SNOWSHOE MAGAZINE GEAR REVIEW:

Ladies, Meet Your New BFF: The Columbia Sportswear Arcadia II Rain Jacket

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.06.22 PMNo matter what season it is, having a breathable go-to rain shell on hand for light showers and coastal soakers is a no-brainer. You need to have one on hand at all times. The question is which one to buy and why.

Let me hook up all the ladies out there in the market. If you are looking for a go-to rain companion that won’t cramp your style or add unwanted pounds, the Columbia Sportswear Women’s Arcadia II Rain Jacket will act as your new wet weather BFF …winter, spring, summer or fall.

This packable gem of a rain shell is comfortable, fitted and above all else technical. Columbia Sportswear products pride themselves on their Omni-Tech technology and the Arcadia II delivers. A waterproof, breathable 100 percent Nylon fabric that keeps you dry just like it promises. I have tested the technology and worn this jacket over and over again before admitting that “I love it”!  I love the fit, I love the light weight, I love the fact that you don’t feel like a sweaty clam on a rainy day thanks to the ventilated soft mesh lining and seam sealed Omni-Tech membrane.

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 9.32.35 PMThe hem sits right at the waistline, a perfect cut for running, hiking, boating and beyond. It’s fun, flirty and colourful and pairs nicely with a pair of jeans – something not a lot of gear out there can claim. Being a weather reporter here in Vancouver, I can openly admit that our weather can change at the drop of a hat so having a rain jacket like the Arcadia II on hand is essential. Once the adjustable storm hood and waist drawcord have been cinched, you’re prepared for a random pop-up shower.

The Arcadia II packs right into its own hand pocket and can even fit into a very small area like the front compartment of a CamelBak. In fact, this jacket is so light and packable you can just tie it around your waist.  I don’t think I’ve owned a jacket light enough to do this with since the K-Way era. Unlike the K-Way, the Arcadia II is miles ahead in technology, function and style.

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 9.32.59 PMEven when you are in motion, smart phones and keys stay put deep inside the zippered mesh lined pockets–a feature you will appreciate if you carry a lot of stuff. As far as colour options, the Red Hibiscus is an attention grabber.

Although the Arcadia II does come in other colours like Black, Groovy Pink and Tippet (a slime green shade), I recommend the Red Hibiscus. The beauty of this piece is its simplicity. Cool looking and comfy I guarantee it will keep you dry. This is an essential rain mate you can trust no matter what, just like a BFF.

 Columbia Sportswear Company Arcadia II Rain Jacket 

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