternoon showers appear.
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great rain jacket! This jacket is really lightweight and breatheable but still keeps you protected for the rain. I love it!
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Rain Jacket Is exactly as described, light weight, breathable, waterproof. Not meant for very cold temperatures but perfect for rain in the summer, spring or fall. I love that it folds into one of the front pockets and can be zipped up for easy storage or packing for travel. Really love the blue color as well!
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looks nice I bought this for Spring rains in WV. Its light enough to run in but doesn't keel you dry if you are in thevrain for long. It was a nice same price but would but a nicer one next time.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great one! I love the jacket, very light though warm (for a chilly/ windy day) and easy to wash. Comfy and in style.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This product is great! I got this product for my sister for her birthday! She loves to hike and loves camping. She uses it all the time for those rainy, muggy hiking days and says it is a really good use to her. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great jacket for the price This jacket is really nice. Price was great (got it on sale). It runs pretty true to size.
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great raincoat I got this for an easy packable raincoat. Columbia runs a little big for me so.I consistently wear an xs. It's thin so it probably wouldn't keep you warm. I think its a great travel coat.
Date published: 2017-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharp looking jacket! I saw someone else wearing one and decide I had to have it! It is a nice jacket.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect in Seattle Love this. Fits my wife perfect. True to size. Its light weight and keeps her dry on those rainy spring mornings.
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Love this jacket. Perfect for sudden rain storm or drizzle. Note this jacket is meant more for protecting rather than warmth, so it will not replace all your jackets! Brought on every hiking trip since it is easily packable!
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this jacket! Such a great rain jacket. Definitely does not provide warmth, it's super lightweight. Great for warm, rainy days. So comfortable and flattering!
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great simple jacket This jacket is great. It is thin so don't expect warmth. It it true to size so if you need room for layering maybe order up a size. I am 5'8" 175 lbs 36C / curvy body type and medium fit me but I opetd for a large so I would have room for layers but just wearing the large doesn't look sloppy so that is a plus. It has a nice cut slightly athletic so it isn't boxy on me which I like.
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for wet and dry weather My Daughter loves this jacket, she likes the stylish look. The color is great and she loves how the hood rolls into the collar. Great fit. (This review was collected as part of a promotion.)
Date published: 2017-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rain shell Style is sharp. The fit is excellent and the jacket functions as a rain shell should. My wife loves it!
Date published: 2017-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from product has amazing features I brought this for my mom and she loves it. She sad it fits perfect and is very comfortable good for a nice spring day
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Rain Jacket Just today I used this jacket to ride my bike in the rain, and it worked like a charm. I bought size XL because I have a Columbia hoodie that XL, but I probably could have gone with a L. However, the size will be perfect for layering. The hood rolls up under the collar, which is a nice feature. The jacket really isn't made for warmth, so don't expect that. If you wan't to use it in chilly weather, you will need to layer.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Rain Jacket I loved the cut and fit but didn't care for the material. It was thin and clingy not like the previous jacket I had purchased.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Jacket Jacket is great quality and flattering fit. True to size. Would love it even more if it was lined
Date published: 2017-04-06
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Size & Fit Guide

Size Chart

Size & Fit Guide
Women's Body Measurement (Inches)
Size XS
Bust 32-33 34-35 36-37.5 39-40.5 42-44.5
Waist 25.5-26.5 27.5-28.5 29.5-30.5 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 34.5-35.5 36.5-37.5 38.5-40 41.5-43 45-47
Size L
Bust 39-40.5 42-44.5
Waist 32-33.5 35.5-37.5
Hips 41.5-43 45-47
How to Measure
Womens size chart measurement guide
  • 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.
Women's Fit Guide
Body contouring fit conforms to movement.
womens performance fit top
Body skimming fit with end-use mobility in mind.
womens active fit top
Modern Classic / Regular
Universal, easy fit for comfortable range of motion.
womens modern classic fit top
Most generous fit for a full spectrum of movement.
womens relaxed fit top

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.

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Shipping & Returns

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Overnight $19.00 1-2 Business Days
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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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