Columbia Watertight II Packable Men’s Rain Jacket

Last updated: March 29, 2023


This portable men's rain jacket can be folded into one of its own pockets, which serves as a handy case. Once you get it on, it provides ample protection from sudden downpours or extended drizzles. The lightweight construction allows it to be worn all day.

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Product Details

Key Takeaway: The ample pockets double as a convenient carrying case for this men's rain jacket.

In our analysis of 25 expert reviews, the Columbia Watertight II Packable Men's Rain Jacket placed 3rd when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Shell: 100% Nylon; Lining: 100% Polyester. Imported. Zipper closure. Machine Wash. ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY: Columbia Men’s Watertight II Jacket is crafted of a waterproof nylon shell durable enough to withstand anything from drizzle to downpour at a moment’s notice. HANDY FEATURES: This rain jacket features an abrasion resistant chin guard, two zippered side pockets, elastic cuffs, and an elastic hem. COMFORT & WARMTH: Crafted of a waterproof 100% nylon shell, this rain jacket is lightweight while remaining protective. It also packs into your hand pocket. SNUG FIT: Elastic details and a zippered closure provide a snug, yet comfortable fit that allows for movement. OMNI-SHIELD – Go ahead, try and get dirty. Omni-Shield helps you stay clean and dry by resisting the absorption of liquids. Unlike most fabrics that absorb moisture, Omni-Shield repels moisture and dries quickly—avoiding stains and keeping you clean.

Expert Reviews


What reviewers liked

Ultra-lightweight protection provided by full seam sealing and Omni-tech fabric. Jacket folds into itself for easy storage and packing.
Our favorite of the more budget-oriented models on the market. It fits well, looks sharp, provides good mobility, and — most importantly — will keep you dry. The Watertight II is built for the budget-conscious and is a perfect everyday option for short hikes, drizzly early morning dog walks, and yard work. It's light enough for longer hikes and backpacking trips.
Its approachable price, durable construction, and extended range of sizes make it a staple for casual outings, commuting, and the occasional rainy-day hike.
A great little jacket that I think is perfect for a beginner hiker. The main reason for that statement is it's simple but effective functionality for a very reasonable price. It will double up nicely to be worn about the city and has all the basic features I would expect from a rain jacket. If you're just starting out or if you are an intermittent hiker, this could be the jacket for you.
You have three external zippered pockets (two at sides and one on the chest) and an internal pocket. The outer pockets are with storm flaps, and the same is with the front zipper. This is a clever design: the jacket can be packed in its own internal pocket.

What reviewers didn't like

Runs a little large. Many consumers would prefer a removable hood.
The DWR will need maintenance over time. After a few hikes, areas that are vulnerable to wear — primarily the forearms and shoulders — were losing their DWR and beginning to wet out.
The jacket isn’t a standout in wet-weather performance—you’ll need to spend up for that. During heavy bouts of rain, the jacket eventually soaked through at the seams.
No Napoleon breast pocket.
There are no pit zips. Not Ripstop.
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